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  • Gabbard issues video apology for past views

    01/18/2019 11:14:09 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 13 replies
    AP / Honolulu StarAd ^ | January 18, 2019 | Audrey McAvoy
    Presidential candidate U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard on Thursday responded to criticism about her past work advocating against gay rights by apologizing in a video. The nearly four-minute-long clip, which was shot in her Washington, D.C., backyard, shows Gabbard standing in the snow saying that her views have changed significantly since she made statements that were hurtful to LGBTQ people. The Democratic congresswoman has apologized for such statements before. But she has come under renewed criticism since she announced during a CNN interview last week that she would run for president.
  • Why Ex-Churchgoers Flocked to Trump

    01/18/2019 10:40:40 PM PST · by DeweyCA · 4 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | 1-17-19 | Timothy Carney
    (Skip) The best way to describe Trump’s support in the Republican primaries—when he was running against the likes of Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, John Kasich—would be: white evangelicals who do not go to church. Geoffrey Layman, a political science professor at the University of Notre Dame, noticed this during the primaries, writing: “Trump does best among evangelicals with one key trait: They don’t really go to church.” While writing my forthcoming book, Alienated America, my research assistant Nick Saffran and I crunched some numbers provided by Emily Ekins of the Voter Study Group. We broke down Republican primary...
  • Chuck Todd: (Fraudulent) Buzzfeed Report a Significant Development

    01/18/2019 9:11:46 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 25 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 18 Jan 2019 | Jeff Poor
    Friday on NBCs Today Show, NBC and MSNBC host Chuck Todd boasted about the significance of a Buzzfeed story reporting President Donald Trump directed his then-legal counsel Michael Cohen to lie about a real estate project in Russia. Todd told NBCs Savannah Guthrie that one couldnt overstate the significance of the report. In the Trump era we have a hard time sometimes under-calibrating and everybody is like, Oh my God, oh my God this is it, this is it,' Todd said. You cant overstate how significant this development is, with the caveat of if true. I mean, a...
  • 'Flat out lie': White House rejects Pelosi's claim it leaked travel details

    01/18/2019 9:03:01 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 15 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 18, 2019 12:34 PM | Melissa Quinn
    The White House on Friday rejected the accusation from Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., that the administration leaked sensitive travel information for her foreign trip, calling it a flat out lie. "When the Speaker of the House and about 20 others from Capitol Hill decide to book their own commercial flights to Afghanistan, the world is going to find out, a White House official said. The idea we would leak anything that would put the safety and security of any American at risk is a flat out lie." Pelosis deputy chief of staff Drew Hammill said in a statement earlier Friday...
  • CNN GUEST: BUZZFEED GOT THEIR BRAINS KICKED IN BY MUELLERS TEAM

    01/18/2019 8:23:09 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 49 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 8:46 PM 01/18/2019 | AMBER ATHEY
    CNN guest and radio host Ben Ferguson said Friday that BuzzFeed News got their brains kicked in by the Special Counsels office over their disputed report on President Donald Trump. BuzzFeed News reported on Thursday night that former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen told Special Counsel Robert Muellers prosecutors that the president had directed him to lie about a potential Trump Tower deal in Moscow during the 2016 election. (RELATED: Muellers Office Disputes BuzzFeeds Report) Muellers office issued a rare statement disputing BuzzFeeds reporting on Friday: BuzzFeeds description of specific statements to the Special Counsels Office, and characterization of documents and...
  • BuzzFeed is toast: NYT, Ronan Farrow throw more cold water on the BuzzFeed scoop

    01/18/2019 8:17:00 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 36 replies
    Twitchy ^ | 10:03 pm on January 18, 2019 | Greg P.
    Welp. BuzzFeeds terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day just got worse as the New York Times is reporting that the prosecutors in the special counsels office are saying that Michale Cohen never implied that the president had pressured him to lie to Congress: Toast:
  • Watch: The 2019 March for Life from Beginning to End

    01/18/2019 8:08:50 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 2 replies
    Twitter ^ | 2:39 PM - 18 Jan 2019 | Students for LIfe
  • Trump plans to make Democrats an offer to end shutdown, not declare national emergency

    01/18/2019 7:15:44 PM PST · by Innovative · 126 replies
    CNN ^ | Han. 18, 2018 | Abby Phillip and Betsy Klein
    President Donald Trump plans to offer Democrats another proposal to end the shutdown when he addresses the nation from the White House on Saturday afternoon -- what officials are describing as his third offer to end the shutdown, according to a senior administration official. The official told CNN that Trump's idea is to put something on the table to get Democrats to engage with negotiations. Trump is not expected to back down from his demand for a border wall, but the plan will seek to entice Democrats by offering other concessions.
  • Airline AeroMexico offering discounts to Americans with Mexican DNA

    01/18/2019 6:58:57 PM PST · by DoodleBob · 28 replies
    New York Post ^ | January 17, 2019 | Chris Perez
    In an attempt to boost tourism from the US, Mexicos national airline carrier has a DNA Discounts program which offers flights at lower rates for Americans with Mexican DNA. The promotion was unveiled in an ad last year by AeroMexico, the company offering it, but its only just now going viral.
  • Protect Dreamers and build the wall, and we can all win

    01/18/2019 6:50:08 PM PST · by vikingrinn · 41 replies
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | 1/17/2019 | Editorial
    'the president would agree to a sweeping deal to protect young people who were brought to this country without authorization at ages when they had no say over what happened to them.'
  • BuzzFeed stands by Cohen report: Mueller should 'make clear what he's disputing'

    01/18/2019 6:14:26 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 72 replies
    The Hill ^ | 01/18/19 | Owen Daugherty
    BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith said Friday that he stands by the outlet's reporting following a rare statement from special counsel Robert Mueller's office disputing its report about allegations against Michael Cohen, President Trump's former lawyer. "We stand by our reporting and the sources who informed it, and we urge the Special Counsel to make clear what he's disputing," Smith said in a statement. BuzzFeed reported Thursday that Trump instructed Cohen to lie to Congress about the timing of negotiations over a potential Trump Tower in Moscow. The story cited two federal law enforcement officials involved in an investigation of the...
  • Sen. Chase wears handgun to podium to present bills in committee

    01/18/2019 6:07:15 PM PST · by topfile · 40 replies
    Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | Jan 15 2919 | Patrick Wilson
    Its not just her bills that are sparking attention. State Sen. Amanda Chase, R-Chesterfield, generated buzz on Tuesday by presenting them while wearing her .38-caliber revolver in a custom-made holster. The first-term senator a fan of government transparency and opponent of the Equal Rights Amendment said she wore the gun following an incident Monday in which Capitol Police were called after immigration-rights supporters confronted Sen. Dick Black, R-Loudoun. Chase said she always carries her gun in concealed fashion but decided Tuesday was a good day to carry openly when she presented her bills in the Senate Privileges and...
  • Tech execs are telling Cramer behind closed doors that they support Trump's hardline trade policy...

    01/18/2019 6:05:41 PM PST · by cba123 · 11 replies
    CNBC ^ | Published 6:57 PM ET Mon, 14 Jan 2019 Updated 7:07 PM ET Mon, 14 Jan 2019 CNBC.com | Elizabeth Gurdus
    Technology executives are telling Jim Cramer off camera that they support the Trump administration's hawkish approach to trade with China, the CNBC host says. The "Mad Money" host lists the pro-trade-war arguments he's hearing. "If we're ever going to do anything about China, this is the perfect time," he says. -- Technology executives are telling CNBC's Jim Cramer that they're willing to endure short-term pain from the U.S.-China trade war in favor of the long-term payoff. "When I went out to San Francisco last week, I heard the same thing from a surprising number of people in the tech industry...
  • Special counsel's office: Buzzfeed's report 'not accurate'

    01/18/2019 5:45:34 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | 18 JAN 2019 | Fox News Show Clips
    Jan. 18, 2019 - 5:03 - Special counsel's office issues rare public statement to dispute Buzzfeed report; reaction from former assistant U.S. attorney Andrew McCarthy.
  • NC House Speaker invites Trump to give State of the Union in Raleigh

    01/18/2019 5:43:43 PM PST · by personalaccts · 11 replies
    WRAL ^ | 1/19/2019 | Travis Fain
    NC House Speaker invites Trump to give State of the Union in Raleigh Tags: Tim Moore, Trump, State of the Union Posted 4:46 p.m. today Updated 7:10 p.m. today 1K By Travis Fain, WRAL statehouse reporter RALEIGH, N.C. North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore on Friday invited President Donald Trump to give his usually annual, but this year maybe-canceled, State of the Union address in Raleigh. The speaker's office said Moore, R-Cleveland, wrote to Trump two days after U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi asked Trump to cancel his address to Congress because of the ongoing partial government shutdown.
  • UPDATE: A spokesperson for the special counsel is disputing BuzzFeed News report

    01/18/2019 5:27:21 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 23 replies
    Twitter ^ | 4:27 PM - 18 Jan 2019 | BuzzFeed News
  • Partial government shutdown delays query into Hillary Clinton's private email server

    01/18/2019 5:21:52 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | 18 JAN 2019 | Kaitlyn Schallhorn
    The ongoing partial government shutdown is delaying the inquiry into whether former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sought to evade public record laws with her use of a private email account. Earlier this month, U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth agreed to the conservative Judicial Watchs request to depose multiple individuals about the State Departments response to the deadly 2012 terror attack in Benghazi, Libya, and whether the former secretary of state sought to evade the Freedom of Information Act with her private email server. However, due to the partial government shutdown, Lamberth agreed to put the inquiry on hold...
  • Romney backs Trump in shutdown showdown, questions Pelosi

    01/18/2019 5:16:03 PM PST · by conservative98 · 46 replies
    ABC News ^ | 1/18/19 56 Minutes Ago | BRADY McCOMBS
    U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah said Friday he supports President Donald Trump's push for a border wall that has led to a government shutdown and questioned why Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi won't agree to "another few miles" of barriers on the U.S.-Mexico border. Romney also said he plans to keep working with other senators to find interim solutions, such as legislation that would make sure essential government employees still working get paid now. The 2012 GOP presidential nominee and new Utah senator acknowledged that it "takes two to tango" but backed Trump's position and chided Pelosi for hers....
  • Technology near for real-time TV political fact checks

    01/18/2019 5:10:21 PM PST · by mdittmar · 14 replies
    ap ^ | 1/18/2019 | DAVID BAUDER
    NEW YORK (AP) A Duke University team expects to have a product available for election year that will allow television networks to offer real-time fact checks onscreen when a politician makes a questionable claim during a speech or debate. The mystery is whether any network will choose to use it.
  • Bad math: Software error tweaks grades in North Carolina schools

    01/18/2019 5:05:20 PM PST · by Libloather · 9 replies
    ABC 11 ^ | 1/18/19
    RALEIGH -- A software error caused public school students around North Carolina to receive incorrect end-of-term grades this school year, state education officials said. The Department of Public Instruction said it has been advising districts about the problem with PowerSchool software since December, after many schools sent home first-quarter report cards. The error could have affected as many as 109 school districts and 59 charter schools in the state, but it's not clear exactly how many students were impacted. **SNIP** The department initially thought the rounding problem was limited to grades ending in certain decimal points, but Elliot said state...