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Feb 13 12:09

DHS DESTROYS NBC For Fake News On Russia Meddling...

This is completely irresponsible from NBC. And DHS let them have it with guns blazing.

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Feb 13 11:39

BUSTED | 60 Minutes Exposes Kirsten Gillibrand…

Senator blames ‘White People' for her previous Conservative positions on guns and illegal immigration. And she wants to be President. You gotta see this nonsense. Credit to 60 Minutes for busting her.

I've included a transcript.

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Feb 13 11:04

Huge US military force arrives for exercises in Thailand

The biggest US force in years joined an annual military exercise in Thailand today despite controversy over the Thai junta's invitation to neighbouring Burma's army, which has been accused of ethnic cleansing.

Feb 13 11:04

Blackout hits northern Puerto Rico following fire, explosion

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — An explosion and fire at an electric substation threw much of northern Puerto Rico into darkness late Sunday in a setback for the U.S. territory's efforts to fully restore power more than five months after Hurricane Maria started the longest blackout in U.S. history.

The island's Electric Power Authority said several municipalities were without power, including parts of the capital, San Juan, but they were optimistic it could be restored within a day as they worked to repair a substation that controls voltage.

The blast illustrated the challenges of restoring a power grid that was already crumbling before it was devastated by the Category 4 hurricane.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump, a word, please:

There has GOT to be a company in the US with the knoweldge base, the expertise, and the will to get electricity restored to Puerto Rico, and not break the bank with charges for their services.

And there have GOT to be someone in your administration who knows how to find these people, and put them to work.

Mr. President, the two operative words here, are "NOW, PLEASE!!!!"

Even though Puerto Rico is out of the headlines from the storm, and the damage it did, these people absolutely deserve our real help here, even if it will not necessarily translate as positive press for you right now.

I am thanking you in advance, President Trump; I do believe you have the heart to do the right thing here.

Feb 13 11:03

TAXPAYERS SHELL OUT $175K FOR BRAVE COP FIRED BY DEPT. FOR REFUSING TO KILL A MAN

eirton, WV — As TFTP reported last year, former Weirton police officer Stephen Mader sued the city after he was fired for not killing a suicidal man who needed help.

It was reported this week that Mader will be receiving $175,000 in a settlement as a result of his unnecessary firing.

“At the end of the day, I’m happy to put this chapter of my life to bed,” Mader said. “The events leading to my termination were unjustified and I’m pleased a joint resolution has been met

“My hope is that no other person on either end of a police call has to go through this again,” said Mader, who still lives in Weirton with his family but now drives trucks for a living, according to WPXI.

As we reported at the time, on May 6, 2016, Mader responded to a domestic call about a suicidal person. When he arrived on the scene, Mader confronted 23-year-old Ronald D. Williams who was armed and mentally distraught.

Madar said that he began talking to the young man in his “calm voice.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This cop did absolutely the right thing here, and HE GETS PUNISHED BY LOSING HIS JOB FOR IT?!?

In my world, this former officer deserves a medal, and a position with any local police department whose superviser wants their peace officers to "do the right thing", and learn to "talk people down" when it is humanly possible.

I have (retired) police in my own family, and know them to be loving, devoted family people, who would never want to hurt or kill somebody if there was a fraction of hope that there another possible way out of a bad situation, but would never allow themselves or their partners get hurt.

I frankly think this country could do well to have more police officers who have been trained in the concept of "talking people down", when they are agitated, and can tell the difference between someone who is a real threat in their agitation...and who is not.

Feb 13 11:01

‘Black Women Are Realizing the Power of Their Vote’

The massive turnout of black women in 2017’s elections was only the start, predicts Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms.

There’s nothing Republicans can do to win them back, she says, and they’ll keep electing Democrats to push the GOP from power.

Feb 13 11:00

The NRA Really Wants You To Stop Making Fun Of Trump Now, OK?

The NRA really doesn’t like it when people don’t show enough respect to President Donald Trump.
A new spot from the gun lobbyists features an angry guy stewing as a TV shows clips of the media criticizing Trump and the National Rifle Association. Some of the clips are of comedy shows, including “Saturday Night Live” and “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver.”

Feb 13 10:59

New York Times CEO: Print Journalism Has Maybe Another 10 Years

The newspaper printing presses may have another decade of life in them, New York Times CEO Mark Thompson told CNBC on Monday.
"I believe at least 10 years is what we can see in the U.S. for our print products," Thompson said on "Power Lunch." He said he'd like to have the print edition "survive and thrive as long as it can," but admitted it might face an expiration date.

Feb 13 10:58

Russia Is Trying To Bury This Video—And They Might Shut Down YouTube To Do It

Last week, a 25-minute video published by Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny alleging a new link between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign made headlinesaround the world. Now the Russian government wants it scrubbed from the internet—so much so that it is taking steps that could block millions of its own citizens from using YouTube or Instagram.
The video was released last Thursday, and accused Russian Deputy Prime Minister Sergey Prikhodko—a top foreign policy official—of having been a conduit between the Kremlin and Oleg Deripaska, an oligarch linked to the Trump campaign.

Feb 13 10:51

Blackout hits northern Puerto Rico following fire, explosion

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — An explosion and fire at an electric substation threw much of northern Puerto Rico into darkness late Sunday in a setback for the U.S. territory's efforts to fully restore power more than five months after Hurricane Maria started the longest blackout in U.S. history.

The island's Electric Power Authority said several municipalities were without power, including parts of the capital, San Juan, but they were optimistic it could be restored within a day as they worked to repair a substation that controls voltage.

The blast illustrated the challenges of restoring a power grid that was already crumbling before it was devastated by the Category 4 hurricane.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump, a word, please:

There has GOT to be a company in the US with the knoweldge base, the expertise, and the will to get electricity restored to Puerto Rico, and not break the bank with charges for their services.

And there have GOT to be someone in your administration who knows how to find these people, and put them to work.

Mr. President, the two operative words here, are "NOW, PLEASE!!!!"

Even though Puerto Rico is out of the headlines from the storm, and the damage it did, these people absolutely deserve our real help here, even if it will not necessarily translate as positive press for you right now.

I am thanking you in advance, President Trump; I do believe you have the heart to do the right thing here.

Feb 13 10:51

Local public access channels can intervene in Comcast suit

Afederal judge has ruled that Vermont’s public-access cable channels have a big stake in the outcome of Comcast’s suit against the state of Vermont, and can intervene in it.
Judge Geoffrey Crawford, sitting in the U.S. District Court in Rutland, ruled last week that the public access “stations depend on networks maintained by cable operators like Comcast to reach their viewers. Any change in the conditions under which Comcast must carry their programming affects them greatly.”

Feb 13 10:50

‘Floating’ Cliffside House in Australia Hits the Market

The suburban Gold Coast home is being sold through an expressions of interest campaign

A newly built home that’s designed to appear to be floating along the cliffs of Burleigh Heads, a Gold Coast suburb in Queensland, Australia, hit the market last week.

Feb 13 10:49

An officer was fired after he chose not to shoot a distraught suspect. Now he's getting a $175,000 settlement

(CNN)A West Virginia city has agreed to pay a former police officer $175,000 to settle a wrongful-termination lawsuit after he was fired following his decision not to shoot a distraught suspect who was holding a gun.

Feb 13 10:46

3 Trump Properties Posted 144 Openings For Seasonal Jobs. Only One Went To A US Worker.

President Donald Trump's businesses don’t seem too concerned about “America First."
A Vox analysis of hiring records for seasonal workers at three Trump properties in New York and Florida revealed that only one out of 144 jobs went to a US worker from 2016 to the end of 2017. Foreign guest workers with H-2B visas got the rest.

Feb 13 10:46

The White House Cries Crocodile Tears Over 'Due Process'

“Peoples lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation,” the president tweeted on Saturday. “Some are true and some are false. Some are old and some are new. There is no recovery for someone falsely accused - life and career are gone. Is there no such thing any longer as Due Process?”

Feb 13 10:45

Why We’re Underestimating American Collapse

You might say, having read some of my recent essays, “Umair! Don’t worry! Everything will be fine! It’s not that bad!” I would look at you politely, and then say gently, “To tell you the truth, I don’t think we’re taking collapse nearly seriously enough.”

Why? When we take a hard look at US collapse, we see a number of social pathologies on the rise. Not just any kind. Not even troubling, worrying, and dangerous ones. But strange and bizarre ones. Unique ones. Singular and gruesomely weird ones I’ve never really seen before, and outside of a dystopia written by Dickens and Orwell, nor have you, and neither has history. They suggest that whatever “numbers” we use to represent decline?—?shrinking real incomes, inequality, and so on —we are in fact grossly underestimating what pundits call the “human toll”, but which sensible human beings like you and I should simply think of as the overwhelming despair, rage, and anxiety of living in a collapsing society.

Feb 13 10:45

Duterte slammed over threat to shoot rebels in the genitals

Human rights groups condemned the Philippine president on Tuesday for saying that troops should shoot female communist rebels in the genitals to render them "useless," which they said could encourage sexual violence and war crimes.

The left-wing group Karapatan said President Rodrigo Duterte "has distinguished himself as a frothing-in-the-mouth fascist who incites the worst violations of international humanitarian law."

Duterte's remarks "are but the latest of the series of this madman's display of tyranny, lunacy and machismo," Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay said.

The U.S.-based group Human Rights Watch said the remark last week was the latest in a "series of misogynist, derogatory and demeaning statements he has made about women" that encourage state forces to commit sexual violence during armed conflicts.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears that the Philippine people have elected their own Caligula, one who delights in visualising bloodshed, horrifically brutal physical incapacitation, and destruction, but orders other people do the actual dirty work.

The Madness of Caligula

Whatever happened to the concept of peaceful, moral, hard-one negotiations to give more people a "seat at the table" in the Philippine government, without violence?!?

Apparently, these concepts have completely vanished from the workings and desires of the Philippine government, and particularly with Duterte, a man who obviously loves, and most probably lives, on fantasies of bloodlust, and female mutilation.

I am sorry, but the Philippine people deserve far better than this guy; there's GOT to be someone out there on the political scene with some shred of sanity, dignity, and morality who could do one heck of a lot better for them then this guy.

Feb 13 10:33

YouTube CEO on Facebook's video ambitions: 'They should get back to baby pictures'

Facebook should ditch its video ambitions and "get back to baby pictures and sharing," YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki quipped on stage Tuesday night.

Feb 13 10:32

Baltimore is at more than 10 days without a homicide --the longest streak since 2015

Baltimore is at 11 days and counting without a homicide.
The streak is the longest since the 2015 unrest that saw a sharp and sustained spike in violence. And it coincides with the start of a 72-hour community-led “ceasefire” that kicked off Feb. 2.

Feb 13 10:25

Venezuela fears ‘invasion’ after U.S. military chief visits Colombia

Venezuela on Monday accused neighboring Colombia of planning a bombing campaign or a “military invasion” amid heightened tensions in the region and a mass exodus fueled by Venezuela’s collapsing economy.

“In Colombia, they are planning to revive eras that had ended in human history, like military bombing, a military invasion or the occupation, through blood and gunfire, of a peaceful country like Venezuela,” said Venezuela’s chief prosecutor, Tarek William Saab, according to the state-run AVN news agency. “We will not allow it.”

Saab didn’t provide proof of his allegations, but other regional allies pointed to the weekend visit to Colombia by Admiral Kurt Tidd, head of U.S. Southern Command.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is not the first time Tidd has been in Columbia, or made an assessment , of, what is likely going on -or may be going on - in Columbia's neighbor, Venezuela.

Southcom commander warns Congress of growing humanitarian crisis in Venezuela, 2017

And take a look at his twitter feeds, from 3 days ago:

Admiral Tidd's Twitter feeds

What do these tell us?? that Admiral Tidd was in the Columbian city of Turnaco, meeting with Columbia's Vice-President there, Oscar Naranjo, to discuss "security measures", and also met greeted Columbian security forces there.

But the significance is the meeting with Naranjo. It appeared that he had discussions with Columbia's Vice-President, but not with Tidd's military counterparts.

And of course, the situation in Venezuela has become very intense, and the standard of living of ordinary Venezuelans has devolved into near back-breaking, horrific poverty., due to US Sanctions, and lousy planning and economic decisions taken by the current government.

But the timing of this meeting?!?

Venezuela is due to have its national election on 22 April of this year.

Maduro will be running again, and will be facing scant opposition, looking for another 6 year term.

Few Challengers in Sight, Venezuela Sets April 22 for Presidential Vote

The talks between Tidd and Naranjo probably centered on the aftermath of this election, and what happens if and when Maduro, probably by stealing it, wins this next election.

IF the US cannot get Maduro out of power through elections, the question is, what can they do to foment and galvanize the opposition to do something "dramatic", and who could be tapped to lead such an effort?!?

It is clear that the US doesn't want to be accused as the country leading the charge here, so expect it to make it look like a "nation popular movement" to dethrone Maduro, just as they did in Ukraine in 2014 with the "dumping" of the duly elected Yanukovych, and replacing him with Poroshenko.

Unfortunately, such a move will have US government fingerprints all over it, because of all the "regime changes" the US government has created in the past, particularly in Central and South America.

Expect a number of people to die here, in this "psuedo-revolution", but to the US government and military it will simply be written off as "collateral damage".

Remember; what the US wants here, beside "regime change" is a US-Centric government, which only sells its vast reserves of oil in US dollars, and will accept no other currency for it.

Feb 13 10:24

Facebook is suggesting mobile users 'Protect' themselves...by downloading a Facebook-owned app that tracks their mobile usage

Facebook is now offering some mobile app users a wireless-networking app without first disclosing that it's owned by Facebook, or that it collects information for the social networking company.

Feb 13 10:23

Seattle TV Station Pays Off Medical Debts for 1,000 people

KIRO 7 and Jesse Jones have paid off $1.1 million of medical debt for 1,000 people in western Washington.

After hearing Washington state medical debt stories for an investigative report, we decided to do something about it. Our goal: buy as much medical debt as we could.We spent $12,000 and purchased $1 million worth of medical debt owed by viewers in our region. And we are forgiving every single cent of it.

Feb 13 10:14

CNN Exclusive: California launches investigation following stunning admission by Aetna medical director

California's insurance commissioner has launched an investigation into Aetna after learning a former medical director for the insurer admitted under oath he never looked at patients' records when deciding whether to approve or deny care.

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones expressed outrage after CNN showed him a transcript of the testimony and said his office is looking into how widespread the practice is within Aetna.

"If the health insurer is making decisions to deny coverage without a physician actually ever reviewing medical records, that's of significant concern to me as insurance commissioner in California -- and potentially a violation of law," he said.

Aetna, the nation's third-largest insurance provider with 23.1 million customers, told CNN it looked forward to "explaining our clinical review process" to the commissioner.

Feb 13 10:11

An Immigrant Who Went to Police For Help Was Detained And Handed Over to Immigration Officials

A Washington police department has come under fire after turning an immigrant who called police for help over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents.
The Tukwila Police Department said officers were not acting "with malice" when they arrested the man after they mistook an administrative warrant issued by ICE for a judicial warrant.

Feb 13 10:10

Elementary students told they can't say no when asked to dance — what's happening with school dances?

School dances have sparked serious debate recently. (Photo: Everett Collection)
School dances have been causing controversy for promoting sexist stereotypes, and now, blurring the lines of consent between boys and girls.
The latest example involves a Utah mother and her daughter’s elementary school dance, which requires girls to accept boys’ invitation to hit the floor.

Feb 13 10:09

Couple who quit jobs and sold belongings to sail world lose everything as boat capsizes two days into journey

A couple who sold all of their possessions so they could sail around the world have been left with nothing after their boat sank just two days into their journey.
Tanner Broadwell and Nikki Walsh began their adventure on a 28-foot sailboat last week, setting off from the marina in Tarpon Springs.

Feb 13 09:56

VIDEO: Tow truck steals Sarasota County man’s car in minutes

Security camera video captured a dark-colored tow truck backing up to a house and stealing a car. This occurred at a house off Proctor Road in Sarasota County while the owner slept.

Damian Rios’ wife discovered the car missing early on Mother’s Day. “She opened the door to leave and she came back inside the house and said, ‘you’re car is not in the driveway,’” Rios recalled.

Rios immediately checked his security cameras. “The towing truck went all the way that way and then came back. And then came in reverse in here and go that way,” he explained as News Channel 8 watched the video.

The stolen car is not expensive. It’s a blue, 2006 Infiniti, worth about $10,000.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When the police found our car, they didn't even bother to take fingerprints off of it.

Feb 13 09:51

YOU Might Be Considered a Domestic Terrorist If This New Bill Passes

When you hear the word "patriot" do you think of someone who stands for the national anthem, perhaps serves in the Armed Forces, and loves their country?  Well, "patriot" may become a dirty word if the new Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act of 2018 becomes a law. (And it probably will - we've seen the unPatriot Act and the NDAA repeatedly pass with little more than a rustle of dissent.)

Be sure to take the quiz at the end to see if you're a potential Domestic Terrorist according to FBI criteria.

Feb 13 09:50

When Virtue Signalling Goes Wrong: NYT's Bari Weiss Deletes 'Racist' Tweet After Backlash

New York Times opinion writer and staff editor Bari Weiss thought she was showing up President Trump when she praised US Olympic skater Mirai Nagasu as an "immigrant" succeeding in the Winter Games.

"Immigrants: They get the job done," Weiss tweeted in response to video of Nagasu performing a "historic triple axel" from NBC.

While Nagasu's parents are Japanese immigrants, she was born in California as a US citizen. Rather than be showered with praise for signalling her virtue, Weiss was showered with hate for questioning Nagasu's authentic Americanness.

Feb 13 09:28

YouTube reportedly caves to Russia's federal censor, orders ‘NavalnyLive’ to delete its #RussiaGate investigative report

Google has reportedly sent a message to the owners of the “NavalnyLive” YouTube channel, demanding that the administrators delete a video where Navalny accuses oligarch Oleg Deripaska of meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Sergey Prikhodko aboard the former’s yacht in August 2016, possibly to discuss Moscow’s interference in the U.S. presidential election.

Feb 13 09:27

Terror victims Donald Trump won’t talk about: Americans killed by the alt-right

Have you heard of Blaze Bernstein? What about Buckley Kuhn-Fricker and Scott Fricker? Do Casey Jordan Marquez and Francisco Fernandez sound like familiar names?
The answer is almost certainly no. Those are a few names drawn from the list of more than 100 people murdered or injured by the white supremacist "alt-right" movement. The mainstream American news media has not devoted significant coverage to these victims. Why? Because while the rule "if it bleeds it leads" is the corporate media's informal modus operandi, right-wing violence has been increasingly normalized in the era of Donald Trump. Of course, Trump has not spoken the names of any of the 43 people killed by the "alt-right" because the perpetrators are not nebulous black or brown people -- or, worse yet, Muslims.

Feb 13 09:20

Teacher Died After Not Getting Flu Meds Due To Price, Husband Says

A Texas elementary school teacher died of complications from the flu after the woman delayed in picking up her medication because of its cost.

Feb 13 09:20

A Facebook employee asked a reporter to turn off his phone so Facebook couldn't track its location — and it reveals a bigger problem within the company

To corporate giants like Facebook, leaks to rivals or the media are a cardinal sin.
That notion was clear in a new Wired story about Facebook's rocky time over the last two years. The story talks about how Facebook was able to find two leakers who told a Gizmodo reporter about its news operations.

Feb 13 09:10

Woman who kidnapped baby and raised girl as her own for 18 years pleads guilty

Nearly two decades after she walked into a Florida hospital posing as a nurse and walked out with a newborn, Gloria Williams stood in a courtroom today and admitted she acted alone in the 1998 abduction of the baby she raised as her own in South Carolina.

Feb 13 09:09

An American story: How Chloe Kim, daughter of immigrants and social-media star, won Olympic gold

PYEONGCHONG, South Korea – The most American story of the PyeongChang Games unfolded atop a mountain here Tuesday morning. The daughter of two immigrants who was pushed to perform extreme feats as a moppet and grew to document them through social media ubiquity won an Olympic gold medal. She is the spinning, flipping, dyed-blonde zeitgeist.

Feb 13 09:08

Why you shouldn't buy North Korea's Olympic charm offensive

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — North Korea has ambushed the Olympics, unleashing a charm offensive with cheerleaders and a dictator’s sister and olive branches to enemies near and far.

Feb 13 09:07

Dozens of White House officials lack proper security clearance, source says

Thirty to 40 White House officials and administration political appointees are still operating without full security clearances, including senior adviser to President Donald Trump Jared Kushner and -- until recently -- White House staffer Rob Porter, according to a US official and a source familiar with the situation.

Feb 13 09:07

Police officer fired for not shooting black suspect wins $175,000

A former police officer who alleged he was fired for not shooting a black suspect during a standoff has settled a wrongful termination suit with his former department for $175,000.

Feb 13 09:02

INTERNET USERS SPOKE UP TO KEEP SAFE HARBORS SAFE

SOURCE: EFF
Today, we delivered a petition to the U.S. Copyright Office to keep copyright’s safe harbors safe. We asked the Copyright Office to remove a bureaucratic requirement that could cause websites and Internet services to lose protection under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). And we asked them to help keep Congress from replacing the DMCA safe harbor with a mandatory filtering law. Internet users from all over the U.S. and beyond added their voices to our petition.

Under current law, the owners of websites and online services can be protected from monetary liability when their users are accused of infringing copyright through the DMCA “safe harbors.” In order to take advantage of these safe harbors, owners must meet many requirements, including participating in the notorious notice-and-takedown procedure for allegedly infringing content. They also must register an agent—someone who can respond to takedown requests—with the Copyright Office.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To other independent blogs out there, please; keep aware of the ever-changing nature of these laws on the net, engineered to destroy the independent media, and keep us from telling the truth as we see it.

Feb 13 08:58

Pentagon Requesting $66 Million For Laser Drones to Shoot Down North Korean Missiles

The Missile Defense Agency is rushing to put more solutions in the field and trying to put past failures behind them.

One of the smaller line items in the Missile Defense Agency’s $9.9 billion budget request for 2019 is also one of the most interesting: $66 million to keep developing a laser that can be mounted on a drone and used to destroy enemy missiles on the launch pad — or shortly after takeoff.

That amount includes $61 million to continue the laser-on-a-drone program, called the Low Power Laser Demonstrator, or LPLD, and $5 million to scale up its laser to sufficient destructive power.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In light of the fact that Kim Jong Un's Sister just handed a letter to South Korea's President Moon, inviting him to Pyongyang, is it just possible that such a weapon will not be needed, because it looks to me as though there is a distinct possibility of peace, and possibly, reunification, breaking out between the two Koreas?

Were I the chairperson of the committee with the power to approve this line item or not, I would certainly want to delay its implementation, to see what dimplomatic process evolves here, after the Winter Olympic Games, which are still in progress, and will not end until the 25th of this month.

Feb 13 08:56

Russia In the Crosshairs

How many times did Putin announce victory in Syria, pull out, and then have to go back after Washington’s forces had recuperated? Why does Putin refuse the reincorporation of the breakaway Russian provinces in Ukraine? He allowed Crimea back in because of the Russian naval base, but he has refused the Russian provinces of Donetsk and Luhansk. Consequently, the Russian people in these provinces continue to be subject to attack, and Washington has now armed its Ukrainian nazi state with weapons to reconquer the breakaway republics.

Whether or not Russia wants to acknowledge it, Russia is in a fight for her life. There is evidence that top Russian leaders are unaware of this.

Feb 13 08:51

'This Needs to Happen All Over America': Applause for Candidate Who Called Out Big Oil Donors

When West Virginia House of Delegates candidate Lissa Lucas decided to take a standagainst Big Oil's pernicious political influence last week by rattling off the names of state lawmakers receiving massive campaign donations from the fossil fuel industry, she was swiftly and forcefully silenced.

Feb 13 08:51

Ted Cruz cast lone vote against advancing 'Dreamer' legislation

Texas U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz stood alone Monday in voting against a GOP motion to start debate on a new immigration proposal that could resolve the standoff over "Dreamers."

Feb 13 08:50

THE WORLD'S WORST MONEY LAUNDERERS ARE THE UK, SWITZERLAND AND THE USA

The USA has moved up in the Tax Justice Network's Financial Secrecy Index to number two, behind Switzerland; in reality, though, the UK is the world's worst money-laundry, but because its laundering activities are spread out over its overseas territories -- taken as a whole, the UK leads the world in helping criminals and looters hide their fortunes.

America's role in money-laundering is well-documented; the ease of incorporating anonymous shell companies has been key to making fortunes disappear -- and they also constitute the wide end of the funnel for dark money in US politics.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why am I not surprised here?!?

Feb 13 08:48

Kushner Foundation Gives $342K to Chabad — Still Surprised About Jared and Ivanka’s Synagogue?

A Haaretz examination has revealed that Charles and Seryl Kushner have been major benefactors of Chabad over the years. Between 2003 and 2013, their family foundation donated a total of $342,500 to various institutions and projects associated with the movement, their tax records show.

Chabad has benefited not only from Kushner’s side of the family. It turns out that President-elect Donald Trump has also contributed to the movement – even before his daughter, who converted to Judaism, was married. Altogether, the Donald J. Trump Foundation has donated $11,550 to three Chabad institutions.

Feb 13 08:44

Putin’s Chosen People

Putin’s has also generally been supportive of Jewish institutions—one Jewish institution in particular. One of the more intriguing aspects of contemporary Russian Jewish life is the close relationship between the Kremlin and Chabad, also known as Lubavitch, the Hasidic sect known in the United States for its street-corner proselytizing to fellow Jews and reverence for the late Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson. Founded in Western Russia in the 18th century, the Lubavitchers decamped to the United States in 1940, setting up their new headquarters in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights neighborhood. The Orthodox Jewish movement has dispatched hundreds of emissaries throughout the world to promote the faith. Just after the fall of Communism and just prior to his own death, Schneerson sent Rabbi Berel Lazar to represent Chabad in Russia.

Feb 13 08:43

Winners and losers under Medicare drug plan in Trump budget

FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2018, file photo Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., speaks at the Capitol in Washington. Some Medicare beneficiaries would face higher prescription drug costs under President Donald Trump’s budget even as the sickest patients save money. That may make it harder to sell the complex plan to Congress in an election year. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Feb 13 08:42

Trump Wants to Replace Food Stamps for Impoverished Americans With Food Boxes to Save Money

The Trump administration wants to scrap food stamps for low-income Americans and replace them with boxes of non-perishable food items selected by the government, Politico reported Monday.

Feb 13 08:41

2 Baltimore detectives convicted of racketeering, robbery

BALTIMORE (AP) — Two Baltimore police detectives were convicted of robbery, racketeering, and conspiracy Monday in a trial that's part of an ongoing federal investigation into corruption among rogue members of the city's beleaguered police force.

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