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  • Scammers posted over a thousand fake Women’s March events on Facebook to sell t-shirts

    10/17/2018 11:50:30 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 4 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/17/18 | MEGAN KELLER
    Scammers in Bangladesh created over 1,700 fake Women's March Facebook pages in order to sell t-shirts, according to a CNN report. CNN reported the Facebook pages appeared to be run by local Women's March organizers when in reality they were being created out of the South Asian country, with some of the pages linking to web sites intended to design and sell t-shirts and other merchandise. The news agency brought the list of false groups to Facebook over the weekend, which swiftly deleted them and informed CNN that it was conducting its own investigation into the matter. "These Pages and...
  • University of Southern Maine bans professor who offered credit for anti-Kavanaugh protest

    10/17/2018 11:46:17 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 3 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 17, 2018 | Jessica Chasmar
    The University of Southern Maine apologized Wednesday for the “rogue behavior” of a retired professor who offered credit for participating in a protest against Justice Brett Kavanaugh, announcing that she has since been barred from teaching at the university. Susan Feiner, who retired in September but continued to teach some classes, offered students one credit for taking a pop-up course called “Engaged Citizenship,” which would bus students to Washington to participate in a protest urging Republican Sen. Susan Collins to oppose confirming then-Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
  • Pelosi Not Willing to Trade Over Border Wall, Calls It Trump ‘Manhood Issue’

    10/17/2018 11:41:11 AM PDT · by seanmerc · 13 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.
  • Elizabeth Warren goes to bat for Toys R Us workers

    10/17/2018 11:37:04 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    CBS "News" ^ | October 17, 2018 | By KATE GIBSON
    Tens of thousands workers laid off when Toys R Us went bust last year have a politically powerful new ally in their fight to win severance from the bankrupt retailer: Sen. Elizabeth Warren. The Massachusetts Democrat, who is rumored to be weighing a run for the White House in 2020, is pressing the financial firms behind the decision to liquidate Toys R Us to contribute to a fund for affected employees. "The liquidation of Toys R Us -- reportedly at the urging of your firm -- caused more than 30,000 American workers to lose their jobs without the severance they...
  • Former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio sues New York Times for libel

    10/17/2018 11:32:47 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 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...
  • Teenager kills 19 in Crimea college shooting (Update)

    10/17/2018 11:24:38 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | Oct 17, 2018 | Polina Nikolskaya, Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber
    At least 19 people were killed and dozens injured at a college in the Black Sea region of Crimea on Wednesday when a student went through the building shooting at fellow pupils before killing himself, Russian law enforcement officials said. Eighteen-year-old Vladislav Roslyakov turned up at the college in the city of Kerch on Wednesday afternoon carrying a firearm and then began shooting, investigators said. His body was later found in the college with what they said were self-inflicted gunshot wounds. There were no immediate clues as to his motive in mounting such an attack, which recalled similar shooting sprees...
  • Global warming will unlock ancient diseases like the plague, scientists say

    10/17/2018 11:15:53 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    News.com AU ^ | October 17, 2018 | by Simon Chandler
    GLOBAL warming could reawaken ancient diseases - even the Black Death - according to an Oxford University professor. Higher global temperatures would melt ice sheets that store long-buried bacteria, spreading disease and potentially causing new global pandemics. Professor Peter Frankopan offered his prediction at the Cheltenham Literary Festival on Friday, as reported by The Times. The professor of global history began by stating in his view there was “absolutely no chance” the international community would hit the Paris Agreement’s target of keeping global temperature rises under 1.5C. “If we go over that degree change, it’s not about the Maldives being...
  • Boston-area man pleads guilty to mailing letters laced with white powder to Trump's sons

    10/17/2018 11:15:33 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/17/18 | BRETT SAMUELS
    A Massachusetts man pleaded guilty on Wednesday to mailing threatening latter to Eric Trump and Donald Trump Jr., as well as local law enforcement officials. The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that Daniel Frisiello, 25, pleaded guilty to 13 counts of mailing a threat to injure, and six counts of false information and hoaxes. He has been under house arrest since he was charged in March, and will be sentenced in January. Frisiello, of Beverly, Mass., mailed a letter containing to white powder to Eric Trump in March 2016 that warned if his father, then a candidate for the Republican...
  • 'Everything that was struck was destroyed'

    10/17/2018 11:13:59 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 17/10/18
    Major General Herzi Halevi, the Commanding Officer of the IDF Southern Command, slammed the Hamas terrorist organization following the rocket attack on Be'er Sheva early Wednesday morning. "Hamas pretends to govern in Gaza, and tells the Gazan population that it seeks to improve their lives. However, in reality, Hamas specializes in riots at the border fence and in using explosive devices, incendiary and explosive balloons, and, as we saw last night, rockets," Gen. Halevi said in a statement. "Hamas worsens the lives of ordinary Gazans and last night took actions which forced us to strike a range of weapon production...
  • 10 ways to combat global warming

    10/17/2018 11:11:02 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | October 17, 2018 | by Tara Bahrampour
    A United Nations. climate change report this month declared the world to be in danger of losing the battle against global warming if extreme measures are not adopted in the next decade. But you can make a difference in global warming at home and in your community - and save yourself money in the process. 1. Commute like a European - Traditional cars burn fossil fuels, causing air pollution and contributing to smog, acid rain and global warming. Biking, walking or taking public transit are the best alternatives. 2. When you do drive, plug in - If we can replace...
  • First-ever Ruth Bader Ginsburg museum exhibition opens in LA

    10/17/2018 11:10:16 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 31 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/17/18 | AVERY ANAPOL
    The first-ever museum exhibition focused on Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will open this Friday in Los Angeles. “Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg,” hosted at the Skirball Cultural Center, was co-organized by the creators of the meme comparing the Supreme Court Justice to the legendary rapper Biggie Smalls, according to the Los Angeles Times. The exhibit will feature documents, photographs, home movies, art and other items honoring Ginsburg on the 25th anniversary of her appointment to the Supreme Court. The exhibit is organized using Notorious B.I.G. lyrics like “I got a story to tell”...
  • Donald Trump to campaign for Ted Cruz in Houston on Oct. 22

    10/17/2018 11:01:04 AM PDT · by Innovative · 16 replies
    Texas Tribune ^ | Oct. 17, 2018 | Patrick Svitek
    President Donald Trump is headed to Texas on Oct. 22 to hold a rally at NRG Arena in Houston. Trump had promised to visit the state before Election Day to campaign with U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz in his re-election bid. Trump's campaign announced Monday evening that the rally will take place at the NRG Arena. The date marks the first day of early voting for the November election, in which Cruz faces a strong challenge from U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-El Paso.
  • Audio Offers Gruesome Details of Jamal Khashoggi Killing, Turkish Official Says

    10/17/2018 10:56:40 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 33 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 17, 2018 | Carlotta Gall and David D. Kirkpatrick
    ISTANBUL — His killers were waiting when Jamal Khashoggi walked into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul two weeks ago. They severed his fingers and later beheaded and dismembered him, according to details from audio recordings described by a senior Turkish official on Wednesday. Mr. Khashoggi was dead within minutes, and within two hours the killers were gone, the recordings suggested. The leaking of such details, on the same day Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was visiting Turkey, reflected an escalation of pressure by the Turkish government on Saudi Arabia and the United States for answers on the fate of Mr....
  • How the candidates for governor would fix the traffic mess (Connecticut)

    10/17/2018 10:51:47 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 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...
  • Think Professors Are Liberal? Try School Administrators

    10/17/2018 10:31:48 AM PDT · by DeweyCA · 8 replies
    New York Times ^ | 10-16-18 | Samuel J. Amrams
    The ideological bent of those overseeing collegiate life is having the biggest impact on campus culture. (Skip) ...participating in extracurricular organizations — the ever growing ranks of administrators have the biggest influence on students and campus life across the country. Today, many colleges and universities have moved to a model in which teaching and learning is seen as a 24/7 endeavor. Engagement with students is occurring as much — if not more — in residence halls and student centers as it is in classrooms. Schools have increased their hiring in areas such as residential life and student centers, offices of...
  • Media Ignores Big Opening and Critical Acclaim for 'Gosnell' Movie

    10/17/2018 10:28:29 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 8 replies
    https://townhall.com/ ^ | October 16, 2018 | Brianna Heldt
    The new movie about Kermit Gosnell, the notorious Philadelphia late-term abortionist eventually convicted in the deaths of three infants, made it into the Top 10 films at the box office this past weekend--an impressive feat for a crowd-funded film. But you won’t hear the mainstream media talking about it. “We were [No. 10] on Friday and Saturday, but slipped back to 12 on Sunday,” Phelim McAleer, who co-produced the film with his wife, Ann McElhinney, told The Daily Signal. “We are the No. 1 independent movie of the weekend and [No. 5] per screen average across the U.S.” “This has...
  • Two GOP Candidates Assaulted in Minnesota

    10/17/2018 10:28:23 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 28 replies
    FREE BEACON ^ | 17 Oct 2018 | Bill McMorris
    The Minnesota Democratic Party has suspended a spokesman for calling for violence against Republicans even as two GOP candidates have been assaulted in suspected politically motivated attacks. The Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party has suspended communications staffer William Davis for one week without pay after making a Facebook post joking that Democrats would "bring [Republicans] to the guillotine" on Nov. 7, the day after the midterm elections. Minnesota Republican Party chairman Jennifer Carnahan said the suspension was not enough, calling for his immediate firing in the aftermath of separate attacks against Republican candidates. She said she has been subjected to numerous death threats...
  • Harvard: Race can only help, never harm, applicants’ chances

    10/17/2018 10:25:07 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 36 replies
    Associated Press ^ | October 15, 2018 | COLLIN BINKLEY
    BOSTON (AP) — Harvard University intentionally uses a vague “personal rating” to reject Asian-American applicants in favor of students from other racial backgrounds, according to lawyers on one side of a trial that began Monday and carries weighty implications for dozens of other U.S. colleges. Harvard’s legal team denied any discrimination in its opening statement at Boston’s federal courthouse, saying race is just one factor that’s considered and can only help a student’s chances of getting admitted. In its hour-long opening, lawyers for Students for Fair Admissions accused Harvard of intentionally discriminating against Asian-Americans through a personal rating score that...
  • U.S. Treasury official charged with leaks linked to Russia probe

    10/17/2018 10:19:02 AM PDT · by SpeedyInTexas · 34 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 10/17/2018 | Brendan Pierson
    A U.S. Treasury Department official has been criminally charged with leaking confidential documents relating to former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, the Russian embassy and others, to a reporter from digital media company BuzzFeed, Manhattan federal prosecutors announced on Wednesday. Natalie May Edwards, a senior adviser in the Treasury Department's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), was arrested on Tuesday and charged with unauthorized disclosure of suspicious activity reports, according to the office of U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman. She was expected to make an initial appearance in Virginia federal court later in the day.
  • 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.