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  • Father of Guatemalan girl who died in US custody has 'no complaints' about her treatment[TR]

    12/15/2018 5:39:08 PM PST · by McGruff · 3 replies
    CNN ^ | December 15, 2018 | Ed Lavandera and Ralph Ellis
    The father of a 7-year-old Guatemalan girl who died after being detained by the US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) said he has "no complaints about how Border Patrol agents treated him and his daughter," Guatemalan Consul Tekandi Paniagua told CNN on Saturday. The consul said the father, Nery Gilberto Caal, told him agents did everything they possibly could to help his daughter, Jakelin Caal Maquin, after she became sick on a a bus. The bus traveled from the Antelope Wells port of entry in New Mexico to a Border Patrol station in Lordsburg, New Mexico, about 90 minutes away....
  • Oh, Brother: Obama Compares JFK, MLK Murders to Vegas, Thousand Oaks Mass Shootings

    12/15/2018 5:24:19 PM PST · by jazusamo · 16 replies ^ | December 15, 2018 | Beth Baumann
    Former President Barack Obama on Wednesday was presented with the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Ripple of Hope Award, which celebrates leaders “who have demonstrated a commitment to social change," the Associated Press reported. “I’m not sure if you’ve heard, but I’ve been on this hope kick for a while now. Even ran a couple of campaigns on it. Thank you for officially validating my hope credentials,” Obama said during his acceptance speech. “If we summon our best selves, we can inspire others to do the same. It’s easy to succumb to cynicism, the notion that hope is a...
  • Hillary loyalists frantic to paralyse Trump Presidency

    12/15/2018 5:15:42 PM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 15 replies
    Sunday Guardian ^ | December 15, 2018 | Madhav Nalapat
    Donald Trumps backers warn that Washington Beltways Plan A is to secure his removal or resignation. In case that fails, Plan B is to ensure he withdraws from the 2020 contest. New York: Many, if not most, genuine loyalists of the 45th President of the United States are in the worlds most famous metropolis. They are clustered within Manhattan, the location where the worldwide Trump Organisation is headquartered, and which has been home to four generations of what since 20 January 2017 is the First Family of the worlds most powerful country. While some of the few who are personally...
  • Iowa school districts to roll out mandatory firearm courses next year

    12/15/2018 4:52:30 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/15/18 | Aris Folley
    Two school districts in Iowa will reportedly introduce mandatory classes about firearm safety into school curriculum starting next year. Students enrolled in both the 7th and 8th grade at schools in the North Butler and Clarksville districts will be required to take part in a mandatory hunter safety course taught by the Butler County Conservation Board, Radio Iowa reported on Thursday. The course will reportedly be implemented into the students PE curriculum. High school students interested in learning about firearm safety will also reportedly have the option to participate in a voluntary class. North Butler Superintendent Joel Foster told the...
  • Donald Trump Is a Good President

    12/15/2018 4:15:17 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 18 replies
    Harpers ^ | January 2019 | By Michel Houellebecq, John Cullen (Translator)
    It seems that President Trump has even managed to tame the North Korean madman; I found this feat positively classy. It seems that President Trump recently declared, You know what I am? Im a nationalist! Me too, precisely so. Nationalists can talk to one another; with internationalists, oddly enough, talking doesnt work so well. France should leave NATO, but maybe such a step will become pointless if lack of operational funding causes NATO to disappear on its own. That would be one less thing to worry about, and a new reason to sing the praises of President Trump. In summary,...
  • Australia Recognizes West Jerusalem as Capital of Israel

    12/15/2018 3:48:46 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    New York Times ^ | 12/15/2018 | By Isabella Kwai
    SYDNEY, Australia Australia announced on Saturday that it now recognizes West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and will move its Tel Aviv embassy once a peace settlement is reached. Australia now recognizes West Jerusalem, being the seat of the Knesset and many of the institutions of government, is the capital of Israel, Prime Minister Scott Morrison of Australian said on Saturday. It is the right of every country to determine its national capital, Mr. Morrison said in a speech to the Sydney Institute, a public affairs forum. We look forward to moving our embassy to West Jerusalem when...
  • New York State Targets Jewish Schools

    12/15/2018 3:43:51 PM PST · by lowbridge · 23 replies
    WSJ ^ | December 13, 2018 | Elya Brudnyand Yisroel Reisman
    On Nov. 20, Commissioner MaryEllen Elia issued guidance empowering local school boards to evaluate private schools and to vote on our right to continue educating our students. The state government now requires private schools to offer a specific set of classes more comprehensive than what students in public schools must learn. Our schools must offer 11 courses to students in grades 5 through 8, for a total of seven hours of daily instruction. Public schools have less than six hours a day of prescribed instruction. Private-school teachers will also be required to submit to evaluation by school districts. At a...
  • In Weaponized Courts, Judge Who Halted Affordable Care Act Is a Conservative Favorite

    12/15/2018 3:43:13 PM PST · by Kenny Bania · 25 replies
    New York Slimes ^ | DEC 15, 2018 | Manny Fernandez
    In the 11 years Judge Reed C. OConnor has been on the federal bench, he has become a favorite of Republican leaders in Texas, reliably tossing out Democratic policies they have challenged. The states Republican attorney general appears to strategically file key lawsuits in Judge OConnors jurisdiction, the Northern District of Texas, so that he will hear them. And on Friday, the judge handed Republicans another victory by striking down the Affordable Care Act, the signature health law of the Obama era.
  • Pelosi: We Have a Moral Responsibility to Ensure All Children Are Treated With Decency and Compass-

    12/15/2018 3:29:19 PM PST · by jazusamo · 49 replies
    CNSNews ^ | December 15, 2018 | CNS News Staff
    Full title: Pelosi: We Have a Moral Responsibility to Ensure All Children Are Treated With Decency and Compassion ( House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) reacted to the death of a 7-year-old girl who died after being apprehended illegally entering the United States with her father by declaring that we have a moral responsibility to ensure all children are treated with decency and compassion. Jakelin Amei Caal Maquin and her father were caught among a group of 163 aliens illegally crossing the border in New Mexico, according to a statement released by Customs and Border Protection. Our hearts break for...
  • WSU (Washington State) stocks men's bathrooms with FREE menstrual products

    12/15/2018 3:22:49 PM PST · by Zakeet · 32 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | December 14, 2018 | Celine Ryan
    In an effort to demonstrate its "commitment to inclusivity," Washington State University has begun stocking men's restrooms with free menstrual products. The initiative is one of many focusing on "improving the transgender community experience on campus," and is currently being tested in three restrooms on the Pullman, Wash. campus. The university is in the process of "assessing similar needs" at other WSU campuses to determine which men's rooms will receive new accommodations. Additional changes include allowing students to choose a name other than their legal name for their student identification card and a new policy requiring all new buildings to...
  • Climate change talks agree details to implement Paris deal

    12/15/2018 1:39:50 PM PST · by goldstategop · 26 replies
    BBC News ^ | 12/15/2018 | N/A
    Nearly 200 nations have agreed rules on implementing the 2015 Paris agreement. After marathon talks in Katowice, Poland, the rulebook was approved unanimously on Saturday evening. The agreement aims to deliver the Paris goals of limiting global temperature rises to well below 2C. The final session was delayed by more than 30 hours amid an ongoing stand-off over carbon markets to reduce emissions. Some accused the hosts of not shepherding the agreement through.
  • Trump slams media and Mueller probe in latest tweetstorm

    12/15/2018 1:28:57 PM PST · by conservative98 · 22 replies
    NY Post ^ | December 15, 2018 | 4:07pm | Mary Kay Linge
    Wow, 19,000 Texts between Lisa Page and her lover, Peter S of the FBI, in charge of the Russia Hoax, were just reported as being wiped clean and gone, Trump posted Saturday morning. Page and Peter Strzok, who worked on both the Hillary Clinton email investigation and the probes into Trumps campaign, reportedly texted each other about plans to stop Trump from winning the presidency. The Justice Department revealed Thursday that thousands of their messages to each other had disappeared, blaming the loss of data on a technological failure. Such a big story that will never be covered by the...
  • Year-old 66 Express Lanes have caused shifts in commuter behavior

    12/15/2018 1:14:13 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 31 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | December 8, 2018 | Luz Lazo and John D. Harden
    When the 66 Express Lanes opened a year ago, officials promised the tolls would mean a smoother ride on the interstate, a major east-west thoroughfare from Northern Virginia into the District that is infamous for its headache-inducing congestion. The states promise less congestion and faster travel times during rush hour has been fulfilled for many commuters able to pay or carpool, but the new toll system has had an adverse effect for many of the remaining road users. For some commuters, the rush-hour period has simply shifted later outside the toll hours and dumped them onto...
  • Memo For Next White House Chief Of Staff: "Personnel Equals Policy"

    12/15/2018 1:10:53 PM PST · by zeestephen · 7 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | 14 December 2018 | Chris Farrell
    Whoever the next White House chief of staff may be, I offer the following advice with the benefit of 35 years of experience as an Army officer, intelligence case officer, defense contractor, educator and fiduciary of a national, nonprofit government watchdog organization.
  • France: Anti-Macron Protesters Pushed Off Street by Water Cannon, Told to Remove Yellow Vests

    12/15/2018 1:02:00 PM PST · by conservative98 · 16 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Breitbart | Breitbart London
    <p>French police have pushed protesters off the Champs-Elysees in Paris with tear gas and water cannon, and re-opened the French capitals famed avenue to traffic.</p> <p>Police were telling protesters to remove their yellow vests, symbols of a nationwide protest movement that began in November against economic injustice and Frances high cost of living.</p>
  • Womens March Leaders Face Anti-Semitic, Corruption Charges Ahead of Second Anti-Trump Event

    12/15/2018 11:27:28 AM PST · by naeim.darzi · 5 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/15/2018 | Penny Starr
    The anti-Trump Womens March that hit the streets the day after President Donald Trumps inauguration is now gearing up for a repeat event on January 19 in Washington, DC, but some of its founders are facing charges from former fellow activists that the left-wing group is promoting the bigotry and corruption it claims to oppose. Teresa Shook, credited as one of the women who launched the march on social media, spearheaded the criticism last month when she called on the women now running the movement to step down. Those women include Womens March National co-chairwomen Carmen Perez, Bob Bland, Tamika...
  • Mueller Probe Cost Has Increased to More Than $25 Million

    12/15/2018 11:27:06 AM PST · by naeim.darzi · 15 replies
    NTD ^ | 12/15/2018 | Zack Stieber
    The controversial probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election has cost taxpayers more than $25 million. Special counsel Robert Mueller and those working for him spent more than $4.5 million in the period between April 1 and Sept. 30 alone, the counsels office said in a budget expenditure report (pdf) published on Dec. 14. That included more than $2.8 million in compensation and benefits for Mueller and his team and nearly $1 million in rent, communications, and utilities. The group also spent $580,098 on travel and transportation.
  • FBI-Lovers Phones Wiped After Stint on Mueller Probe

    12/15/2018 11:26:56 AM PST · by naeim.darzi · 28 replies
    The Epoch Times ^ | 12/14/2018 | IVAN PENTCHOUKOV
    A report by the Justice Department watchdog issued on Dec. 13, shows that someone wiped the data on the smartphones assigned to notorious FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page during their work for the Russia probe by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. After the appointment of the special counsel in May 2017, Strzok and Pagewho had an extramarital affairjoined Muellers probe. Both worked on the investigation briefly, with Page leaving on May 28, 2017, and Strzok being removed in late July. Strzok and Page entered the national spotlight in January 2018 after their text messages became public, revealing the pair...
  • John Bolton: US Must Curb Chinese, Russian Influence in Africa

    12/15/2018 11:00:13 AM PST · by yoe · 39 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | December 13, 2018 | Fred Lucas
    The United States must revamp policies toward Africa on improving trade, fighting terrorism, and providing financial assistance to stave off the growing influence of China and Russia on the continent, White House national security adviser John Bolton said. Great power competitors, namely China and Russia, are rapidly expanding their financial and political influence across Africa, Bolton said Thursday in an address at The Heritage Foundation in Washington. They are deliberately and aggressively targeting their investments in the region to gain a competitive advantage over the United States.[snip]The predatory practices pursued by China and Russia stunt economic growth in Africa; threaten...
  • Lettuce, cauliflower recalled from California farm linked to romaine E. coli outbreak

    12/15/2018 10:49:26 AM PST · by bgill · 31 replies
    FOX31 ^ | Dec, 14, 2018 | CNN
    The strain of E. coli causing the current outbreak in romaine lettuce has been found in a reservoir on a farm in Santa Barbara County, California, the US Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday... Water and sediment at the irrigation reservoir on the property of Adam Bros. Family Farms in Santa Maria tested positive for E. coli O157:H7 that was a nearly identical genetic match to the strain found in people who have fallen ill, Williams said. But the contaminated water at that farm does not fully explain all of the illnesses,...