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  • BREAKING NEWS: Texas Judge has struck down Affordable Care Act, declared unconstituional

    12/14/2018 5:14:51 PM PST · by springwater13 · 210 replies
    U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor agreed with 19 States to declare the Affordable Care Act, (aka Obamacare) Unconstitutional because Congress revoked the tax penalty last year.
  • The Weekly Standard, a conservative magazine critical of Trump, to shutter after 23 years

    12/14/2018 11:23:49 AM PST · by libstripper · 84 replies
    CNN ^ | Dec. 24, 2018 | Olivder Darcy
    New York (CNN Business)The Weekly Standard, the magazine that espouses traditional conservatism and which has remained deeply critical of President Donald Trump, will shutter after 23 years, its owner Clarity Media Group announced Friday morning. The magazine will publish its final issue on December 17. * * * Employees were told at an all staff meeting, which CNN obtained an audio recording of, that they would be paid through the end of the year, and that afterward they would receive severance which would range in scale depending on factors like seniority. To receive severance, however, employees would need to sign...
  • Mick Mulvaney to replace John Kelly as 'acting' chief of staff, Trump says

    12/14/2018 2:44:17 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 58 replies
    Fox News ^ | Alex Pappas
    President Trump on Friday named White House budget director Mick Mulvaney as his new “acting” chief of staff, saying the former South Carolina Republican congressman will replace John Kelly as his top aide. “I am pleased to announce that Mick Mulvaney, Director of the Office of Management & Budget, will be named Acting White House Chief of Staff, replacing General John Kelly, who has served our Country with distinction,” Trump tweeted. “Mick has done an outstanding job while in the Administration. I look forward to working with him in this new capacity as we continue to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”...
  • Mueller releases Flynn files showing FBI doubts over ‘lying,’ tensions over interview

    12/14/2018 2:14:22 PM PST · by ghannonf18 · 53 replies
    FOX NEWS ^ | 14 DEC 2018 | Alex Pappas | Fox News
    Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team on Friday released key documents relating to the FBI’s questioning of former national security adviser Michael Flynn, confirming agents did not believe at the time Flynn intentionally lied to them -- though he was later charged with making false statements in that interview. The documents also reveal that the decision to interview Flynn in early 2017 about contacts with the Russian ambassador was controversial within the Justice Department. One FBI document said then-Acting Attorney General Sally Yates “was not happy” when then-FBI Director James Comey informed her that the FBI planned to talk to Flynn....
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  • The DOJ Inspector General Found 19,000 'Lost' Strzok and Page Texts

    12/13/2018 9:51:34 AM PST · by rktman · 86 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 12/13/2018 | Katie Pavlich
    "In view of the content of many of the text messages between Strzok and Page, the OIG also asked the Special Counsel's Office to provide the OIG the DOJ issues iPhones that had been assigned to Strzok and Page during their respective assignments to the SCO." After a number of steps by the OIG, "was the recovery of thousands of text messages within the period of the missing text messages, December 15, 2016 through May 17, 2017, as well as hundreds of other text messages outside the gap period that had not been produced by the FBI due to technical...
  • Huber won’t testify before House panel on Clinton probe

    12/12/2018 4:22:43 PM PST · by lodi90 · 156 replies
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 12/12/2018 | Thomas Burr
    U.S. Attorney for Utah John Huber won't testify Thursday before the House Oversight subcommittee as its chairman had announced previously. Huber had been assigned by then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions to investigate several controversies Republicans have raised about Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation, many of them stoked by right-wing activists who believe she should be prosecuted. Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., chairman of the Oversight’s subcommittee on government operations, had hoped Huber would provide an update on his probe. “Mr. Huber with the Department of Justice and FBI has been having an investigation — at least part of his task was...
  • May survives confidence vote

    12/12/2018 1:05:42 PM PST · by Simon Green · 57 replies
    Sky News ^ | 12/12/18
    Theresa May keeps her leadership as she survives vote of confidence. Total number of yes and no votes Yes votes: 200 No votes: 117 Majority: 83
  • Michael Cohen Gets 3 Years....

    12/12/2018 9:20:13 AM PST · by Trump_the_Evil_Left · 95 replies
    NBC News ^ | 12/12/18 | By Tom Winter, Hannah Rappleye, Jonathan Dienst and Minyvonne Burke
    An emotional Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former lawyer and fixer, was sentenced Wednesday to 3 years after pleading guilty to nine federal charges stemming from his failure to report millions of dollars in income making secret payments to women who claimed they had affairs with Trump. One of the charges Cohen pleaded guilty to included a separate charge, stemming from Robert Mueller's probe into Tump's potential collusion with Russia, that he lied to Congress about his dealings with a proposed Trump Tower in Moscow.
  • END OF MACRON: French president faces NO CONFIDENCE vote TOMORROW - France in chaos

    12/12/2018 7:17:26 AM PST · by COUNTrecount · 147 replies
    Express, UK ^ | December 12, 2018 | Rebecca Perring
    EMMANUEL Macron's government faces a vote of no confidence in parliament on Thursday amid nationwide anger at the French president which has seen violent riots across the country. Mr Macron's leadership is hanging by a thread after the Yellow Vest protests posed the most formidable challenge yet to his presidency. Leftist MEPs said Thursday's vote is the result of 18 months of fiscal injustice and called on the French president to "radically change direction". The Paris protests which erupted on November 17, were focused on denouncing a squeeze on household spending brought about by Mr Macron's taxes on diesel, which...
  • LIVE: Theresa May to face no confidence vote in leadership

    12/11/2018 11:42:46 PM PST · by monkapotamus · 80 replies
    Sky News ^ | December 12, 2018
    01:36 BREAKING: Threshold for a no confidence vote in Theresa May has been reached.
  • (France)...Four dead and up to 11 critically hurt in shooting at Strasbourg Christmas market

    12/11/2018 3:07:27 PM PST · by caww · 154 replies
    dailymail ^ | 11 December 2018 | TERRI-ANN WILLIAMS
    The local fire department for the French city confirmed the casualties early on Tuesday evening The area has been cordoned off and trams have stopped running in the popular tourist destination The gunman had previously been shot by a soldier near the Christmas market and then fled the scene It is not yet clear if the market was a target of the attack or if there was any links to terrorism The Strasbourg-based European Parliament was on lockdown after reports of the shooting emerged Police have said they know the identity of the suspected gunman
  • Stormy Daniels ordered to pay President Trump $293G in legal fees

    12/11/2018 1:32:28 PM PST · by rdl6989 · 89 replies
    Fox News ^ | Dec 11, 2018 | Matt Richardson
    The U.S. District Court today ordered Stormy Daniels (real name Stephanie Clifford) to pay President Trump $293,052.33 to reimburse his attorneys’ fees (75% of his total legal bill), plus an additional $1,000 in sanctions to punish Daniels for having filed a meritless lawsuit
  • Trump clashes with Pelosi, Schumer on border security in explosive Oval Office meeting

    12/11/2018 12:58:34 PM PST · by naeim.darzi · 56 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/11/2018 | By Alex Pappas, Judson Berger
    President Trump clashed Tuesday with Democratic leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi with the cameras rolling in the Oval Office, as the president insisted he's willing to let the government shut down if Congress doesn't approve funding for his U.S.-Mexico border wall. "If we don't have border security, we'll shut down the government," Trump said.
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  • CHAOS COMPLETE: What the European papers say about Brexit

    12/11/2018 8:51:03 AM PST · by aspasia · 31 replies
    Guardian ^ | 11/12/18 | John Henley
    Europe’s commentators have not been kind to Theresa May after she delayed the meaningful vote on her Brexit deal and dashed to the continent in search of further concessions. “It’s like a long, slow agony,” wrote Sonia Delesalle-Stolper, the London correspondent for the French daily Libération. “You know the end is near, you expect the worst, then there’s a small flicker of light – before another collapse. And it always ends badly.” May “blew her last bet”, failing miserably to convince parliament to vote for the withdrawal agreement sealed barely two weeks ago. “Rather than suffer the humiliation, she suspended...
  • McConnell agrees to vote on Trump-backed criminal justice bill

    12/11/2018 7:35:09 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/11/2018 | Jordain Carney
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said on Tuesday that he will bring up a bipartisan criminal justice bill up for a vote, marking a significant win for supporters including President Trump. "At the request of the president and following improvements to the legislation that has been secured by several members, the Senate will take up the recently revised criminal justice bill," McConnell said from the Senate floor. Backers and advocates have been publicly and privately lobbying McConnell for months to bring the bill to the floor, arguing that they have at least 70 votes in support of the legislation....
  • Supreme Court sides with Planned Parenthood in funding fight [Roberts, Kavanuagh join libs]

    12/10/2018 7:35:37 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 222 replies
    CNN ^ | 12/10/2018 | Ariane De Vogue
    The Supreme Court Monday rebuffed efforts by states to block funding to Planned Parenthood. It left in place two lower court opinions that said that states violate federal law when they terminate Medicaid contracts with Planned Parenthood affiliates who offer preventive care for low income women. It would have taken four justices to agree to hear the issue, and only three conservative justices -- Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch -- voted to hear the case. Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Brett Kavanaugh appeared to side with the court's liberals in not taking up the case -- showing...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 9 December 2018

    12/09/2018 4:45:34 AM PST · by Alas Babylon! · 105 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 9 December 2018 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows December 9th, 2018 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Sen. Anus King, I-Maine; Larry Kudlow, director of the White House National Economic Council. The panel will be former Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah; Guy Benson of Townhall.com and co-host of “Benson and Harf”; former Rep. Jane Harman, D-Calif., president of the Woodrow Wilson Center; and Charles Lane of The Washington Post.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.; Gov.-elect Tony Evers, D-Wis.; Anus King. The panel will be Kimberly Atkins of The Boston Herald; Eddie Glaude Jr., chair of...