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  • Erdogan impatient to charge ahead in Syria as Ankara sizes up Pompeo

    03/22/2018 4:40:30 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 1 replies
    Al-Monitor ^ | March 20, 2018 | Semih Idiz
    It is not clear at this stage what effect President Donald Trump’s nomination of Mike Pompeo as secretary of state will have on Turkish-American ties, already strained over a number of seemingly intractable issues.What is clear, though, is that Ankara is rattled with Trump’s choice. The reason is a tweet by Pompeo during the coup attempt in July 2016 in which he likened Turkey, alongside Iran, to a “totalitarian Islamic dictatorship.” The implication of the tweet, which Pompeo later deleted, appeared to be that the attempted coup — which had still not failed at the time of the message — may have been an auspicious event. It only served to reinforce the...
  • Biden would ‘beat hell’ out of Trump for disrespecting women

    03/22/2018 4:34:47 AM PDT · by a little elbow grease · 20 replies ^ | 3/22/18 | unknown
    MIAMI — Former Vice President Joe Biden says he would “beat the hell” out of President Donald Trump if they were in high school together and Trump disrespected women. The Democrat spoke Tuesday at an anti-sexual assault rally at the University of Miami. “A guy who ended up becoming our national leader said, ‘I can grab a woman anywhere and she likes it,'” Biden says. “If we were in high school, I’d take him behind the gym and beat the hell out of him.” Biden says any guy who disrespected women was “usually the fattest, ugliest S.O.B. in the room.”
  • Senate Democrats Prevent Stand-Alone Vote for U.S. aid Cutoff to Palestinian governmentf

    03/22/2018 4:26:59 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 4 replies
    freebeacon ^ | March 22, 2018 | Natalie Johnson
    Senate leaders have added the Taylor Force Act to the omnibus spending bill after two Democratic senators blocked an effort to pass it as a stand-alone bill. The measure would cut off U.S. aid to the Palestinian Authority as punishment for its practice of paying salaries and benefits to terrorists and their families, including those who have murdered Americans. The Taylor Force Act boasts strong bipartisan support, prompting Senate leadership a few weeks ago to hotline the bill, which would set it up to pass by unanimous consent, a parliamentary procedure that expedites passage of noncontroversial legislation. If no senator...
  • FIU Bridge Collapse Caught on Dash Cam

    03/22/2018 4:24:21 AM PDT · by iowamark · 10 replies
    Youtube ^ | 3/16/18
    Pedestrian bridge collapse on Thursday March 15:
  • Arab Girl Who Was Filmed Inciting Israeli Soldier Accepts Deal for 8 Months in Jail

    03/22/2018 4:11:29 AM PDT · by judeasamaria · 8 replies
    Lev Haolam ^ | Mar 22, 2018 | Lev Haolam
    Ahed Tamimi, has been a person of interest by Israelis wishing to see her brought to justice, in addition to foreign organizations such as Amnesty International that see her as a hero and has since been applying international pressure on Israel government to free her. Last December, the 17-year-old Arab teenager from Nabi Saleh (Samaria) was filmed slapping, pushing and kicking an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldier stationed near her village, in an effort to capture footage of what they expected to be a violent response from the soldiers, which they could then re-frame to make it look like Israelis...
  • VA Reforms Removed from Massive Spending Bill

    03/22/2018 4:00:54 AM PDT · by Makana · 11 replies
    Stars and Stripes 22 Mar 2018 ^ | 22 Mar 2018 | Nikki Wentling
    WASHINGTON -- A deal collapsed Wednesday to include multiple Department of Veterans Affairs reforms in a spending bill that Congress formulated to prevent a government shutdown. Earlier this week, the bill was set to contain a measure to overhaul the VA Choice program, which veterans use to access private-sector medical care. A deal reached between key House and Senate lawmakers on VA oversight also included an expansion of benefits for veteran caregivers, as well as a plan to initiate a systematic review of VA infrastructure, with the intention of disposing of aging and underused facilities nationwide.
  • Can tiny Los Alamitos take on California's 'sanctuary state' movement?

    Can tiny Los Alamitos take on California's 'sanctuary state' movement? The small Orange County suburb of Los Alamitos has picked a big fight with California by passing a resolution saying it wants nothing to do with "sanctuary state" laws aimed at protecting people here illegally from President Trump's promised immigration crackdown.

    03/22/2018 3:46:56 AM PDT · by lowbuck · 8 replies
    Front Page ^ | 22 March 2018 | Heather McDonald
    The diversity imperative demands dissimulation and evasion. The academic-achievement gap, the behavioral differences that produce socioeconomic disparities, and the ubiquity of racial preferences must all be suppressed in public discourse, since they undercut the narrative that white racism is the driving force in American society. This dissimulation was on display last week at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, when Dean Ted Ruger announced that law professor Amy Wax would no longer teach mandatory first-year law courses at the school. In a memo announcing his decision, Ruger accused Wax of “conscious indifference” to truth. It is Ruger, however, who has...
  • Doug Jones Calls for Gun Control, Attacks NRA in First Senate Floor Speech

    03/22/2018 3:40:32 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 42 replies
    freebeacon ^ | March 21, 2018 | Haris Alic
    Sen. Doug Jones (D.), Alabama's new addition to the halls of Congress, used his maiden speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate to call for unity in the gun control debate, even while he attacked the National Rifle Association's "extreme positions" and called for sweeping gun control measures. Jones, who won a special election in December to fill the seat vacated when Jeff Sessions accepted his post as attorney general, began the speech on Wednesday by denouncing the partisan atmosphere of Washington, D.C. Jones, having denounced how partisanship and gridlock have replaced compromise and consensus, then segued into addressing...
  • DNC Takes Out $1.7 Million Loan, Bringing Total Debt Above $6 Million

    03/22/2018 3:35:38 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 16 replies
    freebeacon ^ | March 21, 2018 | Paul Crookston
    Records show the Democratic National Committee had to take out another loan in February, as the 2018 midterm elections loom. The national arm of the Democratic Party took out a $1.7 million loan in February, raising the national party’s total debt above $6 million, the Daily Caller reported. This comes as the DNC has consistently failed to keep up with its Republican counterpart's fundraising. The RNC brought in $12.8 million in February while the DNC only raised $6.9 million. The DNC now has just over $10 million on hand compared to the $42 million the RNC has on hand. Still,...
  • Lawmakers release huge budget; big military, domestic boosts (But No Wall Funding)

    03/22/2018 3:33:57 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 18 replies
    AP ^ | 22 Mar 18 | Jill Colvin, Alan Fram and Matthew Daly
    Congressional leaders finalized a sweeping $1.3 trillion budget bill Wednesday that substantially boosts military and domestic spending but leaves behind young immigrant “Dreamers,” deprives President Donald Trump some of his border wall money and takes only incremental steps to address gun violence. As negotiators stumbled toward an end-of-the-week deadline to fund the government or face a federal shutdown, House Speaker Paul Ryan dashed to the White House amid concerns Trump’s support was wavering. The White House later said the president backed the legislation, even as some conservative Republicans balked at the size of the spending increases and the rush...
  • President Trump responds to Joe Biden

    03/22/2018 3:30:24 AM PDT · by McGruff · 35 replies
    Twitter ^ | 3/22/2018 | The Boss
    Crazy Joe Biden is trying to act like a tough guy. Actually, he is weak, both mentally and physically, and yet he threatens me, for the second time, with physical assault. He doesn’t know me, but he would go down fast and hard, crying all the way. Don’t threaten people Joe!
  • Flashback: Robert Runcie leaving Chicago to become chief of Broward County Florida schools

    03/22/2018 3:29:05 AM PDT · by OttawaFreeper · 2 replies
    Substance News ^ | Sept 17 2011 | George N. Schmidt
    Less than three months after he was demoted and then laterally moved at part of Chief Executive Officer Jean-Claude Brizard's shakeup of the Chicago Public Schools central administration, Robert Runcie will be leaving Chicago to become superintendent of the Broward County school district in Florida. Runcie, who was brought into Chicago's public schools by former CEO Arne Duncan in 2003, had most recently served as "Chief of Staff" to Board President David Vitale. Prior to that, Runcie held various posts at the top of the CPS hierarchy, including Chief Information Officer and Chief Administrative Officer. Brizard pushed him aside in...
  • Today's Toons 3/22/18

    03/22/2018 3:23:22 AM PDT · by pookie18 · 5 replies
    The Right Reasons ^ | 3/22/18 | pookie18
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  • FLASHBACK: Retired FBI agent guilty of sex abuseWas bureau's chief of internal affairs

    03/22/2018 3:00:09 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 8 replies
    By Associated Press | February 18, 2004 WASHINGTON -- The former chief internal watchdog at the FBI has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a 6-year-old girl and has admitted he had a history of molesting other children before he joined the bureau for what became a two-decade career. John H. Conditt Jr., 53, who retired in 2001, was sentenced last week in Tarrant County Court in Fort Worth to 12 years in prison after he admitted he molested the daughter of two FBI agents after he retired. He acknowledged molesting at least two other girls before he began his law...
  • Bidding for Panthers surpasses $2.5 billion

    03/22/2018 2:35:32 AM PDT · by C19fan · 9 replies
    MSN ^ | March 21, 2018 | Staff
    Whoever buys the Carolina Panthers is going to have to pony up. But we’re not just talking about something like $1.5 billion. No no, it’s far more than that. In fact, it’s already past $2.5 billion. Needless to say, this would set a record for the sale of a U.S. pro sports team. “The price of the Carolina Panthers has reached $2.5 billion, according to people familiar with bids for the NFL team, which would set a record for a U.S. professional sports franchise.”
  • I'm in an Open Marriage . . . but We're Not Sleeping With Anyone Else

    03/22/2018 2:28:30 AM PDT · by C19fan · 21 replies
    Pop Sugar ^ | March 21, 2018 | Anjali Sareen Nowakowski
    I'm in an open marriage. Well, to be simultaneously more and less specific: I'm in a nonmonogamous marriage. An "open" marriage, in the nontraditional world, means that the couple may be having sex with other people but with no emotion involved. In contrast, in a "polyamorous" relationship, it means the couple is having sex with others and may also be having full-fledged relationships with others.
  • SAF Hotline to Report Violations of First and Second Amendment at Schools

    03/22/2018 2:25:43 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 22March, 2018 | Dean Weingarten,SAF
    There have been numerous reports of students being bullied, pushed to participate in anti-Second Amendment protests they did not believe in, and of being punished for speaking out.  The Second Amendment Foundation today announced a project to help students who have been harassed, intimidated or bullied for resisting peer pressure to join the wave of protests against guns and the right to keep and bear arms. "A student's First Amendment rights should not be violated because they support the Second Amendment," said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. "There have been several reports over the past...
  • Toxic Twitter - A Toxic Place for Women

    03/22/2018 2:22:06 AM PDT · by blueplum · 9 replies
    Amnesty Int'l ^ | Press Release
    ...As the world becomes increasingly connected online, our reliance on social media platforms such as Twitter has also become increasingly important. But the online world, and social media platforms like Twitter are not immune to many of the human rights abuses that women face offline. Over the last 16 months, Amnesty International has conducted qualitative and quantitative research about women’s experiences on social media platforms including the scale, nature and impact of violence and abuse directed towards women on Twitter, with a particular focus on the United Kingdom (UK) and the [USA]. {snip} [AI] consulted with multiple organizations and individuals,...
  • Academic who collected 50 million Facebook profiles: ‘We thought we were doing something normal’

    03/22/2018 1:58:57 AM PDT · by blueplum · 19 replies
    The Verge ^ | 21 March 2018 | James Vincent
    ....Kogan’s comments, made to BBC Radio 4’s Today program, describe an environment of permissive data-gathering and lax privacy policies. “We thought we were acting perfectly appropriately. We thought we were doing something that was really normal,” Kogan said. “My view is that I’m being basically used as a scapegoat by both Facebook and Cambridge Analytica.” {snip} Whether or not the Facebook data helped swing the election for Trump is unclear, although experts are skeptical. “I think Cambridge Analytica is a better marketing company than a targeting company,” one academic studying political microtargeting told The Verge this week. Speaking to Radio...