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  • Trump signs $1.3 trillion budget after ‘reality show’ drama

    03/23/2018 3:44:07 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 7 replies
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump grudgingly signed a $1.3 trillion federal spending measure Friday and averted a midnight government shutdown — but only after undercutting his own negotiators and setting off a mini-panic with a last-minute veto threat. The episode further eroded the already damaged credibility of both the president and a White House staff that had assured the nation he was onboard. Trump said he was “very disappointed” in the package, in part because it did not fully pay for his planned border wall with Mexico and did not extend protection from deportation to some 700,000 “Dreamer” immigrants...
  • President Donald J. Trump is Unveiling an America First National Space Strategy

    03/23/2018 3:41:25 PM PDT · by Innovative · 9 replies
    White House ^ | March 23, 2018 | Pres. D.J. Trump
    Our travels beyond the Earth propel scientific discoveries that improve our lives in countless ways here, right here, at home: powering vast new industry, spurring incredible new technology, and providing the space security we need to protect the American people. -- President Donald J. Trump AMERICA FIRST AMONG THE STARS: President Trump’s National Space Strategy works within his broader national security policy by putting America’s interests first. The Trump administration’s National Space Strategy prioritizes American interests first and foremost, ensuring a strategy that will make America strong, competitive, and great. The new strategy emphasizes dynamic and cooperative interplay between the...
  • Judge to determine if explicit personal videos should be recalled in Twin Peaks case (Waco)

    03/23/2018 3:29:59 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 2 replies
    Wacotrib ^ | 3/23/2018 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    An attorney for former Twin Peaks shootout defendant Cody Ledbetter asked a judge on Friday to order the McLennan County District Attorney's Office to recall sexually explicit photos and videos of Ledbetter and his wife that the DA's office distributed to 177 Twin Peaks defendants as part of the discovery process. The DA's office dismissed the criminal case against Ledbetter, a 28-year-old diesel mechanic from Waco with no criminal record, last week, four days before a jury panel was to report to fill out questionnaires and ahead of his April 2 trial date. While Ledbetter said he was relieved to...
  • Under Trump, Elizabeth Warren Suddenly Discovers the Downside of Unaccountable.....

    03/23/2018 3:29:56 PM PDT · by yoe · 1 replies
    Reason ^ | March 21, 2018 | A. Barton Hinkle
    ... Federal AgenciesIf Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren had taken a page out of Virginia Delegate Nick Freitas' book, she might not be in the pickle she is today. Warren (is spitting mad) at Mick Mulvaney, the Office of Management and Budget director who does double duty heading up an agency whose creation Warren championed: the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The CFPB's previous director was an ideological ally of Warren. Since Mulvaney took over, Warren has ripped the agency's decisions. Warren (said) Mulvaney is giving "the middle finger" to consumers, and she (railed at) Mulvaney's indifferent response to the 10...
  • Pennsylvania school wants to arm students with rocks to protect them against active shooters

    03/23/2018 3:27:31 PM PDT · by Beowulf9 · 19 replies ^ | March 23, 2018 | Caleb Parke
    Schools nationwide are debating President Trump’s call to arm teachers and security guards with guns – while one Pennsylvania school is getting attention for its last line of defense. Blue Mountain School District Superintendent David Helsel made headlines recently after testifying to lawmakers at the state capitol that his students could be armed with rocks in case of an active shooter lockdown.
  • A smoking gun? Senator Weinberg denies confiscation quote

    03/23/2018 3:26:15 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 3 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger blog ^ | May 10, 2013 | Paul Mulshine
    I received a link to the above video from several gun-rights advocates, including Scott Bach of the New Jersey Association of Rifle and Pistolc Clubs (see press release here). It's a recording of the end of a Thursday meeting of the state Senate Budget Committee at which several gun-control bills were considered. The first voice is that of Chairman Paul Sarlo. After he wraps up the meeting, it sounds like someone says "We needed a bill to confiscate, confiscate, confiscate." As to just who that someone is, it's difficult to tell. It could be anyone who was near the head...
  • Does the Universe Care About Stephen Hawking?

    Famed scientist Stephen Hawking died earlier this week at the age of 76. He is largely regarded as one of the most important physicists in history. Of course, the tributes came pouring in. While most commemorated his genius and determination to transcend the debilitating effects of ALS, others attempted more nuanced commentary. Like USA Today which took Hawking’s death as opportunity to remind us of the physicist’s view that “Heaven is a fairy story.” Hawking, who died at 76, spoke candidly in a 2011 Guardian interview about what he believes happens when people die. He told the Guardian that while...
  • Trump orders DOJ to issue rule banning bump stocks

    03/23/2018 2:39:34 PM PDT · by Simon Green · 48 replies
    The Hill ^ | 03/23/18 | John Bowden
    President Trump on Friday announced that the Department of Justice would issue a new rule banning bump stocks. In a tweet, Trump announced that he was directing DOJ to reverse a 2010 decision by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosive (ATF) that classified bump stocks as firearm parts so the devices could be banned under current laws that prohibit owning fully automatic weapons. Trump blamed the legalization of bump stocks on the Obama administration. "Obama Administration legalized bump stocks. BAD IDEA. As I promised, today the Department of Justice will issue the rule banning BUMP STOCKS with a...
  • U.S. Stocks End Worst Week in Years

    03/23/2018 2:39:32 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 3 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 23, 2018 | Akane Otani, Riva Gold and Michael Wursthorn
    Shares of banks and technology firms dragged markets sharply lower Friday, punctuating the worst week for major U.S. stock indexes in more than two years. Friday’s selling highlighted investors’ increasing anxiety over a range of concerns, including the White House’s increasingly protectionist trade agenda, rising interest rates and collapsing bets on technology giants that had powered much of the stock market’s rally until recently. The Dow industrials lost more than 1,100 points in the week’s final two sessions. Financial stocks in the S&P 500 dropped 3% Friday, with Bank of America and Morgan Stanley falling nearly 5% apiece. Tech stocks...
  • Harvard students can soon report professors for ‘offensive’ remarks made in class

    03/23/2018 2:38:24 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 23, 2018 | Bradford Richardson
    Harvard University is expanding course evaluations to allow students to report professors who say “offensive” things in class or make them feel “uncomfortable.” The update to the Q Guide, the online course evaluation system at Harvard, was announced Thursday night by Dean of Undergraduate Education Jay M. Harris, at a town hall convened to discuss the power dynamic between students and professors at the elite Ivy League institution. When an attendee at the town hall mentioned a system for reporting “offensive” remarks already in place at Harvard’s School of Public Health, Mr. Harris said administrators are working to add a...
  • Texas SJP and MSA Activists Revealed as Neo-Nazis in Poster Campaign

    03/23/2018 2:33:17 PM PDT · by SJackson · 5 replies
    Frontnpagemagazine ^ | Sara Dogan | March 23, 2018
    Texas SJP and MSA Activists Revealed as Neo-Nazis in Poster Campaign Students advocate violence against Jews, praise Adolf Hitler. March 23, 2018 Sara Dogan    Continuing its campaign to expose the campus organization Students for Justice in Palestine as neo-Nazis, the David Horowitz Freedom Center placed posters this week on the campuses of the University of Texas-San Antonio and the University of Texas-Arlington. The posters document comments that student activists affiliated with SJP have made on social media praising Nazi leader Adolf Hitler and calling for the extermination of the Jews. The posters also expose Berkeley Professor Hatem Bazian,...
  • Victims outraged after assault charges dropped against Turkish leader's guards

    03/23/2018 2:30:45 PM PDT · by deplorableindc · 4 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | March 23, 2018
    A woman kicked unconscious by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s security guards a mile and a half from the White House last year says she’s outraged that federal prosecutors quietly dropped charges against the two men accused of assaulting her. “We've shown the world we don’t really care for our citizens,” said Lusik “Lucy” Usoyan, a Yezidi Kurd born in Armenia. “I’m deeply sad about how it’s turning out. It's undermining our institutions and undermining our fundamental rights.” Usoyan was among a small but diverse group protesting Erdogan in May 2017 as he arrived at the Turkish ambassador’s residence following...
  • NTSB Investigation of Bridge Collapse Continues

    03/23/2018 2:25:42 PM PDT · by EVO X · 20 replies
    National Transportation Safety Board ^ | 3/21/2018 | National Transportation Safety Board Office of Public Affairs
    MIAMI (March 21, 2018) — NTSB investigators remain at the scene of Thursday’s pedestrian bridge collapse on the FIU campus, focusing on measuring and documenting the critical structures at the north end of the bridge. Significant developments in the investigation include: snipThe investigative team has confirmed that workers were adjusting tension on the two tensioning rods located in the diagonal member at the north end of the span when the bridge collapsed. They had done this same work earlier at the south end, moved to the north side, and had adjusted one rod. They were working on the second rod...
  • Comedian Byron Allen buys the Weather Channel for $300M

    03/23/2018 2:09:47 PM PDT · by RightGeek · 59 replies
    NY Post ^ | 3/22/2018 | Alexandra Steigrad
    The Weather Channel TV network was sold Thursday — to comedian-turned-media mogul Byron Allen. Allen’s Entertainment Studios Inc. bought the 36-year-old TV staple from the Blackstone Group, Bain Capital and Comcast. Terms of the sale were not disclosed, but sources pegged the price at about $300 million. The network and its digital property — — were purchased by the trio 10 years ago for $3.5 billion. The web properties were sold to IBM in 2015 for $2 billion. “The Weather Channel is one of the most trusted and extremely important cable networks, with information vitally important to the safety...
  • Waste Management founder Wayne Huizenga dies at 80

    03/23/2018 1:56:21 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 22 replies ^ | Dennis Fitzgerald
    H. Wayne Huizenga, who built Waste Management, Blockbuster and AutoNation into powerhouse companies, died at age 80, the Sun-Sentinel of South Florida reported Friday. Huizenga honed expertise building fractured industries into conglomerates and dominated trash collection, automotive sales and video sales. In the early 1990s, he owned three of South Florida's professional sports teams: the Miami Dolphines, the Florida Panthers and the Florida Marlins. Under Huizenga, the Marlins won the World Series and the Panthers reached the Stanley Cup Finals. His net worth of $2.8 billion in 2017 made him the 288th wealthiest person in America, according to Forbes.
  • Ride Like A Girl

    03/23/2018 1:44:52 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 29 replies
    The Aging Rebel ^ | 3/23/2018
    f you don’t know, maybe you should. Her name is Valerie Thompson. She crashed her motorcycle Monday at the World Speed Trials at Lake Gairdner in South Australia. She was going 343 miles per hour at the time. The tail of her vehicle, called BUB Seven Streamliner, became airborne at the four-mile mark of the 12-mile run and her braking parachute deployed. Thompson was trying to break the land speed record of 376.363 miles per hour. If she had finished the course she would have broken her own record for women of 304.263 miles per hour. The bike left a...
  • Ex-CIA chief John Brennan’s ‘unhinged,’ partisan attacks on Trump raise eyebrows

    03/23/2018 1:42:44 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 44 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 23, 2018 | Elizabeth Llorente
    Former CIA director John Brennan raised eyebrows this week when he went on national television and suggested the Russians “may have something” on President Trump. Brennan, who led the CIA during the Obama administration, later conceded to The New York Times that he actually had no knowledge to back the claim. To critics, this was yet another example of increasingly hostile and partisan behavior toward Trump from the former leader of an agency that considers itself above partisanship. “For John Brennan, the most recent former CIA director, to come forward and insinuate -- on national TV -- that a sitting...
  • 2 dead in France supermarket hostage situation, one other killed in carjacking, police say

    03/23/2018 1:06:28 PM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 14 replies
    At least two people have been killed after a supermarket hostage-taking in the southern France town of Trebes, according to local media reports. Another person was killed when the alleged gunman stole a car before the hostage situation. Mar 23, 2018 3:31 PM EDT: The gunman has been identified as Redouane Lakdi, 26. Lakdim said he was fighting on behalf of the Islamic State group, the BBC reported. Police reported that three people were killed by Lakdim in a series of attacks that ended after he took hostages at a supermarket in the town of Trebes, the BBC reported. One...
  • Terrorist is killed after driving through the gates of a California air force base [tr]

    03/23/2018 1:00:07 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 28 replies ^ | Friday, March 23, 2018 | Jessica Finn
    A car filled with propane tanks breached the gates of Travis Air Force Base in California on Wednesday Authorities say the driver ignited himself causing the car filled with the tanks to explode into flames The incident is reportedly being considered an act of terror, the driver's identity has not yet been released
  • Rollcall votes on the Omnibus Budget

    03/23/2018 12:36:33 PM PDT · by iowamark · 61 replies
    US House ^ | 3/23/18
    House 256-167 Senate 67-30