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  • Sweden warns of 'certain foreign powers' meddling in the 2018 election

    02/22/2018 9:10:27 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    TheLocal.se ^ | 22 February 2018 14:48 CET+01:00 | AFP/The Local
    Sweden’s intelligence service has warned “foreign powers” could try to meddle in the country’s upcoming general election, singling out Russia in light of alleged interference in the last US vote. However, the Swedish Security Service (Säpo), which is responsible for tackling espionage and terrorism, said in its annual report that Sweden’s “robust” and “decentralized” electoral system was tough to influence. “It cannot be ruled out that certain foreign powers will take advantage of the Swedish election campaign to enhance conflicts in Swedish society and attempt to weaken the democratic system,” said Säpo head Anders Thornberg in the document, which was...
  • 'Concrete risk' of mafia meddling in Italy election, ministers warn

    02/22/2018 8:38:17 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    TheLocal.it ^ | 22 February 2018 10:51 CET+01:00
    There is a risk of mafia interference in Italy’s upcoming general election, some of the country’s top politicians warned on Wednesday. Interior Minister Marco Minniti said it was a “fact” that there was “a concrete risk of the mafia conditioning the free vote”. “To say that the mafias are a threat to democracy does not seem irrational on the eve of an electoral competition,” Minniti said in a speech at the Italian Senate. He went on to say there had been “too much silence on these issues” in the election campaign so far, and that Italy faced a “double threat”...
  • Florida Dem vows to introduce assault weapons ban in Congress next week

    02/22/2018 8:22:30 PM PST · by Simon Green · 33 replies
    The Hill ^ | 02/21/18 | Brett Samuels
    Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) on Wednesday said he intends to introduce legislation next week to ban assault weapons. Ryan Schachter, a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School whose brother was killed in last week’s shooting there, asked Deutch during a CNN town hall event what he would do to ensure he will be safe at school. “We’re going to introduce legislation to make sure that assault weapons are illegal in every part of this country,” Deutch said, prompting applause from the audience. Deutch was referring to legislation from Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) that has dozens of Democratic cosponsors. He...
  • Sons of Guns: Violence Grows in the Void of Faith and Family

    02/22/2018 7:38:24 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 2 replies
    The Family Research Council ^ | February 22, 2018 | Tony Perkins, et al.
    While Americans try to cope with the losses in Florida, they're saying goodbye to someone else: America's pastor, Billy Graham. Never has our nation so desperately needed to hear the message of hope and healing that the 99-year-old spent his life sharing. So surely, it's no earthly coincidence that even in Reverend Graham's death, he's forcing us to look in the one place where the answers to this heartbreak lie: up.Torn apart by grief and rage, Americans are frantic to know why our nation is unraveling in one act of violence after another. "We're done with thoughts and prayers!" an...
  • Springfield Bishop Reaffirms No Communion for Durbin

    02/22/2018 7:08:32 PM PST · by PBRCat · 10 replies
    Springfield Journal Register ^ | February 22, 2018 | Bernard Schoenberg
    Bishop Thomas John Paprocki of the Springfield Roman Catholic diocese has reaffirmed that U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, should not be allowed to receive Holy Communion because of a recent vote on an abortion issue. According to a statement issued by Paprocki on Feb. 13, Durbin was among 14 Catholic members of the U.S. Senate who voted against a bill that would have prohibited abortions starting at 20 weeks after fertilization. The bill, dubbed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, on Jan. 29 got only 51 of a needed 60 votes to move forward in the Senate. “Because his voting...
  • Attorney/Former Playboy Model Calls Out "Body Shaming" Attack Ad in Judicial Campaign

    02/22/2018 7:03:42 PM PST · by PBRCat · 17 replies
    The Chicago Reader ^ | February 22, 2018 | Maya Dukmasova
    Attorney Corri Fetman, 54, doesn't have the typical resumé of someone running for judge. Since being admitted to the Illinois bar in 1988, she's started her own law firm, performed in bodybuilding competitions, written an advice column, and posed for Playboy. In 2007 she sparked controversy by mounting a billboard in the Gold Coast's Viagra Triangle that read "Life's short, get a divorce" to advertise her legal services. After nearly 30 years practicing law, Fetman was ready for a new challenge: running for Cook County Circuit Court judge. Fetman said she has been targeted before; sexual harassment at work first...
  • CNY paving company dishes out raises, credits them to GOP tax plan

    02/22/2018 6:12:59 PM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 8 replies
    Post Standard, Syracuse NY ^ | 02.2.18 | Chris Baker
    CORTLAND, N.Y. -- Paul Walts is getting a raise this year, thanks to the GOP tax plan. So is Louis Morgan. So are about 800 other employees at Suit-Kote Corporation. The Cortland paving company is doling out raises and retirement bonuses using money saved from the new Republican-led tax plan. Walts, a dispatcher who's been with the company 14 years, has three kids in college. He plans to put money aside to help pay for their education. Morgan, too, said he's going to save more and possibly take a vacation. "You hear it's in the pipeline and you hope it's...
  • Video Series Part 1 – The FISA Court and Federal Contractor Spying… (and Part 2)

    02/22/2018 5:29:38 PM PST · by bitt · 8 replies
    CONSERVATIVE TREEHOUSE ^ | 2/20/2018 | SUNDANCE
    We are proud to provide a unique series of high quality production videos highlighting the core issues around ongoing investigations by HPSCI Chairman Devin Nunes, House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte and Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley. These exclusive videos are assembled from our research and prior outlines. Much of the content you will already know; however, most people don’t. The goal is to distill our research into short high-quality ‘special report‘ type video segments that are easily digestible, and will help educate people on what the importance of what is happening. The videos are created by John Spiropoulos a former...
  • State of NH: No One Suffered Injuries from Voter Fraud Law

    02/22/2018 4:43:37 PM PST · by SMGFan · 12 replies
    NH1 ^ | February 20, 2018
    New Hampshire officials on Tuesday urged a judge to dismiss a lawsuit challenging a state law that requires additional documentation from voters who move to the state within 30 days of an election, suggesting it wasn't harming anyone. The state Democratic Party and the League of Women Voters filed lawsuits against the state last year, claiming the SB3 law was confusing, unnecessary and intimidating. A judge in September allowed the law to take effect but blocked penalties of a $5,000 fine and a year in jail for fraud and said further hearings were necessary. The lawsuits have since been consolidated....
  • --Missouri Gov. Greitens indicted for felony invasion of privacy stemming from affair

    02/22/2018 4:23:13 PM PST · by TroutStalker · 14 replies
    Kansas City Star ^ | 2-22-2018 | JASON HANCOCK, BRYAN LOWRY AND LINDSAY WISE
    Gov. Eric Greitens was indicted Thursday afternoon by a St. Louis grand jury on a felony charge of invasion of privacy. The charge stems from a 2015 affair and allegations that he threatened to release a nude photograph of the woman, taken while she was blindfolded and her hands were bound, if she ever spoke publicly about the affair.
  • Marine Corps again lowers requirements for Infantry Officer Course

    02/22/2018 4:06:49 PM PST · by jazusamo · 22 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 22, 2018 | Douglas Ernst
    The Marine Corps is on the defensive for a second time this month over changes to its famous Infantry Officer Course (IOC). Military communities were abuzz in early February when officials confirmed that successfully completing the Combat Endurance Test (CET) — the rigorous first stage of IOC — would no longer be a requirement for passing the 13-week course. The Corps answered criticism on Feb. 7, but found itself in the same position this week as new standards for IOC’s training hikes were revealed. The course previously required a Marine to complete nine hikes, of which six would be evaluated...
  • Justin Trudeau is ridiculed by Indians

    02/22/2018 3:02:17 PM PST · by Candor7 · 56 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 07:40 EST, 22 February 2018 | Chris Pleasance
    Justin Trudeau has come in for criticism for his outfit choices while visiting India, with even the former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister weighing in Bestselling author Bhaavna Arora was among the harshest critics, describing his wardrobe choices as 'fake and annoying' Bombay-based writer Shunali Khullar Shroff echoed the sentiments of many ordinary Indians when she suggested Trudeau looked dressed for a wedding. Kabir Taneja, a think-tank researcher, suggested Trudeau needs to 'chill' after he arrived at the airport in Amritsar in traditional Sikh dress Leading the criticism was Omar Abdullah, former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, who tweeted...
  • Trump considers pulling ICE out of California to let the state learn

    02/22/2018 2:38:44 PM PST · by mandaladon · 59 replies
    The San Diego Tribune ^ | 22 Feb 2018 | Abby Hamblin
    President Donald Trump said on Thursday that he’s considering pulling Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers out of California. Why? Because he feels the state is giving his administration “no help” in targeting the violent MS-13 gang, especially in Los Angeles. “We’re getting no help from the state of California,” Trump said from the White House. “Frankly, if I wanted to pull our people from California you would have a crime nest like you’ve never seen in California. All I’d have to do is say ‘ICE and border patrol, let California learn.’” Trump made those remarks during a meeting at...
  • 2018 U.S. ELECTION CALENDAR

    02/22/2018 2:37:32 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 1 replies
    March 6, 2018: Oregon - Major Party Candidate Filing Deadline Pennsylvania - Primary Filing Deadline Texas - Primary March 20, 2018: Illinois - Primary New Mexico - Primary Write-In Filing Deadline May 8, 2018: Indiana - Primary North Carolina - Primary Ohio - Primary West Virginia - Primary May 15, 2018: Idaho - Primary Nebraska - Primary Oregon - Primary Pennsylvania - Primary May 18, 2018: Washington - Filing Deadline May 19, 2018: VA CD-6 - GOP Nominating Convention May 22, 2018: Arkansas - Primary Georgia - Primary Kentucky - Primary Texas - Primary Runoff
  • Gov. Greitens indicted on felony charge for invasion of privacy

    02/22/2018 2:26:22 PM PST · by gopno1 · 27 replies
    KMIZ ^ | 02/22/2018 | Marie Bowman
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Gov. Greitens has been indicted on felony charge for invasion of privacy. You can read the entire indictment release by the Circuit Attorney of the City of St. Louis below:
  • McCain associate takes Fifth on Trump dossier questions

    02/22/2018 2:21:46 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 49 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 2/22/18 | atherine Herridge, Pamela K. Browne, Cyd Upson
    A former State Department official and associate of Sen. John McCain has invoked his Fifth Amendment right not to testify in connection with questions from the House Intelligence Committee about the anti-Trump dossier’s Russian sources, according to a law enforcement source. David J. Kramer, who is a central player in how the unverified Trump dossier made its way to the FBI in late 2016, testified before the committee in December in a closed-door session, indicating he had information about the dossier's sources. A subpoena was issued for mid-January, as first reported by The Washington Examiner. The law enforcement source confirmed,...
  • More Colorado school staff registering for gun training

    02/22/2018 1:34:58 PM PST · by george76 · 18 replies
    KRDO News ^ | Feb 15, 2018 | Scott Harrison
    Laura Carno, executive director of FASTER Colorado, who helped organize the first statewide training class last summer in Weld County, for school personnel... 48 people have registered for two three-day classes scheduled to be held in Adams County in June. There were 17 people at the debut class last year. "Dozens of school districts in Colorado already have authorized school staff to carry concealed (weapons), she said. "All we're talking about is having more armed good guys and gals on campuses to deal with (shooting) situations." FASTER, (or Faculty/Administrator Safety Training & Emergency Response), .. provide weapons and medical training....
  • Trump Threatens to Pull Law Enforcement from Calif.

    02/22/2018 1:10:51 PM PST · by a little elbow grease · 56 replies
    .libertyheadlines.com ^ | 2/22/18 | unknown
    (AFP) US President Donald Trump threatened to pull immigration and other federal law enforcement agents from California on Thursday, a warning shot to the country’s richest and most populous state. Complaining that California was not complying with his hardline position on migrants, Trump warned he could cut vital help from Washington and prompt a crime wave.
  • Mueller Still Relying on Discredited Steele Dossier

    02/22/2018 11:55:58 AM PST · by mojito · 11 replies
    Real Clear Investigations ^ | 2/22/2018 | Paul Sperry
    Special Counsel Robert Mueller is continuing to use a controversial 35-page dossier financed by the Democratic National Committee and the 2016 Hillary Clinton campaign as a "road map” for investigative leads, sources familiar with his investigation say. Mueller’s team has also used information gleaned from surveillance court-approved wiretaps on former Trump adviser Carter Page that were secured by citing material in the dossier, the sources say. And a detail previously reported last fall – that Mueller’s investigators traveled overseas last year to debrief the dossier’s London-based author, Christopher Steele, a former British spy – takes on a new cast with...
  • Jury finds Democratic state Sen. Carlos Uresti guilty of 11 felonies, including fraud (TX)

    02/22/2018 11:35:44 AM PST · by OrangeHoof · 23 replies
    The Texas Tribune ^ | 2-22-2018 | Emma Platoff
    SAN ANTONIO — The courtroom was silent and thick with anxiety Thursday morning as the judge’s deputy read the verdicts: “Guilty,” “guilty,” “guilty” — 11 times over, and on all felony counts. State Sen. Carlos Uresti sat stone-faced, his gaze directed at the deputy, as he heard the ruling that throws into question his two-decade career in the Texas Legislature and opens up the possibility of years in federal prison and millions in fines.