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  • Embattled DNC Asks All Staffers For Resignation Letters

    03/28/2017 2:31:17 PM PDT · by scooby321 · 23 replies
    NBC ^ | 3/28/2017 | ALEX SEITZ-WALD
    Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez has launched a major reshuffling of the party's organization that has been stung by recent crisis — and the DNC has requested the resignation letters of all current staffers be submitted by next month.
  • Industry Analysts: Whole Foods Traffic Declines Are ‘Staggering’ (Kroger picking up)

    03/28/2017 2:20:32 PM PDT · by drewh · 20 replies
    Grub Street ^ | March 28, 2017 | By Clint Rainey
    New market data has somehow managed to make Whole Foods’ beleaguered lot look even worse. On top of reports last week that rival Albertsons was sniffing around Sprouts Farmers Market, an upstart organic grocer and wellness store whose prices are about 19 percent cheaper on average than Whole Foods, there are now some new numbers suggesting the high-end grocery chain is also still hemorrhaging shoppers. Foot traffic has dipped once again, Barclays analysts note, straight-up describing the magnitude this time as “staggering.” Technically, it’s 3 percent, which can make “staggering” seem a little far-fetched — until you consider it translates...
  • Bill O'Reilly mocks Maxine Waters for 'James Brown wig'

    03/28/2017 2:19:56 PM PDT · by bogusname · 15 replies
    Bill O'Reilly said he thinks Maxine Waters needs her own comedy show.
  • California chief justice blasts immigration crackdown, says rule of law is ‘being challenged’

    03/28/2017 2:13:07 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 30 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 28, 2017 | Derek Hawkins
    Tani Cantil-Sakauye, California’s chief justice, is fast emerging as one of the Trump administration’s most vocal critics in the judiciary. Her main concern is the controversy surrounding President Trump’s immigration policies. Earlier this month, she criticized federal immigration authorities for using courthouses as “bait” to arrest undocumented immigrants. Days later, she assailed the president’s disparaging comments about federal judges who ruled against his travel ban. And on Monday, Cantil-Sakauye used her annual State of the Judiciary address to argue that the rule of law was being “challenged” amid the administration’s immigration crackdown. Without mentioning Trump by name, she told the...
  • Gregg Jarrett: Sanctuary cities won't find refuge in law

    03/28/2017 2:12:24 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 5 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 28, 2017 | Gregg Jarrett
    The Trump administration sent Attorney General Jeff Sessions to deliver a blunt message Monday to so-called "sanctuary" cities: Continue to defy federal immigration policy and you'll take a big hit in the wallet. Sessions' announcement that the White House is serious about cutting off funds from cities that protect illegal immigrants from federal deportation was met with bluster and defiance from big-city mayors. But when push comes to shove, they may find the courts ultimately side with President Trump. For now, it is worth cutting through the posturing and considering how we got here - and what the law actually...
  • Comey Fired? Replacement is Gowdy? (Vanity FR Request)

    03/28/2017 2:12:15 PM PDT · by Hostage · 71 replies
    Developing ^ | March 28, 2017 | Unknown
    This is developing! It is more than a rumor as the source is known to me and is credible. I admit I haven't yet validated everything. But I am asking Freepers to help catch any news, social media, credible scuttlebutt on the firing of Comey.
  • Levin: If Obama Had Proposed GOP Health Care Bill, Every Republican Would’ve Condemned It

    03/28/2017 2:09:06 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 7 replies ^ | 03/28/2017 | Michael Morris
    On his nationally syndicated radio talk show, host Mark Levin ripped the GOP for its “crap” health care bill, saying that “if Barack Obama had proposed this plan seven years ago, every single Republican would have voted against it and condemned it.” “If Barack Obama himself, seven years ago, had proposed this exact plan – supported by Ryan, supported by Trump, supported by the vast majority of Republicans in the House – if Barack Obama had proposed this plan seven years ago,” remarked Mark Levin, “every single Republican would have voted against it and condemned it for the crap that...
  • U.N. Human Rights Adviser: Trump Won’t Last Four Years

    03/28/2017 2:00:02 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 21 replies ^ | March 28, 2017 | 4:21 AM EDT | By Patrick Goodenough
    A left-wing Swiss sociologist who advises the U.N. Human Rights Council predicts that President Trump will not serve a full term, saying that his tenure will be cut short either by psychiatric problems or insurmountable pressure. Jean Ziegler addresses a press conference at U.N. headquarters in New York in 2007 (UN Phot/Mark Garten) ============================================================================================================================ Jean Ziegler, who has a history of sympathizing with despotic regimes and criticizing the U.S. and Israel, told the Austrian daily Kurier that both impeachment or premature resignation were conceivable. “I do not believe that Trump will remain in office for four years,” he said in...
  • De Blasio: Being A Sanctuary City Means Less Terrorism

    03/28/2017 1:55:24 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 20 replies ^ | 3/27/17 | Alex Pfeiffer
    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday that New Yorkers will be at risk of terror if Attorney General Jeff Sessions follows through on cutting federal law enforcement grants to sanctuary cities. Sessions appeared at the White House to say that jurisdictions that ignore immigration detainers will lose Department of Justice grants, which total $4.1 billion for the upcoming fiscal year. “President Trump’s latest threat changes nothing. We will remain a city welcoming of immigrants who have helped make our city the safest big city in the nation,” de Blasio said in response. “Any attempt to cut NYPD...
  • Ivanka Trump Going Back to School: Taking Coding Class w/Daughter, Doing ‘Her Part’ For Equality

    03/28/2017 1:49:52 PM PDT · by drewh · 51 replies
    Hollywood Life ^ | Tue, March 28, 2017 2:12pm EDT | Kathleen Harper
    Talk about girl power! Speaking at a Women’s History Month event, Ivanka Trump revealed she’ll be taking a computer coding class with her 5-year-old girl Arabella this year. Why? The First Daughter admitted she’s ‘trying to do her part’ when it comes to banishing gender stereotypes — and we are ALL about it! Leading by example, Ivanka Trump, 35, wants to encourage women and girls across the country to learn about computer science. And to show just how important it is for females to get involved in the tech field, the First Daughter announced that she and her daughter Arabella...
  • Mass. State Rep Caught Tipping Off Illegal Immigrants To Imminent ICE Raids

    03/28/2017 1:46:39 PM PDT · by blueyon · 15 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 3/28/17 | Christian Datco
    Massachusetts state Rep. Michelle DuBois posted a warning to illegal immigrants on her Facebook page Tuesday about upcoming Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids that are rumored to be taking place in the area. In the post, DuBois wrote, “ICE raid in Brockton (MA) on 3/28.”
  • Massachusetts Sheriff: Arrest Leaders Of Sanctuary Cities

    03/28/2017 1:44:52 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    CBS Boston ^ | March 28, 2017 | by Thomas Hodgson
    A Massachusetts law enforcement official testifying before Congress on Tuesday called for leaders of sanctuary cities to be arrested. Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson told the House Subcommittee on Illegal Immigration that sanctuary cities “have become magnets for illegal aliens, some of which have violent criminal records.” “If these sanctuary cities are going to harbor and conceal criminal illegal aliens from ICE, which is in direct violation of Title 8 of the U.S. Code, federal arrest warrants should be issued for their elected officials,” Hodgson said. “Our citizens would be safer if we never stopped enforcing immigration law and if...
  • McConnell confident Dems won't keep Gorsuch off Supreme Court

    03/28/2017 1:38:48 PM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 30 replies
    A showdown over President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee and Senate rules loomed as the number of Democrats opposing Judge Neil Gorsuch grew to two dozen on Tuesday. Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, the No. 2 Senate Democrat, was joined by five other senators who announced their intention to vote against Gorsuch. Republicans, who hold the majority in the Senate, are intent on getting Trump's choice confirmed before Congress' two-week break in mid-April. "Judge Gorsuch's hearing reinforced my fear that he would favor corporations and special interest elites at the expense of American workers and families," Durbin, a member of...
  • Trump Has a Strategy for Destroying the Islamic State — and It’s Working

    03/28/2017 1:37:54 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Yahoo News via Foreign Policy Magazine ^ | 03/28/2017 | by Kori Schake
    Defeating the Islamic State was candidate Trump’s top national-security priority, one of the few policy issues on which he was consistent. While his claim to have a secret plan — and that keeping it secret was good strategy — was risible to national security experts, his policy goals were and are consistent. American effort should focus on fighting the Islamic State. Regime change to push Bashar al-Assad out of power was not only a lesser objective, but counterproductive to a stable end-state for Syria that prevents terrorism and too costly given Russia and Iran’s support for the regime. Stability is...
  • Maxine Waters to Trump supporters: “You’re not nearly as patriotic as we are”

    03/28/2017 1:31:54 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/28/2017 | AllahPundit
    It’s funny watching this speech a day after rumors circulated that the White House was planning to make some sort of major legislative outreach to the Congressional Black Caucus. I … don’t get the sense that Waters will be part of that effort.What’s her problem with Trump anyway? Thanks to pressure from the progressive base, Democrats in Congress are now duty bound to renounce him the way Catholics renounce Satan at a baptism, but Waters has been doing it with special relish. Last month she said of Trump and his cabinet, “This is a bunch of scumbags, that’s what...
  • Trump May Be Offering Coal Leases That `No One' Wants Right Now

    03/28/2017 1:28:04 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    MSN ^ | 03/28/2017
    President Donald Trump is expected to lift a moratorium on federal coal-mining leases -- though it probably won’t do the industry much good until years after he’s left office. That’s because U.S. coal companies including Peabody Energy Corp. won’t be looking to secure new reserves of the fossil fuel on federal land for years, especially as mining slows amid the sector’s worst downturn in generations. Production in Wyoming and Montana, where much of government coal is located, fell 18 percent in 2016 from the prior year. Coal’s share of U.S. power generation has plunged in the face of competition from...
  • Trump Taps Christie To Lead Fight Against America’s Newest Epidemic

    03/28/2017 1:15:19 PM PDT · by HarleyLady27 · 43 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | March 28,2017 | Steve Birr
    President Donald Trump is tapping GOP New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to lead the administration’s efforts to combat rampant opioid addiction and heroin abuse nationwide. Christie’s position is reportedly part of the White House Office of American Innovation, a new initiative led by Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner that is being described as a “SWAT team” of business leaders that will tackle a range of government failings. An anonymous White House spokesman said Monday the announcement is expected this week, after The Washington Post broke the development Sunday evening, reports The Associated Press.
  • Carr: Rapes swept under the rug

    03/28/2017 1:13:48 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 11 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | March 24, 2017 | By Howie Carr
    Some sexual assaults seem to be more newsworthy than others. If it happens — or even if it didn’t in fact happen — at a UVa fraternity, or at a Duke lacrosse party, it’s very, very big news. Because those fake rapes were supposedly committed by U.S. citizens. But if it’s a real rape by an illegal immigrant, or an immigrant whose status is unclear, well, in that case most of the media will give it a good leaving alone. Of course, the big story this week is in Rockville, not that you would know that if you rely on...
  • Trump signs order rolling back climate rules (Winning!)

    03/28/2017 1:00:09 PM PDT · by pabianice · 18 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 3/28/17 | Daly
    President Donald Trump, accompanied by Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, third from left, and Vice President Mike Pence, right, while Trump held up the signed Energy Independence Executive Order on Tuesday at EPA headquarters in Washington. WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has signed an executive order that will roll back many of former President Barack Obama’s efforts to curb global warming. The order is aimed at helping spur American energy jobs. The president signed the order at the headquarters of the Environmental Protection Agency. Trump says this is ‘‘the start of a new era’’ in energy production. The order...
  • Christian Persecution in China on the Rise: Report

    03/28/2017 12:56:30 PM PDT · by Epoch Times · 9 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | March 28, 2017 | Jack Phillips
    A report from a Christian charity has found that Christians are being persecuted at rates not seen since the Cultural Revolution, which lasted from 1966 until 1976. The Cultural Revolution, launched by dictator Mao Zedong, attempted to eliminate the “Four Olds,” which were defined as “Old Customs,” “Old Culture,” “Old Habits,” and “Old Ideas.” The campaign, carried out by organized groups of students Mao called the Red Guards, targeted the adherents of religions, including Christianity, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, and others. Countless temples, historical sites, books, and priceless historical artifacts were destroyed. Religious expression, which permeated the culture in China during...
  • Schumer headed for epic clash with McConnell

    03/28/2017 12:37:57 PM PDT · by HarleyLady27 · 51 replies
    Politico ^ | March 28, 2017 | Burgess Everett
    At their first sit-down as party leaders in December, Chuck Schumer pledged to tell Mitch McConnell exactly what’s on his mind going forward — no subterfuge or backbiting. "You and Harry didn't get along,” Schumer recalled saying, referring to his predecessor, Harry Reid. “Each of you thought the other was a liar. But I've learned in life if people think people are liars, sometimes they misconceive things when they don’t know the whole story.” Schumer went on: “Mitch, I’m from Brooklyn. I will tell you what I think. Sometimes you’ll like it, sometimes you won’t. But I’m not going to...
  • DISGUSTING! Immigrant Child Rapist DISAPPEARS After Posting Bail

    03/28/2017 12:37:40 PM PDT · by davikkm · 33 replies
    Liberals continue to allow child rapists and violent criminals run free. A twenty-year-old immigrant from Guatemala who was accused of raping a minor has disappeared after posting bail. The man’s name is Gabino Vargas-Perez. He allegedly raped a 14-year-old girl who he dated briefly after stalking her for months at her high school. Vargas-Perez posted a $5,000 bond and then disappeared immediately. (Shocker) KETV News reports: Prosecutors said Vargas-Perez, 20, is a legal U.S. resident, but his parents are in Guatemala. The victim’s family says the damage has been done, and now they fear justice will never be served. “I’m...
  • House Democrat Dismisses Muslim Woman’s Charge Against Muslim Staffer, Citing Islamophobia

    03/28/2017 12:35:12 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 10 replies ^ | 3/28/17 | Luke Rosiak
    Devout Muslims who called the police on their own relatives — who work as Democratic House IT staffers — are disgusted by Rep. Gregory Meeks being “hesitant to believe” the charges against them, with Meeks saying the allegations may have stemmed from Islamophobia. The New York Democrat’s IT staffer Hina Alvi and her husband, Imran Awan, have been banned from Congress by Capitol Police, suspecting them of criminal violations of network security in relation to congressional data. Imran’s brothers Abid and Jamal were also on the House payroll as IT workers and have been banned. But “I have seen no...
  • Trump Signs Executive Order Unwinding Obama Climate Policies

    03/28/2017 12:33:46 PM PDT · by Innovative · 24 replies
    NY Times ^ | March 28, 2017 | CORAL DAVENPORT
    President Trump signed on Tuesday a much-anticipated executive order intended to roll back most of President Barack Obama’s climate-change legacy, celebrating the move as a way to promote energy independence and to restore thousands of lost coal industry jobs. Flanked by coal miners at a ceremony at the Environmental Protection Agency, Mr. Trump signed a short document titled the “Energy Independence” executive order, directing the agency to start the legal process of withdrawing and rewriting the Clean Power Plan, the centerpiece of Mr. Obama’s policies to fight global warming. The order also takes aim at a suite of narrower but...
  • Government watchdog to probe Trump Mar-a-Lago trips over concerns about security, profits

    03/28/2017 12:28:30 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 20 replies ^ | 3/27/17 | reuters
    A U.S. government watchdog has agreed to review how classified information is kept secure at President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, the agency said on Monday, after Democratic lawmakers raised concerns about the issue last month. The Government Accountability Office's review will examine whether Secret Service agents subject Mar-a-Lago guests to any security screening, and evaluate the expenses incurred by government employees who travel with Trump to Mar-a-Lago, according to a letter the agency sent the lawmakers on Friday.
  • The Feds Are Being Investigated

    03/28/2017 12:24:47 PM PDT · by HarleyLady27 · 25 replies
    Market Watch ^ | March 28, 2017 | Gregg Robb
    In a move that Democrats in the committee fought very hard to resist, a house panel has approved a legislation that will allow a government watchdog audit the federal reserve's spending. Democrats in the committee were firmly against the bill.
  • The UN’s Palestinian-Women Shakedown Racket

    03/28/2017 12:17:53 PM PDT · by detective · 1 replies
    AIM ^ | March 28, 2017 | Claudia Rosett
    Another day, another anti-Israel resolution at the United Nations — this one dressed up in the faux trappings of an assist to Palestinian women. What this resolution really amounts to is one more reason for America to stop funding the UN. Lest that sound overwrought, let’s peer into the UN boudoir whence came this resolution, which passed by a wide margin last week under the anodyne and oh-so-UN title: “Situation of and Assistance to Palestinian Women.” Sounds reasonable, perhaps?
  • Border wall funding likely to be put on hold

    03/28/2017 12:14:50 PM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 68 replies
    The Hill ^ | 03/28/2017 | Alexander Bolton
    President Trump's funding request for a border wall will likely be put on hold, Senate Republican leaders signaled Tuesday. Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, announced at a leadership press conference that Trump's supplemental funding request will wait until later in the year. He said the Senate and House leadership are very close to negotiating a bill to fund government for the rest of 2017. Adding a supplemental spending bill requested by Trump to pay for military activities and a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border would complicate the talks and should be dealt with at...
  • Mo Dowd: "Donald, This I Will Tell You" [WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGE]

    03/28/2017 12:04:57 PM PDT · by seanmerc · 52 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 25 Mar 17 | Maureen "Time has passed me by" Dowd
    Dear Donald, We’ve known each other a long time, so I think I can be blunt. You know how you said at campaign rallies that you did not like being identified as a politician? Don’t worry. No one will ever mistake you for a politician. After this past week, they won’t even mistake you for a top-notch negotiator. I was born here. The first image in my memory bank is the Capitol, all lit up at night. And my primary observation about Washington is this: Unless you’re careful, you end up turning into what you started out scorning. And you,...
  • Hannity Responds to 'Hypocrite' Ted Koppel

    03/28/2017 12:03:25 PM PDT · by Boomer · 18 replies
    FN Insider ^ | 3.27.17 | Hannity
    Full title: Hannity Responds to 'Hypocrite' Ted Koppel, Who Called Him 'Bad For America'. Sean Hannity responded to CBS News veteran journalist Ted Koppel who called the "Hannity" host "bad for America" in a Sunday news piece. Asked by Koppel about the media's role in political divisions, Hannity said the American people are smart enough to distinguish between hard news and opinion programs.
  • New York City Retail Vacancies Soar Prompting Massive Rent Concessions

    03/28/2017 11:56:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 03/28/2017
    It used to be that taking a 10-minute walk around SoHo meant passing by at least a dozen upstart, trendy fashion retailers eager to sell you a $500 hoodie or $1,000 pair of sneakers.  But these days you're much more likely to see a whole bunch of this: As Bloomberg points out this morning, in the wake of Manhattan's retail drought, commercial landlords, who have seen retail occupancy levels plummet over the past 12 months, are doing everything possible to avoid big price cuts.  Instead, like residential landlords, commercial real estate owners are providing massive rent concessions through things like...
  • Trump signs bills overturning Obama-era education regulations

    03/28/2017 11:46:12 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 24 replies
    WaPo ^ | 3/27/17 | Emma Brown
    President Trump signed bills Monday overturning two Obama-era education regulations, continuing the Republican majority’s effort to undo key pieces of the previous administration’s legacy. Trump’s move scraps new requirements for programs that train new K-12 teachers and rolls back a set of rules outlining how states must carry out the Every Student Succeeds Act, a bipartisan federal law meant to hold schools accountable for student performance. In a signing ceremony at the White House Monday, the president hailed the measures for “removing an additional layer of bureaucracy to encourage freedom in our schools.” Leaders of the Republican majority claimed that...
  • FLASHBACK: Coverage Of Prostitution/Child Sex Abuse In Clinton State Dept.

    03/28/2017 11:44:17 AM PDT · by PingPongChampion · 6 replies
    Telegraph ^ | June 12, 2013 | Telegraph
    Among the allegations are claims that Howard Gutman, the US ambassador to Belgium, solicited sex from prostitutes and children in a public park. The claims of a cover-up were rejected by senior State Department officials, however they raise the prospect of further tainting the record of Hillary Clinton at the State Department, which is already under scrutiny for her handling of the Benghazi consulate attacks in September last year. A memo from the Department's inspector general, which has been seen by The Daily Telegraph, said an investigator found evidence Mr Gutman "routinely ditched his protective security detail in order to...
  • McCain: Nunes has 'a lot of explaining to do'

    03/28/2017 11:42:16 AM PDT · by WilliamIII · 100 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 28 2017 | MALLORY SHELBOURNE
    Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Tuesday said House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) needs to explain his visit to White House grounds one day before briefing President Trump on surveillance affecting his transition team. "I think there needs to be a lot of explaining to do,” McCain told “CBS This Morning.” “I’ve been around for quite a while and I’ve never heard of such thing.”
  • The G-Man Takes On Donald Trump

    03/28/2017 11:41:09 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 13 replies
    Copyright ©2017 Dow Jones & Company, Inc. All Rights Reserved. ^ | March 27, 2017 7:01 p.m. ET | By WILLIAM MCGURN
    Critics now claim Chairman Nunes is too compromised by association with Mr. Trump to oversee an honest inquiry. But what of Mr. Comey? Many Democrats believe he cost Mrs. Clinton the election. Is it not at least possible he might see taking on Mr. Trump as an opportunity to redeem himself? It augurs ill when we forget political legitimacy is ultimately decided at the ballot box and look to the unelected for a political shortcut—whether this be a special prosecutor, an independent commission or an FBI director. So let Mr. Comey investigate. But it should not stop the intelligence committees...
  • How Much Money Do Sanctuary Cities Stand to Lose for Harboring Illegals?

    03/28/2017 11:33:15 AM PDT · by ReformedMedia · 34 replies
    The Washington Standard ^ | 03-28-2017 | Tim Brown
    On Monday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a warning to sanctuary cities that are harboring illegal aliens.  He said that the central government would withhold funding from the cities if they failed to comply with immigration agencies in the enforcement of immigration law.  So, just how much money do sanctuary cities stand to lose by failing to comply with the law?  It's a lot, nearly $27 billion! Keep in mind that President Donald Trump issued an executive order on January 25, 2017 to deny federal funds to sanctuary cities who would not comply with immigration law.  We have a pretty...
  • Man charged in stabbing death of visiting artist in DC

    03/28/2017 11:31:02 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 13 replies
    WaPo ^ | 3/28/17 | ap
    WASHINGTON — Authorities say they’ve charged a man with murder in the death of a North Carolina artist temporarily living in Washington while helping with an exhibit at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design. Police in Washington said in a statement Tuesday that they’ve charged 28-year-old El Hadji Alpha Madiou Toure of no fixed address with first-degree murder while armed and theft in the death of 34-year-old Corrina Mehiel of Burnsville, North Carolina.
  • EXCLUSIVE: Tony Podesta Made $500K Lobbying For Chinese Firm Convicted Of Illegal Sales To Iran

    03/28/2017 11:29:52 AM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 16 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 03/27/2017 | Richard Pollock
    Democratic super-lobbyist Tony Podesta grossed more than $500,000 to represent a Chinese company criminally convicted in March of sending illegal shipments of telecom equipment to Iran, The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group has learned. The seriousness of the illegal sales to Iran were so extreme and continued for so long — from 2010 to last year — the Department of Justice (DOJ) imposed a record $1.19 billion fine on the ZTE Telecommunications company, making it the largest penalty ever imposed in a U.S. sanctions case. {..snip..}
  • Republicans are poised to roll back landmark FCC privacy rules. Here’s what you need to know.

    03/28/2017 11:24:32 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 18 replies
    WaPo ^ | 3/28/17 | Brian Fung
    House Republicans are expected to vote Tuesday to repeal a set of historic privacy protections for Web users, in a sharp pivot away from the Internet policies of the Obama administration. President Trump is expected to sign the measure if it passes. Tuesday's vote is likely to lend momentum to a broader rollback of Obama-era policies, particularly in the technology sector. And it empowers Internet providers to enter the $83 billion market for online advertising, where the ability to collect, store, share and sell consumers' behavioral information is directly linked to companies' bottom line. Proponents of the repeal argue the...
  • The Cost of Curbing Climate Change

    03/28/2017 11:23:24 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    U.S. News & World Report ^ | March 28, 2017 | By Joseph Aldy
    On average, every ton of carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere imposes damages equal to about $40. The social cost of carbon represents the damages of one ton of carbon dioxide emitted into the air. To estimate it, economists run models that forecast varying levels of carbon dioxide emissions. They can then model and compare two forecasts – one with slightly higher emissions than the other. The difference in total climate change damages represents the social cost of carbon. Some model scenarios, based on admittedly extreme assumptions, produce negative SCC estimates – that is, they find that carbon pollution is...
  • President Ronald Reagan Radio Address to the Nation on Prayer in Schools

    03/28/2017 11:22:29 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 9 replies ^ | February 25, 1984 | President Ronald Reagan
    My fellow Americans: From the early days of the colonies, prayer in school was practiced and revered as an important tradition. Indeed, for nearly 200 years of our nation's history, it was considered a natural expression of our religious freedom. But in 1962 the Supreme Court handed down a controversial decision prohibiting prayer in public schools. Sometimes I can't help but feel the first amendment is being turned on its head. Because ask yourselves: Can it really be true that the first amendment can permit Nazis and Ku Klux Klansmen to march on public property, advocate the extermination of people...
  • No Change Expected for ESPN Political Agenda Despite Huge Subscriber Decline

    03/28/2017 11:20:24 AM PDT · by blam · 26 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3-28-2017 | Robert J,. MarlowT
    As more and more sports fans turn off ESPN to protest the network’s left-wing social and political agenda, parent company Disney’s decision to extend current CEO Bob Iger’s contract through 2019 means the “world’s leader in sports entertainment” will continue on its merry way of alienating a large segment of Americans. Breitbart reported in November that ESPN lost 3.2 million subscribers in just over a year. Moreover, for the last few years the sports network has lost 300,000 subscribers a month. In October alone, the beleaguered network lost 621,000 subscribers. The decision to keep Iger instead of moving in another...
  • White House Restarts Talks With Freedom Caucus To Repeal Obamacare

    03/28/2017 11:18:28 AM PDT · by drewh · 93 replies
    White House restarts talks with Freedom Caucus to repeal Obamacare, NYT reports
  • ISIS Leaders’ Families Escape Raqqa

    03/28/2017 11:16:25 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Tuesday, 28 March 2017
    As ISIS is weakening in Raqqa, dozens of ISIS leaders, their families and foreign militants fled the city to other areas controlled by the organization. According to the Syrian Human Rights Watch, a military operation carried out by the Syrian Democratic forces managed to besiege the city. In the past 24 hours alone, some 80 leaders and foreign militants have left the city with their families. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the fugitives used boats to cross the Euphrates to reach the southern bank of the river, and then headed towards the southern countryside of the city...
  • Chris Matthews Compares Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump to Saddam Hussein’s Kids

    03/28/2017 11:11:25 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 45 replies ^ | 3/28/17 | Andrew Kugle
    MSNBC anchor Chris Matthews compared President Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner and daughter Ivanka Trump to former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's kids on Monday night. "Let me just say, you know, we kid," Matthews said. "I kid about everything, but Uday and Qusay working for Saddam Hussein – you couldn’t go to a restaurant and have eye contact with those guys without getting killed. These people are really powerful. Imagine getting into a fight in the office with Jared or Ivanka, they have enormous power, and they’re always gonna be there." Politico reporter Annie Karni responded that this is what...
  • Virginia Governor McAuliffe Vetoes Bill Allowing Those With Protective Orders to Carry Guns

    03/28/2017 11:04:29 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 22 replies ^ | 3/28/17 | Stephen Gutowski
    Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D.) vetoed a bill on Friday that aimed to allow victims of domestic violence to carry concealed firearms without obtaining a permit. House Bill 1852 would allow anyone in Virginia who has a protective order and is over 21 to carry a concealed firearm without a permit for up to 45 days after the order is issued. It would then give anyone with an active order an additional 45 days to carry concealed should they apply for a permanent concealed-handgun permit, which can take up to 45 days to process. The person with the protective order...
  • Report: Freedom Caucus 'Secret Pact' Impeded GOP Efforts To Overturn Obamacare

    03/28/2017 11:01:55 AM PDT · by drewh · 14 replies
    AOL News ^ | Mar 28th 2017 GMT
    The House Freedom Caucus, composed mostly of more right-wing members of the Republican party, had reportedly made a pact to band together in the recent fight over health care. Based on interviews with numerous insiders, Politico described the pact as requiring that "No member would commit his vote before consulting with the entire group — not even if [President] Trump himself called to ask for an on-the-spot commitment." The site goes on to reveal that the plan, conceived by Ohio Representative Jim Jordan and agreed to by 28 of around 36 Freedom Caucus lawmakers, was put in place "to bind...
  • White House Denies Claims That Former Attorney-General Sally Yates’ Testimony Was Blocked

    03/28/2017 10:41:11 AM PDT · by CaptainK · 21 replies
    NBC News ^ | 3/28/2017 | Benjy Sarlin
    Several Democrats expressed outrage on Monday after letters surfaced that they said suggested the White House tried to prevent former acting Attorney General Sally Yates from testifying before a House Intelligence Committee in its probe of connections between the Trump campaign and Russian officials. "It sounds like an effort to try and muzzle persons who have information and the ability to shed light on this investigation," Rep. Jackie Speier, D-California, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, told MSNBC. [Dem Rep found out intel meetings cancelled through 'media reports'] White House officials and House Intelligence chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Califonia...
  • Aborted Fetus are Used Today to Create Flavor Enhancers in Foods

    03/28/2017 10:37:22 AM PDT · by mainestategop · 54 replies
    For several years anti-abortion advocates have been warning that a new technology for enhancing flavors such as sweetness and saltiness uses aborted fetal cells in the process. The biotech company using this novel process, Senomyx, has signed contracts with Pepsi, Ajinomoto Co. (the maker of aspartame and meat glue), Nestlé and other food and beverage companies over the past several years. The primary goal for many of these processed food companies is to make foods and beverages tasty while reducing sugar and salt content. While Senomyx refuses to disclose the details of the process, its patent applications indicate that part...
  • Neverending success? Olive Garden sales boom [Parent buys Cheddar's]

    03/28/2017 10:36:55 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 38 replies ^ | 10:50 am, March 28, 2017 | Staff
    <p>The owner of the Olive Garden is making a cheesy acquisition. And investors love it.</p> <p>Darden Restaurants announced late Monday that it was buying Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen, a casual dining chain with 165 restaurants in 28 states, for $780 million cash. The company also announced earnings and sales that topped forecasts.</p>