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  • Atlanta forced to pay $1.2 million to fired Christian fire chief

    10/17/2018 12:00:57 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 4 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 17, 2018 | Rick Moran
    In a big victory for freedom of religion and speech, the Atlanta city council agreed to pay former fire chief Kelvin Cochran $1.2 million in damages and attorneys' fees for firing him after he wrote a book expressing biblical views on sex and marriage. Opposition to redefining marriage is not a "fringe" position, nor is it illegal. It is the deeply held belief of millions of people. But opposing the social justice agenda is tantamount to expressing "hate" and needs to be punished. The offender must be taught to "sensitize" himself against expressing politically incorrect views. In other words, he...
  • Pelosi Not Willing to Trade Over Border Wall, Calls It Trump ‘Manhood Issue’

    10/17/2018 11:41:11 AM PDT · by seanmerc · 22 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 16 Oct 18 | Lindsey McPherson
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday there is nothing she would trade for President Donald Trump’s border wall, setting a hard negotiating stance in advance of an expected December showdown over the issue. “It happens to be like a manhood issue for the president, building a wall, and I’m not interested in that,” the California Democrat said during a discussion at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics.
  • Former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio sues New York Times for libel

    10/17/2018 11:32:47 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    CBS "News" ^ | October 17, 2018 | By HOLLY ROSENKRANTZ
    Former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who lost his U.S. Senate bid in August, filed a lawsuit against The New York Times and one of its opinion writers over an opinion piece that he says contains ''several false, defamatory factual assertions" that he claims damage his chances of running for office again. Arpaio, 86, is seeking $147.5 million in damages, as well as attorney fees. The suit, filed with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, alleges that New York Times writer Michelle Cottle purposely made malicious statements that would negatively affect a bid for the late Sen. John...
  • How the candidates for governor would fix the traffic mess (Connecticut)

    10/17/2018 10:51:47 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    The Connecticut Post ^ | October 13, 2018 | Bill Cummings
    More than 300 bridges in Connecticut — carrying 4.3 million vehicles daily — are considered structurally deficient. Highways in the Bridgeport-Stamford area are so congested motorists waste 49 hours a year in bumper-to-bumper traffic. And 62 percent of Connecticut’s major roads are in such poor condition they cost motorists $681 annually in vehicle repairs, according to TRIP, a national transportation think tank. Given those challenges, the three men seeking to replace Gov. Dannel P. Malloy could be making transportation the centerpiece of their campaigns. But instead, these candidates for governor are offering mostly modest plans to fix the state’s infrastructure...
  • Budget reconciliation is the key to building the border wall

    10/17/2018 10:12:06 AM PDT · by BeauBo · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/17/18 | BY REP. BRADLEY BYRNE (R-ALA.)
    Over the last 20 years, budget reconciliation has been used as a powerful tool to bypass filibusters and accomplish priority issues for the majority party with only 50 votes in the Senate. ...That is why I (Rep. Bradley Byrne) am introducing a bill, the Fifty Votes for the Wall Act, that I am confident could meet the requirements of budget reconciliation and survive the Byrd Rule’s tests. The bill creates a new mandatory spending program, providing up to $25 billion, to fully fund President Trump’s border wall.
  • Supreme Court agrees to hear a case that could determie (if) social media companies can censor users

    10/17/2018 9:52:58 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 32 replies
    he Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case that could determine whether users can challenge social media companies on free speech grounds. The case, Manhattan Community Access Corp. v. Halleck, No. 17-702, centers on whether a private operator of a public access television network is considered a state actor, which can be sued for First Amendment violations. The case could have broader implications for social media and other media outlets. In particular, a broad ruling from the high court could open the country's largest technology companies up to First Amendment lawsuits. That could shape the ability of companies like...
  • Treasury employee accused of leaking documents to reporter

    10/17/2018 9:48:49 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 17, 2018 12:27 PM EDT | Michael Balsamo
    A Treasury Department employee has been charged with leaking confidential banking reports of suspects charged in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. Federal prosecutors say Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards is set to appear in court Wednesday in Virginia. The 40-year-old Edwards is a senior official at the department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network. She’s accused of leaking the material to a journalist — who’s not named in court papers. Prosecutors say reports on Paul Manafort, Richard Gates and Maria Butina were among those leaked. …
  • Politico: Nancy Pelosi Says Amnesty, Gun Control Among Top Priorities if Democrats Win

    10/17/2018 9:23:07 AM PDT · by rktman · 35 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 10/17/2018 | Joel Pollak
    Pelosi’s next priorities as speaker, she told Politico, would include new gun control laws, and amnesty for illegal aliens: “After that, Pelosi said, Democrats are looking at lowering drug prices and then will try to work with Republicans on a gun background check bill and protecting so-called Dreamers, undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children.” The article did not mention impeachment. Some Democrats are running on promises to impeach President Donald Trump — a threat that Pelosi has tried to downplay (successfully, in the case of Politico, which appeared no to ask about the idea). Others, including...
  • Prominent Electoral Prognosticator: The GOP's Chances Are Suddenly Looking Better

    10/17/2018 8:59:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 64 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 17, 2018 | Guy Benson
    If you're a regular reader, this trend doesn't come as a surprise.  We've been tracking and flagging it since the Kavanaugh ordeal, which galvanized legions of previously-disengaged or underwhelmed GOP-leaning voters.  We've demonstrated how that impact has continued to reverberate, particularly in Senate races.  And now, the mainstream conventional wisdom appears to be catching up.  Charlie Cook, who leads the vaunted Cook Political Report, is out with a new detailed analysis pointing to a clear uptick in Republicans' fortunes: Charlie Cook: “One question that keeps coming back up is whether those who led the out-of-control demonstrations on Capitol Hill against...
  • 50 years later, Marine to be awarded Medal of Honor for Vietnam War battle

    10/17/2018 8:27:10 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    KTIC Radio News ^ | October 17, 2018 | ABC News Radio
    <p>When retired Marine Sgt. Maj. John L. Canley is awarded the Medal of Honor at the White House on Wednesday, it will be 50 years after the heroism he displayed during the bloody “Battle of Hue” in the Vietnam War.</p>
  • THREE DEBATES SCHEDULED FOR ELIZABETH WARREN AND GEOFF DIEHL (vanity)

    10/17/2018 8:16:43 AM PDT · by bitt · 23 replies
    MASSLIVE.COM ^ | 10/17/2018 | self
    Good entertainment coming up, folks - First debate: Oct 19th, 8:00, go to CBSBoston.com Second debate: Oct 21st, 7:00, go to masslive.com Third debate: Oct 30th, ???, go to WCVB.com, BostonGlobe.com and Boston.com. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ BOSTON (CBS) – The candidates for U.S. Senate, incumbent Senator Elizabeth Warren (D) and her challenger Representative Geoff Diehl (R), will participate in their first, televised debate in Boston on Friday, October 19. The hour-long debate will air live on WSBK-TV from 8-9 p.m., as well as stream live on CBSBoston.com. https://cbsboston.files.wordpress.com/2018/10/debate_senate_tease.jpg?w=560 2nd televised 1 hour debate in Western Massachusetts on Oct. 21,at 7p.m. and will...
  • Poll: Maryland voters narrowly oppose Hogan’s big plan for express toll lanes

    10/17/2018 7:42:33 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 35 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | October 12, 2018 | Robert McCartney and Emily Guskin
    Maryland voters narrowly oppose adding express toll lanes to widen three of the state’s most congested highways, a Washington Post-University of Maryland poll finds, highlighting public skepticism about one of Gov. Larry Hogan’s signature transportation plans. The centerpiece of the Republican governor’s proposal — a $9 billion project to add four lanes apiece to the Capital Beltway, Interstate 270 and the Baltimore-Washington Parkway — is even opposed by voters in the Washington suburbs, whom the plan is supposed to help. More than half of voters in the D.C. suburbs prefer to invest in public transit rather than building more roads....
  • VIEW FROM AROUND THE STATE: Time to get real about roads and revenue

    10/17/2018 6:52:53 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    The Daily Reporter ^ | October 16, 2018 | The Associated Press
    f you want good roads, you have to pay for them. It’s not just the politicians in Madison and Washington, D.C., who have failed to learn that lesson. It’s the people of Wisconsin, too.
  • Huffington Post Native Issues Fellow: ‘Elizabeth Warren Is Not Native American’

    10/17/2018 6:39:55 AM PDT · by ErikJohnsky · 13 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/17/2018 | Breitbart News
    Julian Brave NoiseCat, the first-ever Native Issues Fellow at the Huffington Post, explained in an opinion-editorial published Tuesday why Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) “should not claim Native American identity.”
  • Report: Smoke forces first lady Melania Trump’s plane to turn around en route to Philadelphia

    10/17/2018 6:39:47 AM PDT · by Zuben Elgenubi · 47 replies
    The Inquirer ^ | October 17, 2018 | Joseph A. Gambardello
    First lady Melania Trump's airplane reportedly was forced to return to Andrews Air Force Base after a smoke condition developed in the jet while it was en route to Philadelphia. Problem aboard First Lady's plane, returning to @Andrews_JBA. Press pool aboard reports "thin haze of smoke" was visible and the smell of something burning. Passengers given wet towels to breathe through. Told a "mechanical issue" was detected.
  • Trump calls Federal Reserve his 'biggest threat' (must look into Obama/Rahm era activities)

    10/17/2018 6:11:28 AM PDT · by Liz · 20 replies
    AFP ^ | October 16, 2018 | staff
    Washington (AFP) - President Trump reignited his controversial criticism of the central bank Tuesday, calling the Federal Reserve his "biggest threat." Trump followed up previous strong attacks on the Fed by complaining that interest rates are rising too quickly. "My biggest threat is the Fed, because the Fed is raising rates too fast," he told Fox Business television. Trump acknowledged that the central bank is independent, "so I don't speak to them." He then leveled direct criticism at Fed Chairman Jerome Powell, who he said should be slower on interest rate rises."It's going too fast, because you look at the...
  • Michael Moore: ‘Beloved Americans’ Tom Hanks, Michelle Obama Could Defeat Trump in 2020

    10/17/2018 6:05:36 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 59 replies
    brietbart ^ | 10/16/2018 | Ben Kew
    Left-wing documentary filmmaker Michael Moore believes “beloved Americans” such as actor Tom Hanks or Michelle Obama are some of the few possible candidates who could defeat President Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election. In an interview with Good Morning Britain‘s Piers Morgan, Michael Moore said that the Democratic Party needs to put forward a candidate with widespread appeal. “Democrats need to run a beloved American, someone people want to vote for,” Moore explained. “I’ve said for years that Oprah should run. I’ve asked Tom Hanks twice to run.” “Who doesn’t like Tom Hanks? Nobody, right? Tom Hanks would win,”...
  • More Fake News on Guns & Florida’s History from Boca Magazine

    10/17/2018 5:08:26 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 15 October, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    In bocamag.com, Randy Schultz has penned an error filled article which seems aimed at creating a false history of Florida gun legislation.He briefly mentions 1968, when the Florida Constitution was rewritten because of a Supreme Court decision.  The 1968 Florida Constitution carried over a protection of the right to keep and bear arms from the 1885 Florida Constitution: The right of the people to bear arms in defense of themselves and the lawful authority of the State, shall not be infringed, but the Legislature may prescribe the manner in which they may be borne. Schultz claims that south Florida is...
  • Will the Blue Wave collapse before it reaches the shore?

    10/17/2018 5:02:46 AM PDT · by Magnatron · 60 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 16 October 2018 | Megan McArdle
    One can only assume that in the Kavanaugh home, there's a horseshoe over every door, a rabbit's foot in every pocket and a lawn entirely planted with four-leaf clover. There were half a dozen times during Brett M. Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination battle when most experts were certain he'd have to be withdrawn. Republicans already faced a likely Democratic wave in the midterms, and standing by Kavanaugh would all but concede not only the House but also possibly the Senate. Yet somehow he was confirmed. And his party's luck is even more astonishing. Far from turning the Blue Wave into...
  • Pelosi Will Trade ‘Nothing’ to Give Trump ‘Immoral’ Border Wall—‘Manhood Issue’ for POTUS

    10/17/2018 3:46:41 AM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 53 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 16 Oct 2018 | Tony Lee
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said on Tuesday that she will trade absolutely “nothing” to give President Donald Trump his border wall if Democrats take back the House and she regains her Speakership. When a questioner at Harvard’s Institute of Politics mentioned that a border wall is important to people in places like rural Pennsylvania and wondered if Pelosi would be willing to trade for something to give Republicans the border wall, Pelosi replied, “nothing.” Pelosi said Trump’s border wall is “immoral, expensive, ineffective, not something that people do between countries.”