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  • Fired FBI director James Comey to teach ethics at Virginia college

    01/20/2018 7:32:12 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 49 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 19, 2018 | Reuters Staff
    James Comey, the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director who was fired last year by U.S. President Donald Trump, will teach a course on ethical leadership at the College of William & Mary in Virginia, the school said on Friday. “Ethical leaders lead by seeing above the short term, above the urgent or the partisan, and with a higher loyalty to lasting values, most importantly the truth,” Comey said in a statement released by the college, the country’s second oldest. Comey graduated from William & Mary in 1984 with a double major in chemistry and religion, and will teach for...
  • Former FBI Director Comey to teach ethical leadership

    01/19/2018 5:55:04 AM PST · by think4yrsf · 57 replies
    Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | Jan 19, 2018 | Justin Mattingly
    RICHMOND, Va. — Former FBI director James Comey will teach an ethical leadership course at the College of William & Mary starting next fall, the school announced Friday. The William & Mary alumnus will serve as an executive professor in education as he teaches the three-credit course. Drew Stelljes, the school's executive assistant professor of education and assistant vice president for student leadership, will co-teach the class during the next three semesters.
  • House Freedom Caucus Gets Debate, Vote, on Goodlatte’s Immigration-and-Amnesty Bill

    01/18/2018 8:33:24 PM PST · by EliRoom8 · 11 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Jan 18 | Neil Muno
    The House’s immigration-and-amnesty bill is going to get a formal debate and vote in the House, according to the House Freedom Caucus. Caucus chief Rep. Mark Meadows announced the decision to reporters following closed-door negotiations with House Speaker Paul Ryan. The talks with Ryan were held when Ryan had to trade favors to collect enough GOP votes to push through another short-term budget that will last until February 16. Democrats voted against the GOP’s short-term budget because it does not offer an amnesty to millions of illegals. The House budget plan next goes to the Senate, where Democrats will be...
  • Amazon's $5 billion new HQ will be in one of these cities

    01/18/2018 2:56:07 PM PST · by ItsOnlyDaryl · 50 replies
    Scope News ^ | 1.18.18 | Chris Agee
    After fielding hundreds of pitches from cities across the U.S., Amazon has whittled the list of prospective homes for its second headquarters down to a relatively short 20. According to a statement this week by the online retail giant, the $5 billion project known as HQ2 will be located in one of the following regions:
  • Analysis: It’s a Blue House Wave, but Not Yet a Senate One

    01/18/2018 6:01:36 PM PST · by SMGFan · 20 replies
    Roll Call ^ | January 17, 2018 | Stuart Rothenberg
    Rural, Trump-friendly states make for a formidable map for Democrats Democrats ought to temper their optimism about the fight for the Senate this year. Yes, Doug Jones’ victory in Alabama’s special election gives their party a path to a Senate majority in November. But at this point, it remains an unlikely path, despite the official party line. Even assuming Senate seats in both Arizona and Nevada fall to Democrats — not a certainty, but more likely than not — Republicans can maintain control of the Senate by swiping a Democratic seat in West Virginia, Indiana, Missouri, North Dakota or one...
  • Dems fighting renaming park near Reagan Airport for Nancy Reagan

    01/18/2018 12:13:16 PM PST · by leaymane · 22 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 1/17/18 | Jenna Portnoy
    A House committee on Wednesday advanced a bill that would rename Gravelly Point Park after former first lady Nancy Reagan, roiling local residents who are still upset about the renaming of Washington National Airport for Ronald Reagan 20 years ago. The bill passed the House Natural Resources Committee along party lines over the objections of Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.), who accused Republicans of forcing the name change despite a complete lack of local support or input. “I have great respect for Nancy Reagan . . . ,” Beyer said. “But this bill is the equivalent of someone coming in and changing the...
  • Hugh Wilson, Who Created ‘WKRP in Cincinnati,’ Dies at 74

    01/18/2018 7:20:01 AM PST · by Borges · 67 replies
    NYT ^ | 1/17/2018 | NEIL GENZLINGER
    Hugh Wilson, who created the CBS comedy “WKRP in Cincinnati” and directed the raucous hit film “Police Academy” in 1984, died on Sunday at his home in Charlottesville, Va. He was 74. The death was announced by Hill & Wood Funeral Services of Charlottesville. No cause was given. Mr. Wilson worked his way into comedy writing after starting out in advertising, and in 1978 he graduated from writer to creator when “WKRP” made its debut. The series, about a radio station full of misfits, ran for four seasons and had a cast that included Gary Sandy as the station’s levelheaded...
  • Conservative Lobbyist Who Offered Reward For Info On Seth Rich Murder Violently Attacked

    01/18/2018 8:16:31 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 49 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 10:21 AM 01/18/2018 | Jack Crowe
    A well-known conservative lobbyist was sprayed with a “caustic substance” by a masked attacker outside his Arlington home Tuesday, according to local police. Jack Burkman, who made headlines again in 2016 by offering a $130,000 reward for information on the mysterious murder of DNC staffer Seth Rich, was reportedly attacked Tuesday. Local police told The Washington Post they have not yet determined the perpetrator’s identity. Burkman told WaPo he was returning from the grocery store when a man wearing a ski mask jumped out of a black SUV, sprayed him in the face with what appeared to be pepper spray,...
  • President Donald J. Trump Proclaims January 16, 2018, as Religious Freedom Day

    01/16/2018 1:08:03 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 10 replies
    WhiteHouse.gov ^ | January 16, 2018 | President Donald J. Trump
    Faith is embedded in the history, spirit, and soul of our Nation. On Religious Freedom Day, we celebrate the many faiths that make up our country, and we commemorate the 232nd anniversary of the passing of a State law that has shaped and secured our cherished legacy of religious liberty.Our forefathers, seeking refuge from religious persecution, believed in the eternal truth that freedom is not a gift from the government, but a sacred right from Almighty God. On the coattails of the American Revolution, on January 16, 1786, the Virginia General Assembly passed the Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom. This...
  • Former CIA officer arrested for keeping classified records

    01/16/2018 2:49:42 PM PST · by jazusamo · 33 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 16, 2018 | Jeff Mordock
    Jerry Chun Shing Lee, 53, also known as Zhen Cheng, was arrested after arriving at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York. A naturalized U.S. citizen, he began working for the CIA as a case officer in 1994 and maintained a top-secret clearance, according to a Justice Department announcement. The department alleges that Mr. Lee and his family left Hong Kong to return to the U.S. While traveling back to the United States, Mr. Lee’s family stayed in hotels in Hawaii and Virginia, where FBI agents conducted court-authorized searches of Lee’s room and luggage, the Justice Department said.
  • After election wipeout, Va. House Republicans avoid hot-button bills on abortion, LGBT rights

    01/16/2018 1:06:47 PM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 11 replies
    Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | January 14, 2018 | Graham Moomaw
    In addition to more than a dozen departed Republicans, something else seems to have gone missing this year from the Virginia House of Delegates: conservative bills on contentious social issues like abortion and LGBT rights. More than 1,300 pieces of legislation have been filed in the House so far, but there are no bathroom bills, no bills to protect opposition to gay marriage and no bills to restrict access to abortion. The filing deadline isn’t until Friday, but many of the Republican lawmakers who attached their names to headline-grabbing bills in past sessions say they won’t push the legislation again...
  • The Missing Democratic Agenda

    01/12/2018 11:28:48 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 17 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | Jan 12, 2018 | Matthew Continetti
    Liberal exhaustion from Oprah to DACAOh, to have been a fly on the wall in Elizabeth Warren's house as people went crazy over the prospect of Oprah 2020. I can only imagine Warren's reaction. Did she yell at the TV? Mutter under her breath? Immediately call her media consultant in panic? We know the slight got to her. By midweek she was making the rounds on cable. There she was, with Mark Warner of Virginia, reminding us of her existence, talking about God knows what, and smiling uncomfortably when asked, inevitably, what she thought of the Lady O. Watching Warren...
  • McAuliffe Suggests He’d Knock Out Trump During a Debate: ‘You Would Have To Pick Him Off The Floor’

    01/12/2018 11:01:50 AM PST · by MarvinStinson · 96 replies
    freebeacon ^ | Charles Russell | Charles Russell
    Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D.) suggested Thursday that he would knock out President Donald Trump during a debate if Trump tried to intimidate him or get in his space. Asked by MSNBC's Chris Matthews what he would do if Trump tried to intimidate him as Hillary Clinton said he was trying to do during their 2016 town hall debate, McAuliffe said Trump would have to be picked up off the floor. "What would you do in a debate with him if he tried that? If he came over and leaned over back of you, what would you do?" Matthews asked....
  • Teacher’s aide, 32, gets prison for sex with teen boy student 'inside a van with a full sized bed'

    01/11/2018 3:04:18 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 122 replies
    A former Virginia high school sign language interpreter and mother was sentenced to prison Thursday for having sex with a 15-year-old student in a van specially equipped with a bed, officials said. Amanda Nasser, 32, who worked at Louisa County High School, was sentenced to 90 years in prison, but had all of the time except for seven years suspended, FOX5DC reported. She was convicted of 18 felony charges of indecent liberties with a minor and computer solicitation of a minor. “Ms. Nasser abandoned her duties at the school to prey on a young boy whom she met when she...
  • Female MS-13 gang member, 18, told teen girl 'don't forget my name' in video confession of brutal...

    01/11/2018 8:33:21 AM PST · by jazusamo · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 11, 2018 | Travis Fedschun
    Full title: Female MS-13 gang member, 18, told teen girl 'don't forget my name' in video confession of brutal killingA teenage member of the MS-13 street gang, who sought to avenge the murder of her boyfriend by killing a 15-year-old girl, chillingly told her victim "don't forget my name" just before stabbing the girl more than a dozen times, according to interrogation video released Wednesday. Venus Romero Iraheta, who was 17 at the time of the January 2017 murder, pleaded guilty Monday in a Virginia courtroom to first-degree murder, abduction and criminal street gang participation in the slaying of Damaris...
  • Incoming Virginia Gov: Banning Private Gun Sales a Priority for 2018

    01/10/2018 10:36:07 AM PST · by rktman · 70 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 1/10/2018 | AWR Hawkins
    Incoming Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) indicates that banning private gun sales in the state will be a priority for 2018. In other words, he will continue to pursue the gun controls that outgoing Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) pursued but failed to secure. NBC Washington reports that Northam will be pushing “universal background checks for gun buyers.” This means private gun sales will be treated like retail sales, with a point-of-sale background checks required at time of purchase. Such a framework will require a law-abiding gun owner to seek out a government representative, a federal firearms license holder, and have...
  • Democrat Simonds concedes tied Newport News [VA] race

    01/10/2018 8:42:01 AM PST · by COBOL2Java · 29 replies
    WTOP News [Washington DC] ^ | January 10, 2018 11:31 am | Max Smith | @amaxsmith
    RICHMOND — Democrat Shelly Simonds has conceded the tied 94th District race out of Newport News that was decided by a random drawing last week. Simonds, who had suggested she might seek a second recount or contest the election, said she did not see any paths forward to challenge Republican Del. David Yancey’s re-election. She tweeted about 45 minutes before the General Assembly convened that she was conceding with “great disappointment.” I have conceded because I do not see any legal pathways forward and I want representation for the 94th district today. — Shelly Simonds (@shelly_simonds) January 10, 2018
  • Court denies Dem voters’ appeal in Fredericksburg [VA] area

    01/10/2018 7:34:38 AM PST · by COBOL2Java · 20 replies
    WTOP News [Washington DC] ^ | January 10, 2018 10:11 am | Max Smith | @amaxsmith
    RICHMOND, Va. — A federal appeals court denied Fredericksburg-area voters’ request to block Republican Bob Thomas from being seated in the House of Delegates, just hours before the General Assembly session began. A Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals panel in Richmond denied the motion seeking to keep Thomas from being seated due to dozens of people who voted in the wrong races in the Fredericksburg area. Thomas beat Democrat Joshua Cole by 73 votes. The decision cleared the way for Republicans to elect Del. Kirk Cox of Colonial Heights as House Speaker. In a separate race, Democrat Shelly Simonds has...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Meet (Nick Freitas) The Virginia Senate Candidate Backed By Top Conservatives

    01/08/2018 9:02:52 AM PST · by Perseverando · 53 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | January 7, 2018 | JulieGrace Brufke
    Republicans are anxious to unseat former vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine from his Virginia Senate seat in November, and top conservatives in the upper chamber have been quick to throw their support behind Del. Nick Freitas in his quest to secure the GOP nomination. Just weeks after announcing his bid, Freitas — a libertarian-leaning Republican, former Green Beret and father of three — has already managed to lock down the endorsement of Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and receive campaign guidance from Utah Sen. Mike Lee after touting his legislative record and dedication to upholding the Constitution. “Being able to get...
  • INTERVIEW: Green Beret Challenging VA Senator Tim Kaine Endorsed by Rand Paul

    01/06/2018 7:22:06 PM PST · by Perseverando · 15 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | January 6, 2018 | Cassandra Fairbanks
    Nick Freitas, the liberty-minded conservative who is challenging Senator Tim Kaine in Virginia, has just been endorsed by Senator Rand Paul — who referred to the former Green Beret as “the real deal.” The Gateway Pundit spoke to Freitas following the endorsement to find out more about where he stands on the issues. “Nick Freitas is the real deal and I urge liberty conservatives and those who believe in the constitution and limited government to rally to his cause and campaign,” Senator Paul said in a statement provided to the Gateway Pundit on Friday. “Through his involvement in politics and...