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  • WFAA Anchor to President Trump: ‘I have always been proud of my Haitian heritage’

    01/17/2018 9:54:08 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 5 replies
    Ad Week/TV Spy ^ | 1/15/18 | Stephanie Tsoflias Siegel
    WFAA anchor Alisha Laventure gave the President a piece of her mind. Laventure is the daughter of two Haitian immigrants. She says she took personal offense to President Trump’s comments about immigrants from Haiti. “The fact is what the President said the other day is so wrong, I can’t even repeat it,” she said.
  • Trump schools GOP Congress to play hardball

    01/17/2018 9:42:29 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    American ^ | January 17, 2018 | Monica Showalter
    Something good is happening in Congress these days. Instead of rolling over for Democrats and virtuously claiming they've "reached across the aisle," as they always have done, Republicans are now playing hardball. They've maneuvered to put entitlements and swing state-sensitive tax cuts on the line as bargaining chips to avoid a government shutdown. In doing this, they have just laid out a plan to beat the Democrats at their own game. According to Wednesday's front-pager in the New York Times: WASHINGTON – With little hope of an immigration agreement this week, Republicans in Congress are looking to head off a...
  • Watchdog says democratic freedoms waning in US under Trump

    01/17/2018 9:34:49 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Yahoo News via AP ^ | 01/18/2017 | Josh Lederman
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Basic rights and political freedoms in the United States are deteriorating at a faster pace under President Donald Trump, exacerbated by attacks on key institutions like the press and the courts, according to a new report released Tuesday by Freedom House. In its annual global assessment, the think tank slammed the Trump administration for withdrawing from America's "historical commitment to promoting and supporting democracy," calling it perhaps the most striking on a "long list of troubling developments" around the world in 2017. The report criticizes Trump for making false statements, refusing to disclose his taxes and other...
  • The Left Will Always Be with Us

    01/17/2018 9:20:47 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    American ^ | January 17, 2018 | David Solway
    In a January 3, 2018 article for American Thinker, "The Left's 1942," J.R. Dunn argues that leftism may be approaching its last days, at least in the U.S. Its losses, failures, and absurdities have ensured its gradual demise. "While certainly not as dramatic as the events of WWII," Dunn writes, "the political defeat of leftism may well be just as decisive." "Never in my memory," Dunn concludes, "has leftism been so disarrayed and subdued. For the first time in many decades, we can turn our eyes toward the bright sunlit uplands, where liberty reigns, and where each may abide by...
  • [McCain (D, AZ)]: Mr. President, stop attacking the press

    01/17/2018 9:11:47 AM PST · by Architect of Avalon · 73 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 1/16/2018 | Senator John McCain
    President Trump does not seem to understand that his rhetoric and actions reverberate in the same way. He has threatened to continue his attempt to discredit the free press by bestowing “fake news awards” upon reporters and news outlets whose coverage he disagrees with. Whether Trump knows it or not, these efforts are being closely watched by foreign leaders who are already using his words as cover as they silence and shutter one of the key pillars of democracy.
  • Illegal immigrant charged in the killings of two cops wishes he 'had killed more ...

    01/17/2018 8:55:53 AM PST · by boycott · 13 replies ^ | 1-17-2018
    An illegal immigrant began his murder trial for the 2014 killings of two Northern California sheriff's deputies on Tuesday with a profanity-laced rant, calling a partner of one of the slain officers a “coward.” Prosecutor Rod Norgaard recounted the events that led to the death of Sacramento Sheriff's Deputy Danny Oliver outside a Sacramento motel in October 2014, and described how Oliver's partner, Deputy Scott Brown, was able to retreat from the heavy gunfire. Luis Enrique Monroy Bracamontes, 37, the alleged killer, interrupted the court when he grinned and called Brown a "coward." Bracamontes was scolded by the Sacramento Superior...
  • Does Conservative Populism Exist?

    01/17/2018 8:44:19 AM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    American ^ | January 17, 2018 | Paul Gottfried
    Having just read Matt Purple’s comments on The American Conservative website why “Bannonism will live on,” I thought I’d weigh in as a critical observer of what now passes for the “conservative movement.” Like Bannon, I have generally chastised that movement from the Right. But like Mr. Purple, I find President Trump’s erstwhile adviser to be downright inept in selling his conservative populist message. Bannon has behaved like an egomaniac, who viciously turned on the president he was supposed to be assisting. He couldn’t even serve the populist cause he purports to believe in without making it entirely about himself....
  • ‘Might as Well Roll It Straight Into the Trash Can’: Tom Cotton Shoots Down Expansive ‘Gang of Six’

    01/17/2018 8:32:43 AM PST · by Cheerio · 29 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 16 Jan 2018 | John Binder
    FULL TITLE:‘Might as Well Roll It Straight Into the Trash Can’: Tom Cotton Shoots Down Expansive ‘Gang of Six’ DACA Amnesty The “Gang of Six” amnesty for millions of illegal aliens shielded from deportation by the President Obama-created Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program should be rolled “straight into the trash can,” Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) says. On Wednesday, a group of six pro-amnesty Senators will roll out their expansive immigration amnesty plan that would not only give a pathway to U.S. citizenship beginning with 3.5 million DACA and DACA-eligible illegal aliens but also give amnesty to the parents...
  • 2018 Comes In like a Lion

    01/17/2018 8:19:07 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    American ^ | January 17, 2018 | Scott S. Powell
    If there is one thing most economists understand, about which they agree, it's the law of supply and demand. A derivative of that law is that demand and velocity of transactions tend to diminish as costs increase. While few individuals disagree about this, many in the collective body of economists have become so politicized that when it comes to the cost of variables such as taxes and regulations, that consensus all but vanishes. Indeed, to listen to many of the pundits and experts, there seems to be notable confusion, denial, and disagreement about how the cost of regulations and taxes...
  • Why Leftists Hate Masculinity

    01/17/2018 8:11:18 AM PST · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    American ^ | January 17, 2018 | Salvatore DeGennaro
    An ongoing mantra of the left is that everyone is a victim, with a singular carve-out for white men. A large group of the female population has embraced this chant. While there may be a number of grievances put forth by this movement, there also comes a theme that is particularly dangerous: the feminist attack on masculinity. This is derived not only from feminists; it comes from the left in general. There has emerged a war on masculinity. Why? Because masculine men are harder to control under tyrannical socialism. The modern beta male, on the other hand, craves socialism. This...
  • The Syrian Refugee Imam Who Wants Jews Dead (Should he receive political asylum in America?)

    01/17/2018 7:50:28 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 01/17/2018 | Daniel Greenfield
    Last winter, the local media was touting Imam Abdullah Khadra as a victim of President Trump’s travel ban. Khadra, a Syrian, was here on a religious worker visa and was applying for political asylum. The refugee Imam living in North Carolina called Trump's move, "absolutely inhumane and ridiculous." Jewish leftists agreed. Lucy Dinner, the clergywoman from Temple Beth Or in Raleigh, denounced "singling out an entire group of people based on their faith." Lucy Dinner had previously signed a letter in support of anti-Israel activism by Eric and Jennifer Solomon. Eric Solomon was affiliated with the anti-Israel hate group, T’ruah,...
  • Scott Pruitt insincerely asked what's Earth's ideal temperature. Scientists answer

    01/17/2018 7:45:32 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 69 replies
    The Guardian ^ | January 17, 2018 | by Dana Nuccitelli
    In an interview with Reuters last week, Trump’s EPA administrator Scott Pruitt said, "The climate is changing. That’s not the debate. The debate is how do we know what the ideal surface temperature is in 2100?" Pruitt’s goal is to sow doubt on behalf of his oil industry allies in order to weaken and delay climate policies. Shifting the ‘debate’ toward ‘the ideal surface temperature’ achieves that goal by creating the perception that we don’t know what temperature we should aim for. It’s in line with recent ignorant tweet suggesting that “Perhaps we could use a little bit of that...
  • Did that new poll about blacks and Trump drive Durbin over the edge?

    01/17/2018 7:42:39 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/17/2018 | Silvio Canto Jr.
    The latest black support numbers for President Trump are interesting but not surprising:    Two new polls show President Donald Trump's rising support among black voters, highlighting his political gains from pushing employers to hire Americans instead of lower-wage migrants. The growing support from blacks – despite furious Democratic claims of racism – could become a shocking political validation in November when Trump will face millions of upper-income Democratic voters who are angry at his "Buy American, Hire American" policies. Among black men, Trump's "2017 average approval rating significantly exceeds his 2016 vote share," admitted a January 11 article in the Atlantic by...
  • Is the Pope pro-life?

    01/17/2018 7:38:25 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/17/2018 | Matt C. Abbott
    Is the pope pro-life? Is the pope Catholic? At one time, the second question was a rhetorical retort meant to elicit a cheap laugh. Currently, it's a topic open for serious debate, sad to say. So is Pope Francis specifically pro-life?  Well, I suppose so – if you come to that conclusion strictly by believing the following remarks (and similar remarks made occasionally in recent years) he gave to diplomats Jan. 8, as reported by the National Catholic Register: I think primarily of innocent children discarded even before they are born, unwanted at times simply because they are ill or...
  • Immigration and ‘rathole’ countries (Why Norwegians don't immigrate to America)

    01/17/2018 7:33:55 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 01/17/2018 | Richard Rahn
    Many people in poor places try to migrate to richer places — and so it has always been. But some poor places become rich places and immigration flows change as a result. There are many examples of “rathole” countries changing policies and becoming rich, and relatively rich countries becoming ratholes as a result of corruption and/or socialism (e.g., Venezuela). If a country has an open-border policy as did the U.S. before the 1880s, then large numbers of poor people migrate to the richer country, which, at some point, causes resentment for both good and bad reasons among the native-born population....
  • 2018 could see wave of West Coast climate pollution pricing

    01/17/2018 7:32:41 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 17, 2018 | by Gregory Scruggs
    SEATTLE - If elected officials get their way, the entire West Coast of North America could be putting a price on pollution by the end of this year. As state legislature sessions opened this month, Washington state Governor Jay Inslee called for a carbon tax and Oregon legislators proposed a “cap and invest” system. Both policies are designed to make industrial emitters of carbon dioxide pay some of the costs of damage caused by growing levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, and to create incentives for them to reduce emissions. Carbon dioxide emissions are one of the major drivers...
  • The Media's Year of Trump Hating

    01/17/2018 7:28:00 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | January 17, 2018 | Brent Bozell
    As we approach the first anniversary of Donald Trump's inauguration, it is painfully obvious that our "news" providers are a highly agitated brigade of the "Resistance." A new Media Research Center study finds that from Jan. 20, 2017, through Dec. 31, 2017, the evening news shows on ABC, CBS and NBC were overwhelmingly hostile in both content and tone. The study, co-authored by Rich Noyes and Mike Ciandella, comes with a jarring headline: "2017: The Year the Media Went to War Against a President." It is indisputable that no president in the history of the republic has been visited...
  • Ann Curry "not surprised" by Matt Lauer allegations, says harassment was pervasive at NBC

    01/17/2018 7:25:08 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    CBS "News" ^ | January 17, 2018
    In her first television interview since leaving NBC, former "Today" show host Ann Curry is speaking out about the firing of her former co-host Matt Lauer and the pervasive "verbal sexual" harassment during her time at NBC. Lauer was fired over "inappropriate sexual behavior" last November. "I can say that I would be surprised if -- if -- many women did not understand that there was a climate of verbal harassment -- that existed. I think it'd be surprising if someone said that they didn't see that. So it was p -- a verbal -- sexual --," she said on...
  • Red-State Democrats Gamble

    01/17/2018 7:14:46 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies ^ | January 17, 2018 | Salena Zito
    Months from now, as the pressures of midterm elections bear down on a handful of incumbent Democratic U.S. senators in states President Trump won in 2016, pundits may start to recall a meeting held at the White House on a cold January afternoon and wonder whether they missed something important. Immediately after the televised Jan. 9 meeting, everyone discussed the meeting as a live-mic free-for-all and focused on the theatrics. They speculated openly that Trump held the meeting to dispel any notion that he is mentally fit. Once again, the pundits were missing the little nuances of how much American...
  • Maine (Somali) Police Officer Arrested in Worcester at Palladium Concert

    01/17/2018 7:10:47 AM PST · by Chickensoup · 32 replies
    The Telegram Worcester Online ^ | 01.17.18 | George Barnes
    WORCESTER - A Portland, Maine, police officer was arrested Saturday during a concert at the Palladium on Main Street. Zahra Munye Abu, 24, faces misdemeanor charges after acting unruly and refusing to leave when asked by security, according to Worcester police. The charges include assault and battery, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace and trespassing. She was released on personal recognizance at 1 a.m. Sunday. Officer Abu has been a Portland police officer for two years, gaining attention as Maine’s first Somali police officer, according to a 2016 story in the Portland Press Herald. She was born in a...