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  • John Brennan Fires Warning Shot to Ryan and McConnell After Trump Orders DOJ Investigation

    05/20/2018 6:20:09 PM PDT · by Helicondelta · 92 replies
    TGP ^ | May 20, 2018
    As previously reported by TGP’s Kristinn Taylor, President Trump tweeted Sunday afternoon he is ordering the Justice Department to investigate whether the Obama administration spied on his 2016 presidential campaign. The order comes on the heels of leaks to the New York Times and Washington Post that the Obama administration had an “informant” make several approaches to three Trump campaign officials, included one that involved an offer of cash and another an offer to “advise” the campaign. Trump tweeted: “I hereby demand, and will do so officially tomorrow, that the Department of Justice look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ...
  • Vowel Movement: How Americans near the Great Lakes are radically changing the sound of English

    08/24/2012 2:10:57 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 135 replies
    Slate ^ | August 22, 2012 | Rob Mifsud
    On July 4, 1960, the Eugene (Ore.) Register-Guard rang in Independence Day with a dire Associated Press report by one Norma Gauhn headlined “American Dialects Disappearing.” The problem, according to “speech experts,” was the homogenizing effect of “mass communications, compulsory education, [and] the mobility of restless Americans.” These conformist pressures have only intensified in the half-century since the AP warned “that within four generations virtually all regional U.S. speech differences will be gone.” And so as we enter the predicted twilight of regional American English, it’s no surprise that publications as venerable as the Economist now confirm what our collective...
  • Farm bill fails in House, amid conservative uprising over immigration

    05/18/2018 11:04:02 AM PDT · by xzins · 53 replies
    Fox ^ | 18 May 18 | Chad Pergam
    GOP seeks farm bill support amid immigration debate House Freedom Caucus members are trying to flex some muscle on immigration in exchange for support on the farm bill; A sprawling and subsidy-packed farm bill that also would have tightened food stamp rules failed in the House on Friday, in a dramatic defeat for GOP leaders who faced an uprising from conservatives over inaction on immigration. The farm bill, which was voted down 213-198, had been hanging in the balance as the conservative House Freedom Caucus threatened to withhold support without an agreement on an immigration bill vote. The GOP leadership,...
  • When President Trump Attacks, Vulnerable Democratic Senators Shut Their Mouths and Pray

    05/18/2018 12:19:30 PM PDT · by ethom · 25 replies
    Politico ^ | 05/18/2018 05:00 EDT | https://www.politico.com/story/2018/05/18/trump-democrats-senators-reelection-attacks-596553
    Vulnerable senators up for reelection have adopted a strategy of silence in response to the president’s avalanche of putdowns. Jon Tester was on his farm in rural Montana when his phone rang with the news: It was his chief of staff, informing him that the president of the United States had just called for his resignation on Twitter. The Montana Democrat briefly considered President Donald Trump’s latest attack on him, then fired up his tractor and went on his way. Tester wasn’t going to get into it with Trump over the senator’s role in bringing down the president’s Veterans Affairs...
  • Four Ways Speaker of the House Paul Ryan Can Block the Discharge Amnesty Petition

    05/17/2018 8:13:12 AM PDT · by ethom · 8 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 16 2018 | by NEIL MUNRO
    House Speaker Paul Ryan has many tools to prevent the discharge petition from reaching the House floor — and even to prevent a clear majority of legislators from passing the planned amnesty. Twenty GOP legislators have signed the petition, just five short of the number need to let the Democrats get 218 votes for a floor vote on an amnesty bill. When, or if, 25 GOP members have signed, Democrats can rush another 193 signatures on the petition, giving them then 218 votes they need to force a vote on the floor, which can happen the following month. Voters can...
  • House Speaker Ryan moves to stop Republican revolt on immigration

    05/16/2018 8:14:43 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 29 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 16, 2018 | by Staff
    WASHINGTON - U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan on Wednesday warned a small group of his fellow Republicans against forcing a floor debate on four separate bills that would protect young illegal immigrants from deportation, saying doing so would be a “big mistake.” Instead, Ryan said he was working with the White House on a singular bill that would win President Donald Trump’s support.
  • RINOs & Dems Working on MASS AMNESTY in the House Through “Discharge Petition”

    05/15/2018 8:34:57 AM PDT · by ethom · 30 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | May 14, 2018 | by Cristina Laila
    Fox News host Laura Ingraham fired off a warning shot to President Trump Monday evening about an effort in the House to push through mass amnesty all supported by Speaker Paul Ryan. Paul Ryan is on his way out so he’s on a kamikaze mission to push through mass amnesty. Laura Ingraham warned the President Monday. Ingraham tweeted: Warning to @realDonaldTrump: An effort is underway by liberal Repubs (+Dems) on a mass amnesty in the House thru a “discharge petition,” supported by @SpeakerRyan. Total travesty & mid-term turn-out killer. Warning to @realDonaldTrump: An effort is underway by liberal Repubs (+Dems)...
  • Reports Indicate Secret FBI and CIA Mole Spying on Trump Campaign

    05/15/2018 10:25:50 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 44 replies
    BPR ^ | 15 May 2018 | KRISTINA WONG
    Speculation is mounting over the identity of a purported top-secret intelligence source who was part of the FBI’s investigation into the Trump campaign. Such a source was first confirmed last week by leakers to the Washington Post. The leakers told the Post that senior FBI and national intelligence officials tried to stop House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes from receiving information that could “endanger a top-secret intelligence source.” The leakers also revealed the source is a “U.S. citizen who has provided intelligence to the CIA and FBI.” They also revealed that providing the information about the source could “damage relationships...
  • . Baldwin Challenger Vukmir Puts Her on ‘Team Terrorist’

    05/12/2018 2:01:06 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 9 replies
    Rollcall ^ | May 11, 2018
    .Wisconsin Republicans angling for party endorsement at convention on Saturday .For many states, primary season is “Tell us how you really feel” season. And Wisconsin GOP Senate candidate Leah Vukmir feels she’s on “Team America,” while Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin is on “Team Terrorist.”
  • Six Months Out: The 10 Most Vulnerable Senators in 2018

    05/10/2018 11:03:50 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 14 replies
    Rollcall ^ | May 10, 2018
    Sen. Dean Heller is the only Republican running for re-election in a state Hillary Clinton won in 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo) Senate Democrats are still defending 10 states that President Donald Trump won in 2016, but six months out from Election Day, the most vulnerable senator remains a Republican. Nevada Sen. Dean Heller no longer faces a primary threat, but he’s the only Republican up for re-election in a state Hillary Clinton won, and in this national environment that’s a tricky place to be. The Democrats’ odds of flipping a few GOP-held open seats in Arizona and...
  • Smog Dumper Illinois Has a Conniption After EPA’s Wisconsin Ruling

    05/09/2018 7:17:31 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 17 replies
    MacIver Institute ^ | May 9, 2018 | Matt Kittle
    MADISON, Wis. – For years, Chicago, Northwest Indiana and parts south and north have been sending their pollution to Wisconsin, particularly southeast Wisconsin. Wisconsin for decades has argued that it is not the main cause of the smog problem. Science backs that up. The Badger State and its economy have long had to pay for somebody else's smog, through draconian U.S. Environmental Protection Agency air pollution standards that have unfairly put clean Wisconsin on the dirty air list. Last week, the Trump administration’s EPA reversed course and took much of southeast Wisconsin off the non-attainment list of counties not meeting...
  • House chaplain rescinds resignation after Paul Ryan forced him out

    05/03/2018 2:37:32 PM PDT · by wmileo · 40 replies
    FOXNEWS ^ | May 3, 2018 | Alex Pappas
    The Rev. Patrick Conroy, chaplain of the House of Representatives, said in a letter on Thursday that he was rescinding his resignation amid his high-profile ousting by House Speaker Paul Ryan. The Associated Press reported that Conroy wrote in a two-page letter to Ryan, the retiring Wisconsin Republican, that he has never "heard a complaint about my ministry" as House chaplain. Democrats have expressed outrage over Ryan’s decision to push Conroy out of the job. Ryan has told fellow Republicans that he fired the House chaplain, a Roman Catholic priest from the Jesuit order, after complaints from members that he...
  • Two shot, including 84-year-old man, during string of carjackings on North Side:

    04/27/2018 2:23:09 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 13 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 4-27-18 | Tony Briscoe and Rosemary Sobol
    A gunman carjacked an undercover police officer Thursday afternoon on the Near North Side embarking on nearly two-mile crime spree that left two people shot in the city’s Gold Coast neighborhood. The string of violence began around 5:30 p.m. in the 600 block of West Chicago Avenue, where a man hijacked an on-duty undercover officer’s vehicle, according to Deputy Police Chief Kevin Ryan. The officer was unharmed. The man drove off and was spotted, again, near Oak and Rush streets. There, he shot the driver of a black Nissan Altima in the arm after he attempted to steal his car,...
  • 3 dead in Hazelhurst medical helicopter crash (WI)

    04/27/2018 11:46:30 AM PDT · by buckalfa · 12 replies
    WSAW Tv ^ | April 27, 2018 | WSAW Team Coverage
    HAZELHURST, Wis. (WSAW) -- An NTSB investigator from Chicago is expected to arrive in Hazelhurst Friday afternoon to determine what caused a medical helicopter to crash, killing three people. The victims, who have not been named, include the pilot and two crew members. NTSB spokesman Peter Knudson said a Eurocopter AS350 B2 helicopter departed Madison after a patient transport, and was returning to its base in Woodruff and crashed about 12 miles south of its destination. The helicopter is from Ascension. A spokesman for Ascension released a statement: We are deeply saddened and mourning the loss of three teammates who...
  • Speaker Ryan forces out House chaplain

    04/26/2018 6:22:04 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 26, 2018 5:26 pm | Andrew Taylor
    House Speaker Paul Ryan has forced out the House chaplain, Reverend Patrick Conroy. Conroy had served as the chamber’s chaplain since 2011 but offered his resignation last week at Ryan’s urging. Conroy’s resignation letter said he was offering to step down at Ryan’s request, calling his seven years of House service “one of the great privileges of my life.” Ryan spokeswoman Ashlee Strong would not reveal the speaker’s reasons for forcing Conroy out. A top Democrat, Rep. Joe Crowley of New York, said he believes it was because of a prayer Conroy gave during last fall’s tax debate urging that...
  • Explosion rocks Wisconsin refinery, at least 5 hurt

    04/26/2018 11:27:51 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    CNBC ^ | 041/26/2018
    A tank containing crude oil or asphalt exploded at a large refinery in Wisconsin on Thursday, injuring several people and causing a blast that one worker described as sounding like a sonic boom. No fatalities have been reported, but at least five people have been taken to hospitals in Duluth, Minnesota, following the explosion at the Husky Energy oil refinery at about 10 a.m., Superior Fire Chief Steve Panger told The Associated Press. Panger didn't have details about the extent of their injuries. Others were walking wounded.
  • Former Ryan aide announces congressional bid

    04/23/2018 11:48:17 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 23 replies
    thehill ^ | 04/23/2018 | Mallory Shelbourne
    Bryan Steil, a former aide to Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), on Sunday announced his bid for Ryan’s congressional seat, The Associated Press reported. “I want to take my problem-solving skills to Congress. I think they need problem solvers, doers ... not talkers,” Steil reportedly said. No viable Republican candidate had entered the race before Ryan announced his retirement earlier this month. The primary is scheduled for Aug. 14. Steil, who is from Ryan’s hometown of Janesville, sits on the Board of Regents for the University of Wisconsin, the AP reported. He served as an economic adviser and legislative aide to...
  • Wisconsin Crybullies Fail to Disrupt Charity Gun Raffle

    04/23/2018 12:35:35 PM PDT · by marktwain · 29 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 16 April, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Even in extremely liberal Madison, Wisconsin, there is a core of Second Amendment supporters. Friends of the NRA is not a political group. The events are meant to raise money for things such as shooting ranges and teaching firearms safety. They are not allowed to endorse political candidates. It is clear that Friends of the NRA are Second Amendment supporters.  The Friends of the NRA in Madison, Wisconsin, held their 26th annual fundraising event on 11 April 2018. The event has been non-controversial for 25 years. This year the event drew some crybullies who want to tell other people...
  • Who Giggles Last?

    04/22/2018 10:10:46 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 22, 2018 | Gil Gutknecht
    The giggles from the press gaggle were audible the other day when one reporter apologetically asked Jim Comey for his reaction to the criminal referral drafted by eleven House Republicans. Of course there were no serious follow-up questions. None needed. The DC press corps considers this a joke. They know who the good guys are. Jim Comey was one of them. They know that the noise by this handful of right-wing troublemakers would quickly fade away. It will be swallowed and quickly digested by the DC swamp. End of story. So they could pivot and return their focus to the...
  • Paul Ryan, GOP Establishment Look to Fulfill Koch Brothers’ Amnesty Dreams Ahead of Midterms

    04/19/2018 5:20:20 AM PDT · by Mount Athos · 24 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 18 Apr 2018 | JOHN BINDER
    The Republican establishment is weighing a plan with Democrats whereby millions of illegal aliens who are eligible and enrolled in the President Obama-created Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program are given amnesty in exchange for a small amount of border security funding, Reuters reports. Trump’s earlier compromise plan — that both the Republican establishment and Democrats rejected — would have only allowed the nearly 800,000 DACA-enrolled illegal aliens to remain in exchange for a major reduction in legal immigration levels to boost Americans’ wages. For example, Trump’s original plan would have ended the process known as “chain migration,” whereby...