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  • Trump considering pardon for boxing legend Jack Johnson after call from Sylvester Stallone

    04/21/2018 2:11:32 PM PDT · by ethom · 92 replies
    The Hill ^ | 04/21/18 03:33 PM EDT | BY BRETT SAMUELS -
    <p>President Trump said Saturday he’s considering a posthumous pardon for boxer Jack Johnson at the urging of actor Sylvester Stallone.</p> <p>“Sylvester Stallone called me with the story of heavyweight boxing champion Jack Johnson. His trials and tribulations were great, his life complex and controversial,” Trump tweeted.</p>
  • How 'Woke Comedy' Is Killing Laughter in Pop Culture

    04/21/2018 1:20:20 PM PDT · by ethom · 32 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | April 21, 2018 1:30 PM EDT | By Christian Toto |
    Sometimes a simple news item captures a problem so completely it makes your mouth go dry. Consider the following headline from Deadline.com: "As Molly Ringwald Turns On The Breakfast Club, Dare We Laugh At Amy Schumer’s I Feel Pretty? The op-ed is from the site’s executive editor, mind you, not a casual contributor. The column wonders if we’re allowed to laugh at the comedienne’s new film. The official description for “I Feel Pretty,” opening April 20, sent Social Justice Warriors and select reporters into a frenzy. Judge for yourself: In I FEEL PRETTY a woman who struggles with feelings of...
  • Far left protesters target NRA lobbyists’ home

    04/21/2018 8:03:46 AM PDT · by rktman · 30 replies
    hotair.com ^ | 4/20/2018 | John Sexton
    The Washington Post has a story today about a handful of far-left gun control activists looking to up the ante by making their protests more personal. They’re doing that by protesting at the home of NRA lobbyist Chris Cox and also by targeting his wife’s interior design business.
  • D.C. councilman defends Nazis after saying 'Jews control weather'

    04/21/2018 6:05:43 AM PDT · by rktman · 39 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 4/20/2018 | Art Moore
    Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. The D.C. council member’s visit to Washington’s Holocaust Museum was meant to be a “conciliatory” gesture to help repair relations after he sparked outrage for saying Jews control the weather. But Trayon White only compounded his problems when he defended Nazis during a guided tour of the museum Wednesday and then left early. D.C. Council member Trayon White White was at the museum viewing a 1935 photograph of a woman surrounded by Nazi soldiers with a sign hanging from her neck that read: “I am a German girl and allowed myself to be defiled by...
  • Michael Cohen Tried to Apologize to Melania Trump for Stormy Daniels Payment: Report

    04/20/2018 5:41:14 PM PDT · by ethom · 15 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 4/20/18 AT 3:17 | BY JESSICA KWONG
    Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen reportedly attempted to apologize to the president’s wife, Melania Trump, over the payment he made to cover up his client’s alleged affair with Stormy Daniels. Cohen approached and tried to say sorry to the first lady earlier this year at a GOP fundraiser held at the president’s Mar-a-Lago resort, The New York Times reported Friday. The Times story did not detail what, if any, response the first lady had to Cohen at the time. The first lady has been silent on the alleged affair, even as additional details have emerged. A spokeswoman for Melania...
  • The Trump Presidency: A Success Story

    04/20/2018 5:13:07 PM PDT · by ethom · 12 replies
    <p>WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IF I told you that Donald Trump is one step away from securing a legacy as the most successful first-year president ever?</p> <p>On one level, it sounds crazy. The president has spent year one mired in controversy over crazy tweets involving alleged face-lifts of TV stars, horrifically ignorant and ill-advised comments about white nationalists, alleged personal profiting off the presidency, supposed interference in criminal investigations and the connections of multiple members of his campaign and administration team to Russia – and more.</p>
  • cnn anchor: trump will be remembered as a ‘great president’ if he solves n korea nuclear crisis

    04/20/2018 4:53:15 PM PDT · by ethom · 42 replies
    Newsweek ^ | BY JASON LE MIERE
    <p>President Donald Trump has long made CNN the main focus of his attacks on what he calls the “fake news” mainstream media. But one of the network’s top anchors said Thursday night that there would be no choice but to mark the historically unpopular leader as a “great president” if he can solve the nuclear standoff with North Korea.</p>
  • Poll: Nearly half of marijuana users admit to going to work while high

    04/20/2018 12:49:33 PM PDT · by george76 · 47 replies
    Scripps Media ^ | Jan 29, 2018
    About half of marijuana users in states where it's legal say they've gone to work while under the influence of the drug ... Instamotor polled 600 self-identified marijuana users in states where recreational marijuana is legal ... Almost half -- 48 percent -- of respondents said they have gone to work high, with 39 percent stating that they go to work under the influence at least once per week. ... 50 percent said they would likely be fired if their boss knew they were high at work.
  • Philippe Reines Responds to Clinton Book, Tells Jezebel He Has 'Tapes'

    04/20/2018 11:03:59 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 7 replies
    theslot.jezebel.com ^ | 04/20/2018 | Ellie Shechet
    New York Times reporter Amy Chozick has a new memoir out called Chasing Hillary: Ten Years, Two Presidential Campaigns, and One Intact Glass Ceiling, and in it she recalls being gaslit and harassed by Clinton’s male press aides, whom she refers to as “The Guys.” The Washington Post’s review of Chozick’s book notes Chozick’s names for the guys—“Brown Loafers Guy,” “Policy Guy,” “Hired Gun Guy,” “Outsider Guy” and “Original Guy,” the latter of whom is named by the Post as infamously combative Clinton loyalist Philippe Reines. From the Post: The Guys constantly mess with Chozick, magnifying her self-doubts. “I don’t...
  • D.C. lawmaker who said Jews control the weather visits Holocaust Museum but leaves early

    04/19/2018 6:20:43 PM PDT · by Simon Green · 58 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 04/19/18 | Peter Jamison
    The photo, taken in 1935, depicts a woman in a dark dress shuffling down a street in Norden, Germany. A large sign hangs from her neck: “I am a German girl and allowed myself to be defiled by a Jew.” She is surrounded by Nazi stormtroopers. D.C. Council member Trayon White Sr. (D-Ward 8) studied the image. “Are they protecting her?” Lynn Williams, an expert on educational programs at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and White’s tour guide for the day, stared at the photo. “No,” she said. “They’re marching her through.” “Marching through is protecting,” White said. “I think...
  • Trump blasts immigration ruling made by SCOTUS pick Neil Gorsuch

    04/19/2018 1:12:27 PM PDT · by BillyBoy · 44 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | Tuesday, April 17, 2018 | Chris Sommerfeldt
    Trump blasts immigration ruling made by SCOTUS pick Neil Gorsuch BY Chris Sommerfeld NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Updated: Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 6:11 PM President Trump took a veiled shot at his own Supreme Court pick, Neil Gorsuch, on Tuesday, claiming that a ruling he made on immigration law perpetuates "a public safety crisis." The Supreme Court's 5-4 ruling — an unusual alignment in which Gorsuch sided with the four liberal justices for the first time — concerns a catchall provision of immigration law that defines what makes a crime violent. Gorsuch and the four liberal justices found that...
  • Meghan McCain Confronts Comey: ‘J. Edgar Hoover is Rolling Over in His Grave’ Over Book Details

    04/18/2018 11:59:53 AM PDT · by ethom · 18 replies
    Mediaite.com ^ | | 11:42 am, April 18th, 2018 | by Chris Riotta
    <p>Dressed in pearls and a blood-red pantsuit, The View’s conservative co-host Meghan McCain arrived fired up and ready to go for the show’s special guest on Wednesday morning, former FBI Director James Comey.</p> <p>McCain took on Comey almost immediately after he was introduced to the audience, scorning him for including details about President Donald Trump’s physical appearance and other information from his tenure as the head of the federal agency. The two sparred over whether or not J. Edgar Hoover would be condemning or celebrating Comey, after McCain told Comey the first director of the FBI “is rolling over in his grave” over the details he decided to include in his book, A Higher Loyalty.</p>
  • We can brighten clouds to reflect heat and reduce global warming. But should we?

    11/09/2017 9:35:46 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 31 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | November 9, 2017 | by Stuart Leavenworth
    Ever-higher temperatures are melting the ice sheets faster than projected. Sea level is rising. International efforts to reduce greenhouse gases are taking longer than expected. It's a nightmare scenario that could soon demand an emergency response. What to do? One idea gaining traction is to seed marine clouds with salt water or other particles, increasing their potential to reflect solar rays, cooling the earth. It's part of a nascent and controversial branch of science known as "sunlight reflection methods," or SRM. "We think SRM could buy time for other (carbon-reduction) measures to be put in place," said Philip J. Rasch,...
  • Climate Lawyers Hope 'Public Nuisance' Strategy Reverses Years Of Failure

    02/12/2018 11:31:32 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    Forbes ^ | February 12, 2018 | by Daniel Fisher
    First they tried suing the utility companies. Then they tried suing the automakers. They even tried suing oil companies on behalf of an Alaskan village in danger of being inundated by oil-fueled rising sea levels. Each approach ended when courts said that the judiciary branch wasn’t the right place to address human-induced global warming, a problem so big it requires a coordinated international response that only legislators can implement. Now private plaintiff lawyers and their allies in government are trying a new strategy: Suing under state-law theories of public nuisance. San Francisco and several other California cities and counties have...
  • Puerto Rico Aftermath: Jones Act Mystery

    10/10/2017 8:04:04 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 16 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | October 10, 2017 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Left-wing scholars, particularly in academe, make lots of attention getting assertions. Regrettably, they usually offer little in the way of illuminating evidence. "In the midst of almost unimaginable horror in Puerto Rico, a bright light has shone on one of America's most unjustifiable and economically backward laws, the previously obscure Jones Act," Brink Lindsay and Steven Teles wrote on October 2, 2017 for Washington Monthly. "First created in the aftermath of World War I to buffer the impact of post-war demobilization, the Jones Act requires that all ships that carry cargo within the United States be built in America, with...
  • How the science of persuasion could change the politics of climate change

    04/16/2018 6:22:34 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 49 replies
    MIT Technology Review ^ | April 16, 2018 | by James Temple
    Jerry Taylor believes he can change the minds of conservative climate skeptics. After all, he helped plant the doubts for many in the first place. He’s president of the Niskanen Center, a libertarian-leaning Washington, DC, think tank he founded in 2014. He and his colleagues there are trying to build support for the passage of an aggressive federal carbon tax, through discussions with Washington insiders, with a particular focus on Republican legislators and their staff. Lesson one: Pick the right targets Political scientists consistently find that mass opinion doesn’t drive the policy debate, so much as the other way around....
  • Trump puts the brakes on new Russian sanctions, reversing Haley’s announcement

    04/16/2018 1:50:31 PM PDT · by Innovative · 59 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Apr. 16, 2018 | Philip Rucker, Carol D. Leonnig, Anton Troianovski and Greg Jaffe
    President Trump on Monday put the brakes on a preliminary plan to impose additional economic sanctions on Russia, walking back a Sunday announcement by U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley that the Kremlin had swiftly denounced as “international economic raiding.” Preparations to punish Russia anew for its support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government over the alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria caused consternation at the White House. Haley had said on CBS News’s “Face the Nation” that sanctions on Russian companies behind the equipment related to Assad’s alleged chemical weapons attack would be announced Monday by Treasury...
  • What happens when a church dedicated to fighting white supremacy is accused of it

    04/17/2018 4:44:47 PM PDT · by C19fan · 35 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 17, 2018 | Michelle Boorstein
  • Washington, D.C., may let 16-year-olds vote for president. Is that a good idea?

    04/17/2018 6:18:18 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 71 replies
    NBC News ^ | Apr.17.2018 / 4:23 AM ET | by Alex Seitz-Wald
    <p>WASHINGTON — High school students marched to protest for gun control after the Parkland shooting in Florida and soon they might be marching straight to the voting booth in the nation's capital.</p> <p>Washington is on track to become the first place in the country to allow people as young as 16 to vote in federal elections, including for president, as the nation glimpses the emerging political power of the generation that follows millennials.</p>
  • GOP Lawmakers Tonight To Detail Case For Second Special Counsel to Investigate Obama’s FISA Abuse

    04/16/2018 1:37:58 PM PDT · by ethom · 25 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | April 16, 2018 | by Cristina Laila
    Rep Lee Zeldin (R-NY) just announced he will be leading a Special Order on the House Floor Monday night at 7 PM EST detailing a case for a second Special Counsel to be appointed to investigate Obama’s FISA abuse. Zeldin also wants to know how/why the Clinton probe ended and how/why the Trump-Russia investigation began. At the time of publication, 5 Freedom Caucus members are confirmed speakers for Monday night’s Special Order on the House floor. Rep. Lee Zeldin tweeted: Tonight, sometime in 7PM hour, I’ll be leading a Special Order on House Floor, joined by other Members, detailing case...