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  • 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...
  • Grand Jury Report On Penn State Hazing Finds 'Indignities And Depravities'

    12/16/2017 6:29:10 AM PST · by Oak Leafer · 16 replies
    NPR ^ | 12-15-17 | CAMILA DOMONOSKE
    Updated at 3:15 p.m. ET A grand jury tasked with investigating broad issues of hazing at Penn State has issued a blistering report asserting that leaders at the university were well aware of pervasive misbehavior in the Greek system and failed to take action. Penn State, responding in court, said that the university has "shown an unwavering commitment to promoting safety and accountability" and that alcohol abuse at college is a "national problem," not a university-specific one. The report, made public by the Centre County, Pa., District Attorney's Office, was released after the death of 19-year-old fraternity pledge Timothy Piazza...
  • Boykin asks United Nations for help fighting Chicago violence

    12/16/2017 3:44:00 AM PST · by Libloather · 66 replies
    ABC 7 Chicago ^ | 12/14/17 | Megan Hickey, Craig Wall
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin headed to the United Nations in New York Thursday to ask for help fighting violence in Chicago. "I'm hoping to appeal the UN to actually come to Chicago and meet with victims of violence and maybe even possibly help out in terms of peace keeping efforts," Boykin said. Boykin boarded a plane to New York City for a meeting with an Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations. It's a meeting that's been planned for more than a month and stems from disconcerting violence numbers seen this year in Chicago. Violence which...
  • Commuters lose transit, parking, biking benefits in tax bill

    12/15/2017 10:43:20 PM PST · by 11th_VA · 35 replies
    www.statesman.com ^ | Dec 15, 2017 | AP
    Count commuters among the losers in the Republican tax bill that the House and Senate are expected to vote on next week. The final bill agreed to by Republican negotiators and released late Friday eliminates the tax incentive for private employers that subsidize their employees' transit, parking and bicycle commuting expenses. Currently, companies can provide parking or transit passes worth up to $255 a month to employees as a benefit to help pay for their commuting expenses, and then deduct the costs from their corporate taxes. That amount was set to increase to $260 a month on Jan. 1. (snip)"It's...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Countdown To Christmas: Handbell Ringers of Great Britain ~ 16 December 2017

    12/15/2017 6:02:02 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 199 replies
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  • Americans are less religious, largely unconcerned about alleged ‘War on Christmas’ poll finds

    Americans are getting a little less religious in their Christmas observance, though the vast majority still celebrate the holiday that marks the birth of Jesus Christ, according to the Pew Center on Religion and Public Life. Pew regularly polls Americans on religious beliefs and observance, asking the same questions over time in order to follow trends in American religion. Here are some of the results of their poll of 1,503 Americans: In the 2017 poll, 66 percent believe Jesus was born to a virgin, compared to 73 percent in the 2014 poll. This year, 51 percent of Americans plan to...
  • Why I Confronted Jeff Flake on a Plane

    12/15/2017 12:40:36 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 48 replies
    CNN ^ | Fri December 15, 2017 | Ady Barkan
    I've spent my career as an advocate for economic justice, fighting for basic fairness for working families. It wasn't until this past year that I began fighting for my own life. It's that fight that led me to get arrested protesting the Republican tax plan in Washington, and that led me into debating it with Sen. Jeff Flake at 30,000 feet in the air on my way home. I never thought I'd be in this position. A year ago, I was healthy, taking morning runs on the California coast and looking forward to a new life with my newborn son,...
  • Jury Rules for Arpaio in Lawsuit by Senator's Son, Ex-Wife

    12/15/2017 12:33:43 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    Blufield Daily Telegraph ^ | Dec 15, 2017 | JACQUES BILLEAUD and PAUL DAVENPORT
    An Arizona jury has refused to award damages against former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio at a civil trial for bringing a since-dismissed criminal case against one of Sen. Jeff Flake's sons in the heat-exhaustion deaths of 21 dogs. Jurors deliberated nearly an hour before ruling late Thursday against Austin Flake and his then-wife Logan Brown in their malicious-prosecution lawsuit stemming from Arpaio's investigation into the heat-exhaustion deaths of 21 dogs at a kennel operated by Flake's in-laws. Flake and Brown, who were in college at the time, were caring for the dogs while the in-laws were out of town.
  • Trump Admin To Remove Climate Change From List Of National Security Threats

    12/15/2017 11:57:44 AM PST · by PROCON · 27 replies
    thefederalist.com ^ | Dec. 15, 2017 | Mollie Hemingway
    The Trump administration will reverse course from previous Obama administration policy, eliminating climate change from a list of national security threats. The National Security Strategy to be released on Monday will emphasize the importance of balancing energy security with economic development and environmental protection, according to a source who has seen the document and shared excerpts of a late draft. “Climate policies will continue to shape the global energy system,” a draft of the National Security Strategy slated to be released on Monday said. “U.S. leadership is indispensable to countering an anti-growth, energy agenda that is detrimental to U.S. economic...
  • Mosque Teacher Who Sexually Assaulted Children Who he Taught in Koran Studies Has Jail Term Cut

    12/15/2017 12:17:19 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    Wales Online ^ | 14 DEC 2017 | Liz Day
    His 13-year jail term was deemed to be excessiveA former mosque teacher convicted of sexually and indecently assaulting children during Koran studies at a Cardiff mosque has had his jail term cut. Mohammed Sadiq, 81, of Cyncoed, was jailed in July for 13 years after being found guilty of six counts of indecent assault and eight counts of sexual assault on a child under 13. The charges involved four victims and related to the period between 1996 and 2006. He was found not guilty of one count of indecent assault, following a trial at Cardiff Crown Court. During the sentencing...
  • Trump pledges to whittle federal regulations down to 1960 levels

    12/15/2017 5:36:58 AM PST · by Libloather · 33 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 12/14/17 | Juliet Eilperin
    President Donald Trump vowed Thursday to scale back the scope of federal regulations to the level it stood in 1960, suggesting that he could get there "fairly quickly" by pushing ahead with a deregulatory effort that has wiped dozens of rules off the books since he took office. "We're here today for one single reason: to cut the red tape of regulation," Trump said of his tenure, adding that "the never-ending growth of red tape in America has come to a sudden, screeching and beautiful halt" under his administration. **SNIP** The administration eliminated 67 regulations between the time Trump took...
  • Presidential hopeful wants Finland out of EU, says nationalists will bounce back

    12/15/2017 3:03:04 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | 15 Dec 17 | Jussi Rosendahl, Tuomas Forsell
    Finland will leave the European Union and position itself as the Switzerland of the north to protect its independence if Laura Huhtasaari, the presidential candidate of the eurosceptic Finns Party has her way. Finns Party deputy chairman and presidential candidate Laura Huhtasaari poses for a picture at the Finland's Parliament in Helsinki, Finland December 13, 2017. REUTERS/Tuomas Forsell She also told Reuters in an interview she wants to tighten immigration rules. Huhtasaari -- dubbed “Finland’s Marine Le Pen” after France’s National Front leader -- is a long-shot. But she believes she has a real chance in the January election as...
  • Republicans turn focus to FBI's McCabe over texts on 'insurance' against Trump

    12/15/2017 1:04:28 AM PST · by familyop · 30 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 15, 2017 | Brooke Singman, Jake Gibson
    ...messages between FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page,...“I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy’s office - that there’s no way he gets elected - but I’m afraid we can’t take that risk,” Strzok texted on Aug. 15, 2016. “It’s like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you’re 40.” Some lawmakers surmise "Andy" is a reference to Andrew McCabe,...
  • Iraq hangs 38 members of ISIS and Al-Qaeda

    12/15/2017 12:21:43 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 28 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 15/12/17 | Ben Ariel
    Iraq on Thursday hanged 38 jihadists belonging to the Islamic State (ISIS) group or Al-Qaeda for terrorism offenses, provincial authorities said, according to the AFP news agency. The executions took place the southern city of Nasiriyah. It was the largest number of executions in Iraq on a single day since September 25, when 42 people were put to death in the same prison. "The prison administration executed on Thursday in the presence of Justice Minister Haidar al-Zameli, in Nasiriyah prison, 38 death row prisoners belonging to Al-Qaeda or Daesh (ISIS) accused of terrorist activities," said Dakhel Kazem, a senior official...
  • Chuck Schumer Calls For Tax Vote To Be Delayed Until Doug Jones Is Seated

    12/14/2017 10:26:43 PM PST · by advance_copy · 26 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 12/13/2017 | Igor Bobic
    WASHINGTON - Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) is calling on Republicans to delay a vote on their tax reform legislation until after newly elected Alabama Sen. Doug Jones is officially seated.
  • Former CIA Director: With Trump, I Didn't Think Through The Downside Of The Intel

    12/14/2017 7:44:41 PM PST · by Kaslin · 34 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 14, 2017 | Matt Vespa
    Former CIA Director Michael Morell sat down with Politico’s Susan Glasser, where he admitted that he and others from the intelligence community didn’t think through the consequences of them becoming political last year. Last year, Morell wrote an op-ed in The New York Times that endorsed Hillary Clinton for president. Within the agency, Morell sharked his way up the halls of the CIA becoming the chief intelligence briefer to President George W. Bush, and then acting director twice. Intelligence analysts serve the country. There is no politics involved in any of their analyses—at least not until Trump was elected....
  • Joe Biden Commends Trump Administration's Handling of North Korea

    12/14/2017 7:20:57 PM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 14, 2017 | Leah Barkoukis
    Former Vice President Joe Biden offered up some praise for the way the Trump administration is handling North Korea’s nuclear proliferation. During an interview with CBS’s Gayle King, who asked if there was anything he believed the Trump administration is doing well, Biden pointed to North Korea. “I do think they are doing a decent job at the U.N. with regard to North Korea. I think there’s a number of things that are on the cusp of doing good things with,” Biden answered. "This is the time to engage and have more diplomacy," he suggested. Nikki Haley, United States Ambassador...
  • Dustin Hoffman Accused of Exposing Himself to a Minor, Assaulting Two Women

    12/14/2017 6:16:09 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 67 replies
    Variety ^ | December 14, 2017 | By Daniel Holloway
    Cori Thomas was in high school when she says Dustin Hoffman exposed himself to her in a hotel room. Melissa Kester was a recent college graduate when Hoffman allegedly sexually assaulted her while recording audio for the film “Ishtar.” A third woman, who asked to remain anonymous, said that Hoffman assaulted her in the back of a station wagon and manipulated her into a subsequent sexual encounter that left her traumatized. Speaking to Variety, the women described predatory incidents involving Hoffman that fit into a pattern of alleged behavior that has emerged in the wake of previous sexual-misconduct claims against...
  • GOP senators hold back support for tax bill over child tax credit [Also Lee, Utah]

    12/14/2017 6:03:51 PM PST · by familyop · 56 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 14, 2017 | Alex Pappas, Mike Emanuel, Chad Pergram, Serafin Gomez, Adam Shapiro
    Two Republican senators indicated Thursday they were holding back support for the final $1.5 trillion GOP tax reform bill unless a larger child tax credit is included...The strongest statement came from the office of Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio...Conn Carroll, a spokesman for Utah GOP Sen. Mike Lee, also said Lee is "undecided" on the bill in its current form. “Sen. Lee continues to work to make the [child tax credit] as beneficial as possible to American working families," Carroll said.
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Just Hangin' Cafe ~ 15 December 2017

    12/14/2017 6:03:29 PM PST · by beachn4fun · 119 replies
    December 14, 2017 | Santa's Elves
    FR CANTEEN MISSION STATEMENT Showing support and boosting the morale of our military and our allied military and the family members of the above.Honoring those who have served before. FReeper Canteen Come on in, we're open Need a place just to hang out? This is it. We serve coffee, tea, hot cocoa, conversation and music.How about some homemade eggnog? Our AWESOME military, our AWESOME allies, and their families are welcomed and honored here.No worries in the FReeper Canteen Just Hangin' Cafe. Pull up a chair. Grab a cup and start a conversation.You never know who you might meet in...