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  • UNSC okays Kuwait resolution on Syria

    02/24/2018 1:23:40 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 5 replies
    Arab Times On-Line ^ | 24 Feb 2018 33 minutes ago CST | Ambassador Mansour Al-Otaibi, the UNSC president for February
    NEW YORK, Feb 24, (Agencies): UN Security Council unanimously approved Saturday a draft resolution presented by Kuwait and Sweden to establish a 30-day humanitarian truce in Syria. The resolution will pave way for the delivery of humanitarian aid to the areas under seige in Syria. The resolution demanding the ceasefire “without delay” was adopted as Syrian government forces pounded the rebelheld enclave of Eastern Ghouta, where hundreds have died during a week-long assault. “We are late to respond to this crisis, very late,” US Ambassador Nikki Haley told the council after the vote, accusing Russia of stalling the vote. More...
  • Republicans should worry about these kids at the ballot box

    02/24/2018 1:18:36 PM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 11 replies
    The Star ^ | February 22, 2018 | Tony Burman
    Just when we think there is no deeper sewer into which America’s corrupt political system can descend, we finally see the first promising signs of resistance and redemption emerging from the debris. And for that, we can thank 19-year-old Florida high school senior Emma Gonzalez and her teenage friends, as well as U.S. special counsel Robert Mueller and his investigative team. Because of them, this has actually been an inspiring and hopeful seven days — perhaps even historic — in spite of the non-stop drama that keeps swirling around the Trump presidency.
  • BREAKING: Democratic rebuttal to GOP House Intelligence memo released

    02/24/2018 1:15:07 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 28 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...
  • Fox's Jeanine Pirro to interview Trump this weekend

    02/24/2018 1:04:34 PM PST · by jazusamo · 4 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 24, 2018 | Joe Concha
    Fox News' Jeanine Pirro is set to interview President Trump live by phone on Saturday night amid the president's calls for a range of gun measures in the wake of last week's shooting at a Florida high school. Trump and the "Justice with Judge Jeanine" host are expected to "discuss the state of the economy, as well as the debate on gun legislation" in the wake of the shooting at the school in Parkland, Fla., according to a network announcement. Pirro, a staunch supporter of the president, has interviewed him before, most recently in May 2017. Their latest interview...
  • Video: Oklahoma mother-daughter duo shoot would-be robber in their liquor store

    02/24/2018 12:30:16 PM PST · by Innovative · 38 replies
    KABC ^ | Feb.. 24, 2018 | KABC
    A mother and daughter took matters into their own hands and shot a would-be robber at their liquor store in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Police said the man was armed with a shotgun and demanded money. When he walked away, one of the women reached for a handgun under the counter and shot the suspect. The man managed to grab the mother and that's when the daughter shot him again. He was taken to a hospital in critical condition.
  • Black student complaint about Black History Month menu gets black employees canned

    02/24/2018 12:10:39 PM PST · by bitt · 60 replies
    the college fix ^ | 2/24/2018 | dave huber
    This sort of racial damned-if-you-do, damned-if-you-don’t story appears every year during Black History Month: A student at New York University was aghast that a dining hall had planned to serve barbecue ribs, corn bread, collard greens, Kool-Aid, and — uh oh — watermelon-flavored water in honor of the celebration. According to The New York Times, sophomore Nia Harris, who’s black, “sought an explanation” about the menu from the head cook of Weinstein Passport Dining Hall. In an email to NYU officials (a copy of which was also posted to Facebook), Harris alleges the cook “dismissed” her concerns, saying the Kool-Aid...
  • The True Source of the N.R.A.’s Clout: Mobilization, Not Donations

    02/24/2018 11:42:44 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 29 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 24, 2018 | ERIC LIPTON and ALEXANDER BURNS
    WASHINGTON — Few places have seen the National Rifle Association wield its might more effectively than Florida, where it has advanced a sweeping agenda that has made it easier to carry concealed weapons, given gun owners greater leeway to shoot in self-defense and even briefly barred doctors from asking patients about their firearms. To many of its opponents, that decades-long string of victories is proof that the N.R.A. has bought its political support. But the numbers tell a more complicated story: The organization’s political action committee over the last decade has not made a single direct contribution to any current...
  • 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...
  • Massacre survivor calls for spring break boycotts in Florida

    02/24/2018 10:33:03 AM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 121 replies
    <p>Students should boycott the Sunshine State for spring break until lawmakers pass sensible gun control legislation, a Florida teen who survived the Parkland school massacre urged Saturday.</p> <p>In a tweet likely to sent shivers down the spines of tourism officials from Miami to Jacksonville, Marjory Stoneman Douglas HS senior David Hogg called on young gun control advocates to take their kegs elsewhere.</p>
  • Ted Cruz trails Senate challenger Beto O'Rourke in six-week fundraising haul. By a lot.

    02/24/2018 10:31:30 AM PST · by Mariner · 49 replies
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | February 24th, 2018 | Katie Leslie
    WASHINGTON — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz's fundraising lagged far behind his top Democratic challenger during the first six weeks of 2018, a new federal campaign filing shows. Cruz raised $800,000 through Feb. 14. That’s well below El Paso Rep. Beto O’Rourke’s $2.3 million haul, according to the most recent federal report. The Republican also spent more than he raised — nearly $1.2 million, while O’Rourke burned through roughly $2 million in his bid to unseat the powerhouse incumbent. Both face nominal competition in March 6 primaries and most nonpartisan handicappers view Cruz as the heavy favorite in his Senate re-election...
  • “I Haven’t Eaten Meat In 2 Months” – Venezuelan Oil Workers Are Collapsing From Hunger On The Job

    02/24/2018 10:26:29 AM PST · by blam · 53 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 2-24-2018
    Those who are unfamiliar with Venezuela’s unprecedented economic collapse might be surprised to learn that the country’s oil production has only slowed, even as the price of a barrel of crude has risen in most international markets. Unsurprisingly (it’s Venezuela), there’s a macabre explanation for this phenomenon: The workers at PDVSA – Venezuela’s state-owned oil company, which once showered Venezuelans with oil wealth – are literally collapsing due to hunger and exhaustion as workers defy their government handlers and flee their jobs in their desperation as the value of their pay has been completely erased. Bloomberg spoke with several workers...
  • Who’s behind the ‘grassroots’ anti-NRA campaign?

    02/24/2018 10:16:23 AM PST · by Skywise · 35 replies
    Daily Caller News Foundation ^ | 02/22/2018 | Andrew Kerr
    Not all is as it seems at the organization behind a nationwide grassroots movement that seeks to make the National Rifle Association “politically radioactive.” Within 24 hours of last Wednesday’s mass shooting at a Florida high school that left 17 dead, gun control activists had concocted No NRA Money, an organization behind a national grassroots pledge campaign that seeks to “break the NRA’s stranglehold that has thwarted meaningful progress on common sense gun policy.” But No NRA Money’s claim to be a grassroots movement is questionable. Hidden within the HTML code running No NRA Money’s website is a link to...
  • Delta, United Airlines to end discounted rates for NRA members

    02/24/2018 9:27:19 AM PST · by EdnaMode · 77 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | February 24, 2018 | Daniel Chaitin
    Two airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines, announced Saturday that they are ending discounted-rate deals with the National Rifle Association, adding to a growing list of companies distancing themselves from the gun-rights lobby group as it fights a push for stricter gun control measures after a deadly high school shooting on Valentine's Day in Parkland, Fla. "Delta is reaching out to the NRA to let them know we will be ending their contract for discounted rates through our group travel program. We will be requesting that the NRA remove our information from their website," Delta tweeted early in the...
  • CNN releases emails to push back on claim about ‘scripted’ town hall question

    02/24/2018 9:27:11 AM PST · by Sir_Humphrey · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2-23-2018 | Max Greenwood
    CNN released emails from a network producer on Friday that contradict a Florida high school student's claim that the network scripted a question that he was supposed to ask at a televised town hall event this week.
  • Trump supporter, 76, blames ‘fake news’ CNN for threats following reporter ambush

    02/24/2018 9:27:07 AM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 7 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2/23/2018 | Brian Flood
    Florine Gruen Goldfarb, 76, never thought her Trump-inspired activism during the 2016 election would earn her infamy and ridicule – but that’s what happened thanks to CNN. CNN correspondent Drew Griffin ambushed the Trump supporter outside her home earlier this week because she may have unwittingly promoted a Russian-coordinated event during the 2016 election. Now she's receiving threats on social media, and she lays the blame at the news network's feet. Goldfarb had her full name plastered on the video that was tweeted out to CNN’s nearly 40 million followers. Her house number was also visible for much off the...
  • Driverless cars without humans at the wheel may be approved for California as soon as April

    02/24/2018 9:26:22 AM PST · by Navy Patriot · 32 replies
    San Fagsisco Examiner (Fake News with Attitude). ^ | February 24, 2018 | Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez (Three Name Elitist)
    Companies testing robot-driven cars in California currently require a driver behind the wheel. As soon as April, however, those vehicles may be allowed to become truly driverless.... By April 2, then, autonomous vehicles could curve down San Francisco’s crooked Lombard Street without a driver behind the wheel.
  • Student Reveals Broward Sheriff Resource Officer Hid Behind Staircase, Pointed Gun At “Nothing”

    02/24/2018 9:13:27 AM PST · by dennisw · 105 replies
    Senior Brandon Huff rushed to the building where the shooting was taking place when he found out his girlfriend was inside. She texted me, ‘There is a shooter in the room. I love you,’ so I freaked out. I dropped everything in my hands,” Huff said. […] “The school resource officer was behind a stairwell wall, just standing there, and he had his gun drawn, and he was just pointing it at the building,” Huff said. “Shots started going off inside, and you could hear them going off over and over again.” […] “He was pointing his gun at nothing....
  • Parkland Student Hogg: FedEx Must Drop NRA Support or We’ll “Take Care” of Them

    02/24/2018 9:13:22 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 111 replies
    FinkelBlog ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Is fame giving delusions of grandeur to David Hogg, the Parkland student who’s become a media celebrity as an advocate of more gun control? During a long interview with Joy Reid on her MSNBC show today, Hogg at one point looked directly into the camera and said that in contrast with several other companies that had offered discounts to NRA members: “FedEx still has not dropped their deal with the NRA. The CEO is one of the biggest donors to the NRA. And we have to take care of them. And as a result, if they aren’t going to, we’re...
  • “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...
  • Delta and United scrap airfare discounts for NRA members

    02/24/2018 9:09:09 AM PST · by Simon Green · 48 replies
    CNBC ^ | 02/24/18 | Leslie Josephs
    Delta Air Lines and United Airlines said they will scrap group airfare discounts for members of the National Rifle Association, joining a growing list of companies to end perks for the gun-rights group following the deadly mass shooting at a South Florida high school last week. Delta and United were offering discounts of 2 percent and 10 percent off online fares for flights to the NRA's meeting in Dallas in June, according to the NRA's website. Delta said that it will inform the NRA of its decision and will request that it remove the airline's information from its website. The...