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  • DHS Shifts Funds from Defending Illegals to New Office to Help Their VICTIMS

    02/21/2017 5:28:46 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 36 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 21, 2017 | 3:06 PM EST | Craig Bannister
    On Tuesday, DHS Sec. Kelly issued an immigration memo shifting the U.S. government’s efforts and resources away from defending illegal aliens to helping their victims. The memo creates the “Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement” (VOICE) office, which will act as “liaison between ICE and the known victims of crimes committed by removable aliens.” VOICE will address victims’ concerns and provide information regarding the enforcement actions and immigration status of the perpetrator. […] The memo also reallocates “any and all resources” currently used to advocate for illegal aliens and terminates “outreach and advocacy services” provided to them. …
  • Military branches drafting expansion plans as Trump vows to rebuild 'depleted' force

    02/21/2017 5:02:37 PM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | February 21, 2017 | Lucas Tomlinson
    From the Air Force to the Army, America's military service branches are busy preparing ambitious proposals to expand, as President Trump renews his pledge to rebuild a fighting force he says has become "depleted." "Our country will never have had a military like the military we're about to build and rebuild,” Trump said at last week’s press conference. “It won't be depleted for long." The president made rebuilding the military a centerpiece of his campaign, and sent a fresh signal of his intentions with his choice for national security adviser, Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster – who for months has sounded...
  • Swedes eviscerate Trump as riots break out in capital

    02/21/2017 4:44:48 PM PST · by confederatecarpetbag · 24 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Feb 21, 2017
    Two days after President Donald Trump was eviscerated by both the mainstream media and Swedish officials for his comments indicating Sweden was having a problem with its generous refugee policies, riots erupted in the country. Mr. Trump was largely mocked for the comments he made at a Florida rally over the weekend, where he used Sweden has an example to justify his extreme vetting policy. “We’ve got to keep our country safe,” Mr. Trump said at the rally. “You look at what’s happening in Germany. You look at what’s happening last night in Sweden. Sweden, who would believe this? Sweden....
  • (Harvard Harris) Poll - Americans overwhelmingly oppose sanctuary cities

    02/21/2017 3:43:36 PM PST · by xzins · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | 02/21/17 | JONATHAN EASLEY
    An overwhelming majority of Americans believe that cities that arrest illegal immigrants for crimes should be required to turn them over to federal authorities. The poll shows that President Trump has broad public support in his effort to crack down on sanctuary cities. A survey from Harvard–Harris Poll provided exclusively to The Hill found that 80 percent of voters say local authorities should have to comply with the law by reporting to federal agents the illegal immigrants they come into contact with. As it stands, hundreds of cities across the nation — many with Democratic mayors or city councils —...
  • Homeland Security Reveals Plans for Crackdown on Illegal Immigrants

    02/21/2017 12:59:23 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 36 replies
    NewsMax ^ | February 21, 2017 | By Mark Swanson
    The Department of Homeland Security Tuesday began rolling out President Donald Trump's plans to aggressively crack down on illegal immigrants. The plan, outlined in two DHS memos, includes an attempt to deport almost all illegal immigrants caught in the U.S., hire thousands more border patrol and immigration agents, and start building the promised wall along the Mexican border. ~~snip~~ The memos were sent to heads of key agencies and signed by DHS Secretary John Kelly. Kelly said in one memo that it "implements new policies designed to stem illegal immigration and facilitate the detection, apprehension, detention, and removal of aliens...
  • Trump smashes Obama’s small-donor fundraising pace, bests Clinton, Sanders combined

    02/21/2017 11:48:40 AM PST · by ColdOne · 16 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | 2/21/17 | Daniel Halper and Bob Fredericks
    President Trump raised more money from small donors during the 2016 campaign than Sen. Bernard Sanders and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton combined, and also topped former President Obama during each of Mr. Obama’s presidential runs, according to a new analysis released Tuesday. Mr. Trump raised about $239 million from small donors during the campaign, compared to $137 million for Mrs. Clinton and about $100 million for Mr. Sanders, according to the report from the Campaign Finance Institute. Mr. Obama had raised about $219 million from small donors during the 2012 race and about $181 million during the 2008 campaign. Mitt...
  • Riots Break Out in Stockholm Suburb, Drawing Attention to Trump’s Remarks (backward headline)

    02/21/2017 10:51:41 AM PST · by confederatecarpetbag · 18 replies
    NYT ^ | Feb. 21, 2017
    residents in a northwestern suburb of Stockholm predominantly inhabited by immigrants clashed with police officers on Monday, two days after the president of the United States, Donald J. Trump, unleashed a vague but pointed critique of Sweden’s migration policies.
  • Rioting erupts in immigrant-dominated Swedish suburb

    02/21/2017 8:48:54 AM PST · by NYer · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 21, 2017
    <p>Riots erupted in a heavily immigrant Stockholm suburb Monday night, as masked looters set cars ablaze and threw rocks at cops, injuring one police officer, Swedish officials said.</p> <p>The violence in Rinkeby began around 8 p.m., when officers arrested a suspect at an underground station on drug charges, The Local reported. A group soon gathered, hurling rocks and other objects at officers and prompting one cop to fire his gun “in a situation that demanded he use his firearm,” police spokesman Lars Bystrom said.</p>
  • DHS cancels Obama policies, orders agents to expand deportations

    02/21/2017 7:49:13 AM PST · by GonzoII · 70 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 21 Feb 2017 | Stephen Dinan
    Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly officially ordered federal agents this week to begin arresting and deporting more illegal immigrants, releasing them from the handcuffs the Obama administration had imposed, and making headway on one of President Trump’s chief campaign promises.
  • BREAKING: Marine Le Pen's headquarters RAIDED by police in 'scandal' investigation

    02/20/2017 11:07:21 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 100 replies
    Express Co. (UK) ^ | Feb 20, 2017 | Peter Allen
    A team of anti-fraud officers entered the building in Nanterre, the Paris suburb, while the 48-year-old Front National leader was on her first ever official visit abroad, in Lebanon. An investigating source said: "A raid is underway. Its aim is to find evidence related to the ongoing enquiry." A spokesman for Ms Le Pen immediately accused them of carrying out a "media operation whose goal is to disturb the course of a presidential campaign".
  • Feds: Nine planes violated President Trump’s airspace over the weekend

    02/20/2017 10:59:39 AM PST · by PghBaldy · 40 replies
    Palm Beach Post ^ | February 20 | Eliot Kleinberg
    WEST PALM BEACH — At least nine planes violated temporary flight restrictions through Monday morning for President Donald Trump’s Palm Beach Mar-a-Lago stay, with at least two of those having the unique experience of being buzzed by military jets, federal officials confirmed this morning to The Palm Beach Post. Eight of those crossed the line on Friday alone, the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement.
  • Dozens fired after skipping work to participate in 'A Day Without Immigrants' protests

    02/20/2017 8:19:23 AM PST · by EveningStar · 47 replies
    CNBC ^ | February 20, 2017 | Sarah Whitten
    As numerous restaurant employees were given leave on Thursday to march in "A Day Without Immigrants" protests, others returned to their posts Friday to discover that they were out of a job. Across the U.S. employers fired hundreds of protesters who skipped work to participate in rallies.
  • Oof: Dave Rubin Makes Claim That Jesus "Was Around A Lot of Muslims"

    02/19/2017 11:55:28 PM PST · by Kaslin · 92 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 20, 2017 | Christine Rousselle
    Dave Rubin of The Rubin Report may want to pick up a history book before trying to make claims about who Jesus Christ hung around with or would have approved of. In a rather hilarious clip, Rubin, speaking with comedian Trae Crowder, made the curious claim that Jesus hung around with a lot of Muslims, because he was in the Middle East .@RubinReport on Jesus: "He was around a lot of Muslims. It was the Middle East." pic.twitter.com/kTrqKmcvWz— Sam Sholli (@Sam_Sholli) February 18, 2017 Islam, of course, wasn't founded until the early seventh century. It would have been quite hard...
  • Revised travel ban targets same seven countries, exempts green card holders

    02/19/2017 8:49:38 PM PST · by bobsunshine · 33 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 19, 2017 | Staff
    WASHINGTON – A draft of President Donald Trump's revised immigration ban targets the same seven countries listed in his original executive order and exempts travelers who already have a visa to travel to the U.S., even if they haven't used it yet. A senior administration official said the order, which Trump revised after federal courts held up his original immigration and refugee ban, will target only those same seven Muslim-majority countries -- Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan and Libya. The official said that green-card holders and dual citizens of the U.S. and any of those countries are exempt. The...
  • White House Deputy Chief of Staff and #NeverTrumper Source of LEAKS

    02/19/2017 4:51:14 PM PST · by bobsunshine · 79 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | February 19, 2017 | Lucian Wintrich
    GotNews reported Sunday that one of the primary sources of the series of leaks that were designed to undermine the Trump Administration and his presidency have been coming from none other than #NeverTrumper Kate Walsh. She is being investigated as one of the primary persons of interest that have been distributing highly confidential information to sources such as The (Failing) New York Times, and others. When TGP reached out to GotNews founder, Charles Johnson, for comment on the story he said that it was “100% reliable, I’m unwilling to reveal the primary White House sources, but Walsh was behind the...
  • Melania Trump attacked for reciting 'The Lord's Prayer' at campaign rally

    02/19/2017 10:08:57 AM PST · by GonzoII · 161 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | February 19, 2017
    Leftists on social media tore into First Lady Melania Trump, mocking her accent and religion and branding her everything from a hostage to a whore – all for the secular offense of reciting “The Lord’s Prayer.” Melania Trump began President Trump’s rally Saturday in Florida by delivering the prayer, which Christians – many of whom recite the prayer in church each week – believe was first said by Jesus Christ. The crowd at Orlando-Melbourne Airport received the prayer enthusiastically. Left-leaning social media users were a different story, however. “Melania starts the dictatorship rally with the Lord’s Prayer? NOT EVERY AMERICAN...
  • Senior Trump appointee fired after critical comments

    02/19/2017 8:57:22 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 70 replies
    AP ^ | 2/19/2017 | VIVIAN SALAMA
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) -- A senior Trump administration official was fired following criticism in a private speech of President Donald Trump's policies and his inner circle of advisers.</p> <p>Craig Deare, whom Trump appointed a month ago to head the National Security Council's Western Hemisphere division, was on Friday escorted out of the Executive Office Building, where he worked in Washington.</p>
  • Cruz joins Border Patrol overnight, meets with local officials

    02/19/2017 9:41:49 AM PST · by conservative98 · 208 replies
    Valley Morning Star ^ | February 18, 2017 | MITCHELL FERMAN
    MISSION — Hours before the president talked about “bad people with bad ideas” entering the country at a rally in Florida, a United States senator strapped on a vest, walked through the thick Rio Grande Valley brush as Friday night turned to Saturday and found what he, President Donald Trump and many discuss in Washington D.C. The senator linked the findings to organized violent crime. “There were more than one that were large, young men with a significant percentage of tattoos that might suggest gang affiliation,” U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said Saturday afternoon, recounting an overnight ride along with...
  • Rand Paul: We’re very lucky John McCain’s not in charge

    02/19/2017 9:15:12 AM PST · by markomalley · 89 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/19/17 | Alexander Bolton
    Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.) ripped fellow Republican Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) on Sunday after McCain criticized President Trump’s escalating war of words with the media. He argued that the nation is “very lucky” that Trump is president and not McCain, who won the 2008 GOP nomination but lost to Barack Obama in the general election. Paul said that McCain’s recent criticisms of Trump are driven by his “personal dispute” with the president over foreign policy. He added that McCain and Trump are at odds because McCain supports the wide deployment of U.S. troops to protect and promote American interests abroad...
  • China suspends North Korean coal imports, striking at regime’s financial lifeline

    02/18/2017 3:24:57 PM PST · by NRx · 44 replies
    WaPo ^ | 02-18-2017 | Simon Denyer
    BEIJING — China will suspend all imports of coal from North Korea until the end of the year, the Commerce Ministry announced Saturday, in a surprise move that would cut off a major financial lifeline for Pyongyang and significantly enhance the effectiveness of U.N. sanctions. Coal is North Korea’s largest export item, and also China’s greatest point of leverage over the regime. The ministry said the ban would come into force Sunday and be effective until Dec. 31. China said the move was designed to implement November’s United Nations Security Council resolution that tightened sanctions against the regime in the...
  • Secretary of State Tillerson Fires Most of the Shadow Government

    02/18/2017 6:37:20 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    The Black Sphere ^ | February 17, 2017 | Kelly Beasley
    The State Department Swamp was partially drained today. Secretary of State Tillerson fired Clinton’s rogue, self-described Shadow Government. trump-welcomes-tillersonMaking good on a Trump campaign promise, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson drained the Clinton swamp snakes, aka Obama administration holdovers. Thus the personnel responsible for the corrupt handling of Clinton’s emails and the Benghazi cover-up have left the building. Lurking in the Shadows In the Clinton State Department, a rogue shadow government existed in secret from the 7th floor. These policy makers publicly boasted about their secretive operations. And you can bet that some of them have been responsible for much...
  • Memos signed by DHS secretary describe sweeping new guidelines for deporting illegal immigrants

    02/18/2017 5:56:55 PM PST · by Bubba_Leroy · 46 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 18, 2017 | David Nakamura
    Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly has signed sweeping new guidelines that empower federal authorities to more aggressively detain and deport illegal immigrants inside the United States and at the border. In a pair of memos, Kelly offered more detail on plans for the agency to hire thousands of additional enforcement agents, expand the pool of immigrants who are prioritized for removal, speed up deportation hearings and enlist local law enforcement to help make arrests. The new directives would supersede nearly all of those issued under previous administrations, Kelly said, including measures from President Barack Obama aimed at focusing deportations...
  • Norma McCorvey, Jane Roe of Roe v. Wade, Passes Away: She Never Had an Abortion and Became Pro-Life

    02/18/2017 11:16:19 AM PST · by Salvation · 39 replies
    LifeNews.com ^ | 02-18-17 | Steven Ertelt
    Norma McCorvey, Jane Roe of Roe v. Wade, Passes Away: She Never Had an Abortion and Became Pro-Life National   Steven Ertelt   Feb 18, 2017   |   2:10PM    Washington, DC Share this story: Norma McCorvey, who was the Jane Roe of the infamous Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court case legalizing virtually unlimited abortions, passed away today. McCorvey never had an abortion and eventually became pro-life and dedicated her life to overturning the horrible Supreme Court decision that bared her pseudonym. McCorvey died today at an assisted-living facility in Katy, Texas. She was 69.McCorvey never wanted an...
  • 1993 World Trade Center bombing mastermind dead at 78

    02/18/2017 10:27:28 AM PST · by ameribbean expat · 51 replies
    A blind Egyptian cleric convicted for his role in the 1993 attack on the World Trade Center in New York has died in a U.S. prison, Reuters reported on Saturday. He was 78. Omar Abdel-Rahman was sentenced to life in prison in 1996 for orchestrating plots to blow up the Lincoln and Holland Tunnels among other New York City landmarks. He was also convicted of the World Trade Center bombing that killed six people and injured more than 1,000.
  • Hundreds of Texans may have voted improperly in November election, AP finds

    02/18/2017 10:32:57 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 20 replies
    An ...analysis of roughly 13,500 affidavits submitted in Texas' largest counties found at least 500 instances in which voters were allowed to get around the law by signing an affidavit and never showing a photo ID, despite indicating that they possessed one.... One affidavit from Hidalgo County, along the Texas-Mexico border, read: "Did not want to 'pander' to government requirement." In Tarrant County, an election judge noted on an affidavit: "Had photo ID but refused to show it."
  • Eight people flee U.S. border patrol to seek asylum in Canada

    02/18/2017 10:01:23 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 53 replies
    Reuters ^ | 18 Feb 17 | Christina Muschi
    Eight asylum-seekers, including four children, barely made it across the Canadian border on Friday as a U.S. border patrol officer tried to stop them and a Reuters photographer captured the scene. As a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officer seized their passports and questioned a man in the front passenger seat of a taxi that had pulled up to the border in Champlain, New York, four adults and four young children fled the cab and ran to Royal Canadian Mounted Police on the other side. One by one they scrambled across the snowy gully separating the two countries. RCMP...
  • Pence brings Trump's military demands to wary Europe

    02/18/2017 8:11:56 AM PST · by Enchante · 50 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | February 18, 2017 | John Vandiver
    Merkel said Germany is committed to spending more, but will do so at its own pace. Berlin is set to increase expenditures by 8 percent this year and aims to reach the NATO benchmark of 2 percent of gross domestic product in about eight years. “We will do everything we can in order to fulfill this commitment,” Merkel said, adding that a strong Europe is also in America’s interest.
  • LIVE THREAD: President Trump Rally in MELBOURNE, FL – 2/18/2017 @ 5 pm.

    02/18/2017 7:48:53 AM PST · by nikos1121 · 70 replies
    Pick up the ongoing LIVE thread of the Trump presidential Rally in Melbourne, FL at the Orlando-Melbourne International Airport @ 5 pm.
  • Secretary Rex Tillerson Begins Deconstructing 7th Floor “Shadow Government” at Dept of State

    02/17/2017 10:05:58 PM PST · by Helicondelta · 68 replies
    theconservativetreehouse.com ^ | February 17, 2017
    The term “shadow government” is not a construct of critics; it’s actually the term the professional bureaucrats within the 7th floor of the Washington DC based Department of State gave to themselves (link) The career political operatives who reign within the State Department openly view themselves as a distinctly separate state governing authority, with no attachment to the policies or objectives of the United States presidency or any mere elected official therein. For years this group has considered themselves “the untouchables”. They live a life of high financed indulgence including: massive expense accounts, chartered airline travel, swanky cocktail parties, expense...
  • Nearly 2 Million Non-Citizen Hispanics Illegally Registered To Vote [Felony Crime]

    02/17/2017 7:13:01 PM PST · by Steelfish · 86 replies
    The WashingtonTimes ^ | February 15, 2017 | Rowan Scarborough
    Nearly 2 Million Non-Citizen Hispanics Illegally Registered To Vote By Rowan Scarborough - The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 15, 2017. A large number of non-citizen Hispanics, as many as 2 million, were illegally registered to vote in the U.S., according to a nationwide poll. The National Hispanic Survey provides additional evidence for use by anti-voter fraud conservatives and bolsters an analysis by professors at Old Dominion University who say non-citizens registered and voted in potentially large numbers. President Trump has announced he will appoint a task force on voter fraud headed by Vice President Mike Pence. He says he...
  • 18 People Fired After Participating In "A Day Without Immigrants"

    02/17/2017 7:11:39 PM PST · by Hadean · 133 replies
    News Channel 5 ^ | Feb. 17, 2017
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A total of 18 people were fired from one business after joining the nation-wide protest "A Day Without Immigrants." Thousands of people participated in the movement across the country, including people in Middle Tennessee. In Nolensville, nearly 20 employees at Bradley Coatings, Incorporated told their supervisors on Wednesday they'd be taking part as well. Then, on Thursday they were told they no longer had jobs. "We are the team leaders directly under the supervisors and they informed us last night that we could not go back to work and the boss said we were fired," one employee...
  • Wegmans stores sold out of Trump wines: Did boycott threats backfire?

    02/17/2017 7:03:43 PM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 27 replies
    Post Standard, Syracuse NY ^ | 02.17.17 | Geoff Herbert
    Did a threat to boycott Wegmans over products with President Donald Trump's name backfire? The Rochester-based grocery store chain came under fire this week for carrying Trump wines at its 10 Virginia locations. The bottles come from the Trump Winery in Charlottesville, Va., bought by Trump in 2011 and given to his son, Eric Trump. The National Organization for Women and other critics encouraged shoppers to take their business elsewhere, despite Wegmans' cult following and positive reputation. "Let's demonstrate through economic action that the residents and businesses of Charlottesville will not stand for the hatred espoused by Eric Trump and...
  • Anti-Trump energy lags during a second day of protests (Real News)

    02/17/2017 7:01:52 PM PST · by 11th_VA · 22 replies
    /kathmandupost ^ | Feb 18, 2017 | Reuters
    Feb 18, 2017- A second consecutive day of protests against U.S. President Donald Trump's month-old administration appeared to lose momentum on Friday, with rallies in Chicago, Los Angeles and New York attracting small yet enthusiastic crowds. Activists had called for a "general strike" a day after thousands of immigrants across the United States stayed home from work and school during "A Day Without Immigrants" to highlight the contributions of foreign-born workers to the American economy. Strike4Democracy, one of the groups organising Friday's strike, said more than 100 public protests were expected around the country. In New York, more than 16,000...
  • Kim Jong Nam murder: Female suspects were groomed by suspected spy in China for past 3 months...

    02/17/2017 5:58:08 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 22 replies
    Straits Times ^ | FEB 17, 2017
    Kim Jong Nam murder: Female suspects were groomed by suspected spy in China for past 3 months, says report FEB 17, 2017 PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The two women suspected to have murdered North Korean Kim Jong Nam had apparently lived in China for the past three months before their deadly "assignment". According to a report by Malaysian Chinese-language newspaper China Press, both Siti Aisyah, 25, and Doan Thi Huong, 29, may not be North Korean agents, but were possibly duped by a spy ring into committing murder at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). Doan, a Vietnamese...
  • President Trump Makes Remarks at Boeing

    02/17/2017 1:20:34 PM PST · by mdittmar · 6 replies
    youtube ^ | Feb 17, 2017 | President Trump The White House
    President Trump Makes Remarks at Boeing
  • CIA director denies withholding intelligence from Trump

    02/17/2017 12:57:42 PM PST · by Hadean · 50 replies
    The Hill ^ | 02/17/17 | Katie Bo Williams
    CIA Director Mike Pompeo flatly denied a report that the U.S. intelligence community is withholding intelligence from the president, in a statement issued late Thursday. "The CIA does not, has not, and will never hide intelligence from the President, period. We are not aware of any instance when that has occurred," Pompeo said, calling a Wall Street Journal report to that effect "dead wrong." The report "impugns the integrity of thousands of professional intelligence officers by peddling gossip without citing a single example to support its claims," Pompeo said. Citing current and former officials, the Journal reported Thursday that intelligence...
  • Mexican Consulates Flooded With Fearful Immigrants

    02/17/2017 12:34:46 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 50 replies
    The Failing NY Times ^ | 17 Feb 17 | JENNIFER MEDINA
    <p>First came the anxious calls in the days after the election of President Trump. Now, people begin lining up before 8 a.m. and crowd the waiting rooms inside the Mexican Consulate here.</p> <p>Mexican citizens come to renew passports that have been unused for more than a decade. They desperately ask lawyers if they can do anything to help them stay in the United States. They register their children for Mexican citizenship, just in case they are sent back and decide to move their whole family with them.</p>
  • State Dept. carries out layoffs under Rex Tillerson (DEEP STATE/Vault 7!)

    02/17/2017 4:48:07 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 130 replies
    cbsnews ^ | 2-17-2017 | Margaret Brennan, Kylie Atwood
    While Rex Tillerson is on his first overseas trip as Secretary of State, his aides laid off staff at the State Department on Thursday.  Much of seventh-floor staff, who work for the Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources and the Counselor offices, were told today that their services were no longer needed. These staffers in particular are often the conduit between the secretary’s office to the country bureaus, where the regional expertise is centered. Inside the State Department, some officials fear that this is a politically-minded purge that cuts out much-needed expertise from the policy-making, rather than simply...
  • Son of FALN Bombing Victim Fuming Over Honorary Street Sign

    02/17/2017 11:30:48 AM PST · by PBRCat · 11 replies
    The Chicago Sun Times ^ | February 17, 2017 | Fran Spielman
    A man whose father was killed at a New York City restaurant bombing for which the militant Puerto Rican nationalist group FALN claimed responsibility lashed out at Chicago aldermen Thursday for approving an honorary street designation for FALN leader Oscar Lopez Rivera. At the behest of local Ald. Roberto Maldonado (26th), the City Council’s Transportation Committee voted without a word of debate to designate a three-block stretch of North Luis Munoz Marin Drive as Oscar Lopez Rivera Way. Joseph Connor was just 9 years old when his 33-year-old banker father Frank was killed in the 1975 explosion at Fraunces Tavern...
  • Report: Donald Trump Considering Fox & Friends' Heather Nauert for State Dept Spokeswoman

    02/17/2017 11:32:24 AM PST · by drewh · 69 replies
    Mediaite.com ^ | 9:16am 2.17.17 | Alex Griswold
    Fox News host Heather Nauert is in talks to become the Donald Trump administration’s first State Department spokesperson. Nauert was spotted visiting the White House last week. Axios reported at the time she was being interviewed by the Donald personally for some sort of communications role. Shortly afterwards, Nauert took to Twitter and began promoting Ivanka Trump‘s clothing line. The appointment has not yet been finalized. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson would need to sign off on the appointment.
  • Jake Tapper Mocks Breitbart on Twitter: ‘Good Doggy,’ ‘Go Get Your Treat From Bannon’

    02/17/2017 10:47:11 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 55 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 2-17-2017 | Alex Griswold
    Alt-right news website Breitbart attacked CNN host Jake Tapper on Twitter Friday, only for Tapper to hit back with his own cutting remark. Breitbart tagged Tapper in a tweet sharing their take on his recent on-air take-down of Trump. https://twitter.com/BreitbartNews/status/832614437626462208?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw
  • Judge dismisses 1 of 3 charges against Marcus Mumford... (OREGON STANDOFF LAWYER TASED IN COURT)

    02/17/2017 4:02:14 AM PST · by Nextrush · 16 replies
    OregonLive ^ | 2/16/2017 | Maxine Bernstein
    A federal judge Thursday dropped one of three criminal charges against Marcus Mumford, Ammon Bundy's lawyer, and ruled he'll issue a verdict on the other two charges, not a jury. U.S. District John C. Coughenour dismissed a charge that accused Mumford of creating a disturbance by impeding the official duties of government officers because it encompassed the same conduct alleged in the second count, failing to comply with official signs that prohibit the disruption of federal officers' official work. Coughenour declined to grant Mumford a jury trial as requested, or his mission to dismiss all the charges. Mumford's lawyer Michael...
  • A Civil War For Control Of The US Government Has Erupted Between "The Deep State" And Donald Trump

    02/16/2017 11:02:39 PM PST · by Trump_vs_Evil_Witch · 86 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | Feb 16, 2017 | Tyler Durden
    The ruthless political assassination of Michael Flynn was just one battle of a major civil war that has erupted for control of the U.S. government. Donald Trump and his new administration are now under relentless assault by “the deep state”, and at this point it is not clear who will emerge as the victor. There are many that use the term “deep state” as a synonym for the intelligence community, but the truth is that it is much broader than that. In reality, the deep state encompasses thousands upon thousands of unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats that never seem to change no...
  • LIVE THREAD: President Trump Rally in MELBOURNE, FL – 2/18/2017 @ 5 pm.

    02/16/2017 10:53:00 PM PST · by nikos1121 · 489 replies
    <p>President Trump holds a Presidential Rally in Melbourne, FL at the Orlando-Melbourne International Airport @ 5 pm.</p> <p>Large turn out in Melbourne International Airport on 9/26/2016.</p> <p>Tickets for the event have been sold out.</p> <p>President Trump mentioned his visit to Melbourne during a press conference at the White House Thursday afternoon.</p>
  • House Votes to Overturn Obama Abortion Funding Ruling

    02/16/2017 8:33:24 PM PST · by GonzoII · 10 replies
    NCR ^ | Feb. 16, 2017 | Patty Knap
    “We are hopeful this bill is a step towards ultimately defunding the nation's abortion giant.” In a dramatic pro-life victory, the U.S. House of Representatives voted Thursday to allow states to decide whether or not to fund Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers with federal dollars. The 229-188 vote effectively repeals an Obama administration rule from December. “As a registered nurse, I know that vulnerable women seeking true comprehensive care deserve better than abortion-centric facilities like Planned Parenthood,” Rep. Diane Black (R-TN), who introduced the resolution, stated before its Feb. 16 passage. The Department of Health and Human Services issued a rule in...
  • House Oversight Chairman Chaffetz refers Bryan Pagliano to DOJ for charges

    02/16/2017 7:17:55 PM PST · by ForYourChildren · 82 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 02/16/2017 | John Sexton
    Rep. Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions today asking Sessions to consider convening a grand jury or bringing charges against Hillary Clinton’s former IT guy, Bryan Pagliano. Pagliano was subpoenaed to testify before the committee last year but refused to appear on two occasions. After the second refusal, the Oversight Committee voted to hold Pagliano in contempt. Chaffetz’ letter to AG Sessions reads in part, “Because Pagliano’s job functions included supporting mobile computing issues across the Department, he was uniquely positioned to answer questions regarding State Department policies and practices...
  • Trump signs bill undoing Obama coal mining rule

    02/16/2017 7:04:50 PM PST · by GonzoII · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | 02/16/17 | Devin Henry
    President Trump on Thursday signed legislation ending a key Obama administration coal mining rule.   The bill quashes the Office of Surface Mining's Stream Protection Rule, a regulation to protect waterways from coal mining waste that officials finalized in December. The legislation is the second Trump has signed into law ending an Obama-era environmental regulation. On Tuesday, he signed a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution undoing a financial disclosure requirement for energy companies. Both the mining and financial disclosure bills are the tip of a GOP push to undo a slate of regulations instituted in the closing days of the Obama administration. The...
  • John Kerry 'hasn't ruled anything in or anything out' for 2020 run

    02/16/2017 6:25:18 PM PST · by kevcol · 76 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | February 16, 2017 | Anna Giaritelli
    Former Secretary of State John Kerry has not ruled out running for president again in 2020, according to a new interview. The 2004 Democratic presidential nominee, who lost to George W. Bush, is suggesting he could be up for potentially running against President Trump.
  • Roger Stone Blames Reince Priebus For White House Leaks, Says The 'Little Man' Has Got To Go

    02/16/2017 6:17:30 PM PST · by drewh · 46 replies
    Follow News.com ^ | 6 hours ago | Hayley Miller
    Republican operative Roger Stone wants President Donald Trump’s chief of staff, Reince Priebus, ousted from the White House immediately, claiming he is responsible for the extraordinary number of leaks plaguing the Trump administration. Stone, a former adviser and longtime friend to Trump, suggested Priebus also played a role in Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn’s recent split from the administration. Flynn resigned as Trump’s national security adviser on Monday, following reports that he had discussed easing U.S. sanctions against Russia with the Russian ambassador just days after former President Barack Obama imposed the penalties. “It’s time for the little man to go,”...
  • Six White House staffers fired after failing security test

    02/16/2017 6:14:29 PM PST · by markomalley · 63 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 2/16/17 | Anna Giaritelli
    The White House dismissed six aides on Thursday after the staffers failed FBI background checks. Some of the aides were physically "walked out of the building by security" a day earlier. Those affected had failed the SF86, a Questionnaire for National Security Positions used to determine whether a government employee is eligible for a security clearance. The test takes into consideration a person's credit score, substance use and various personal subjects. Caroline Wiles was among the six escorted off the property. Wiles worked as Trump's scheduling director and is the daughter of Susan Wiles, who managed Trump's Florida campaign. Wiles...