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  • GAO Weighs In On “Countering Violent Extremism”

    04/28/2017 10:51:12 AM PDT · by mac_truck
    Cato Institute ^ | 4/13/2017 | Patrick Eddington
    The ongoing controversy and litigation over the Trump administration’s “Muslim ban” has reignited a debate that has raged since the 9/11 attacks: Who commits more domestic terrorism–violent Salafists or traditional “right wing” extremists? According to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, it’s the latter and by a very wide margin. From p. 4 of GAO’s report: Of the 85 violent extremist incidents that resulted in death since September 12, 2001, far right wing violent extremist groups were responsible for 62 (73 percent) while radical Islamist violent extremists were responsible for 23 (27 percent). But as researchers at the Georgia State...
  • Houston Texans' first NFL Draft pick Deshaun Watson wears spiked Louboutin shoes

    04/28/2017 10:46:30 AM PDT · by Snickering Hound · 8 replies
    KTRK ^ | 4-28-2016
    Former Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson is already enjoying the life of an NFL player after the Houston Texans picked him in the first round of the draft. Watson is getting a lot of attention, not only from Texans fans, but others who spotted his spiky new pair of shoes Thursday night. During a press conference with the media, Watson showed off his new designer brand shoes, which ESPN reported were Christian Louboutins called Dandy Pik Pak flat smoking slippers. The cost? Nearly $2,000. Watson told reporters that he had always wanted a pair of Louboutins and thought draft day was...
  • Trump signs order aimed at opening Arctic drilling

    04/28/2017 10:44:13 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 28, 2017 12:37 PM EDT | Matthew Daly and Jill Colvin
    Working to dismantle his predecessor’s environmental legacy, President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Friday aimed at expanding drilling in the Arctic and opening other federal areas to oil and gas exploration. With one day left to rack up accomplishments before he reaches his 100th day in office, Trump signed an order reversing some of former President Barack Obama’s restrictions and instructing Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to review a plan that dictates which federal locations are open to offshore drilling. It’s part of Trump’s promise to unleash the nation’s energy reserves in an effort to reduce reliance on foreign...
  • CONSEQUENCES: Mizzou Loses More Students, Will Shut Down 3 More Dorms

    04/28/2017 10:40:56 AM PDT · by scooby321 · 15 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 4/28/2017 | Jim Hoft
    The University of Missouri has no one to blame for their current crisis but their own leadership. After the campus protests of 2016, they could have corrected course. Instead they did nothing to address the problem and now they’re paying the price. Mizzou enrollment plunge continues: Three more dorms shutting down next year
  • Trump names anti-abortion leader to high post at HHS

    04/28/2017 10:39:37 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 28, 2017 1:10 PM EDT | David Carry
    The White House says President Donald Trump is appointing the former president of a leading anti-abortion organization to a senior position at the Department of Health and Human Services. Charmaine Yoest, who actively supported Trump in his campaign, will serve as assistant secretary of public affairs at HHS. From 2008 until February 2016, she was president of Americans United for Life, which campaigned at the federal and state level for tough restrictions on abortion. Among the many state bills backed by the group under Yoest’s leadership were measures that would ban most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, require women...
  • Advanced Talks Underway For New Conservative Network Amid Fears Fox News Moving Too Far Left

    04/28/2017 10:38:49 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 9 replies
    www.mediaite.com ^ | 10:45 am, April 28th, 2017 | by Rachel Stockman
    On the heels of major shakeups at the Fox News Network, an alternative conservative network is being actively discussed amongst conservative fat cats. A well-placed source close to the proposal tells Mediaite that serious discussions are underway to create an alternative conservative cable network on the belief that the Fox News Network is moving too far to the left. The source, who is engaged in the talks, says a meeting is planned for today with two prominent high-powered television executives, some underperforming conservative networks and people who have an interest and the ability to fund a new network. The potential...
  • Does Ivanka Trump's new fund violate ethics law?

    04/28/2017 10:30:31 AM PDT · by FR_addict · 10 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | April 27,2017 | Jennifer Rubin
    It was bad enough when Hillary Clinton as secretary of state agreed to have meetings with people who had given to her foundation. Now, according to news reports, Ivanka Trump, while a federal employee, is soliciting donations for a new fund from foreigners. This comes on top of instances in which she sat with heads of state (from Japan and China) at a time that her business was doing deals in their countries. Mike Allen, co-founder and executive editor of AXIOS Media and former chief political reporter for Politico, reported: “Ivanka Trump told me yesterday from Berlin that she has...
  • Iran Is Progressing Towards Nuclear Weapons Via North Korea

    04/28/2017 9:42:43 AM PDT · by gattaca · 12 replies
    BESA ^ | Feb. 28, 2017 | Lt. Col R. Ofek and Lt. Col Dany Shoham
    EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: This analysis argues that Iran is steadily making progress towards a nuclear weapon and is doing so via North Korea. Iran is unwilling to submit to a years-long freeze of its military nuclear program as stipulated by the July 2015 Vienna Nuclear Deal. North Korea is ready and able to provide a clandestine means of circumventing the deal, which would allow the Iranians to covertly advance that nuclear program. At the same time, Iran is likely assisting in the upgrading of certain North Korean strategic capacities.... All in all, a major consequence of the VND is that the...
  • Sex Education in California Sparks Culture Clash

    04/28/2017 9:42:42 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | April 28, 2017 | by Joan Frawley Desmond
    A new sex-education curriculum has provoked opposition in three California school districts this year, and parent-led protests have already forced one local school board to delay its implementation. “The new curriculum on ‘Human Growth and Development’ needs to be suspended for a major revision to reflect true human development and growth,” read a petition posted on Change.org and signed by thousands of parents in Cupertino Union School District who oppose “Teen Talk Middle School,” a curriculum published by Health Connected. “The chosen textbook is age inappropriate and has detailed, graphic descriptions of oral, anal and vaginal sex.” The California Healthy...
  • Veterans Affairs has 346 workers who do only union work

    04/28/2017 5:06:43 AM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Apr 27, 2017 | Sean Higgins
    Texas Rep. Jody Arrington has introduced legislation to require VA to track the use of official time. An estimated 346 employees in the Department of Veterans Affairs do no actual work for taxpayers. Instead, they spend all of their time doing work on behalf of their union while drawing a federal salary, a practice known as "official time." ... The lack of accountability at the VA when it comes to monitoring official time suggests it might be worse ... Pointing to the waiting list scandals at the department, Arrington said the official time situation is reflective of the "broken culture...
  • Senate approves spending bill, averting government shutdown

    04/28/2017 9:39:53 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 12 replies
    nypost.com ^ | 4/28/17 | Bob Fredricks
    With time running out, Congress on Friday easily approved a short-term spending bill that would prevent a partial federal government shutdown over the weekend. But on President Trump’s 99th day in office, lawmakers were leaving the Capitol until next week without acting on two of the president’s other main priorities — a GOP health care overhaul and a budget financing government for the entire year. The Senate sent the temporary spending measure to Trump by voice vote after the House approved it by a lopsided 382-30 vote. The bill keeps the government functioning through next Friday, which leaders hope will...
  • Trump is prepared: 'If there's a shutdown, there's a shutdown'

    04/28/2017 9:36:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/28/2017 | Rick Moran
    With less than 24 hours before the government runs out of money, precipitating a partial shutdown of services, President Donald Trump et the Democrats know that there are limits to what he and the Republican Congress will accept to keep the government operating. Democrats have bee piling up conditions under which they would agree to a budget resolution that would fund the government through September 30. But the difficulty of the negotiations have forced Hill Republicans to offer a one week extension of funding to keep the government operating. But if Democrats won't accept the stop gap measure, the...
  • No. Arizona University student was recently asked to stop reading his Bible prior to the start...

    04/28/2017 9:30:13 AM PDT · by Syncro · 24 replies
    CampusReform.org ^ | Apr 27, 2017 at 4:18 PM EDT | Anthony Gockowski
    A Northern Arizona University student was recently asked to stop reading his Bible prior to the start of one of his classes. A Northern Arizona University student was recently asked to stop reading his Bible prior to the start of one of his classes, according to audio obtained by Campus Reform.In a recording of the February incident, provided to Campus Reform by Kevin Cavanaugh for Congress, Mark Holden explains the situation to History Department Chair Derek Heng, who had been called in by the instructor, Dr. Heather Martel, after Holden had refused her request that he put his Bible...
  • The Second Attempt Appears Doomed: The votes just aren't there for Obamacare repeal/replace

    04/28/2017 9:30:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/28/2017 | Rick Moran
    The fate of Obamacare repeal/replace Part II isn't quite sealed yet but the latest nose count among Republicans in Congress holds out very little hope that this current iteration of Obamacare reform will meet the same end as the first one. The Hill is reporting that at least 21 Republicans have indicated they are a "no vote" for the current legislation. Since 23 negative votes would scuttle the bill - unless some Democrats could be convinced to vote for it - it doesn't appear that Speaker Ryan is any more inclined to bring this version of Obamacare repeal to the...
  • Record-Breaking Heat Possible for Climate March on Saturday

    04/28/2017 9:27:23 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    NBC4 Washington ^ | April 28, 2017
    Record-breaking heat is possible Saturday, potentially adding fuel to the fire for the People's Climate March on the National Mall. Thousands are expected to attend the march, including former Vice President Al Gore and actor Leonardo DiCaprio. And if you're thinking about going, be prepared to sweat. Highs of 86 to 91 degrees are expected Saturday, according to Storm Team4. The average high is just 71 degrees. Organizers say the event will get more political than last weekend's March for Science and Earth Day rally and will target Trump administration policies. "On the 100th Day of the Trump Administration, we...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Advanced Talks Underway For New Conservative Network

    04/28/2017 9:26:54 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 36 replies
    Mediaite ^ | April 28, 2017 | Rachel Stockman
    EXCLUSIVE: Advanced Talks Underway For New Conservative Network Amid Fears Fox News Moving Too Far Left (title) On the heels of major shakeups at the Fox News Network, an alternative conservative network is being actively discussed amongst conservative fat cats. A well-placed source close to the proposal tells Mediaite that serious discussions are underway to create an alternative conservative cable network on the belief that the Fox News Network is moving too far to the left. The source, who is engaged in the talks, says a meeting is planned for today with two prominent high-powered television executives, some underperforming conservative...
  • Amid Controversy, Obama Makes Another $400K Pay Day

    04/28/2017 9:25:09 AM PDT · by blam · 10 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 4-28-2017 | Charles Fain Lehman
    Former President Barack Obama received a $400,000 speaking fee for an appearance at an A&E Network event on Thursday. The news came amid controversy over Obama accepting a fee of the same size to appear at a Wall Street firm's conference. The "History Makers lunch" was hosted by A&E's history channel and attended by representatives of A&E advertisers, the New York Post reported. Those in attendance included Harvey Weinstein, Anna Wintour, Bob Sauerberg, Janice Min, and Penske Media CEO Jay Penske. Obama received a standing ovation on entering the room. The former president's appearance featured a 90 minute interview with...
  • Economists Fear Trump’s Tax Plan Only Heightens a ‘Mountain of Debt’

    04/28/2017 9:23:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    New York Times ^ | 04/28/2017 | By JAMES B. STEWART
    During his campaign, Donald J. Trump embraced the cause of fiscal responsibility and accused President Barack Obama of shackling the country with a “mountain of debt.” Mr. Obama “doubled our national debt. Doubled it,” Mr. Trump claimed in a speech in Virginia Beach. Then on Wednesday, Mr. Trump unveiled the outlines of his much-anticipated tax overhaul, calling for steep tax cuts with only modest offsetting revenue increases. Economists I spoke to this week estimate it would add trillions to the national debt over the next decade. “We’ve only done the rough numbers, but this looks like a tax cut of...
  • Appointment of Yoest at HHS adds to anti-abortion ranks

    04/28/2017 9:16:31 AM PDT · by posterchild
    yahoo ^ | Apr 28, 2017 | Lev Facher
    WASHINGTON — In a victory for anti-abortion advocates, the White House announced Friday that it will nominate Charmaine Yoest to become an assistant secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, overseeing public affairs. Yoest, formerly president and CEO of the law firm Americans United for Life, is currently a senior fellow at American Values, a conservative group that on its website laments America’s “culture of death.” She also spent three years as a policy analyst and then vice president of the Family Research Council, another advocacy group opposed to abortion rights.
  • Paul Ryan Under Fire as Health Care Is Delayed Again

    04/28/2017 9:15:56 AM PDT · by HarleyLady27 · 53 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 28,2017 | Ian Mason
    Speaker of the House Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) leadership was called into question by new voices Thursday night as hopes expire of passing a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare before President Donald Trump’s first 100 days end on Saturday. At a meeting on the Hill late Thursday night, the speaker and his House Republican leadership team decided to further delay the vote. With what appeared to be the acquiescence of conservatives in the Freedom Caucus and think-tanks like Club for Growth and FreedomWorks, who took much of the blame for the failure of the first attempt to pass the American...