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  • BREAKING: Democratic rebuttal to GOP House Intelligence memo released

    02/24/2018 1:15:07 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 11 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | Daniel Chaitin
    The Democratic rebuttal memo to the Republican House Intelligence Committee memo on alleged government surveillance abuses was released Saturday afternoon. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., acknowledged its release at his appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference, at about 4 p.m. "It's just posted," he told American Conservative Union chairman Matt Schlapp, quipping that the committee website was probably already crashing due to high traffic. Democrats say their memo was written as a rebuttal to provide greater context to a Republican memo that was released earlier this month, which outlines abuses by the FBI and the Justice Department...
  • Sebastian Gorka at CPAC: Nunes memo has led to 'Obama-gate' scandal

    02/24/2018 11:29:27 AM PST · by a little elbow grease · 28 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 2/24/18 | Gabby Morrongiello
    Sebastian Gorka at CPAC: Nunes memo has led to 'Obama-gate' scandal
  • America has two gun cultures: Don't blame law-abiding gun owners for murders

    02/24/2018 9:16:50 AM PST · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 11 replies
    FOX News.com ^ | February 23, 2018 | Frank Miniter
    Florida school shooting reignites the debate over background checks and mental health and guns. When a mass murder happens in our country, like so many Americans I wring my hands and look for answers – for anything that will stop these monsters. I don’t like to speak out at these times, because as Ecclesiastes correctly tells us there is “a time to every purpose under the heaven,” including “a time to mourn.” But then someone kicks me in the shin. This time it was CNN media reporter Brian Stelter, saying on CNN’s “New Day” program Wednesday that the National Rifle...
  • “Collusion against Trump” timeline

    02/24/2018 9:11:00 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 29 replies
    Sharyl Attkisson ^ | February 23, 2018 | Sharyl Attkisson
    It’s easy to find timelines that detail Trump-Russia collusion developments. Here are links to two of them I recommend:Politifact Russia-Trump timelineWashington Post Russia-Trump timelineOn the other side, evidence has emerged in the past year that makes it clear there were organized efforts to collude against candidate Donald Trump–and then President Trump. For example: Anti-Russian Ukrainians allegedly helped coordinate and execute a campaign against Trump in partnership with the Democratic National Committee and news reporters.A Yemen-born ex-British spy reportedly delivered political opposition research against Trump to reporters, Sen. John McCain, and the FBI; the latter of which used the material–in part–to...
  • Weekly Update: Why is FBI Protecting Comey?

    02/24/2018 8:59:34 AM PST · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | February 23, 2018 | Tom Fitton
    What is the FBI Hiding in its War to Protect Comey? Judicial Watch Sponsors and Speaks at CPAC VA Secretary’s Chief of Staff Embroiled in Another Cover-Up Scandal What is the FBI Hiding in its War to Protect Comey? The coup attempt against President Trump is rapidly collapsing, but the deep state is still in cover-up mode. In an article for The Hill I discussed the FBI’s continuing protection of former Director James Comey and Judicial Watch’s efforts to penetrate the truth. As the James Comey saga continues to unfold, the James Comey legend continues to unravel. The more...
  • Fla. School District Trying To Curb School-To-Prison Pipeline : Code Switch

    02/24/2018 8:41:36 AM PST · by AJFavish · 41 replies
    National Public Radio ^ | November 5, 2013 | Greg Allen
    In Florida, one of the nation's largest school districts has overhauled its discipline policies with a single purpose in mind — to reduce the number of children going into the juvenile justice system. It's a move away from so-called "zero tolerance" policies that require schools to refer even minor misdemeanors to the police. Critics call it a "school to prison pipeline." Civil rights and education activists say the policy can be a model for the nation. Under a new program adopted by the Broward County School District, non-violent misdemeanors — even those that involve alcohol, marijuana or drug paraphernalia —...
  • It's not just homicides that have increased in Baltimore — commercial robberies are up 88 percent

    02/24/2018 8:40:32 AM PST · by george76 · 34 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | Feb. 21, 2018 | Jessica Anderson
    While the three-year spike in violent crime in Baltimore draws most of the attention, business owners across the city have suffered a similar increase in commercial robberies. Such crime has risen 88 percent in the last five years, from 560 commercial robberies in 2013 to more than 1,000 last year. Business owners are also complaining of threats outside their stores: drug dealing, intimidation, stabbings and shootings. They’re fighting back with security measures — guards, surveillance cameras, door buzzer systems — moving out of the city or, in some cases, shutting down altogether. “Our members are very concerned,” said Cailey Locklair...
  • Former Air Marshal: Arming Pilots Post-9/11 Worked, So Will Arming Teachers

    02/24/2018 8:33:48 AM PST · by Cheerio · 10 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 23 Feb 2018 | Robert Kraychik
    Proposals to arm teachers and other staffers to better secure schools against mass shooters are worthwhile, just as arming pilots was following 9/11, said Chad Robichaux on Thursday’s edition of SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Tonight in an interview with hosts Rebecca Mansour and Joel Pollak. Robichaux is a former Special Agent with the U.S. Federal Air Marshal Service (FAMS). His work with the FAMS included the development and implementation of the Federal Flight Deck Officer (FFDO) program — including training the first wave of armed pilots following 9/11 — after the Islamic terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, which screened, trained,...
  • Florida massacre: Broward Sheriff Scott Israel's plea for gun control

    02/24/2018 8:13:32 AM PST · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 31 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 17, 2018 | Kyle Swenson
    On Wednesday evening, as the country picked through the wreckage of another mass shooting, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, flanked by a Republican governor with an “A” rating from the NRA, made a pitch for gun control. .... Israel began, “While the people who are victims of mental health illnesses in this country are being treated, in the opinion of this sheriff, they should not be able to buy, surround themselves with, purchase or carry a handgun. Those two things don’t mix.” As mild as the proposal sounded, coming from a top law enforcement figure in one of the country’s...
  • Florida sheriff got 18 calls about Cruz before massacre

    02/24/2018 8:10:02 AM PST · by rktman · 25 replies
    Broward County deputies received at least 18 calls warning them about Nikolas Cruz from 2008 to 2017, including concerns that he “planned to shoot up the school” and other threats and acts of violence before he was accused of killing 17 people at a high school. The warnings, made by concerned people close to Cruz, came in phone calls to the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, records show. At least five callers mentioned concern over his access to weapons, according to the documents. None of those warnings led to direct intervention.
  • Falcon 9 Crew Dragon Demo Flight

    02/24/2018 7:54:31 AM PST · by Elderberry · 5 replies
    Spaceflight 101 ^ | 2/24/2018
    A SpaceX Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket will launch a Crew Dragon spacecraft on an uncrewed test flight to the International Space Station under NASA’s Commercial Crew Program to finish certification of the Dragon 2 mission architecture for future crewed missions with ISS Expedition crew members. The Dragon 2 spacecraft will test the approach and automated docking procedure with the Space Station, marking a first for SpaceX as the previous generation of Cargo Dragons used a robotic capture and berthing instead of directly coming in for docking. Dragon 2 will remain docked to ISS for a few weeks before demonstrating...
  • U.S. Navy Rescues Fisherman Adrift for Eight Days in South Pacific

    02/24/2018 7:28:51 AM PST · by Oatka · 21 replies
    gCaptain ^ | Feb. 22, 2018 | gCaptain Staff
    (Photos at site) The U.S. Navy on Tuesday assisted in the rescue three fishermen who spent eight days adrift aboard their 19-foot skiff in the South Pacific. The fishermen were first reported missing on February 12 after they failed to return from a fishing trip near Chuuk Lagoon in the Federated States of Micronesia. According to the report, the boat carried food and water, but no safety equipment or radios. Assets from U.S. Coast Guard Sector Guam searched for the vessel for several days before requesting assistance from the U.S. Navy, which tasked crewmembers assigned to the “Fighting Tigers” of...
  • Gibson Guitars Faces Bankruptcy After Years of Federal Attacks

    02/24/2018 7:23:02 AM PST · by rktman · 60 replies
    mrctv.org ^ | 2/21/2018 | P. Gardner Goldsmith
    Rock n' Roll. The soundtrack to rebellion. Across the decades, the motif has held, and the mythology of the rebellious rocker striding into the political arena to shatter the establishment with some deftly played power chords still stirs the imagination. Sadly, the new world might not be ready for the revolution, because this week, after 116 years in business, and following years of attacks, fines, and losses incurred by federal bureaucrats, Gibson, the legendary manufacturer of electric guitars, revealed that it could face bankruptcy in July. .......the feds claimed was a violation of the Teddy Roosevelt-era “Lacey Act”, which was...
  • 'Lions Don't Care About the Opinions of Sheep'

    02/24/2018 7:17:45 AM PST · by 3161J410 · 21 replies
    Reason.com ^ | Feb 23, 2018 | Robby Soave
    When Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel Was Accused of Corruption, He Responded: 'Lions Don't Care About the Opinions of Sheep'
  • NRA to Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel: 'You were the one that didn't protect these children'

    02/24/2018 7:12:36 AM PST · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 21 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | February 24, 2018 | Mandy Mayfield
    The National Rifle Association hit back on Friday at Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel after accused NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch of "not standing up" for the survivors of the school shooting that took place last week in Parkland, Fla. "No Sheriff Israel you were the one that didn't PROTECT these children and that is your job. You run the largest fully accredited sheriff's office in the United States, yet your office failed this community," the NRA said from its verified Twitter account...... Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students questioned lawmakers and the NRA on Wednesday during a gun town hall...
  • Lawyer for Susan Rice Says Last-Minute Email Was to Create ‘Permanent Record’ of Obama-Comey...

    02/24/2018 6:58:41 AM PST · by davikkm · 44 replies
    breitbart ^ | KRISTINA WONG
    A lawyer for Susan Rice said in a letter Friday that the former national security adviser sent herself an email on her last day in office documenting a meeting with President Obama and his top national security advisers about sharing intelligence with the incoming Trump administration in order to create a “permanent record” of the discussion. Kathryn H. Ruemmler of Latham & Watkins LLP wrote: Given the importance and sensitivity of the subject matter, and upon the advice of the White House Counsel’s Office, Ambassador Rice created a permanent record of the discussion. Ambassador Rice memorialized the discussion on January...
  • If anyone is guilty of collusion, it’s the FBI and Democrats

    02/24/2018 6:54:53 AM PST · by luke1825 · 8 replies
    lowell sun ^ | 2/24 | peter lucas
    What Washington needs is investigators to investigate the investigators. If nothing else, the growing scandals and revelations about wrongdoing at the FBI, the Justice Department, the Obama Administration and Hillary Clinton prove that Washington cannot investigate Washington. While congressional committees of the House and Senate, Republicans and Democrats, hurl memos at each other, nobody can find out how the secret FISA court approved FBI surveillance warrants that were based on phony documents. Is anybody judging the judges?
  • Florida GOP congressman says he would support an assault weapons ban

    02/24/2018 6:37:52 AM PST · by Simon Green · 87 replies
    CBS News ^ | 02/23/18 | CBS News
    Florida GOP congressman and Army veteran Brian Mast is calling for a ban on assault weapons purchases. In an op-ed published Friday in the New York Times, Mast wrote that he supports "[d]efining what constitutes an assault or tactical firearm and not allowing them for future purchase — just as we already prohibit the purchase of fully automatic firearms." "The exact definition of assault weapon will need to be determined," Mast continued. "But we should all be able to agree that the civilian version of the very deadly weapon that the Army issued to me should certainly qualify." Mast went...
  • Trump: John Kerry May Be The ‘Worst Negotiator I’ve Ever Seen’

    02/24/2018 6:28:11 AM PST · by MarvinStinson · 37 replies
    dailycaller ^ | 02/23/2018 | BENNY JOHNSON
    NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — During his CPAC speech, Donald Trump took a moment to savage Barack Obama, John Kerry and the Iran nuclear deal as the “worst negotiated” deal in history. “We declined to certify the terrible, one-sided Iran nuclear deal,” Trump said to cheers from the crowd. “That was a horrible deal.” “Whoever heard — you give $150 billion to a nation that has no respect for you whatsoever?” Trump asked. “They are saying death to America while they are signing the agreement.” Trump took direct aim at Kerry, who was secretary of state and helped negotiate the agreement...
  • Months Before Shooting, 911 Calls Show a Teenager in Crisis

    02/24/2018 5:42:40 AM PST · by smileyface · 27 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Feb 23 2018 | Del Quentin Wilber, Scott Calvert, Jon Kamp and Joseph De Avila
    A person close to Nikolas Cruz warned the FBI she was concerned he would “get into a school and just shoot the place up,” according to a transcript of her call to a tip line. “I know he’s—he’s going to explode,” she said.