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  • Despite Allegations Against Ellison, DFL Attempts To Show Unity

    08/17/2018 12:40:48 AM PDT · by Libloather · 2 replies
    CBS Local ^ | 8/16/18 | Pat Kessler
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — DFL leaders called a press conference Thursday to show harmony after a bruising primary election. But if this is Democratic unity, one wonders what DFL dissension looks like. At the news conference, DFL Party Chair Ken Martin was peppered with questions about embattled Attorney General candidate Keith Ellison. “What I would say is that our party takes any allegation of domestic abuse seriously,” he said. “It’s a fluid situation. It’s still developing.”
  • Trump Ready To Turn His Sights To Remaking The 9th Circuit Court

    08/16/2018 9:58:43 PM PDT · by Helicondelta · 18 replies
    There's been a noticeable exception to President Donald Trump's otherwise successful effort to appoint young, conservative judges to the nation's appellate courts. The Senate has confirmed a record 24 new circuit court judges nationwide in 20 months — with two more nominees scheduled for votes this week. But Trump has made far less progress in the jurisdiction he criticizes the most: the liberal-leaning U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, including California and eight other Western states. Since Trump took office, the Senate has confirmed only one 9th Circuit judge — in Hawaii — leaving seven openings. But there are signs...
  • Architect of bin Laden raid issues stunning rebuke of Trump (Adm. McRaven)

    08/16/2018 9:03:04 PM PDT · by Innovative · 63 replies
    CNN ^ | Aug. 16, 2018 | CNN
    "This action is part of a broader effort by Mr. Trump to suppress freedom of speech & punish critics. It should gravely worry all Americans, including intelligence professionals, about the cost of speaking out. My principles are worth far more than clearances. I will not relent," Brennan tweeted after the announcement. iam McRaven, the man who oversaw the 2011 Navy SEAL raid that killed Osama bin Laden, issued a stunning rebuke of President Donald Trump's decision to revoke the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan on Thursday, defending the former spy chief as "one of the finest public...
  • Judicial Watch Uncovers Five More Clinton Emails Containing Classified Material on Her Unsecure

    08/16/2018 6:54:35 PM PDT · by george76 · 39 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | AUGUST 16, 2018
    Judicial Watch today released two batches, 184 pages and 45 pages, of newly uncovered emails of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton from the U.S. Department of State sent and received over her unsecure, non-“state.gov” email system. Five emails contain classified information. Judicial Watch obtained the documents in response to a FOIA lawsuit filed on May 6, 2015, after the State Department failed to respond to a March 4, 2015 FOIA request .. seeking: All emails sent or received by former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in her official capacity as Secretary of State, as well as all emails...
  • Botched CIA Communications System Helped Blow Cover of Chinese Agents

    08/16/2018 8:52:56 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 22 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | August 15, 2018, 5:13 PM | Zach Dorfman
    It was considered one of the CIA’s worst failures in decades: Over a two-year period starting in late 2010, Chinese authorities systematically dismantled the agency’s network of agents across the country, executing dozens of suspected U.S. spies. But since then, a question has loomed over the entire debacle. How were the Chinese able to roll up the network? Now, nearly eight years later, it appears that the agency botched the communication system it used to interact with its sources, according to five current and former intelligence officials. The CIA had imported the system from its Middle East operations, where the...
  • DFL Launches Investigation into Ellison Allegations; Party Chair Supports Him 'At This Point'

    08/16/2018 8:45:45 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 29 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 8/16/18 | Eric Chaloux
    Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Laborer Party leaders addressed domestic abuse allegations involving Congressman Keith Ellison during a Thursday news conference, just two days after he won the party’s primary for attorney general. DFL Party Chairman Ken Martin said Ellison has their support for now as the party’s candidate. "We take these allegations seriously, we are certainly eager to hear all the answers to the questions that have been raised,” said Martin. “We continue to watch the story develop, we don't know how it's going to develop and the conclusion at this point."
  • Trump's military parade planned for November postponed: Pentagon

    08/16/2018 7:50:16 PM PDT · by Coronal · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 16, 2018
    A military parade requested by U.S. President Donald Trump that had been planned for November in Washington has been postponed until at least next year, the Defense Department said on Thursday. “We originally targeted November 10, 2018 for this event but have now agreed to explore opportunities in 2019,” Defense Department Spokesman Colonel Rob Manning said in a statement. A U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said it was unclear exactly what caused the postponement but the increased cost of the event had caused concern and could be one reason.
  • Gregg Jarrett: Ex-CIA Director Brennan shouldn't have a security clearance - He's a national...

    08/16/2018 9:19:54 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 53 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 16, 2018 | Gregg Jarrett
    Full title: Gregg Jarrett: Ex-CIA Director Brennan shouldn't have a security clearance - He's a national security risk.Former CIA Director John Brennan is a serious national security risk, and President Trump was wise and correct to revoke his security clearance Wednesday. Brennan has repeatedly shown he cannot be trusted with classified or top-secret information. He has a history of leaking and exploiting confidential material for partisan reasons. Maybe it keeps him on TV, but it also jeopardizes national security. The primary job of the agency Brennan ran for President Obama is to collect, process, and analyze intelligence information from all...
  • 12th Congressional District: New vote totals show O’Connor faces steeper climb [Ohio]

    08/16/2018 7:43:21 PM PDT · by Ken H · 9 replies
    Columbus Dispatch ^ | August 15, 2018 | Darrel Rowland
    Central Ohioans have seen no lack of spin in the 12th Congressional District special election for the past several weeks, but the hard reality of math is finally making a winner all but certain. Bottom line: Republican Troy Balderson will prevail in the multimillion-dollar struggle unless Democrat Danny O’Connor takes a stunning share of the remaining uncounted votes. The O’Connor camp estimates roughly 3,000 ballots will be left to tabulate when county elections board begin their official count. Even if O’Connor gets a whopping 75 percent of those remaining 3,000 ballots, he would gain only 2,250 votes. That wouldn’t be...
  • What Was Bruce Ohr Doing?

    08/16/2018 7:21:40 PM PDT · by SpeedyInTexas · 23 replies
    WSJ ^ | 08/16/2018 | Kimberley A. Strassel
    The Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department have continued to insist they did nothing wrong in their Trump-Russia investigation. This week should finally bring an end to that claim, given the clear evidence of malfeasance via the use of Bruce Ohr. Mr. Ohr was until last year associate deputy attorney general. He began feeding information to the FBI from dossier author Christopher Steele in late 2016—after the FBI had terminated Mr. Steele as a confidential informant for violating the bureau’s rules. He also collected dirt from Glenn Simpson, cofounder of Fusion GPS, the opposition-research firm that worked for Hillary...
  • Pentagon postpones Trump's military parade

    08/16/2018 7:13:00 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 18 replies
    cnn ^ | August 16, 2018 | Barbara Starr, Ryan Browne and Clare Foran, CNN
    (CNN)The Department of Defense says the military parade originally scheduled for Veterans Day will be postponed. "The Department of Defense and White House have been planning a parade to honor America's military veterans and commemorate the centennial of World War I," Defense Department spokesman Col. Rob Manning said in a statement Thursday. "We originally targeted November 10, 2018 for this event but have now agreed to explore opportunities in 2019."
  • Guess She (Omarosa) Forgot About These Tapes...(video)

    08/16/2018 6:38:08 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 23 replies
    RNC video via YouTube ^ | 8/16/2018 | RNC
    Guess She Forgot About These Tapes... (click below for video)
  • Trump Tweet hammering “Senator” Richard Blumenthal

    08/16/2018 6:26:54 PM PDT · by McGruff · 21 replies
    Twitter ^ | 16 Aug 2018 | The Man
    How can “Senator” Richard Blumenthal, who went around for twenty years as a Connecticut politician bragging that he was a great Marine war hero in Vietnam (then got caught and sobbingly admitted he was neither a Marine nor ever in Vietnam), pass judgement on anyone? Loser! 8:56 PM - 16 Aug 2018
  • A 16-year-old hacked Apple and stole 90GB of secure files

    08/16/2018 6:25:22 PM PDT · by LouieFisk · 13 replies
    BGR Media ^ | August 16th, 2018 | Chris Smith
    it turns out that while most hackers might not be able to get into Apple’s servers, a sixteen-year-old Australian with a passion for Apple managed to do it, stealing some 90GB of secure files and accessing customer accounts in the process. The best part is that he stored it all in a folder called “hacky hack hack.”
  • Zogby: Republicans are gaining ground on democrats in the congressional generic

    08/16/2018 6:10:26 PM PDT · by usafa92 · 26 replies
    Zogby ^ | 8/13/2018 | Zogby
    A new nationwide Zogby survey of 1,016 likely voters in the U.S., conducted 8/6/18 to 8/8/18, with a margin of error of +/-3.1%, shows democrats with a slight edge over republicans in the congressional generic, but republicans are catching-up. The Takeaways Republicans are doing much better than they were a few months ago when it comes to the congressional generic. Republicans continue to make big gains with independents, small city voters, and union voters. President Trump is doing well enough among his base-men, older voters age 50+, Walmart Shoppers, NASCAR fans, voters without college degrees, rural voters, small city voters,...
  • Editorial: Strong democracy needs a free press

    08/16/2018 6:05:39 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 44 replies
    Honolulu Star-Ad ^ | August 16th , 2018 | Our View
    The Boston Globe has urged newspapers across the country to publish editorials today promoting the value of a free press, and to defend it against criticisms by President Donald Trump. It’s reasonable to ask why. It’s not news that a president of the United States doesn’t like the news media. Most presidents don’t. Thomas Jefferson, who was routinely attacked by the press of his day, once said the only truths in a newspaper were in the advertisements. What’s disturbing today is the bitter vitriol and open contempt directed toward the news media.
  • Bruce Ohr Texts, Emails Reveal Steele’s Deep Ties to Obama DOJ, FBI

    08/16/2018 5:57:12 PM PDT · by Sleeping Freeper · 35 replies
    https/saracarter.com ^ | 8/16/18 | Sara Carter
    A trove of emails and handwritten notes from Department of Justice official Bruce Ohr exposes the continuous contact and communication between the DOJ attorney and anti-Trump dossier author Christopher Steele, according to notes and documents obtained by SaraACarter.com. The emails and notes were written between 2016 and 2017. SNIP... In June 2017, Steele tells Ohr, “We are frustrated with how long this reengagement with the Bureau and Mueller is taking. Anything you can do to accelerate the process would be much appreciated. There are some new, perishable, operational opportunities which we do not want to miss out on.” In October...
  • Detroit Democrat Bettie Cook Scott on Her Asian Opponent: “Don’t Vote for the Ching-Chong”

    08/16/2018 5:33:04 PM PDT · by Kevin in California · 63 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 08-16-2018 | Jim Hoft
    Democrat Bettie Cook Scott stood outside the polling stations on Tuesday and urged voters not to cast a ballot for her Asian opponent. Scott told the voters, “Don’t vote for ching-chang!” and don’t vote for “ching-chong.”
  • Common WiFi Can Detect Weapons, Bombs and Chemicals in Bags

    08/16/2018 5:00:05 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 11 replies
    Rutgers ^ | 8/14/18 | Todd Bates
    Rutgers-led study demonstrates low-cost technology for security screening at public venues like stadiums, theme parks and schoolsOrdinary WiFi can easily detect weapons, bombs and explosive chemicals in bags at museums, stadiums, theme parks, schools and other public venues, according to a Rutgers University–New Brunswick-led study. The researchers’ suspicious object detection system is easy to set up, reduces security screening costs and avoids invading privacy such as when screeners open and inspect bags, backpacks and luggage. Traditional screening typically requires high staffing levels and costly specialized equipment. “This could have a great impact in protecting the public from dangerous objects,” said...
  • “I Didn’t Choose For You To Drag Me Off The Bed,” Says Ellison’s Ex

    08/16/2018 4:58:48 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 24 replies
    WCCO.com ^ | 8/16/18 | WCCO staff
    The former girlfriend of Democratic Congressman Keith Ellison sat down with CBS News on Thursday to talk about the abuse she says she endured during their relationship. Just days before the primary, Karen Monahan’s son posted on Facebook that he had seen a video of Ellison dragging his mother off a bed by her feet in Ellison’s home. Monahan spoke with CBS’s Jericka Duncan about why she decided to share her story. “At this point in time, I’m grounded and I know who I am. I have healed for a year and a half. I looked straight at him and...