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  • Obama's school discipline guidelines put students in grave danger

    01/18/2019 1:23:44 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | January 18, 2019 | by Max Eden
    President Donald Trump, following the recommendation of a national commission on school safety chaired by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, will repeal the Obama administration's "Dear Colleague Letter" on school discipline. The letter, issued in 2014, advised school superintendents nationwide that racial disparities in suspension rates would be grounds for finding school districts in violation of federal anti-discrimination law, and therefore at risk of losing federal funding. The directive, cast as a "guidance," in fact formalized a fundamental shift in the Department of Education's approach to civil rights enforcement. Prior to the Dear Colleague Letter, the standard held that civil...
  • Europe's patience with Iran wears thin, tiptoes toward Trump

    01/18/2019 1:06:03 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 18, 2019 | by Robin Emmott, John Irish
    BRUSSELS/PARIS - In Tehran on Jan. 8 during a meeting with European envoys, Iranian officials abruptly stood up, walked out and slammed the door in an extraordinary break with protocol. The next day, the European Union imposed its first sanctions on Iran since world powers agreed the 2015 Vienna nuclear arms control deal with Tehran. The sanctions were largely symbolic but the stormy meeting encapsulated the unexpected shift in European diplomacy since the end of last year. Smaller, more dovish EU countries have joined France and Britain in a harder stance on Tehran, including considering new economic sanctions, diplomats say....
  • Imagine if the Media Had as Much Sympathy for Small Business Owners as it Does for Federal Employees

    01/18/2019 1:01:00 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Mises Institute ^ | 01/18/2019 | Ryan McMaken
    During this partial government shutdown, it's become nearly impossible to avoid news articles, and segments on television and radio outlining the many ways that federal employees are apparently suffering financially as a result of the partial government shutdown.The stories are very diverse in topic. Some take a "human interest story" angle, simply looking at how the daily lives of some of these employees have been affected. Others look at the apparent injustice of the fact that some workers are "being told to work without pay." Still other suggest that the lack of federal paychecks will drive down economic growth figures....
  • BuzzFeed Reporter On Trump/Cohen: “We’ve Seen Documents, We’ve Been Briefed On Documents”

    01/18/2019 12:20:59 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/18/2019 | Allahpundit
    BuzzFeed is (in)famous for publishing the Steele dossier but their reporting is sufficiently well regarded to have made them a Pulitzer finalist last year. They publish interesting investigative pieces about all sorts of things regularly. (Some end up in our Headlines section.) They have some credibility. Which means last night’s Trump scoop amounts to an unusual wager given the gravity of the allegation involved: Simply put, either the president is finished or BuzzFeed’s credibility is.Before you watch BuzzFeed co-author Jason Leopold comment on what he has and hasn’t seen by way of hard evidence, watch White House spox Hogan...
  • Pelosi: We Were Going To Fly Commercial To Afghanistan — But Trump’s Letter Created A Security Risk

    01/18/2019 12:18:29 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 97 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/18/2019 | Allahpundit
    I can’t believe we had to wait almost 24 hours for her to reply to yesterday’s White House letter. We live in the Netflix era. We should be able to binge-watch every episode of this pitiful melodrama in a day. “After President Trump revoked the use of military aircraft to travel to Afghanistan, the delegation was prepared to fly commercially to proceed with this vital trip to meet with our commanders and troops on the front lines,” [Pelosi spokesman Drew] Hammill said.Overnight, he added, a new State Department threat assessment indicated “that the President announcing this sensitive travel had...
  • IT’S NOT JUST SPEAKER PELOSI: OMB ISSUES NEW TRAVEL GUIDELINES FOR SHUTDOWN

    01/18/2019 12:17:09 PM PST · by bitt · 20 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 1/18/2019 | Virginia Krutz
    The Trump administration doubled down on grounding House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and effectively grounded all congressional delegations for the duration of the shutdown. On Friday morning, Acting Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Russ Vought tweeted a memo indicating that all congressional travel — at government expense — was being suspended until the shutdown ends.
  • Trump campaign seeks donations to send fake bricks to Pelosi, Schumer

    01/18/2019 12:04:13 PM PST · by JayGalt · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | 01/18/19 02:34 PM EST | Tal Axelrod
    President Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign sent out a fundraising email Friday asking for donations of $20.20 and pledging to send fake bricks to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) or Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) over their refusal to provide Trump's demanded wall funding. “The Democrats have been stonewalling President Trump for too long, as the President remains fully committed to make a deal to secure our border,” campaign manager Brad Parscale said in a statement. “Now the American people can send a message directly to Chuck and Nancy on a faux red brick that tells them to build the wall.”...
  • Nancy Pelosi faces backlash for placing Ilhan Omar on House Foreign Affairs Committee

    01/18/2019 11:57:45 AM PST · by jazusamo · 35 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Valerie Richardson
    Minnesota Democrat criticized for anti-Israel statements, BDS supportHouse Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been hit with a backlash over her decision to assign freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar to the House Foreign Affairs Committee, despite the Minnesota Democrat’s record of anti-Israel advocacy. The House Republican leadership blasted the decision, citing Ms. Omar’s 2012 tweet saying that Israel had “hypnotized the world” and was guilty of “evil doings,” as well as her support for the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. “It is disgraceful that Speaker Pelosi and her Democrat majority gave a coveted seat on the House Foreign Relations Committee to a...
  • What happened to Michael Cohen? Mystery ex-Trump fixer arrives at home with apparent black eye...

    01/18/2019 11:24:17 AM PST · by Red Badger · 42 replies
    www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | Published: 13:53 EST, 18 January 2019 | Updated: 14:18 EST, 18 January 2019 | By Geoff Earle, Deputy U.s. Political Editor For Dailymail.com
    FULL TITLE: What happened to Michael Cohen? Mystery ex-Trump fixer arrives at home with apparent black eye and arm in sling hours after bombshell report that president ordered him to LIE to Congress =================================================================== Longtime Donald Trump lawyer Michael Cohen returned to his Manhattan apartment Friday after suffering some kind of physical injury – with his arm appearing to be in a sling on a day President Trump and his team once again branded him a liar. Cohen could be seen Friday with his left arm covered, hanging in a sling, while sporting a possible black eye. His right hand...
  • Pelosi postpones overseas trip after alleged leak

    01/18/2019 11:20:14 AM PST · by yandexja · 63 replies
    AXIOS ^ | JANUARY 18, 2019 | Alexi McCammond
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office announced today they are postponing her 7-day trip to Brussels, Egypt and Afghanistan after learning "the Administration had leaked the commercial travel plans," according to a statement. Why it matters: By leaking even more information about this trip — after Pelosi aides had previously asked news organizations not to publicly report the details due to national security concerns — her office said going ahead with the visit would "further endanger our troops and security personnel, or the other travelers on the flights." Show less How we got here: Pelosi sent Trump a letter on Wednesday...
  • Gov. Ron DeSantis suspends Palm Beach elections chief Susan Bucher

    01/18/2019 10:43:51 AM PST · by relictele · 53 replies
    sun-sentinel.com ^ | 18 Jan 2019 | Steve Bousquet and Skyler Swisher
    Susan Bucher, the long-time supervisor of elections in Palm Beach County, was suspended Friday by Gov. Ron DeSantis following a series of post-election controversies. At a news conference at The Historical Museum of Palm Beach, DeSantis said he would follow Secretary of State Mike Ertel’s recommendation to suspend Bucher in order “to right the ship” in Palm Beach County. “Palm Beach County stands alone in their level of ineptitude” in the election reporting process, DeSantis said.
  • Vox's Santiago Abascal: the left uses labels to silence and shame opponents

    01/18/2019 10:28:20 AM PST · by TheTimeOfMan · 3 replies
    voxespana ^ | oct 7 2018 | unknown
    Vox party conference, Vistalegre, Madrid, 07.10.18 youtube.video - very short
  • Anti-Israel fanatic Ilhan Omar appointed by Pelosi to the House Foreign Affairs Committee

    01/18/2019 10:15:59 AM PST · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 18, 2019 | Thomas Lifson
    It appears that the leadership of the Democratic Party has gone completely anti-Israel and is warming up to Jew-hatred. The appointment of Rep. Ilhan Omar to the House Foreign Affairs Committee – and the welcome extended to her by the chairman, (former) Israel-supporter Rep. Eliot Engel – confirms that the Democrats' big tent now extends to those who believe that Jews in Israel wield magical power to "hypnotize" non-Jews into acquiescence to their "evil." Omar was triumphant yesterday on her appointment to the plum committee: Ilhan Omar ✔@IlhanMN I finally have committee assignments and I am excited 1st choice- House...
  • Largest single group of migrants ever tunnels under border wall in Arizona, says Border Protection

    01/18/2019 10:08:32 AM PST · by BeauBo · 37 replies
    ABC ^ | Jan 18, 2019 | MATT GUTMAN
    The largest single group of asylum seekers ever to cross into the U.S. tunneled beneath the border wall near San Luis, Arizona, on Monday, voluntarily turning themselves into Customs and Border Protection... The agency says 179 of the record 376 people who crossed were children, including over 30 unaccompanied minors -- children under 18 traveling on their own.
  • Dow Jones Rallies 130 Points After a Boost from US-China Optimism

    This morning, Dow Jones Industrial Average Futures Trading predicted a gain of over 130 points for the index at market opening . The US stock markets have been buoyed by news that trade tariffs could be eased or even rolled back.
  • Waiting for a Shutdown to End in Disaster

    01/18/2019 9:45:44 AM PST · by PreciousLiberty · 57 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 1/18/2019 | MCKAY COPPINS
    As the longest government shutdown in American history lurches toward its fifth week, a grim but growing consensus has begun to emerge on Capitol Hill: There may be no way out of this mess until something disastrous happens. This is, of course, not a sentiment lawmakers are eager to share on the record. But in interviews this week with congressional staffers on both sides of the aisle (whom I granted anonymity in exchange for candor), I heard the same morbid idea expressed again and again. The basic theory—explained to me between weary sighs and defeated shrugs—goes like this: Washington is...
  • 2020 Democrats' unspoken rebuke of Obama

    01/18/2019 9:40:52 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    The Week ^ | January 18, 2019 | by Ryan Cooper
    Former President Barack Obama's legacy looms over the 2020 Democratic primary. He was always overwhelmingly popular among Democrats. However, a persistent core of critics argue both his political ideology and his policy record were badly mistaken. This raises a question: How will the party and its 2020 contenders deal with Obama? Will they defend his legacy, forthrightly debate its shortcomings, or just ignore the issue entirely? First, a quick précis of what is under discussion. The Obama stimulus package was less than half as big as it needed to be. Obama's foreclosure policy was a monumental catastrophe which crushed the...
  • Wow: DARPA seeks to develop ‘counter-hypersonics’ capable of intercepting game-changing weapons

    01/18/2019 8:37:51 AM PST · by SleeperCatcher · 30 replies
    Great Power War ^ | 1/18/19 | USA Features
    As Russia and China get closer to actually fielding nuclear-armed hypersonic ICBMs, the Pentagon has been hard at work on a pair of concepts designed to meet the threat. In addition to developing its own hypersonic missiles, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, is also working on a game-changer of its own: ‘Counter-hypersonics.’ As reported by Warrior Maven, DARPA is working on an interceptor that can take on incoming hypersonic warheads traveling at speeds in excess of Mach 5. As such, the secretive agency is soliciting proposals for a concept known as “Glide Breaker,” which seeks to “develop...
  • A Sensible Immigration Solution

    01/18/2019 8:30:42 AM PST · by econjack · 28 replies
    Prager University ^ | June 5, 2017 | Charels Krauthammer
    The source URL points to a video done by Dr. Krauthammer before his death last year. I had not seen it before, and it's worth watching. https://www.prageru.com/videos/build-wall I disagree with one point: After getting a grip on illegal immigration, he suggests total amnesty for those 11 million who are already here. I would make the following change: Starting today, and lasting for a period of one month, anyone who is an illegal needs to register as such with a to-be-named existing Federal Agency. Only those who are registered within that time frame will later be given amnesty. All others will...
  • Nancy Sings 'No Ticket to Ride'

    01/18/2019 8:09:24 AM PST · by FirstFlaBn · 12 replies
    a misspent youth | January 18, 2019 | me
    No Ticket to Ride (with apologies to John and Paul) I think I’m gonna be sad, No bus ride today. The man that’s driving me mad, Is making me pay. He took my ticket to ride, He took my ticket to ride, He took my ticket to ride, And he don’t care. He said if dealing with me, I must be in town. Those sites I won’t get to see, I’ll sit on the ground. He took my ticket to ride, He took my ticket to ride, He took my ticket to ride, And he don’t care. By now I...