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  • Top gun rights priority prospects dim, even in GOP-controlled Washington

    12/16/2017 11:07:02 AM PST · by Reno89519 · 9 replies
    McClatchy DC Bureau ^ | December 14, 2017 | Andrea Drusch
    Gun rights activists spent record amounts last year to elect Republicans — but aren’t likely to get their biggest wish, nationwide concealed carry legislation, approved before the 2018 elections. Activists are blaming the Republicans they help put in power — as well as Democrats — for the lack of action on the gun lobby’s number one legislative priority. “The gun rights community does not appreciate the fact that reciprocity languished for so long, and then following two tragic shootings, it seems the first initial response from some in the GOP was, ‘We need additional gun control,’ aka the NICS fix,”...
  • The NLRB just blocked one of the worst union abuses from the Obama era

    12/16/2017 9:33:16 AM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | December 16, 2017 | JAZZ SHAW
    This isn’t getting anywhere near the same amount of oxygen in the news cycle as the Net Neutrality story, but it certainly should be. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) under the tenure of Barack Obama was busy handing out all sorts of goodies to the unions which finance most Democratic political campaigns. One particular burr under the collective, conservative saddle was a new “reinterpretation” of rules regarding the obligations of larger corporations who authorize the operation of franchises under their name. I wrote about this back in 2015 when the rule was originally finalized and it was a deplorable...
  • Here's How Many People Have Left the EPA Since Scott Pruitt Took Over [Winning!]

    12/16/2017 10:10:38 AM PST · by Simon Foxx · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 12/16/2017 | Courtney O'Brien
    The Environmental Protection Agency has shrunk considerably since Scott Pruitt took over as administrator. In fact, the agency is back to President Reagan-era staff levels. Over 700 EPA personnel have either retired, quit, or taken voluntary buyouts since Pruitt took over...
  • Weekly Update: Obama FBI/DOJ Anti-Trump Abuses

    12/16/2017 10:00:17 AM PST · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | December 15, 2017 | Tom Fitton
    Judicial Watch Sues FBI for Records About Removal of Alleged Anti-Trump FBI Official from Mueller Team Obama State Department Cut Deal with Hillary to Keep Call Log, Schedules Secret Judicial Watch Sues California and Los Angeles Over Dirty Voter Registration Rolls Judicial Watch Asks Supreme Court to Restrain FCC Ability to Impose Government Control Over the Internet Through “Net Neutrality” Judicial Watch Sues FBI for Records About Removal of Alleged Anti-Trump FBI Official from Mueller Team The FBI and Justice Department are engulfed in a rule of law crisis because of new revelations of evident bias among FBI officials...
  • NLRB Reverses Decision Targeting Franchises

    12/16/2017 6:42:50 AM PST · by x1stcav · 7 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 12/16/17 | Bill McMorris
    The nation's top labor board reversed an Obama-era decision targeting franchise businesses, but advocates and legal experts say Congress needs to take action to resolve the issue permanently. The Democrat-controlled National Labor Relations Board, which oversees union elections and workplace disputes, overturned decades of precedent in 2015 by holding parent businesses accountable for workplace violations committed by franchisees or subcontractors. The Obama board's decision roiled the business community, particularly franchise corporations, which allow small business owners to operate under a company umbrella but do not manage day-to-day workplace policies. A 3-2 Republican majority returned to the previous standard on Thursday...
  • Oh My: FBI Deputy Chief Andrew McCabe Headed For The Exit?

    12/16/2017 6:30:45 AM PST · by mandaladon · 42 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 16 Dec 2017 | Allahpundit
    McCabe has spent the past year popping up in the news for all the wrong reasons. In February 2016 he was promoted to deputy director and assumed oversight of the Hillary Emailgate investigation — after his wife had received nearly $700,000 from Democratic groups for a failed run for Virginia state senate. This past February he got caught talking to then-chief of staff Reince Priebus about an allegedly bogus Russiagate story in the NYT, a no-no since DOJ investigations are supposed to be independent of politics. His latest news cameo was (apparently) in the infamous text in August 2016 from...
  • 5 Things Women Do That Secretly Annoy Men

    12/16/2017 5:28:33 AM PST · by x1stcav · 215 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 12/16/17 | John Hawkins
    Ladies, have you ever had a person that you care about but he has this annoying habit that grinds your nerves? Since you're an open and honest human being, you want to talk to him about it, but the one time you alluded to it before, he got all huffy about it. Now, you don't want to bring it up because you're thinking it'll turn into this whole, big thing. So, since he’s a great person, you just ignore it even though you really wish he'd stop doing it. Well, it just may be possible that you're doing something very...
  • Hillary Clinton quietly, very quietly, wraps up her book tour

    12/16/2017 5:23:13 AM PST · by x1stcav · 61 replies
    Biz Pac Review ^ | 12/16/17 | Tom Tillison
    Failed Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton quietly wrapped up what has proved to be a very quiet book tour on Friday. That Clinton, who’s still trying to figure out what happened in November, concluded the tour in liberal Seattle, Washington seemed only fitting.
  • Three Judges Confirmed This Week

    12/16/2017 5:07:27 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 10 replies
    This will be a weekly post. Count is 19 out of 62 confirmed. 12 appeals court nominees confirmed in Trump's first year, a record!! Meanwhile, Judiciary had hearings, one very good nominee, and one total legal dope. And two lower court nominees withdrew their nominations.
  • Legalizing ‘Dreamers’ would cost $26 billion: CBO - 80,000 more people in ‘chain migration’

    12/16/2017 4:29:45 AM PST · by x1stcav · 18 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 12/15/17 | Stephen Dinan
    Legalizing 2 million illegal immigrant “Dreamers” would cost the government $25.9 billion over the next decade, as those now-legal people would claim more tax, education and other benefits they haven’t been able to get before, the Congressional Budget Office said Friday. The CBO also said newly legalized Dreamers would sponsor 80,000 more immigrants to enter the country as part of “chain migration.” Immigrant-rights activists have argued that legalizing Dreamers would be a financial boon to the country, but the CBO and the Joint Committee on Taxation suggested otherwise, saying that while they would pay somewhat higher taxes in to the...
  • Trump, Jerusalem, Arabs, Muslims

    12/16/2017 4:21:59 AM PST · by SJackson · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 12-14-17 | Dr. Mordechai Kedar
    Is Trump aware of the Arafat-inspired mantra that calls for "a million shaheeds to march on Jerusalem"? Trump's declaration recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital city aroused, unsurprisingly, a massive wave of opposition in the Arab and Islamic world for two main reasons – one religious and one nationalist. The religious reason is rooted in Islam's conception of itself as a faith whose mission is to bring both Judaism and Christianity to an end, inheriting all that was once Jewish or Christian: Land, places of worship and people. In Islam's worldview, Falestin in its entirely belongs to Muslims alone because both...
  • A Curious Case of Counterintelligence – Bill Priestap…

    12/16/2017 4:21:24 AM PST · by x1stcav · 41 replies
    The Conservative Tree House ^ | 12/15/17 | Sundance
    In the past few weeks, thanks to some revealing information amid the various investigators of the DC swamp, we have been introduced to some previously unknown people. Names like FBI Agent Peter Strzok; his mistress FBI Attorney Lisa Page; their ideological comrade Asst FBI Director Andrew McCabe; along with DOJ Deputy Bruce Ohr; and his wife, Fusion-GPS contract employee Nellie Ohr. These are a few of the recent names that have hit the headlines as a result of ongoing investigations into the politicization of the FBI and DOJ. But there’s one name conspicuously absent, FBI Director of Counterintelligence, Bill Priestap.
  • Sanders: ‘Sad’ Left Attacks Women In Trump Admin While ‘Claiming to Champion Women’s Causes’

    12/16/2017 3:54:41 AM PST · by MarvinStinson · 11 replies
    breitbart ^ | 15 Dec 2017 | IAN HANCHET
    During an interview broadcast on Friday’s edition of the Fox News Channel’s “Ingraham Angle,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders stated that many liberals have “contempt” for the “forgotten men and women” and also stated, “it’s sad that they’re attacking a lot of us while claiming to champion women’s causes and women’s issues.” Sanders said, "This is a president who was elected by the forgotten men and women of this country, and a lot of liberals have contempt for those people, whether they’re men, whether they’re women, and they want to attack us. I think that it’s a great...
  • #MeToo at the Golden Globes

    12/16/2017 3:14:05 AM PST · by x1stcav · 13 replies
    Victory Girls Blog ^ | 12/15/17 | Darleen Click
    Attention, little people! We are on notice to be suitably impressed by the sheer courage of these ladies to don thousand-dollar dresses to virtue-signal their protest of Harassment In Hollywood. Multiple sources confirm to PEOPLE that many major actresses — including presenters and nominees (Jessica Chastain, Meryl Streep and Emma Stone are among those nominated)— are planning to wear all-black looks as a symbol of protest against harassment in Hollywood. Sources say that this will start at the Golden Globes on Jan. 7, though it may extend throughout award season. Impressed yet? No word if they plan to boycott the...
  • Facebook says ‘passively consuming’ the News Feed will make you feel worse about yourself

    12/16/2017 2:48:55 AM PST · by x1stcav · 26 replies
    The Verge ^ | 12/15/17 | Casey Newton
    Using Facebook without contributing, in the form of messages and comments on your friends’ posts, makes you feel bad, the company said today. In a remarkable blog post, citing both internal and academic research, the company said “in general, when people spend a lot of time passively consuming information — reading but not interacting with people — they report feeling worse afterward.” At the same time, actively communicating with friends “is linked to improvements in well-being,” the company said. The post was authored by the Facebook’s director of research, David Ginsberg, and Moira Burke, a research scientist at the company....
  • Angel Families: ‘Before We Worry About’ Illegals, 'Respect Those Killed by No Fault of Their Own’

    12/16/2017 2:44:55 AM PST · by x1stcav · 6 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/15/17 | John Binder
    The families of Americans who have been either hurt or killed by illegal aliens say, “before we worry” about giving amnesty to border-crossers and visa-overstayers, lawmakers should “respect” the victims – “by no fault of their own.” – of illegal alien crime. In a statement this week, the members of Advocates for Victims of Illegal Alien Crime (AVIAC) — known as “Angel families” — said Americans should take priority over the nearly 800,000 illegal aliens shielded from deportation under the President Obama-created Deferred Action for Childhood Action (DACA) program who are lobbying to be given a pathway to U.S. citizenship....
  • Comey Should Be Indicted

    12/15/2017 11:28:57 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 35 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Dec 16, 2017 | Daniel John Sobieski
    Now we know that not only did Hillary Clinton show intent in her handling of classified materials routed through her private server, but that former FBI Director James Comey and his team showed intent in letting her get away with it, to the detriment of American national security. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, in a Thursday letter to current FBI Director Christopher Wray, reveals how edits to Comey’s exoneration memo went beyond changing “grossly negligent” to “extremely careless” but edited out content that shows the FBI knew Hillary was intentionally in violation of the Espionage...
  • Time for the ethanol lobby to be put out to grass, Sen. Grassley

    12/15/2017 10:15:35 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 25 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Dec 16, 2017 | Washington Examiner Editorial
    The ethanol lobby is talking tough and issuing ultimatums to the Trump White House. Its message, in brief, is “Don’t mess with our federal mandate.” If the White House wants credibility in its free-enterprise talk and promises to drain the swamp, it should tell the ethanol lobby to get lost. The fight began because refiners are finding it increasingly unaffordable to comply with the federal ethanol mandate, and if it continues it might kill independent oil companies. The office of Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, came to the White House on Wednesday and sought to dictate terms, telling the executive it...
  • Surprise! US Virgin Island Emergency Firearms Confiscation Order Extended

    12/15/2017 10:14:51 PM PST · by Simon Green · 13 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 12/15/17 | Dan Zimmerman
    You know how they say it’s virtually impossible to kill any government program once it’s in place…because someone always benefits and it develops its own interested constituency? Yes, well it seems that the authority to confiscate firearms works pretty much the same way. At least it does in the territories of the US Virgin Islands. You may remember that back in September, as Hurricane Irma was bearing down on the Caribbean, USVI Governor Kenneth Mapp declared a state of emergency and signed an order authorizing law enforcement agencies and the National Guard to confiscate residents’ firearms and ammuntion. The...
  • Final GOP tax bill repeals ObamaCare mandate

    12/15/2017 4:33:43 PM PST · by springwater13 · 65 replies
    The final Republican tax-reform bill unveiled Friday repeals ObamaCare’s individual insurance mandate, leaving the GOP poised to blow a significant hole in the health-care law next week. The change, which takes effect in 2019, removes one of the least popular parts of ObamaCare, but one that many experts warn is necessary to make the law function smoothly. Without a mandate, there is less incentive for healthy people to enroll and balance out the costs of the sick. That is expected to lead to premium increases and could lead insurers to drop out of markets, potentially leaving some areas of the...