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  • USA Today buries lede (here we go again) in big report on sexual-abuse 'window' laws

    10/05/2019 1:10:47 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 30 replies
    GetReligion.com ^ | October 5, 2019 | Terry Mattingly
    When it comes to criticizing the press, William Donohue is what he is. The president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights has never used a flyswatter when a baseball bat will do. This time, Donohue has released a statement about a USA Today story that had already caught my attention, one that ran with this headline: “The Catholic Church and Boy Scouts are lobbying against child abuse statutes. This is their playbook.” This feature is yet another cheap-shot attack that buries or blurs crucial information that readers need in order to understand this complex subject. How? Here...
  • Jussie Smollett Loses on Secret Sale in Studio City

    07/31/2019 6:12:30 AM PDT · by ptsal · 13 replies
    Variety ^ | July 20, 2019 | Mark David
    Jussie Smollett has sold his San Fernando Valley view home in the foothills above Studio City, Calif., to a non-famous couple in a clandestine off-market deal valued at $1.655 million. Unfortunately for the legally beleaguered former “Empire” star, fired in the wake of a controversially dismissed, 16-count felony indictment brought for allegedly staging a fake hate crime with him as the victim, didn’t have much luck on the real estate merry-go-round. Not counting carrying costs, improvement expenses and real estate fees, Smollett took a $30,000 loss on the hillside contemporary bungalow that, as was sussed out by the Blast, he...
  • Democrats' opposition research got exposed — this time, not by the Russians

    07/11/2019 7:00:10 PM PDT · by bitt · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | 7/11/2019 | john Solomon
    When the Russians hacked the Democratic National Committee in summer 2016, one of the crown jewels obtained by Vladimir Putin’s team was the party’s opposition research files on then-GOP candidate Donald Trump. It was quite a blow to the DNC, because political parties usually guard their research zealously, hoping to use it with the news media and political commercials to help ding their political rivals without leaving fingerprints. But the Democratic Party committee that helps elects candidates to U.S. House seats has exposed scores of its own opposition research files on GOP candidates, past and present, on the internet. They...
  • New Spin: Mueller Report Might Boost Democrats In 2020

    03/28/2019 7:39:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/28/2019 | Ed Morrissey
    Can Democrats find a silver lining in the massive dark cloud cast on them by Robert Mueller? Gary Meltz, a Democratic strategist in the Beltway, argues at Fox News that the Mueller report might boost Democrats more than Donald Trump in next year’s election. It will finally convince enough Democrats to stop looking to shortcut Trump and focus on beating him in the election, Meltz believes.Well, maybe, but that’s not the only reality with which Democrats need to get in touch: Democrats across the country are shell-shocked after learning that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report found no collusion between...
  • Racist photo tip came from ex-classmate angry with Northam's abortion remarks

    02/03/2019 7:27:25 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 70 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | February 03, 2019 05:31 PM | Updated Feb 03, 2019, 09:06 PM | Daniel Chaitin
    A far-right conservative website was reportedly tipped off about the racist photo on Gov. Ralph Northam's medical school yearbook page by one of his former classmates. A source from Big League Politics told the Washington Post the individual reached out because of "anger" over Northam's recent comments about a bill that would loosen restrictions on abortions. “The revelations about Ralph Northam’s racist past were absolutely driven by his medical school classmate’s anger over his recent very public support for infanticide,” the unnamed source said. Northam, a former pediatric neurologist, has faced a barrage of criticism for an interview he did...
  • A viral story spread. The mainstream media rushed to keep up. The Trump Internet pounced. (SPIN)

    01/22/2019 8:46:55 PM PST · by Tired of Taxes · 64 replies
    MSN / The Washington Post ^ | 1-22-19 | Abby Ohlheiser, Paul Farhi
    But the Covington story isn’t just a run-of-the-mill incident of viral outrage. It involved MAGA-hat-wearing teens and Native American activists. Those who shared the video in those first 24 hours, including many conservatives, seemed to feel it was emblematic of the vitriol and racism that drives the worst of American culture. But when new details shifted the story into more ambiguous territory, a well-oiled machine of pro-Trump personalities and sites saw an opportunity to strike. For the students and their defenders, attempts by the media to complicate the narrative of the first viral video came too late. Online vigilantes had...
  • Giuliani denies saying 'no collusion' whatsoever in campaign,but says Trump wasn't involved

    01/16/2019 9:49:26 PM PST · by NoLibZone · 29 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1-16-19 | Samuel Chamberlain
    President Trump's personal attorney, Rudolph Giuliani, claimed Wednesday night that he "never said there was no collusion" between members of President Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and Russian officials -- but he did say that Trump himself never colluded with Russian officials. The former New York City mayor also said on CNN's "Cuomo Prime Time" that "if the collusion happened, it happened a long time ago. It's either provable or it's not. It is not provable because it never happened ... I'm telling you there's no chance it happened." Trump previously denied any member of his campaign conspired with Russian officials....
  • Draft of DOJ watchdog report says Comey defied authority: report

    06/06/2018 10:30:49 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/06/18 | Brett Samuels
    The Department of Justice’s inspector general has determined that former FBI Director James Comey was “insubordinate” at times during his tenure, ABC News reported Wednesday. Sources told ABC that the inspector general’s draft report on the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was secretary of State outlines instances of Comey defying authority. The draft report, which is subject to change, also reportedly criticized former Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s handling of the probe into Clinton’s email use. Inspector General Michael Horowitz told lawmakers last month that a draft of the report was completed. The...
  • Media Reporting on Pope Francis Is Ideological (Well, duh)

    05/29/2018 6:38:10 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 5 replies
    CNS News ^ | May 29, 2018 | Bill Donohue
    Bias can be detected by what the media report and choose not to report. When it comes to Pope Francis, bias by omission is the most common ideological practice. Earlier this month, the pope met with an alleged Chilean victim of priestly sexual abuse, Juan Carlos Cruz; he is a homosexual. According to Cruz, the pope said to him, “It doesn't matter [whether you are a homosexual]. God made you like this. God loves you like this.” The Vatican refuses to comment on whether this is an accurate account. Last week, the pope met with the Italian Bishops' Conference. When...
  • GOP congressman says he’s leaving Congress because ‘all I do is answer questions about Donald Trump’

    05/27/2018 8:51:10 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 75 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/27/18 | Luis Sanchez
    Rep. Ryan Costello (R-Pa.) said that he is leaving Congress in part because all he is ever asked about is President Trump, according to CNN. "No matter what I say or do, I feel all I do is answer questions about Donald Trump rather than health insurance or tax policy," Costello told CNN. Costello announced in March that he would not run for reelection, blaming the partisan political environment, including the actions of Trump. "I feel, increasingly, that if you're a member of Congress, they assume that you're not good," Costello told CNN. "They assume that you're not telling the...
  • The FBI didn’t use an informant to go after Trump. They used one to protect him. [WasPo garbage]

    05/18/2018 10:27:06 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 96 replies
    But Trump and his backers are wrong about what it means that the FBI reportedly was using a confidential source to gather information early in its investigation of possible campaign ties to Russia. The investigation started out as a counterintelligence probe, not a criminal one. And relying on a covert source rather than a more intrusive method of gathering information suggests that the FBI may have been acting cautiously — perhaps too cautiously — to protect the campaign, not undermine it. As a former FBI counterintelligence agent, I know what Trump apparently does not: Counterintelligence investigations have a different purpose...
  • A look at President Trump's new favorite judge

    05/18/2018 2:43:32 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    ABC "News" ^ | May 18, 2018 | By TRISH TURNER JACK DATE
    It was just over a week ago that President Donald Trump and his legal team in their eyes got vindication -- a federal judge that questioned the scope of special counsel Robert Mueller's now one-year-old probe. The judge, T.S. Ellis, questioned the scope of the probe as he presided over a second case involving former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. Ellis, who was appointed by President Ronald Reagan, caught the attention of many in that early May hearing after he poked, prodded and even appeared to question the motives of the prosecutor arguing against the effort to have the case...
  • Pennsylvania Election: Regional Race Could Offer Clues About Midterms Voter Turnout

    03/05/2018 5:18:47 AM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 20 replies
    Less than two years after Donald Trump won a western Pennsylvania congressional district by double digits, a special election race between a young Democrat and a deeply conservative Republican is now closer than either side had expected. The congressional race is being run in Pennsylvania's 18th district, but the March 13 election is expected to offer clues about how voters will turn out in the November midterms. Rick Saccone, the Republican, and Conor Lamb, his Democratic opponent are vying for a seat that opened in October when eight-term Congressman Tim Murphy resigned following a personal scandal. As NPR's Two-Way blog...
  • White House: DACA Deal Is Not Amnesty

    01/10/2018 5:22:57 AM PST · by C19fan · 140 replies
    Breitrbart ^ | January 9, 2018 | Charlie Spiering
    The White House claims that the DACA deal being pursued by members of Congress is not amnesty. Breitbart News questioned White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders about the issue during the White House Press Breifing on Tuesday.
  • Tucker Carlson and Donna Brazile Go Head to Head Over CNN Debate Question

    11/09/2017 6:36:34 AM PST · by Kaslin · 45 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 9, 2017 | Leah Barkoukis
    After revealing explosive details about the DNC and Hillary Clinton in her forthcoming book “Hacks,” the media have sought to discredit Donna Brazile over the fact that she shared a debate question with Hillary Clinton. Fox News’s Tucker Carlson wanted to know more about the Wikileaks revelation from Brazile—to hear her side of the story—but the former acting DNC chair did nothing but deflect and defend her actions, which the Fox News host repeatedly challenged. “They’ve come after you and said, look, it’s a little much for you to criticize the DNC for colluding with the Hillary campaign when you...
  • Did Clinton's Email Negligence Lead to the Execution of an Iranian Defector?

    08/08/2016 7:10:45 AM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 11 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | August 8, 2016 | Ari Lieberman
    In 2009, Shahram Amiri, an Iranian nuclear scientist, traveled to Saudi Arabia, ostensibly to visit Muslim holy sites located in the Kingdom. Once there, he disappeared only to reappear later in some peculiar online rants, claiming to be residing in Virginia and alternatively, in Arizona, and expressing a desire to return to Iran. Amiri, who conducted nuclear research at the military affiliated Malek Ashtar University of Technology and worked for Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, was said to possess a treasure trove of classified information on Iran’s illicit nuclear program. On his YouTube channel, he alleged that he was kidnapped by...
  • The real story of that Lynch-Clinton tarmac meeting gets even stranger

    08/11/2017 2:12:47 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 33 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 8-10-17 | Jazz Shaw
    When we last checked in on newly released information regarding that infamous tarmac meeting between then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Bill Clinton, we learned that the media wasn’t terribly interested in discussing the matter any more than absolutely necessary. But as reporters continue to dig through the trove of Justice Department emails obtained by the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, we find out that there were some people who were very interested in talking. The people in question would be Lynch’s staff and they were having a flurry of discussions with...
  • Putin is drowning in Syria

    07/03/2017 8:41:08 AM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 56 replies
    INN ^ | 6/28/17 | Mark Langfan
    Russian President Vladimir Putin's Syrian gambit was a fatal mistake that may soon destroy Russia and Putin himself. Putin’s strategy in Syria makes the Titanic look watertight. It’s gotten so bad for Putin in the Syrian quicksand that a Russian analyst, Leonid Issaev, who actually lives in Russia, just published an article in al-Jazeera entitled, “Russia is at a dead-end in Syria, Russia is struggling and failing to find a way out of the Syrian quagmire.” Mr. Issaev’s thesis is that “the Kremlin’s gamble to use the conflict in Syria to normalize relations with the West after the disaster in...
  • Georgia special election goes to runoff as GOP gets wakeup call

    04/18/2017 11:27:57 PM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 52 replies
    CNN ^ | 4-19-2017 | Eric Bradner
    Atlanta, Georgia (CNN)Republicans were served another reminder of President Donald Trump's unpopularity Tuesday as Democrat Jon Ossoff nearly captured a House seat in a region that for decades has been a conservative stronghold, with the Democrat ultimately falling just short of the percent needed to avoid a runoff. CNN projects that Ossoff will miss the 50% he needed to win outright. He and the other top vote-getter -- Republican candidate Karen Handel -- will now face off on their own in June.
  • Concern for anti-Semitism as Political Weapon

    03/02/2017 9:32:44 PM PST · by JOHN ADAMS · 3 replies
    The Jewish Press Online ^ | March 2, 2017 | Lori Lowenthal Marcus
    Americans are fretting over what has been described as a rising tide of anti-Semitism. Dozens of bomb threats have been called in to Jewish institutions since early January, and scores of headstones in two Jewish cemeteries, one in suburban St. Louis, the other in Philadelphia, were horribly vandalized last month. Yet, according to most reliable sources, positive feelings between different American religious groups are on the rise as measured in mid-to-late January of this year by the well-respected Pew Foundation. And far more dangerous anti-Semitic acts have taken place throughout the preceding decade and a half than the ones focused...