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  • Judicial Watch: Documents Detail Nancy Pelosi’s $185,000 CODEL to Italy and Ukraine in 2015

    01/18/2019 2:37:51 PM PST · by jazusamo · 3 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | January 18, 2018 | Tom Fitton
    Total Air Force Expenses $184,587.81(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that it obtained documents through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Air Force detailing $134,587.81 plus $50,000 for an advance of funds for an “escort officer” for a total of $184.587.81 for then-House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) Congressional delegation (CODEL) to Italy and Ukraine in 2015. Judicial Watch filed a December 2015 FOIA lawsuit after the Air Force failed to respond to an August 2015 request ( Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Defense (No 1:15-cv-02236)) for: All records regarding mission taskings of flights escorting...
  • State House speaker invites Trump to give his State of the Union in North Carolina

    01/18/2019 2:32:26 PM PST · by 11th_VA · 8 replies
    News & Observer ^ | Jan 18, 2019 | Lynn Bonner
    Rebuffed by one House speaker, President Donald Trump is invited to give his State of the Union speech in North Carolina by state House Speaker Tim Moore. Moore on Friday released a letter inviting the president to North Carolina to give the speech in the state House chamber. “I attended your first State of the Union address in Washington D.C. last year,” Moore wrote. “It was an unforgettable experience to witness this tradition of our commander-in-chief’s speech to a joint session of Congress. “I also believe taking your message outside of the nation’s gilded capital to a state government venue...
  • Bye Bye Trade War? China Plans $1 Trillion Buying Spree to Reduce US Trade Deficit

    01/18/2019 1:56:00 PM PST · by dynoman · 39 replies
    ccn.com ^ | 1-18-19 | Sam Bourgi
    China Proposes Six-Year Buying Spree Citing sources familiar with the matter, Bloomberg reported Friday that China has offered to significantly boost its purchase of U.S. goods over a six-year period in an effort to re-balance trade between the two superpowers. By increasing its annual imports from the United States, Beijing would reduce its trade surplus to zero by 2024. That would require a spending boost of more than $1 trillion.
  • Exclusive: U.S. pushing for regular review of China trade, reform progress

    01/18/2019 1:51:34 PM PST · by Zhang Fei
    Reuters ^ | January 18, 2019 / 12:30 PM / Updated 2 hours ago | Michael Martina, Chris Prentice
    BEIJING/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is pushing for regular reviews of China’s progress on pledged trade reforms as a condition for a trade deal - and could again resort to tariffs if it deems Beijing has violated the agreement, according to sources briefed on negotiations to end the trade war between the two nations. A continuing threat of tariffs hanging over commerce between the world’s two largest economies would mean a deal would not end the risk of investing in businesses or assets that have been impacted by the trade war. “The threat of tariffs is not going away,...
  • What Bruce Ohr Told the FBI

    01/18/2019 1:41:52 PM PST · by billorites · 43 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | January 17, 2019 | Kimberley A. Strassel
    <p>Everybody knew. Everybody of consequence at the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department understood fully in the middle of 2016—as the FBI embarked on its counterintelligence probe of Donald Trump—that it was doing so based on disinformation provided by Hillary Clinton’s campaign. That’s the big revelation from the transcript of the testimony Justice Department official Bruce Ohr gave Congress in August. The transcripts haven’t been released, but parts were confirmed for me by congressional sources.</p>
  • Obama's school discipline guidelines put students in grave danger

    01/18/2019 1:23:44 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 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...
  • School superintendent reviewing display of Trump banner at basketball game

    01/18/2019 1:16:32 PM PST · by LouieFisk · 38 replies
    Minneapolis Star Tribune ^ | January 18, 2019 | Paul Walsh
    The boys basketball coach for Minneapolis Roosevelt High School questioned on Wednesday why young fans at his team’s road game in Jordan prominently displayed a flag promoting the re-election of President Donald Trump during Tuesday night’s contest.
  • Yellow Vest protestor shot in back of the head by French police, leaving him with brain injuries

    01/18/2019 1:12:58 PM PST · by Snickering Hound · 53 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1-17-19 | Leslie Eastman
    A fireman who joined France's Yellow Vest protest movement is in a coma after being shot in the head 'like a rabbit' by a police officer using a controversial flash ball gun. Horrific images show Olivier Beziade, a father-of-three in his 30s, lying on the floor in Bordeaux on Saturday after being hit from behind. He is wearing one of the high-visibility motoring jackets from which the Yellow Vests get their name.
  • Europe's patience with Iran wears thin, tiptoes toward Trump

    01/18/2019 1:06:03 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 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 · 17 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....
  • Wallace on Report Trump Told Cohen to Lie to Congress: I Take It With a 'Giant Block of Salt'

    01/18/2019 12:48:33 PM PST · by Innovative · 32 replies
    Fox News ^ | Jan. 18, 2019 | Fox News
    "Fox News Sunday" anchor Chris Wallace said a new report that President Trump directed his then-personal attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress could be huge, but it should be taken with "a giant block of salt" until definitive proof emerges. The allegations were detailed in a BuzzFeed report published Thursday night. It cited two unnamed federal law enforcement officials involved in an investigation on the matter who said Cohen acknowledged to Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office that he was instructed by Trump to lie to Congress in 2017 about discussions of a proposed Trump Tower project in Moscow. The...
  • Third Trimester Late Term Abortion Bill Backed by Northam, Fairfax, Herring, Democratic Legislators

    01/18/2019 12:43:01 PM PST · by blueyon · 19 replies
    The Republican Standard ^ | 01/18/19 | TRS staff
    ""Third Trimester Late Term Abortion Bill Backed by Northam, Fairfax, Herring, Democratic Legislators"" Democratic leaders backed legislation repealing restrictions on third trimester late term abortions, repealing clinic health and safety standards, and eliminating informed consent requirements, among other provisions. They noted the measures were unlikely to pass in 2019, but vowed to enact them if Democrats take the Virginia House and Senate in November's elections. On Thursday in Richmond, Democratic leaders announced their support for a sweeping repeal of abortion restrictions in Virginia, including deregulation of third trimester late term abortions up until the moment of birth. The press conference,...
  • Rep. Elijah Cummings gaffes his way to exposing his anti-Trump agenda.....

    01/18/2019 12:42:55 PM PST · by caww · 23 replies
    washingtonexaminer ^ | 1/18/2019 | Mike Howell
    Elijah Cummings, D-Md., the newly minted 'chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee'.... The first unchallenged inaccuracy was the chairman’s announcement that he has the power to investigate anything.... This is factually incorrect. Congress can only pursue information necessary to inform its legislative duties. Not once did Cummings mention any contemplated legislation. Voters elect legislators, not opposition researchers or public relations operatives. Another untruth: Cummings gloated that he didn’t need to consult with Republicans before issuing subpoenas. however, consultation remains a requirement. In fact, Cummings previously advocated for more than consultation and demanded that consent from the minority party...
  • 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 · 49 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 · 113 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...
  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's First House Speech Broke a C-SPAN Record. Here's What She Said

    01/18/2019 12:04:45 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 78 replies
    Time Mag ^ | Mahita Gajanan
    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s first speech from the House floor has set a minor record with C-SPAN. Ocasio-Cortez slammed the Trump Administration over the partial government shutdown in her remarks. A C-SPAN tweet of her nearly four-minute speech garnered 1.16 million views in a little more than 12 hours, setting a record for the most-watched Twitter video from the outlet of any remarks by a House member, according to a tweet from Howard Mortman, C-SPAN’s communications director. By Friday morning, it had surpassed 2.3 million views, with more than 13,000 retweets and over 46,000 likes.
  • Trump campaign seeks donations to send fake bricks to Pelosi, Schumer

    01/18/2019 12:04:13 PM PST · by JayGalt · 16 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 · 42 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...
  • Court affirms media was wrong: videos dealing in baby parts were NOT deceptively edited

    01/18/2019 11:39:53 AM PST · by caww · 24 replies
    washingtonexaminer ^ | 1/18/2019 | Becket Adams
    The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has issued a ruling that allows Texas to strip Planned Parenthood of its Medicaid funding.... to have Planned Parenthood removed as a qualified Medicaid provider following the release of several damning undercover videos, should come as a major blow to not just the abortion provider, but also the press. Four years later, we learn from the 5th Circuit that the videos were neither selectively edited, nor was it false to say that Planned Parenthood associates circumvented legal, medical, and ethical guidelines in pursuit of salvaging human remains. The ruling shatters the claim that the...
  • Why is China blurring men's ears?

    01/18/2019 11:17:36 AM PST · by Zhang Fei · 12 replies
    CNN ^ | 5:52 AM ET, Fri January 18, 2019 | Joshua Berlinger and Nanlin Fang
    (CNN) Chinese TV personality Jing Boran has something on his ear that authorities don't want you to see. In the latest episode of the popular Chinese reality TV show "I, Actor," the young star's face is digitally altered to blur out his earrings. Jing, who held lead roles in Chinese box office hits "Monster Hunt" and "Time Raiders," is not the only victim of the alleged "earring ban." Images circulating on Weibo, China's version of Twitter, show several other young male stars with blurred circles on their ears. It's unclear if Chinese regulators have issued a specific directive barring men...