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  • Up in smoke (Corey Gardner R-CO blocks key Justice Dept. posts)

    02/13/2018 3:05:07 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 40 replies
    powerlineblog.com ^ | 2/12/18 | Paul Mirengoff
    I wrote here about the void in the Trump/Sessions, where four nominees for Assistant Attorney General positions are being held up due to Senate inaction. The four positions are crucial ones: Assistant Attorney General, Civil Division; Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division; Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division; and Assistant Attorney General, National Security Division. Why can’t these nominees get a vote? Apparently, it’s because of marijuana. Sen. Cory Gardner is vexed with Attorney General Sessions over enforcement of Federal marijuana laws in Colorado. Alfred Regnery, citing just one of the four major gaps at the Justice Department, points out the...
  • Inside the Ring: Obama-Era Cash Traced to Iran-backed Terrorists

    02/08/2018 3:01:13 PM PST · by Eddie01 · 13 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | Feb 8, 2018 | Bill Gertz
    The U.S. government has traced some of the $1.7 billion released to Iran by the Obama administration to Iranian-backed terrorists in the two years since the cash was transferred. According to knowledgeable sources, Iran has used the funds to pay its main proxy, the Lebanon-based terrorist group Hezbollah, along with the Quds Force, Iran’s main foreign intelligence and covert action arm and element of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps. The U.S. money supplied to Iran as part of an arms settlement dating back to the 1970s also has been traced to Iran’s backing of Houthi rebels seeking to take power...
  • Marine veteran fire captain is executed in golf buggy road rage attack by a 21-year-old gunman [tr]

    02/06/2018 6:14:37 AM PST · by kevcol · 35 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | February 6, 2018 | Tariq Tahir
    Marine veteran fire captain is executed in golf buggy road rage attack by a 21-year-old gunman who shot him in the head Captain Kyle Brayer, 34, was riding in a golf cart taxi cab early with friends on at around 2.30am on Saturday morning when he was involved in altercation with Hezron Parks in the bar district of Scottsdale, Arizona. Parks admitted shooting the Iraq war veteran after being thrown out of clubs in the city, it was reported. Police said the 21-year-old was bumping the golf cart in his red Scion coupe and Brayer was facing backwards when the...
  • John McCain Stays Silent On Involvement In Hoax Trump Dossier After Fusion GPS Revelations

    01/11/2018 7:40:00 PM PST · by blam · 58 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1-11-2017 | Aaron Klein
    TEL AVIV — For the past three days, Sen. John McCain’s office has not responded to Breitbart News phone and email inquiries seeking clarification of the Arizona politician’s role in delivering the infamous, largely discredited 35-page dossier on President Donald Trump to the U.S. intelligence community under the Obama administration. In a New York Times oped last week, the founders of the controversial opposition research firm Fusion GPS admitted that they helped get the dossier to McCain using an “emissary,” with the goal of McCain passing the information contained in the questionable document to U.S. intelligence agencies. The disclosure raises...
  • Stuart Smalley Says Goodbye: Al Franken Is No Longer A U.S. Senator

    01/02/2018 3:24:23 PM PST · by Kaslin · 78 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 2, 2017 | Matt Vespa
    Well, after giving one of the most non-introspective speeches on the Senate floor regarding his sexual harassment allegations, Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) is now a private citizen. The Minnesota Democrat was hit with sexual misconduct allegations around the Thanksgiving holiday last year. He’s been accused of groping multiple women, forcibly kissing one as well. As of today, Stuart Smalley has left the building. Here’s his formal resignation letter: Here's Franken's letter of resignation, which took effect at noon CST. #mnsen pic.twitter.com/UpofdVrtiN— Kyle Potter (@kpottermn) January 2, 2018 The Franken allegations arose just as the Alabama special election was winding down....
  • 'Chappaquiddick' Trailer Reveals Unsavory Ted Kennedy

    12/23/2017 7:55:11 AM PST · by rktman · 147 replies
    newsbusters.org ^ | 12/22/2017 | P.J. Gladnick
    If anybody feared that the upcoming Chappaquiddick movie would be a whitewash of Ted Kennedy, the recently released trailer should disabuse them of that notion. Legal Insurrection describes the movie as the "portrait of a weasel." Kate Erbland of IndieWire reviewed it as a Compelling Teddy Kennedy Biopic That Pulls No Punches.
  • Marco Rubio threatens to vote against the GOP tax bill unless leaders meet demands.

    12/14/2017 11:36:20 AM PST · by Signalman · 43 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 12/14/2017 | Bob Bryan
    Sen. Marco Rubio on Thursday said he will vote against the final GOP tax bill unless leaders meet his demands on the child tax credit. Rubio told Republican leadership that he will not vote for the bill — the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) — unless the child tax credit is more generous. "Senator Rubio has consistently communicated to the Senate tax negotiators that his vote on final passage would depend on whether the refundability of the Child Tax Credit was increased in a meaningful way," a Rubio spokesperson told Business Insider. Rubio introduced an amendment during the first...
  • Sen. Ron Johnson Is Quite Pleased Roy Moore Lost

    12/13/2017 8:44:09 AM PST · by Kaslin · 110 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 13, 2017 | Christine Rousselle
    Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) did not mince words when asked to comment on Tuesday night's election results in Alabama. When asked what he believed the "message" from last night was, Johnson said that "Alabamians didn't want somebody who dated 14-year-old girls." He then said that Steve Bannon should learn that the GOP needs better candidates in order to win Senate races before going into an office away from the camera. NBC News tweeted a video of the exchange. Watch the video here:  Reporter: "What message did the election send last night?" Sen. Johnson: "Alabamians didn't want somebody who dated 14-year-old girls." pic.twitter.com/tmWDDxIw0G— NBC...
  • 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...