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  • Firearms Merchant Files Class Action Lawsuit Against PayPal And Other Payment Processors

    06/24/2017 8:33:56 AM PDT · by rktman · 23 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 6/23/2017 | Kerry Picket
    Blair Gladwin, owner of the California based Gladwin Guns and Ammo, filed three class action lawsuits last week against online payment processors PayPal, Stripe, and Square for singling out him and other firearms businesses. The payment companies required Gladwin and the other owners to reveal the nature of their dealings — after which the payment companies refused to work with them. Gladwin claims this type of discrimination is a violation of California’s Unruh Civil Rights Act Sections 51, 52(a) and 52(c), a law that protects federally-licensed gun stores from such refusals of business transactions. The class action lawsuits, according to...
  • Big cases, retirement rumors as Supreme Court nears finish

    06/24/2017 7:14:50 AM PDT · by rktman · 24 replies
    hosted2.ap.org ^ | 6/24/2017 | MARK SHERMAN
    The Supreme Court enters its final week of work before a long summer hiatus with action expected on the Trump administration's travel ban and a decision due in a separation of church and state case that arises from a Missouri church playground. The biggest news of all, though, would be if Justice Anthony Kennedy were to use the court's last public session on Monday to announce his retirement. To be sure, Kennedy has given no public sign that he will retire this year and give President Donald Trump his second high court pick in the first months of his administration....
  • Gorsuch dissents from Ginsburg in case on federal worker complaints

    06/24/2017 3:05:51 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 14 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Jun 23, 2017 | Ryan Lovelace
    Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch dissented from Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Friday ruling that resolved a dispute over the judicial review procedure for complaints filed by federal employees. The Supreme Court's 7-2 decision authored by Ginsburg reversed the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals decision in Perry v. Merit Systems Protection Board, and remanded the case for further review. The case itself involves the process for handling federal employee workforce complaints. Those complaints that fall under both the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978 and federal antidiscrimination laws are called "mixed cases." When the federal Merit Systems Protection Board dismisses a...
  • Freshman GOP rep calls for Mueller recusal from Russia probe

    06/23/2017 7:00:03 PM PDT · by HarleyLady27 · 52 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 23, 2017 | Julia Manchester
    A member of the House Freedom Caucus on Friday called on the Justice Department's special counsel, Robert Mueller, to recuse himself in the federal probe into Russian election meddling. Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Az) said the "integrity of his appointment" was in question due to Mueller's friendship with ousted FBI Director James Comey. "His ability to be impartial is doubtful because he has surrounded himself with highly partisan lawyers who make a special practice to line the coffers of Democrats," the freshman Republican lawmaker said in a statement, referencing attorneys Mueller has hired who have Democratic political leanings.
  • Public Accounts by Friends Show James Comey Leaked While FBI Director

    06/23/2017 6:52:29 PM PDT · by HarleyLady27 · 30 replies
    Breithbart ^ | June 22, 2017 | Kristina Wong
    James Comey may have misled senators on May 3, when he testified to the Senate Judiciary Committee that he had never been an anonymous source in news reports related to the Russia investigation. By that time, he had already leaked several private conversations he had with President Trump to his friend Benjamin Wittes, editor-in-chief of the blog Lawfare and former editorial writer for the Washington Post.
  • (Hillary) Clinton: If Republicans pass ObamaCare repeal, 'they're the death party'

    06/23/2017 5:34:56 PM PDT · by Ciaphas Cain · 39 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 23, 2017 | Brandon Carter
    Former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton dubbed the GOP "the death party" on Friday. She blasted Republicans in a tweet over the Senate GOP's recently unveiled bill to repeal and replace ObamaCare. “Forget death panels,” Clinton tweeted. “If Republicans pass this bill, they’re the death party.”
  • Supreme Court Deals Blow to Property Rights

    06/23/2017 2:20:20 PM PDT · by Sopater · 111 replies
    Reason ^ | 6/23/17 | Eric Boehm
    When governments issue regulations that undermine the value of property, bureaucrats don't necessarily have to compensate property holders, the Supreme Court ruled Friday. The court voted 5-3, in Murr V. Wisconsin, a closely watched Fifth Amendment property rights case. The case arose from a dispute over two tiny parcels of land along the St. Croix River in western Wisconsin and morphed into a major property rights case that drew several western states into the debate before the court. Chief Justice John Roberts, in a scathing dissent, wrote that ruling was a significant blow for property rights and would give greater...
  • Starnes: Alabama school bans Reagan, Coulter, Levin summer reading list

    06/23/2017 11:21:00 AM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 18 replies
    Fox ^ | 6/23/2017
    The summer reading list for Gene Ponder's AP Government and Economics class at Spanish Fort High School in Alabama is causing some trouble. Mr. Ponder filled his list with books authored by conservatives -- and libertarians. I know – right? Imagine that - a conservative public school teacher! Sweet mercy, America! Miracles do happen. Mr. Ponder’s summer reading list was a bonus assignment and included writers like Ann Coulter and Mark Levin and Ronald Reagan and Thomas Sowell. For the past 10 years, he’s instructed the students to spend a portion of their summer reading just one book on the...
  • U.S. Ruled by Executive, Legislative, Judicial Branches… and Richard Cordray

    06/23/2017 10:14:57 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 6 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | June 22, 2017 | Jon Cassidy
    A despotism in our midst no one can do anything about, evidently. Could Congress create a fourth branch of government? Maybe break off a piece of what the executive branch handles now — commerce, say, or agriculture, or maybe even defense — and create a new office supported by its own dedicated tax stream and the authority to levy penalties? The president could still appoint this officer — I think prince-bishop has a nice ring to it — but wouldn’t be able to remove His Excellency absent extraordinary factual circumstances. Maybe we could expect the prince-bishop to decree exile for...
  • I worked on the EPA’s climate change website. Its removal is a declaration of war.

    06/23/2017 10:05:19 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 136 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 23, 2017 | By Jason Samenow
    This spring, political officials at the Environmental Protection Agency removed the agency’s climate change website, one of the world’s top resources for information on the science and effects of climate change. To me, a scientist who managed this website for more than five years, its removal signifies a declaration of war on climate science by EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. There can be no other interpretation. I draw this conclusion as a meteorologist with a specialization in climate science and as an independent voter who strives to keep my political and scientific views separate. I concede that this specific issue is...
  • White middle schoolers forced to stand in front of classmates, apologize for ‘privilege’

    06/23/2017 9:54:18 AM PDT · by Ciaphas Cain · 65 replies
    EAGnews.org ^ | June 21, 2017 | Victor Skinner
    EDEN, N.C. – “White privilege” training in the Rockingham County school system is causing a lot of headaches. Superintendent Rodney Shotwell told Rockingham Now the state threatened to withhold federal funding when a disproportionate number of minority students were suspended in a special exceptional children’s program in 2012 and 2013, so district leaders implemented mandatory “equity training” for school staff. Now, some teachers are complaining that the training materials focused on white privilege and transgender issues violate their principles, while parents are speaking out about other teachers who are taking what they learned and imposing it on students. At a...
  • Female robbery suspect shot by armed Quiznos employee during ‘take-over style’(SLC)

    06/23/2017 9:31:33 AM PDT · by rktman · 31 replies
    www.sltrib.com ^ | 6/21/2017 | STEPHEN HUNT
    During what Salt Lake City police are calling rare "take-over style" robbery at a Quiznos restaurant Tuesday night, a female employee shot and wounded a female robbery suspect, prompting her two male accomplices to flee. The female suspect, whose name was not immediately released, was in serious condition Wednesday at a hospital, said SLCPD Detective Greg Wilking, who said the suspect was hit in the neck.
  • Gun Sales Spike As People Buy Deadlier Weapons to Protect Themselves

    06/23/2017 9:18:09 AM PDT · by rktman · 94 replies
    newsweek.com ^ | 6/22/2017 | Douglas Main
    People are increasingly buying more lethal guns, and arming themselves for purposes of protection rather than for hunting or recreation, new research shows. In a study of gun manufacturing and sales from 1990 to 2015, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, researchers shows that the production of larger-caliber handguns skyrocketed in this time period. The paper found that since 1994, the manufacture of .38-caliber guns rose 12-fold, with nearly 820,000 of the pistols produced in 2015. The manufacture of 9 mm guns also increased seven-fold in this 15-year stretch, while those larger than 9 mm jumped 150 percent
  • The Little Putsch That Could Beget a Great Big Coup

    06/23/2017 6:28:43 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 17 replies
    dailyreckoning.com ^ | Posted June 21, 2017 | By David Stockman
    So let’s start with two obvious points about the whole Russia fiasco… Namely, there is no “there, there.” First off, the president has the power to declassify secret documents at will. But in this instance he could also do that without compromising intelligence community (IC) “sources and methods” in the slightest. That’s because after Edward Snowden’s revelations in 2013, the whole world was put on notice — and most especially Washington’s adversaries — that it collects every single electronic digit that passes through the worldwide web and related communications grids. Washington essentially has universal and omniscient SIGINT (signals intelligence). Acknowledging...
  • MSNBC Analyst Compares Trump to a Suicide Bomber

    06/23/2017 6:08:46 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 34 replies
    Information Liberation ^ | 06/23/17 | Chris Menahan
    According to MSNBC political analyst Elise Jordan, supporting Trump is just like supporting a suicide bomber, because he'll blow you up along with himself if you "go out on the limb" for him. Jordan was asked by MSNBC's Craig Melvin on Thursday to comment on the news that Trump said he has no tapes of his conversations with James Comey. "Earlier in the broadcast," Melvin said, "I said the president was bluffing. I may have been, perhaps, too fair. It would seem as if the president may have been lying all along about the existence of these tapes."Jordan responded: "No,...
  • Trump: Mueller’s Friendship With Comey Is ‘Very Bothersome’

    06/23/2017 5:57:01 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 38 replies
    NY Post ^ | 06/23/17 | Yaron Steinbuch
    President Trump said it is “very bothersome” that the man investigating possible ties between his presidential campaign and Russia is good friends with ousted FBI director James Comey. The president was asked in an interview to be broadcast Friday morning on “Fox and Friends” whether special counsel Robert Mueller should step down because of his relationship with Comey. “We’re going to have to see,” Trump replied.
  • The 2016 Election and the Demise of Journalistic Standards

    06/23/2017 5:52:46 AM PDT · by jimbug · 22 replies
    Hillsdale College ^ | May/June 2017 | Michael Goodwin
    I’ve been a journalist for a long time. Long enough to know that it wasn’t always like this. There was a time not so long ago when journalists were trusted and admired. We were generally seen as trying to report the news in a fair and straightforward manner. Today, all that has changed. For that, we can blame the 2016 election or, more accurately, how some news organizations chose to cover it.
  • If You’re White and Have Opinions, You’re Now Guilty of ‘Whitesplaining’

    06/23/2017 2:02:24 AM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 83 replies
    HeatStreet ^ | 6/22/2017
    “Mansplaining” was so 2016. Half way through 2017, the Huffington Post is peddling a new complaint to add to the American lexicon: “Whitesplaining.” HuffPo’s “social justice blogger,” Jade Greear, explains this new offense. “Have you ever had an experience where someone is explaining to you, in a patronizing way, something you actually already know quite a lot about?” she asks. “Possibly about your own life experiences as an African American or Latino? That is whitesplaining—to explain or comment on something in a condescending, overconfident, and often inaccurate or oversimplified manner, from the perspective of the group one identifies with, thereby...
  • Spanish Fort High AP reading list pulled after concerns from residents

    06/22/2017 7:54:00 PM PDT · by iowamark · 41 replies
    Gukf Coast News ^ | 6/21/2107 | Cliff McCollum
    Concerns from local residents have led to a summer reading list for a Spanish Fort High School AP Government/Economics being pulled. Spanish Fort High teacher Gene Ponder’s summer reading list for his class included a number of texts from a majority of conservative and right-leaning authors including Ann Coulter, Michael Savage, Ron Paul, Thomas Sowell, Chuck Colson and Ronald Reagan. Some of the titles of the books included “Trickle Up Poverty: Stopping Obama’s Attacks on Our Borders, Economy and Security,” “Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto,” “48 Liberal Lies About American History,” “Guilty: Liberal ‘Victims’ and Their Assault on America,”...
  • Comey visits The NYTimes building as Trump admits he did NOT record their conversations

    06/22/2017 7:50:34 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 45 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | June 22 2017 | Jennifer Smith
    Former FBI director James Comey made a quiet visit to The New York Times building on Thursday, one of few public outings since he admitted leaking stories to the newspaper about President Trump before the Senate Intelligence Committee on June 8. Comey kept his sunglasses on and his gaze forward as he marched through the front entrance of the Times Square office building which houses the publication. He was accompanied by his wife Patrice Failor who also wore sunglasses. Unmistakable as he towered over the crowds in a crisp navy suit and tie on one of the warmest days of...