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  • Homeschooling, The New Russian Collusion Scandal According To ThinkProgress

    01/18/2019 5:37:51 PM PST · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 11 replies
    Radical left-wing blog ThinkProgress has identified home schooling as the latest Russian collusion scandal, after finding evidence some American home schoolers went to Russia once. The progressive news website, which receives funding from radical leftist think tank Center for American Progress Action Fund, has identified home schooling as the newest source of Russian collusion in America society after learning an American home school organization attended and helped sponsor a conference in Russia. ThinkProgress learned that the Home School Legal Defense Association helped plan a home schooling conference in Russia in May of last year, and later learned a Russian who...
  • UCLA gymnast from Seattle area earns perfect 10 for routine

    01/18/2019 7:13:25 AM PST · by Baynative · 15 replies
    FOX ^ | 1/16/19 | media wire
    Katelyn Ohashi did three backflips, landed into a split and got back up to end her floor routine as though it was easy. Then the crowd went wild as the University of California, Los Angeles, senior gymnast stood there smiling.
  • Walsh looks beyond Boston, but will voters see past history?

    01/18/2019 5:33:05 AM PST · by luke1825
    lowell sun ^ | 1/17 | peter lucas
    There is a reason why Boston mayors do not become Massachusetts governors. They can’t get elected. So, some basic advice to Boston Mayor Marty Walsh: don’t run. Don’t even think about it. The last Boston mayor to run for governor was the late flamboyant and visionary Kevin White. White, who won a contentious Democratic primary, was defeated in the November election by Republican Gov. Frank Sargent.
  • Are members of Congress being paid during the shutdown? Curious Texas finds out

    01/17/2019 10:01:19 PM PST · by blueplum · 7 replies
    Dallas News ^ | 17 Jan 2019 | Matthew Adams
    ….Some members have submitted letters to House Chief Administrative Officer Phil Kiko to withhold pay, while others announced they would donate their checks to a charity or particular cause. Kiko’s office declined to provide a list of members who asked for their paychecks to be withheld. The Dallas Morning News collected the information based on various media reports and public statements released by members. So far, 133 members of Congress — 111 representatives and 22 senators — have asked for their paychecks to be withheld. Some are taking pay but have said they would donate it to a particular cause...
  • Gillette accused of sexism over 'pink tax' after company praised for tackling toxic masculinity

    01/17/2019 3:15:44 PM PST · by grundle · 60 replies
    independent.co.uk [link only] | January 17, 2019 | Chelsea Ritschel
    link only: https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gillette-ad-commercial-pink-tax-controversy-toxic-masculinity-metoo-a8731821.html
  • GOP rep: 'Rand Paul is giving the president bad advice' on Afghanistan and Syria

    01/17/2019 8:23:18 AM PST · by RandFan · 66 replies
    The Hill ^ | BRETT SAMUELS
    Freshman Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) is criticizing Sen. Rand Paul, saying the Kentucky Republican gave President Trump "bad advice" when he suggested that the U.S. declare victory in Afghanistan and Syria. "There are those of us who have sacrificed for our nation, who know the importance of this terrorist threat and the need to stay vigilant," tweeted Crenshaw, a former Navy SEAL, on Wednesday. "We go there so that they don’t come here. It’s that simple." Crenshaw, who wears an eyepatch due to an injury sustained in combat, was responding to a tweet from Paul in which the senator said...
  • Rand Paul suggests holding State of the Union in Senate

    01/17/2019 7:40:45 AM PST · by RandFan · 45 replies
    The Hill ^ | EMILY BIRNBAUM
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Thursday suggested President Trump hold his State of the Union address in the Senate after Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) asked the president to postpone the Jan. 29 address amid the partial government shutdown. "I think that’s a real affront to the American people," Paul said on "Fox & Friends," referring to Pelosi's request. Pelosi made the surprise request on Wednesday, warning that staging the speech amid the partial shutdown — which has affected both the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Secret Service — creates security risks. Paul said denying the move would be the...
  • UNI FIREBALL Lyon University explosion – Massive fireball rips through campus building in France...

    01/17/2019 6:49:16 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    Workmen carrying out roof repairs at the LyonTech-la Doua campus, where 22,000 mainly science students are based, are thought to have accidentally started the blaze. ‘The explosions happened inside the Science Library shortly after 9am,’ said a spokesman for the local prefecture. ‘Sealing work was in progress on the roof the building, and this is how the fire started. An evacuation is underway.’ Speaking just after 10am local time, the spokesman added: ‘At the moment we are only aware of one person who is slightly injured.’
  • Rand Paul: Donald Trump Pledged to End U.S. Wars in Syria, Afghanistan

    01/17/2019 3:10:42 AM PST · by RandFan · 23 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Matthew Boyle
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), a leading ally of President Donald Trump, told reporters in a brief conference call after a meeting with the president on Wednesday that Trump is planning withdrawals of U.S. forces from Syria and Afghanistan and will instead reinvest U.S. resources wasted there in rebuilding the United States. In Syria, U.S. armed forces have been fighting the Islamic State or ISIS, a terrorist group that once controlled significant territory and resources, but the administration insists that ISIS has been defeated. As such, Trump is moving to withdraw all U.S. forces from Syria. In Afghanistan, U.S. troops have...
  • This is getting old fast: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez looks like she’s posing for Nancy Drew book cover

    01/16/2019 10:27:40 PM PST · by DeathBeforeDishonor1 · 44 replies
    Twitchy ^ | 1/17/19 | Brett T
    As Twitchy reported earlier Wednesday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other members of the House decided they would march over to the Senate to hand-deliver a letter to Sen. Mitch McConnell, letting the media tag along to help give the impression that the Senate Majority Leader is afraid of them. “Where’s Mitch is my question,” said Ocasio-Cortez before her group checked for McConnell in the Republican cloakroom, where naturally he’d be hiding from Democrat members of Congress. Now Ocasio-Cortez, who just complained about how she’s getting too much attention from the media, is staging #WheresMitch photos that look like the cover...
  • Giuliani: ‘I Never Said There Was No Collusion’ – I Said Trump Didn’t Collude

    01/16/2019 8:33:34 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 31 replies
    https://www.breitbart.com/ ^ | January 16, 2019 | Ian Hanchett
    On Wednesday’s broadcast of CNN’s “Cuomo Primetime,” Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani stated, “I never said there was no collusion between the campaign, or between people in the campaign.” Giuliani said that he and the president have denied that the president colluded. Anchor Chris Cuomo stated, “Mr. Mayor, false reporting is saying that nobody in the campaign had any contacts with Russia. False reporting is saying that there has been no suggestion of any kind of collusion between the campaign and any Russians. Because now you have Paul Manafort giving poll data that winds up leading to this coincidence –.” Giuliani...
  • Someone Actually Drove Blindfolded, and Crashed, for the Bird Box Challenge

    01/16/2019 2:51:32 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 29 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | 01/15/2019 | Alanis King
    In a time when we compulsively post our lives online, it can be easy to ignore logic. The feds say it’s dangerous to step out of moving cars for a viral dance challenge? Who cares. Road rash is worth the likes and shares. Netflix says to stop doing tasks, including driving, blindfolded for another viral challenge?Who cares. Likes and shares. That’s how it all starts.A teenager in Layton, Utah doesn’t seem to have been going for viral fame when police say she decided to cover her eyes with a hat while driving for the Bird Box challenge, but became internet...
  • New York Governor Moves to Ban Stretch Limos

    01/16/2019 2:44:50 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 25 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | 01/15/2019 | Andrew P. Collins
    Last October a horrific stretch limousine crash killed 20 people and rocked the state of New York. As a result, Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to introduce a raft of transportation safety reforms including an outright ban on long limos.In an event described by the New York Times as the “deadliest U.S accident in nine years,” 17 passengers in a stretched Ford Excursion limousine, the vehicle’s driver, and two pedestrians died in a crash in the small upstate town of Schoharie, NY. The subsequent investigation revealed that the limo had failed its last safety inspection and should not have been on...
  • So your vanity thread is news because you think it is important? What if everyone did that?

    01/16/2019 2:36:58 PM PST · by null and void · 106 replies
    Me | 1/16/19 | nully
    Challenge accepted
  • Hawaii Democrat Ed Case claims he's 'an Asian trapped in a white body'

    01/16/2019 1:52:27 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 46 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Wednesday, January 16, 2019 | By Jessica Chasmar
    Rep. Ed Case apologized Wednesday after he claimed at an event for Asian American and Pacific Islander voters that he’s an “Asian trapped in a white body.” Mr. Case, a Hawaii Democrat, sparked a social media backlash over the reported comment he made Tuesday at a Washington event billed as a “celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander members of the 116th Congress.” According to National Journal fellow Nicholas Wu, Mr. Case, who represents a majority Asian district in Honolulu, declared at the event, “I’m an Asian trapped in a white body.”
  • Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey wants to build a virtual border wall

    01/16/2019 10:51:18 AM PST · by 11th_VA · 31 replies
    cnbc ^ | 10:43 AM ET Tue, 15 Jan 2019 | Tom Huddleson Jr.
    Virtual reality technology made Palmer Luckey a multi-millionaire. Now, the Oculus co-founder's new company is using artificial intelligence technology to create a high-tech surveillance system that could be used to build a "virtual wall" on the southern US border. In fact, Anduril Industries, the defense technology start-up Luckey founded in 2017, has already tested its border control tech in Texas and San Diego. In those tests, Anduril's surveillance technology helped US border agents catch dozens of people who were trying to cross the border into the US without authorization, US Customs and Border Protection told Wired in June 2018...Here's how...
  • Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Cancels Public Appearance in Los Angeles Set for January 29

    01/16/2019 10:21:54 AM PST · by rdl6989 · 91 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | January 15 , 2019 | Kristinn Taylor
    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has canceled a planned public appearance in Los Angeles set two weeks from now on January 29 due to her recuperating from lung cancer surgery. Ginsburg was scheduled to appear at the Skirball Center as part of a celebration of her career. An exhibit being shown at the center through March 10 is called “Notorius RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
  • New video, Ocasio-Cortez joins progressive effort to oust more incumbent Democrats

    01/16/2019 9:00:54 AM PST · by DeathBeforeDishonor1 · 21 replies
    NBC NEWS ^ | 1/16/19 | Benjy Sarlin
    WASHINGTON — Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez toppled a well-established Democratic leader in a stunning primary upset last year — now she's looking to spur others to do the same. In a promotional video for Justice Democrats, the grassroots group that backed Ocasio-Cortez's 2018 upstart run against Joe Crowley, a 10-term incumbent, as well as Rep. Ayanna Pressley's successful challenge to Mike Capuano in Massachusetts, Ocasio-Cortez shares lessons from her campaign to help boost a new recruitment drive for progressive insurgents called #OurTime. Already, the group is publicly searching for a primary challenger to centrist Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas. Cuellar has defended...
  • Nancy Pelosi to Trump: Reschedule State of Union address or just submit it in writing to Congress

    01/16/2019 6:44:29 AM PST · by Oratam · 27 replies
    CNBC ^ | January 16, 2019 | Dan Mangan & Brian Schwartz
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday urged President Donald Trump in a letter to either reschedule his State of the Union address or deliver it in writing to Congress while the government continues to be partially shut down.
  • Rand Paul: Bring the troops home from Afghanistan!

    01/15/2019 7:50:09 PM PST · by RandFan · 45 replies
    Twitter ^ | Rand Paul
    @RandPaul I agree with @realDonaldTrump! It’s time to declare victory in Afghanistan and bring our troops home. We spend $46 BILLION a year in Afghanistan! How about we take that money and build roads and bridges and strengthen border security here in America? #AmericaFirst