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  • Beto O'Rourke says he would 'absolutely' tear down Trump's wall,...

    Beto O'Rourke says he would 'absolutely' tear down Trump's wall, along with 600 miles of existing barriers at the US-Mexico border Beto O'Rourke denounced President Trump's proposed border wall in an interview Thursday after Congress passed a spending bill allocating $1.4B for it The former congressman from El Paso said: 'Absolutely, I'd take the wall down' He asserted that the 600 miles of barriers currently at the border haven't made America safer, but have led to the deaths of 4,000 migrants 'We have walled off their opportunity to legally petition for asylum' O'Rourke said Beto O'Rourke said that he would...
  • Gary Sinise Breaks Down in Tears as Hollywood Stars Finally Honor Him

    02/14/2019 8:56:38 PM PST · by · 43 replies ^ | 2-14-2019 | James Conrad
    Actor Gary Sinise has spent years going above and beyond helping veterans and wounded warriors through The Gary Sinise Foundation, yet his efforts have virtually been ignored by his fellow Hollywood stars. That finally changed this week, when stars came together to pay tribute to Sinise in a touching video celebrating the 25 years it's been since he played Lt. Dan in the 1994 film Forrest Gump. Daily Mail reported that the video included tributes from Sinise's fellow Forrest Gump star Tom Hanks as well as Tim Allen, Jay Leno, and Ron Howard. Various veterans that Sinise has helped over...
  • Trump Is Right Again… Obama Declared 13 National Emergencies – 11 Are Still Active

    02/14/2019 3:42:10 PM PST · by henbane · 73 replies
    50 State Report ^ | January 10, 2019 | Staff
    If the federal courts actually follow the law, President Trump cannot be prevented from “reprogramming” funds appropriated for the U.S. Department of Defense and actually using the military (such as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers) to build the border wall.Congress has given a president the power to declare a national emergency by 50 U.S.C. 1621 and 50 U.S.C. 1622. A declaration of an emergency allows the President to reprogram funds in the military budget. See 33 U.S. Code § 2293 “Reprogramming during national emergencies.”
  • Sen Grassley: Pray the President has the wisdom to sign the bill

    02/14/2019 10:25:08 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 81 replies
    CSPAN via twitter ^ | 02/14/2019 | CSPAN Following the invocation this morning, Senator Grassley said into the microphone: "Let's all pray that the president will have wisdom to sign the bill so government doesn't shut down."
  • Senate votes to confirm Trump pick William Barr as new attorney general

    02/14/2019 10:13:53 AM PST · by jazusamo · 105 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 14, 2019 | Jordain Carney
    The Senate voted Thursday to approve William Barr as attorney general, giving the Justice Department its first confirmed chief since President Trump ousted Jeff Sessions last fall. More than 50 senators voted for Barr’s nomination, giving him enough support to be confirmed. The vote caps off a relatively low drama fight over Trump’s second nominee for the post. Barr was largely on a glide path after he cleared the Judiciary Committee and a procedural vote without any missteps that threatened GOP support for his nomination. Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.) appeared to be the only Republican who would vote against Barr...
  • Federal workers could see 1.9 percent pay increase in bill to avoid shutdown

    02/14/2019 4:03:01 AM PST · by COBOL2Java · 45 replies
    WTOP News [Washington DC] ^ | February 13, 2019 7:14 pm | Mitchell Miller | @mmillerwtop
    Internal Revenue Service employee Mary Maldonado, of Dracut, Mass., center, displays a placard during a rally by federal employees and supporters, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019, in front of the Statehouse, in Boston, held to call for an end of the partial shutdown of the federal government. WASHINGTON — Federal workers would receive a 1.9 percent pay increase under language included in legislation aimed at averting a government shutdown, according to House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md. The pay hike would be less than the 2.6 percent increase the military received in legislation that Congress passed last year. President Donald Trump...
  • Hungary’s abortion rate plummets as new family policies are brought in.

    02/13/2019 6:16:35 PM PST · by keats5 · 43 replies
    The Bridgehead ^ | 2/13/19 | Jonathon Van Maren
    Hungary’s prime minister has announced a raft of measures aimed at boosting the country’s declining birth rate and reducing immigration. Giving his annual State of the Nation address Sunday, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban announced a seven-point “Family Protection Action Plan” designed to promote marriage and families. Measures announced included waivers on personal income tax for women raising at least four children for the rest of their lives and subsidies for large families to buy larger cars. The ‘action plan’ also extended a loan program to help families with at least two children to buy homes. Every woman under 40...
  • BREAKING: Judge Tosses Out Manafort's Plea Deal. Here's Why.

    02/13/2019 4:42:52 PM PST · by jazusamo · 46 replies ^ | Fenruary 13, 2018 | Beth Baumann
    Decision at link. A federal court judge on Wednesday threw out Paul Manafort's plea agreement. According to the judge, when Manafort entered the agreement, he said he would "cooperate fully, truthfully, completely and forthrightly with the government," but he broke that agreement when he lied to special counselor Robert Mueller. Judge Amy Berman Jackson said that Manafort "intentionally made multiple false statements to the FBI, the OSC [office of the special counsel] and the grand jury concerning matters that were material to the investigation." Here's the full court decision:
  • GOP takes first step toward 'nuclear' rules change to speed Trump nominees

    02/13/2019 10:09:55 AM PST · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 13, 2019 | Stephen Dinan
    Republicans took the first official step Wednesday toward a rules change that would allow the Senate to speed up votes on some of the president’s nominees — setting the stage for what’s likely to become a “nuclear” confrontation. While pleading for bipartisanship, GOP senators made clear they’ll likely act no matter what on a plan to cut the amount of debate time after filibusters to two hours on most presidential nominees, down from the 30 hours currently allowed under the rules. The 10-9 party-line vote made clear that bipartisanship is unlikely, leaving Republicans with only one option if they want...
  • Lyndon LaRouche, Cult Figure Who Ran for President 8 Times, Dies at 96

    02/13/2019 1:45:05 PM PST · by NRx · 65 replies
    NY Times ^ | 02-13-2019 | Richard Severo
    Lyndon LaRouche, the quixotic, apocalyptic leader of a cultlike political organization who ran for president eight times, once from a prison cell, died on Tuesday. He was 96. His death was announced on the website of his organization, La Rouche/Pac. It did not specify a cause or say where he died. Defining what Mr. LaRouche stood for was no easy task. He began his political career on the far left and ended it on the far right. He said he admired Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan and loathed Hitler, the composer Richard Wagner and other anti-Semites,...
  • BREAKING: Panicked Democrats ATTACK MUELLER

    02/13/2019 12:43:50 PM PST · by montag813 · 99 replies
    24News ^ | 02/13/2019 | Sheri Urban
    by Sheri Urban | 24NewsDemocrats in Congress, faced with a damning, bi-partisan Senate report, and stunning statements from President Trump's former lawyer, are starting to panic that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation will "reveal nothing." So now Democrats are actually lashing out at their once-savior Mueller, worried that his investigation is "too limited" and won't satisfy their dreams of bringing down Trump. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) kicked off a torrent of criticism on Wednesday, according to the Washington Examiner, questioning whether "Mueller has adequately investigated President Trump’s financial dealings with a German bank," and suggesting that Mueller's investigation...

    02/13/2019 10:44:39 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 74 replies
    daily caller ^ | Feb 13, 2019 | Amber Athey | White House Correspondent
    President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he is “looking over all aspects” of the border security deal dreamed up by a bipartisan congressional committee to avoid another partial government shutdown. The deal in question reportedly contains $1.375 billion in funding for a physical border barrier, well short of Trump’s requested $5.7 billion, and institutes a cap of 40,000 detention beds maintained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The president told reporters earlier in the day that he is “not happy” with the deal, but sources close to the process told The Daily Caller that he is likely to sign it...
  • Former Air Force Intelligence Agent Charged With Spying for Iran

    02/13/2019 9:26:09 AM PST · by Theoria · 80 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 13 Feb 2019 | Adam Goldman
    A former United States Air Force counterintelligence agent was charged with espionage after she defected to Iran and helped it target her former colleagues, the authorities said. In an extraordinarily detailed indictment made public on Wednesday, prosecutors disclosed that Monica Elfriede Witt, 39, gave the Iranians the code name and mission of a secret Pentagon program involving American intelligence operations. According to the indictment, she was working with members of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. The elite paramilitary group is known to carry out terrorist operations around the globe and has been sanctioned by the American government.
  • California Governor Gavin Newsom Cancels High-speed Rail: ‘Would Cost Too Much and Take Too Long’

    02/12/2019 7:55:28 PM PST · by hapnHal · 93 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12 Feb 19 | hapnHal
    <p>California Governor Gavin Newsom announced Tuesday in his “State of the State” address at the California State Capitol in Sacramento that he would abandon the state’s high-speed rail system because it was too expensive.</p> <p>The plan to connect San Francisco to Los Angeles by high-speed rail “would cost too much and, respectfully, would take too long,” he told legislators. He said the state would still build a portion of the system under construction in the rural Central Valley, denying that it would be a “train to nowhere.” He said the state would not send $3.5 billion back to the federal government to be spent by President Donald Trump.</p>
  • N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo airs 'SALT' concerns with Trump

    02/12/2019 3:34:03 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 51 replies
    WashTimes ^ | 2-12-2018 | Tom Howell
    President Trump listened to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo complain Tuesday about a provision in the GOP tax overhaul that’s walloping higher earners in the Empire State, the White House said, but the president feels the Democratic governor should consider slashing state taxes as a path to relief. Blue states like Mr. Cuomo’s still aren’t happy with a $10,000 limit — known as the SALT cap — the Republican tax bill imposed on the amount of state and local taxes filers can deduct from their federal tax bill. The federal deduction tends to be more relevant to higher-tax states like...
  • Senate poised to confirm Trump’s attorney general pick

    02/12/2019 3:17:52 PM PST · by jazusamo · 41 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 12, 2019 | Jordain Carney
    The Senate advanced President Trump ’s attorney general nominee on Tuesday, paving the way for his confirmation later this week. Senators voted 55-44 to end debate on William Barr’s nomination, more than the simple majority needed for him to overcome the filibuster and ultimately be confirmed. The Senate is expected to take a final vote on Barr’s nomination as late as Thursday, with Trump’s pick on a glide path to confirmation. A vote could take place on Wednesday if senators agree to yield back time. Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin (W.Va.), Kyrsten Sinema (Ariz.) and Doug Jones (Ala.) voted with...
  • Mitch McConnell is going to force the Senate to vote on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal

    02/12/2019 12:28:37 PM PST · by NohSpinZone · 64 replies
    CNBC ^ | 2/12/19 | By Tucker Higgins
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday that the Senate would vote on the "Green New Deal" introduced by Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass., and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez last week. "I've noted with great interest the Green New Deal, and we're going to be voting on that in the Senate to give everybody an opportunity to go on record," McConnell told reporters. The bill, which is not expected to pass the GOP-dominated upper chamber, could force some Democrats to make a politically awkward calculation.
  • Gov. Newsom abandons California high-speed rail plan!

    02/12/2019 12:17:45 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 85 replies
    Axios ^ | 02/12/2019 | Shannon Vavra
    California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Tuesday that the state will no longer pursue plans to build an estimated $77 billion high-speed rail line between Los Angeles and San Francisco because the project "would cost too much and respectfully take too long," per the AP. The big picture: The project was years behind schedule with an estimated completion date of 2033. It had been hamstrung by political backlash in the state, and polling showed that a majority of Californians disapproved of the plan as costs ballooned. Similar proposals for high-speed trains on the East Coast, including along the heavily trafficked Northeast...
  • El Chapo found guilty

    02/12/2019 10:05:33 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 72 replies
    CNN ^ | 02-12-2019 | By Meg Wagner, Brian Ries and Amanda Wills, CNN
    The near-mythical drug lord now faces life in prison   Jurors heard more than 200 hours of testimony from 56 witnesses (though notably not from Guzmán himself) over the course of the roughly two-and-a-half-month trial in BrooklynIt included testimony from a fellow cartel member who claimed that Guzmán once paid a $100 million bribe to former Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto.  Guzman, 61, will be sentenced on June 25. He faces the possibility of life in prison.Here's the full list of counts: Engaging in a Continuing Criminal EnterpriseInternational Cocaine, Heroin, Methamphetamine and Marijuana Manufacture and Distribution ConspiracyCocaine Importation ConspiracyCocaine Distribution ConspiracyInternational...
  • House Dems will not strip Omar of her committee assignments: report

    02/11/2019 5:42:24 PM PST · by jazusamo · 68 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 11, 2019 | Chris Mills Rodrigo
    House Democrats reportedly will not strip Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) of her committee assignments after she apologized for tweets suggesting that American lawmakers were motivated to defend Israel by money. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) told Roll Call that "of course" Democrats would not strip Omar of committee assignments like Republicans did to Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa.) after he questioned how terms like "white supremacy" became offensive. “I don’t think she’s anti-Semitic,” Hoyer reportedly said. “She did apologize. The key will be that when we make a mistake like that, conscious or unconscious, that we don’t repeat it. That...