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  • More than 60 Dem lawmakers demand ethics investigation into Trump's relationship with China

    05/27/2018 6:12:06 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 49 replies
    MSN ^ | 5-27-2018 | Mary Tyler March
    More than 60 Democratic representatives are demanding an ethics investigation into President Trump's ties to China, following the president's recent push to rescue Chinese telecommunications firm ZTE. Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) posted a letter to David Apol, acting head of the federal government's ethics office, to Twitter on Sunday, stating that the request was prompted by Trump "advocating" for ZTE just days after the Chinese government gave one of the president's business endeavors a $500 million loan. In the letter, lawmakers say the business dealing between the Trump Organization and China may have violated U.S. laws forbidding public officials from...
  • RI church leader taking sabbatical to transition to a woman

    05/14/2018 6:33:55 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 26 replies
    12 WPRI.com ^ | 05/14/2018 | Lexi Kriss
    Executive Minister of the Rhode Island State Council of Churches Dr. Rev. Donald Anderson will be taking a three-month sabbatical. According to an announcement by RI State Council of Churches Governing Board President Chontell Washington, Dr. Rev. Anderson shared with the Governing Board last fall that she is transgender and is "in the process of transitioning." The organization has granted Rev. Dr. Anderson a three-month sabbatical to take the time she needs to do that "free of the day-to-day operations of the council."
  • Lincoln Chafee, a political enigma, eyes his old Senate seat

    05/13/2018 7:40:52 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 39 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 13, 2018 8:59 AM | Dylan McGuinness
    Former Gov. Lincoln Chafee’s unanticipated interest in running for his old U.S. Senate seat began with an email from two passionate supporters of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders. A 61-year-old retired chef and a 48-year-old real estate agent worried Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse’s votes were promoting an overly militaristic America. So in January they asked Chafee, a quirky Republican-turned-independent-turned-Democrat, whether he would be interested. Chafee has “been able to buck the party trends and look at the issues on the merits,” one of the writers, Jonathan Daly-Labelle, told The Associated Press recently. “Sheldon is a typical Democrat and locked into the...
  • Senator (Reed) Asks CIA Nominee Gina Haspel: ‘Have You Ever Been Alone With the President?’

    05/10/2018 10:03:39 AM PDT · by xzins · 100 replies
    CNS ^ | 9 May 18 | CNS Staff
    Gina Haspel at her confirmation hearing to be director of the Central Intelligence Agency. (Screen Capture) (CNSNews.com) - In her confirmation hearing on Wednesday in the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Sen. Jack Reed (D.-R.I.) asked Gina Haspel, President Donald Trump’s nominee to be director of the Central Intelligence Agency, whether she had ever been alone in a room with Trump. “You’ve been working with the administration now for fifteen months,” said Reed. “You have had the opportunity to brief the president. Have you ever been alone with the president?” “Senator,” Haspel responded, “I’m usually there with Senator [Dan] Coats...
  • Connecticut To Give Its Electoral College Votes To National Popular Vote Victor

    05/07/2018 2:19:36 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 141 replies
    MSN ^ | 5-7-2018 | Dominique Mosbergen
    Connecticut’s legislature has passed a bill that would give the state’s Electoral College votes to the presidential candidate who wins the popular vote nationally. The state Senate voted 21-14 on Saturday to join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, which includes 10 states and the District of Columbia. The state House passed the measure last week, 77 to 73. The compact requires its members to cast their Electoral College ballots for the presidential candidate who wins the national popular vote. The agreement goes into effect once states representing at least 270 electoral votes — the number needed for a candidate...
  • Student threatened with rape for supporting traditional marriage [at a "Catholic" College] [ed]

    03/20/2018 11:56:03 AM PDT · by C19fan · 11 replies
    College Fix ^ | March 20, 2018 | Nikita Vladimirov
    A student Resident Advisor (RA) at Providence College has reportedly been threatened with rape after posting a flyer that expressed a traditional view on marriage. According to LifeSiteNews, RA Michael Smalanskas has faced severe student backlash since displaying the poster on a bulletin board in early March, with upset classmates gathering outside of his dorm room and endangering his safety.
  • Brown student calls for 'revolution' against 'toxic masculinity’

    03/06/2018 8:29:27 AM PST · by C19fan · 48 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | March 5, 2018 | Toni Airaksinen
    A Brown University student has called for a “men’s revolution” to “liberate not only men, but all of society, from the constraints of toxic masculinity.” In a recent op-ed for The Brown Daily Herald, student Quentin Thomas argues that such a revolution is necessary because “toxic masculinity” causes men to “perpetrate harm against another individual and himself.”
  • Sweeping ‘assault weapon’ ban floated in Rhode Island

    02/16/2018 6:35:31 AM PST · by Simon Green · 38 replies
    Guns.com ^ | 02/16/18 | Chris Eger
    Lawmakers in the nation’s smallest state are planning a large package of bills in conjunction with gun control activists that could see bans on certain types of semi-automatics and their magazines. Allied with the Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence, Sen. Joshua Miller, D-Cranston, and Rep. Jason Knight, D-Barrington, are introducing proposals in both chambers of the legislature that would add the same types of firearms restrictions seen in neighboring Connecticut and Massachusetts. Knight argued the move is needed to protect public safety in the aftermath of a high-profile school shooting in Florida this week. “It will take a multi-pronged...
  • Construction begins on truck toll gantries (Rhode Island)

    02/14/2018 7:48:03 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies
    ABC 6 News ^ | February 12, 2018 | Rebecca Turco
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Construction has begun on Rhode Island's new tractor trailer tolling system.The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) crews began installing the first two of 14 planned gantry locations by Exits 2 and 5 on Interstate 95.Lane closures are in effect through next week, then the contractor will test the new system for about a month. These gantries are expected to begin charging trucks by mid-March, once everything is working properly.The ongoing construction is not halting the plans of the Rhode Island Trucking Association (RITA) to sue the state. "It's discriminatory," said RITA President Chris Maxwell. You can't...
  • Inebriated Democrat Asks Intelligence Community to Outline Covert Operations in Public

    02/14/2018 1:03:59 AM PST · by Helicondelta · 17 replies
    theconservativetreehouse.com ^ | February 13th, 2018
    It’s doubtful you can find a more succinct example of TDS than a seemingly inebriated Democrat Senator asking the aggregate intelligence apparatus, during a public session of congress, to give specific details of U.S. covert intelligence efforts to thwart Russian, Chinese and North Korean cyber-warfare. As Democrat Senator Joe Manchin professionally restrained himself from laughing, even Democrat Senator Kamala Harris couldn’t avoid the eye-roll. ‘Muh Russia’ is real. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI), ranking member of armed services committee, began his mid-day sluration with a ‘resist-we-much‘ effort to continue the vast White House Russian conspiracy narrative, and slowly morphed into a...
  • Greek and Armenian Americans Press U.S. Senators to Block F-35 Sale to Turkey

    02/12/2018 1:40:29 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 24 replies
    The Armenian Weekly ^ | February 9, 2018 | Contributor
    WASHINGTON—The Hellenic American Leadership Council (HALC) and the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) have launched a national advocacy campaign encouraging U.S. Senators to block a planned sale of U.S. F-35 stealth fighters to Turkey’s increasingly erratic and anti-American Erdogan regime. The ANCA and Hellenic American Leadership Council have joined forces to launch a grassroots campaign to block the impending F-35 sale to Turkey (Graphic: ANCA) This joint Hellenic-Armenian American initiative – the most recent in a series of ANCA-HALC advocacy campaigns – warns Senators against the dangers of providing Erdogan with advanced weapons that he may turn against our...
  • AWKWARD: That Time Sen. Chuck Schumer Called for a Grand Ticker Tape Military Parade...

    02/08/2018 7:22:34 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 31 replies
    PJ Media ^ | February 8, 2018 | Debra Heine
    Trump's proposal to hold a pro-military parade has excited much heavy breathing and political posturing from Democrats. To wit: Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.): "I think confidence is silent and insecurity is loud. America is the most powerful country in all of human history; you don’t need to show it off.” Rep. Adam Smith (D-Calif.): “A military parade of this kind would also be a departure from the values of our constitutional democracy." Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.):"Because authoritarian regimes like Russia and North Korea hold massive military parades does not mean that we must as well." Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.):...
  • These Are the People That Are Going to Win Back the House in 2018?

    01/22/2018 3:20:24 PM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | January 22, 2018 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Here’s another great piece, another Limbaugh echo. There’s so many Limbaugh echoes out there today that I’m reveling in it here, folks. By the way, from TheHill.com, headline: “Left Says Democrats Caved on Shutdown — Progressives are hammering [Chuck You] Schumer for his agreement … to end the government shutdown on Monday. Even House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has spoken out against the deal, saying there was no reason to support it. ‘I don’t see that there’s any reason — I’m speaking personally and hearing from my members — to support what was put forth,’ Pelosi said…” Pelosi is...
  • Rhode Island Dem lawmaker accused of sexual harassment during anti-sexual harassment training

    01/12/2018 7:50:59 AM PST · by Sopater · 15 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | January 11, 2018 at 5:30pm | William A. Jacobson
    Welcome to my home State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.Rhode Island lawmakers are undergoing anti-sexual harassment training after a female lawmaker alleged she was told she could get legislations passed if she slept with the right people. The training seemed to go well, with one exception.One of the male Democrat lawmakers is accused of making sexually harassing comments during the training. He says he was misunderstood because of his heavy accent.News 10 reports: Instead of satisfying concerns about sexual harassment, a training session for Rhode Island lawmakers may have raised more controversy.The training on Wednesday was the same that...
  • Connecticut budget can’t rely on ‘the rich’

    12/21/2017 12:30:43 PM PST · by george76 · 42 replies
    Connecticut continues to be dogged by messy finances. The budget legislators and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy adopted in late October for fiscal year 2017-18 is in deficit. Gov. Malloy’s Office of Policy and Management estimated a $202.8 million hole Nov. 20, while state Comptroller Kevin P. Lembo concluded Dec. 1 that the hole is $207.8 million. Before these forecasts were issued, the state was expected to contend with a $4 billion deficit in the 2019-21 biennium. ... “between 2015 and 2016, Connecticut saw a net loss of 2,050 tax filers who earn more than $200,000 per year.” This amounted to...
  • RI is now within 157 residents of losing a US House seat, expert warns

    12/20/2017 6:02:59 PM PST · by SMGFan · 71 replies
    wpri ^ | December 20. 2017
    R.I. (WPRI) – Rhode Island is now just 157 residents away from losing one of its two seats in the U.S. House, which would give the state a single vote there for the first time since George Washington was president, according to an analysis of newly released population data. Kimball Brace, the reapportionment expert who has been involved in drawing legislative and congressional districts in Rhode Island since the early 1980s, ran the numbers Wednesday after the U.S. Census Bureau announced Rhode Island had added about 2,000 residents between July 2016 and July 2017.
  • Welfare Payout Statistics That Will Make You Really Angry

    02/26/2014 12:31:25 PM PST · by onyx · 53 replies
    seriouslyepicstuff.com ^ | February 26, 2014 | Seriously Epic Staff
    Now, don’t tell me that welfare recipients aren’t innovative! No reason to stand on your feet waiting to get your check. Just put your flip-flops next in line and go back and sit on your ass. What a great country! Related Article Corporate Welfare Statistics That Will Make You Sick With all the talk about unemployment benefits and welfare, it’s important to understand just how much money we’re talking about. In 35 states, welfare, housing assistance and other benefits pays more than a minimum wage job, according to a new study by the Cato Institute. The study also found...
  • Federal Cash Promoted Rhode Island Ticket Quotas

    12/14/2017 10:35:07 PM PST · by Ken H · 6 replies
    theNewspaper ^ | 12/15/2017 | n/a
    Email evidence shows US Department of Transportation grant program inspired an illegal ticket quota system in Rhode Island. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) last month warned Rhode Island police chiefs against the use of ticket quotas that are illegal under state law. The civil rights group began working on the issue after a WJAR television investigative report found evidence that police were ordered to issue a specified number of tickets in response to a federal grant program known in the state as Operation Blue Riptide. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration sends funds for this program to the Rhode...
  • Joe Trillo to run for governor as an independent (Rhode Island)

    12/05/2017 10:31:32 PM PST · by Impy · 5 replies
    The Providence Journal ^ | 12-5-2107 | Joe Trillo to run for governor as an independent
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Joseph A. Trillo, the former Republican state lawmaker who became the leading Rhode Island advocate for President Donald Trump, said Tuesday he will run for governor as an independent, shocking many in the party he is leaving and adding a new wrinkle to the developing 2018 race. “To win with my message in Rhode Island I will need Democratic support. I feel this can only be accomplished by shedding party politics and running as an independent,” Trillo said as he formally launched his campaign on radio station WPRO Tuesday afternoon. “I feel that my message is more...
  • FL Turnpike breaks ground on test track for smart highway tech

    10/15/2017 12:14:08 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    ConstructionDIVE ^ | July 19, 2017 | Mary Tyler March
    Dive Brief: The Florida Turnpike broke ground earlier this month on a new test track where it will experiment with high-speed toll technology as well as systems for vehicle-to-infrastructure and vehicle-to-vehicle communications, according to FleetOwner. The 400-acre SunTrax site, in Auburndale, FL, will test toll equipment and interoperable tolling systems, as well as smartphone-based payment methods. Other technologies to be tested include high-speed connected platooning trucks, moveable barrier systems and machine vision and materials testing for new pavement types, lane markings and signage. Construction on the site's oval track is expected to be complete in spring 2019 with the first...