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  • Republicans reach deal on tax cuts with key farm benefits

    12/13/2017 10:22:59 PM PST · by 11th_VA · 19 replies
    agri-pulse.com ^ | Dec 13, 2017 | Philip Brasher
    Congressional Republicans say they reached agreement on a final tax bill that will provide a new 20-percent deduction for pass-through income from farms and small businesses. The agreement, which the House and Senate are expected to take up early next week, also calls for doubling the estate tax exemption and will include key expensing provisions that farm groups sought to preserve and expand, lawmakers said. They said the agreement also would allow deduction of state and local taxes, including income and property taxes, up to $10,000, a concession to lawmakers in high-tax states that could also benefit farmers. Senate Agriculture...
  • House GOP forges ahead with plan to include defense (and Children’s Health Care) in spending bill

    12/13/2017 8:25:36 PM PST · by 11th_VA · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | Dec 13, 2017 | Christina Marcos
    House Republicans are moving ahead with a strategy to pass a short-term spending bill to avoid a government shutdown after next Friday, daring Democrats to oppose full-year defense funding and an extension of children’s health insurance. The House Appropriations Committee released legislation on Wednesday evening that would keep the government open through Jan. 19. It would also fund the Defense Department through September 2018 and avert automatic sequestration cuts that would otherwise take effect, as well as extend funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for the next year. In addition to seeking to avoid a shutdown next week,...
  • NYC Suicide Bomber's Brother Prayed at WTC Terror  Blind Sheikh's Mosque

    12/13/2017 9:08:05 AM PST · by detective · 11 replies
    Front Page ^ | December 12, 2017 | Daniel Greenfield
    If only New York City had some sort of program to send informants to mosques to sniff out attacks. Like the one it used to have before the left shut it down. So far both of the NYC terror attacks have had links to known terror mosques. First up is our friend Ullah from Bangladesh who tried to blow himself up. Akayed Ullah worships at the same mosque where infamous blind sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman once preached, law enforcement sources told The Post on Monday. Ullah’s brother Ahsan attends MasJid al-Salam mosque in Jersey City, where the radical cleric Abdel-Rahman used to spew...
  • Phil Murphy to appoint nation's first Sikh attorney general

    12/12/2017 5:29:17 PM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 19 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | December 12, 2017 | Matt Arco
    Gov.-elect Phil Murphy will nominate Bergen County prosecutor Gurbir Grewal as the state's next attorney general, NJ Advance Media has learned. Grewal would be the nation's first Sikh attorney general. Murphy plans to announce his appointment at 11 a.m. in Trenton, according to three sources with knowledge of his decision. The sources were not authorized to publicly discuss the matter prior to the press conference and requested anonymity.
  • Kirsten Gillibrand the "Hottest" Senator, Reid Says (Flashback)

    12/12/2017 11:23:20 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 53 replies
    CBS News ^ | 21 Sep 2010 | Lucy Madison
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid raised eyebrows at a New York City fundraiser hosted by Mayor Michael Bloomberg Monday morning when he referred to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand as the "hottest member," according to CNN. Gillibrand, who was seated only a few feet away from Reid at Bloomberg's New York townhouse, flushed with embarrassment at the comment, CNN reports. According to a Politico source, Reid delivered remarks praising New York's senior senator, Chuck Schumer, before turning to Gillibrand and adding that, "many senators are known for many things," and that "we in the Senate refer to Sen. Gillibrand as the hottest...
  • “I slowly reached for her breast”: In 1992, @CoryBooker Admitted He Once Sexually Assaulted A Woman

    12/12/2017 9:47:26 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 42 replies
    gotnews.com ^ | 12/11/17
    In 1992, Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) admitted he once sexually assaulted a woman in a column he wrote for the Stanford Daily titled “So much for stealing second.” On February 19th, 1992, Booker, at the time masters student Stanford University who wrote a weekly Stanford Daily opinion column, penned the piece, in which he recounted his own experience with sexual assault. Booker began by noting that “Telling one’s own personal story is often the most powerful way to make a point, or, more importantly, to make people think,” before adding “When I hesitated in writing this column, I realized I...
  • Dem Senators Call on Trump to Resign 'Immediately' (They can pound Sand!!!)

    12/11/2017 5:05:36 PM PST · by Kaslin · 127 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 11, 2017 | Courtney O'Brian
    Three of President Trump's female accusers spoke with NBC's Megyn Kelly Monday about their experiences, all claiming he took advantage of them sexually. Former beauty pageant contestant Samntha Holvey alleged that Trump made her feel like "a piece of meat," Rachel Crooks, a former receptionist, claimed he forcibly kissed her, and Jessica Leeds, a traveling saleswoman, says he groped and kissed her on an airplane. The White House has dismissed them as "false claims," as Kelly reiterated on her show.These women's stories, however, were enough to convince Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) that the president needs to step down "immediately." Should...
  • NY-NJ Gateway Project: Critical Fixes, Big Builds

    12/11/2017 8:00:32 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    The Engineering News-Record ^ | November 15, 2017 | Tom Stabile
    The nearly $30-billion Gateway program to overhaul Northeast Corridor rail lines between Newark and New York City, an array of tunnels, bridges and viaduct over wetlands has two main thrusts: rehabilitation and expansion. These objectives are deeply intertwined—the project team must build new structures in the huge effort before it can upgrade old ones. That’s why digging two 1.4-mile, 28-ft-dia train tunnels under the Hudson River—an estimated $12.9-billion project component—isn’t just an expansion job but a lifeline to free a pair of 107-year-old tubes heavily damaged by Superstorm Sandy in 2012 and in need of a rebuild. It’s also why...
  • BIG LIST of GOP lawmakers who want to save Obama's amnesty

    12/08/2017 7:23:00 AM PST · by smileyface · 26 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | Dec 7, 2017 | Leo Hohmann
    Check out the full Kate’s List below: Kathy Steinle Kathy Steinle Rep. Scott Taylor (R-VA) (202) 225-4215 (Facebook) Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) (202) 225-5816 (Facebook) Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL) (202) 225-2371 (Facebook) Rep Mark Amodei (R-NV) 202 225-6155 (Facebook) Rep Mike Coffman (R-CO) (202) 225-7882 Facebook Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA)(202) 225-4540 (Facebook) Rep. Mia Love (R-UT) (202) 225-3011 (Facebook) Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) (202) 225-4276 (Facebook) Rep. Peter King (R-NY) (202) 225-7896 (Facebook) Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) (202) 225-2778 (Facebook) Rep. Ryan Costello (R-PA) (202) 225-4315 (Facebook) Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) (202) 225-3761 (Facebook) Rep. John Faso (R-NY) (202) 225-5614...
  • Records show FBI used ultra-right radio host for years (Hal Turner FBI Rat!!!)

    11/30/2009 4:33:59 PM PST · by Dementio · 32 replies · 1,731+ views
    Northjersey.com ^ | 11-30-09 | BY MIKE KELLY AND PETER J. SAMPSON
    For more than five years, Hal Turner of North Bergen lived a double life. The public knew him as an ultra-right-wing radio talk show host and Internet blogger with an audience of neo-Nazis and white supremacists attracted to his scorched-earth racism and bare-knuckles bashing of public figures. But to the FBI, and its expanding domestic counter-terror intelligence operations in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks, Turner was "Valhalla" — his code name as an informant who spied on his own controversial followers. Turner's clandestine past was confirmed this past summer when he was jailed on charges that he made...
  • Conservative Internet shock jock Harold (Hal) Turner convicted of threatening to kill Chicago judges

    08/13/2010 4:10:48 PM PDT · by Cardhu · 34 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | August 13 2010 | Dave Goldiner
    A Brooklyn jury took less than two hours Friday to convict right-wing loudmouth Harold (Hal) Turner of threatening to kill three Chicago judges. Turner's mom and teenage son gasped and sobbed as the jury found the Internet shock jock guilty of a single charge of threatening to murder the judges - a charge that carries up to 10 years in prison. An ashen-faced Turner stripped off his tie and belt and handed his wallet to a clerk before he was led out of the courtroom in downtown Brooklyn. "I love you, dad," his son, Michael Turner, 16, said after the...
  • Chris Christie's Situational Federalism

    12/06/2017 9:52:15 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 6, 2017 | Jacob Sullum
    As a candidate for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, Chris Christie promised to stop states such as Colorado from legalizing marijuana. As governor of New Jersey, Christie insists that the federal government has no business stopping his state from legalizing sports betting -- an argument that got a mostly friendly reception at the Supreme Court on Monday. The most likely explanation for Christie's situational federalism is that he does not mind if people bet on sports but cannot abide pot smoking. But there is a legal rationale for Christie's apparent inconsistency, and it says a lot about the extent to...
  • New Jersey Congressman Endorses Federal Fuel Tax Increase

    12/06/2017 1:08:56 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    Transport Topics ^ | December 5, 2017 | Eugene Mulero
    An increase in federal taxes on fuel would significantly help fund repairs for highway infrastructure along Interstate 95 in Newark, N.J., Rep. Donald Payne Jr. (D) said amid Congress’ consideration of tax reform legislation. “Improving I-95 will boost the economy by shortening commutes, making cargo transport more efficient and improving highway safety,” Payne said Nov. 30, adding the I-95 stretch, or the Turnpike as it is known in the state, has been underfunded due to deficits in the Highway Trust Fund over the years. The intricate network of ports, railways, highways and an international airport in the state’s largest city...
  • How Sen. Tom Kean Jr. can help regroup N.J.'s battered GOP

    12/05/2017 6:33:21 PM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 18 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger/N.J. Spotlight ^ | December 4, 2017 | Carl Golden
    Forty-four years ago, Brendan Byrne was elected New Jersey governor, amassing a record plurality of 721,378 votes and, in the process, driving the Republican membership in the General Assembly to a historic low - 14 seats. The partisan divide - 66 Democrats and 14 Republicans - meant the Democratic Party held 83 percent of the seats in the Assembly. For every one Republican, there were five Democrats. It was the kind of electoral beatdown that is almost impossible to absorb and still survive. Senate Republicans were spared the devastation because the state Senate was not on the ballot that year....
  • New Jersey authorities arrest 79 alleged sex offenders in sting operation

    12/02/2017 12:16:08 PM PST · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 2, 2017 | Kathlene Joice
    Video at link. Authorities in New Jersey announced Friday that they arrested 79 suspected sex offenders in a nine-month-long investigation aimed at protecting children from sexual predators. The investigation, called “Operation Safety Net,” resulted in the apprehension of suspects ranging in age from 14 to 75 years old and included a police officer, swimming coach and youth minister, The Inquirer reported. The suspects were arrested for different sex offenses, including possession of child pornography, sending inappropriate photos to children and sexual assault.
  • Map: Illegal immigration costs California most, $23B, all states $89B

    12/01/2017 9:07:43 AM PST · by george76 · 29 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Dec 1, 2017 | Paul Bedard
    Illegal immigration costs taxpayers in all 50 states a total of $89 billion, and California, where an illegal on Thursday was cleared of murdering Kate Steinle despite admitting to the shooting, pays the most at $23 billion . ... The costs cover added expenditures for education, welfare, law enforcement, and medical care. When federal costs are included, the price tag nationally soars to $135 billion a year. FAIR’s data also includes the offset of taxes paid by illegal immigrants, though the numbers are much lower. In the state and local column, they are $3.5 billion. Nationally they are $15 billion....
  • Earthquake felt in Delaware, New Jersey, Maryland, and Pennsylvania (4.4)

    11/30/2017 2:02:51 PM PST · by markomalley · 63 replies
    BNO News ^ | 11/30/17
    Credit: USGS A moderate earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.1 has struck Delaware, with shaking felt as far away as Baltimore, New Jersey, Philadelphia, and New York City, seismologists and residents say. Only few details were immediately available. The earthquake, which struck at around 4:47 p.m. on Thursday, was centered about 6.4 miles northeast of Dover, or 11 miles southeast of Smyrna. It struck at a depth of 5 miles, making it a very shallow earthquake. According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the earthquake had a preliminary magnitude of 5.1. People across the region - as far...
  • Essex County employee accused of $7K insurance scam

    11/28/2017 11:11:28 AM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 8 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | November 22, 2017 | Noah Cohen
    TRENTON -- An Essex County welfare division employee has been indicted on charges she filed bogus claims for more than $7,000 in wage reimbursement and disability payments for work she claimed to have missed because of car accidents, authorities said Wednesday. Fatu K. Rimbert, 31, of Perth Amboy, was charged with insurance fraud, impersonation and theft by deception, according to the state Attorney General's Office. Rimbert is accused of submitting "forged and altered" documents to insurance firms in order to get wage reimbursement and disability payments for days she was purportedly out of work after two vehicle accidents, prosecutors said.
  • The scandals, turmoil that have put this N.J. college in jeopardy

    11/28/2017 8:50:44 AM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 13 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | November 26, 2017 | Newark Star-Ledger
    NEWARK — The community college serving one of New Jersey’s largest counties has been embroiled in controversy for the better part of the last two years. What started with the quick, unexpected ouster of its president last Spring has spiraled into one scandal after another that are now threatening the federal funding that keeps Essex County College’s doors open. The six scandals below have contributed to the Middle States Commission last week putting the college on probation. The school has another year to fix its finance and governance issues or risk losing its accreditation.
  • Embattled college placed on probation

    11/28/2017 8:47:49 AM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 8 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | November 21, 2017 | Karen Yi
    NEWARK -- Essex County College's accrediting agency issued its most severe rebuke yet to the institution on Monday, citing the college's ongoing troubles and placing it on probation. The escalated action moves the college one step closer toward having its accreditation revoked, which would mean students are no longer eligible for federal financial aid and in most cases would be unable to afford attending the school and ending a revenue stream that could shut the college's doors. Losing accreditation is very rare but for Essex County College, which serves more than 10,000 students and employs 500 people, the consequences could...