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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Insurance Commissioner to Visit Wicomico County Aug. 15 to Meet with Consumers, Business Owners and Producers

Regional Meeting to be held Wednesday, August 15th in Salisbury

​BALTIMORE –
Maryland Insurance Commissioner Al Redmer, Jr. will hold a public meeting in Wicomico County to hear from consumers, business owners and regulated entities about the insurance marketplace.

The meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Salisbury at Wor-Wic Community College, Hazel Center (Room 302), 3200 Campus Center Drive, Salisbury, MD 21804.

“As Maryland’s Insurance Commissioner, I am very interested in gathering information and opinions about the State’s insurance climate,” Commissioner Redmer said. “In these types of forums, we are reaching out to consumers, producers, business owners and insurance entities to hear opinions, questions and concerns about any recent changes in the insurance markets.”

The Commissioner and his staff will be available for interviews with the media.

Please RSVP to Denise Sellers at denise.sellers@maryland.gov if you plan to attend. If you have questions regarding this meeting, please contact Tracy Imm at tracy.imm@maryland.gov.

About the Maryland Insurance Administration

The Maryland Insurance Administration is an independent State agency charged with regulating Maryland’s $28.5 billion insurance industry. For more information about the Insurance Administration, please visit www.insurance.maryland.gov or follow us on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/MDInsuranceAdmin or Twitter at @MD_Insurance.

Former Sen. Nathaniel Oaks sentenced to federal prison

Judge orders Oaks to pay $30K fine, serve 80 hours of community service

BALTIMORE — 
Former Baltimore City state Sen. Nathaniel Oaks was sentenced Tuesday to 42 months in federal prison in a bribery case.


The prison sentence will be followed by three years of supervised release for one count of wire fraud and one count of honest services wire fraud. The judge also ordered Oaks to pay a $30,000 fine and perform 80 hours of community service.

Oaks, 71, pleaded guilty in March to trading his position for $15,300 in bribes from an FBI informant posing as a developer. Oaks agreed to use his legislative position to help get state funding for a housing project.

Oaks asked for a sentence of 18 months. Judge Richard Bennett said he would have considered it had Oaks not tipped off another FBI target, obstructing justice.

"I was stunned. You single-handedly knocked out a whole investigation. To obstruct an FBI investigation is serious as the underlying crimes," Bennett said.

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Salisbury Is Hiring, Again!

Now Hiring: Department of Water Works, Director
$76,346 - $85,978 DOQ Excellent Range of Benefits
Situated between the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean is the capital of the Eastern Shore, Salisbury, Maryland. With a population of over 32,000, Salisbury has become home to a very diverse community of people. Whether it is for the vibrant economic opportunity, quality public education, world-class healthcare, reinvigorated environmental stewardship, or globally known corporations, people are coming to be a part of this ever-changing town.
The City of Salisbury is looking for an energetic and detail-oriented leader, with a track record of career accomplishments to serve in the capacity of Director of the Water Works Department. Top candidates for this challenging leadership role must thrive in a robust, fast-paced, and complex environment. The next Director will be creative, strategic, and able to fully implement best practices for a data-driven deployment of resources. The Director will embrace and appreciate the performance of the entire Department.
The Water Works Department is a dynamic department that administers operations and maintenance for two divisions, Water and Wastewater, compromised of 50 full-time employees. The Water Divisions operates two water treatment facilities, with three remote water storage tanks. The two facilities have a combined capacity of 10.5 million gallons per day supplied with an average of 5.5 million gallons pumped daily. The Wastewater Division manages a recently upgraded 5A S wastewater treatment facility, which operates under a National Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit issued by the Maryland Department of the Environment. The wastewater plant is responsible for 46 remote pump stations which circulates 6.8 million gallons of waste per day and administers an industrial pretreatment program under the mandate by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Duties: Directs and oversees all department operations including budgeting, planning, programming, and personnel; develops and implements policies and procedures; collaborates with other City departments to administer citywide initiatives.
Additionally, the ideal candidate must possess the following qualifications:
• Proven leadership qualities with the ability to build relationships of trust, respect, and credibility in the community and internally with staff and colleagues;
• A commitment to public service, fiscal responsibility, and innovation in government;
• Outstanding communication skills, which convey confidence and credibility, and a willingness to engage the public and other stakeholders;
• Strong advocacy skills with the ability to garner support from stakeholders, including the public;
• Proven ability in budget development and management;
• Competency in exercising fiduciary responsibility to protect the interests of the City and the public;
• Strong political acumen and proven effectiveness in developing and maintaining productive working relationships with surrounding agencies, regional and state partners;
• Visionary planning and change agent skills with a demonstrated record of successful 
implementation of strategic and long-range business plans;
• Excellent problem solving skills with the ability to proactively identify and support creative and viable business solutions and leadership during periods of transition and change;
• Experience working in an urban and diverse community;
• Active and genuine commitment to managing diversity in the workplace;
• Proven experience in leading and managing a high-performing diverse team.
Requirements: Master’s degree in engineering related field preferred, plus ten years of experience in Water and/or Waste Water Treatment with five years at a supervisory level or equivalent combination of education and experience. Treatment plant operator license is recommended.
Estimated start date will be August/September 2018
Closing Date: July 20, 2018
APPLY: Submit City application, cover letter and resume to:
City of Salisbury HR 
125 N. Division St.
Salisbury, MD 21801

YouthWorks at Risk of Losing State Funding

Baltimore’s summer youth jobs program is riddled with problems. That’s according to an audit presented to the Board of Estimates this morning. Acting City Auditor Audrey Askew says it puts the program at risk of losing state funding.

The audit found the 2017 YouthWorks program paid roughly $3800 last summer to 11 participants who never did any work, others lied on timesheets about hours worked and in at least one case, someone falsified a youth’s name for job placement.

Jason Perkins-Cohen, director of Youth Works, says the problems stem from a lack of resources.

“It’s really just a matter of staffing,” says Perkins-Cohen. “If we want to have more staff people and that would involve more costs that reduces the number of young people we put to work we can do that and we would have more time to deal with these fairly minor discrepancies.”

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President Trump Says He Mis-spoke Regarding Russian Interference

President Donald Trump says he meant the opposite when he said in Helsinki that he doesn't see why Russia would have interfered in the 2016 U.S. elections.

Back at the White House on Tuesday, the president told reporters that he said he meant he doesn't see why Russia "wouldn't" be responsible.

He also said he accepts the American intelligence community's conclusion that Russia interfered in the election, but he denied that his campaign had colluded in the effort.

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Gun-Rights Groups Sue California Over Registration Failures That Could Result in Gun Owners Being Locked Up

'People who wanted to comply with the law simply couldn’t and now they face becoming criminals because they couldn’t do what the law requires'

Four gun-rights groups sued the state of California on Wednesday over the failed implementation of an online registration system they claim has left certain gun owners unable to comply with the state's new assault weapons restrictions through no fault of their own.

The Second Amendment Foundation, the Calguns Foundation, the Firearms Policy Coalition, and the Firearms Policy Foundationfiled suit alongside three California citizens against the California Department of Justice and Attorney General Xavier Becerra. They claim that California's online gun registration system, the California Firearms Application Reporting System, has not worked properly since its inception and did not work at all in the lead up to the registration deadline set for certain rifles. Further, they claim that the state was aware of the problems with the system.

"We're suing because California DOJ’s Firearms Application Reporting System (CFARS) broke down during the deadline week for people to register their firearms in accordance with new state laws," Alan Gottlieb, Second Amendment Foundation founder, said. "For a whole week the system was largely inaccessible. People who wanted to comply with the law simply couldn’t and now they face becoming criminals because they couldn’t do what the law requires."

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Interns Send Signed Letter to DCCC Chairman Demanding Intern Pay, Call Out ‘White and Wealthy’ Interns Who Didn't Sign Letter

A group of 13 interns at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee sent a signed letter to chairman Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D., N.M.) on Thursday demanding that they be paid for their internships.

Lydia Murray, who is Chinese-American, penned the letter and got the signature of 12 of her colleagues, also calling out her fellow interns who did not want to sign the letter. She characterized those who refused to sign the letter as "white and wealthy," adding that they don't have a "real understanding of the perspectives of everyday working Americans," according to Roll Call.

"Most of our fellow interns, while undoubtedly bright, are white and wealthy and have no real understanding of the perspectives of everyday working Americans, nor do we have fellow interns with diverse backgrounds to discuss issues, ideas, or experiences with," her letter stated. "This disconnect is then reflected [in] policy positions, now and in the future."

The letter was written in coordination with Pay Our Interns, a bipartisan non-profit organizationthat advocates for government and non-profit organizations to increase the amount of money interns make.

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White House: New indictments 'consistent' with Trump's message about collusion

The White House on Friday said the latest round of indictments against 12 Russian nationals as part of the special counsel investigation is "consistent" with President Trump's claim that his campaign did not collude with the Kremlin during the 2016 election.

[READ HERE: Mueller's indictment against 12 Russians for hacking Democrats in 2016]

"Today's charges include no allegations of knowing involvement by anyone on the campaign and no allegations that the alleged hacking affected the election result," White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said in a statement. "This is consistent with what we have been saying all along."

Friday's charges against a dozen Russian intelligence officers include a laundry list of offenses related to Moscow's involvement in the hacking of Democratic National Committee emails and state election operations in 2016. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who told reporters he briefed Trump on the charges earlier this week, said the Russians involved worked for the military intelligence agency GRU.

Rosenstein's announcement occurred just as Trump was meeting with Queen Elizabeth at Windsor Castle in England, and two days before he is scheduled to participate in his first bilateral summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Some Democratic lawmakers, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., have called on Trump to cancel his meeting with Putin "until Russia takes demonstrable and transparent steps to prove that they won't interfere in future elections."

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Marc A. Thiessen: Trump Isn't Attacking NATO. He's Strengthening It.

As President Trump put Germany and other allies on notice for the harm they are doing to NATO with their failure to spend adequately on our common defense, Democrats in Washington came to Germany’s defense. “President Trump’s brazen insults and denigration of one of America’s most steadfast allies, Germany, is an embarrassment,” Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said in a joint statement.

Sorry, Trump is right. The real embarrassment is that Germany, one of the wealthiest countries in Europe, spends just 1.24% of its gross domestic product on defense — in the bottom half of NATO allies. (The U.S. spends 3.5% of GDP on its military.) A study by McKinsey & Co. notes that about 60% of Germany’s Eurofighter and Tornado fighter jets and about 80% of its Sea Lynx helicopters are unusable. According to Deutsche Welle, a German parliamentary investigation found that “at the end of 2017, no submarines and none of the air force’s 14 large transport planes were available for deployment due to repairs,” and “a Defense Ministry paper revealed German soldiers did not have enough protective vests, winter clothing or tents to adequately take part in a major NATO mission.” Not enough tents?

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Seven Additional Arrests Made And More Pending As Police Continue To Dismantle Heroin/Fentanyl Distribution Operation In Maryland

(ANNAPOLIS, MD) – A cooperative cross-jurisdictional and multi-state drug investigation has led to seven additional arrests with more expected as police continue to dismantle a drug trafficking organization they believe was responsible for the distribution of heroin and fentanyl throughout Maryland.

The seven additional arrests include two juveniles. The remaining five arrests are adults, all of whom were transported to the Jennifer Road Detention Center in Annapolis. They are identified as:

Sterling Nugen, 36, of Lusby, MD, charged with conspiracy to distribute narcotics (heroin and fentanyl).

Richard Mattingly, 32, of Leonardtown, MD, charged with conspiracy to distribute narcotics (heroin and fentanyl).

Bdonshee Wells, 24, of Annapolis, MD, charged with conspiracy to distribute narcotics (heroin and fentanyl) and multiple criminal charges pertaining to criminal gang participation.

Keyo Fox, 18, of Glen Burnie, charged with possession with the intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance (heroin).

Rachel Keys, 28, of Severna Park, MD, charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance (heroin).

The arrests of the first seven suspects occurred between June 20 and June 27, 2018. They were identified in a news release issued on June 28, 2018 as:

Traymont Wiley, age 27, of Columbia, MD, who was charged with being a drug kingpin (heroin and fentanyl), conspiracy to distribute narcotics (heroin and fentanyl) and multiple criminal charges pertaining to criminal gang participation.

Vincent Clark, age 26, of Arnold, MD, who was charged with conspiracy to distribute narcotics (heroin and fentanyl), and multiple criminal charges pertaining to criminal gang participation.

Willie Rhodes, age 28, of Annapolis, MD, who was charged with conspiracy to distribute narcotics (heroin and fentanyl), and multiple criminal charges pertaining to criminal gang participation.

Quentin Jones, age 32, of no fixed address, who was charged with conspiracy to distribute narcotics (heroin and fentanyl), and multiple criminal charges pertaining to criminal gang participation.

Ashley Jaxel, age 29, of Upper Marlboro, Ronald McElwain, age 33, of Baltimore and Timothy Aminzadeh, age 43, of Annapolis who were all charged with conspiracy to distribute narcotics (heroin and fentanyl).

The investigation began in the fall of 2015 and was led by the Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Division, Central South Narcotics unit in partnership with the Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney’s Office. Information developed during the investigation indicates the arrestees were part of a drug trafficking operation supplying drugs, especially heroin and fentanyl throughout Anne Arundel County, Prince George’s County, Baltimore City and Baltimore County.

Assistance in this investigation is being provided by agents from Homeland Security Investigations, officers from the Annapolis City Police Department and the Anne Arundel County Police Department. The Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney’s Office is also actively involved in providing guidance and support as the investigation continues. Additional arrests and charges are expected.

 
            Sterling Nugen                               Richard Mattingly                                Bdonshee Wells
 
                                                                                                  Keyo Fox                                              Rachel Keyes

Drug Investigation Leads to Arrest of Multiple Suspects

Lewes- The Delaware State Police concluded a month long drug investigation that led to the arrest of multiple suspects on several drug and other related charges.
During the month of June 2018, Troop 7 patrol units and detectives from the Rehoboth Beach Police Department developed information regarding the sale of drugs occurring in the 17000 block of Callaway Drive, Fairway Village. Investigators determined that the residence was occupied by 34-year-old Chelsea Coffin and 41-year-old Aaron Jones, and was also frequented by 17-year-old Talim Muhammad-Hunt of Philadelphia and 50-year-old Demetrius Greene of Lewes.
On Thursday July 12, 2018, at approximately 2:20 p.m., Troopers observed Hunt and Green exiting the residence and walking over to the Midway Movie Theater where they made contact with a female, identified as 26-year-old Felicia N. League of Rehoboth Beach, by telephone.  League was observed responding to the residence in Fairway Village where she obtained a large gray metal box.  League entered into a vehicle and began traveling towards the movie theater.  A traffic stop was conducted and contact was made with the driver, a 47-year-old male from Salisbury MD, and League.  A search of the vehicle revealed a grey lock box, over $300.00 in cash and drug paraphernalia.  The driver was found in possession of 9.5 pills containing approximately 7.5 mg of Hydrocodone.  Both the driver and League were taken into custody without incident.
As Hunt exited the movie theater, he was contacted by police and found to be in possession of over $2,400.00 in cash.  Greene who was located hiding in the bathroom of the movie theater was found in possession of 20 small plastic vials containing crack cocaine and a quantity of marijuana.
All subjects were transported back to Troop 7.  A search warrant was obtained for the residence as well as the gray lock box.  Upon execution of the search warrant, the lock box was found to contain 651 bags (approx. 4.557 grams) of heroin, 3.01 grams of powder cocaine, 159 plastic vials containing 11.58 grams of crack cocaine and a small quantity of marijuana. The search warrant was then executed at the Fairview Village residence where Coffin and Jones were contacted and taken into custody.  Numerous items of drug paraphernalia were located throughout the residence.
As a result of this investigation, the following items were seized:

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Study: People Who Live In Rural Towns Are Happier Than Those In Big Cities

A recent study conducted on those who live rurally as opposed to those who live in big cities suggests that people residing in rural areas are in fact happier. The reason? It might surprise you, but it shouldn’t.

The Canadian study was conducted by a team of researchers from the Vancouver School of Economics and McGill University. The goal of the study was to find out the happiness levels of 400,000 Canadians. Using the responses and by cross-referencing them with other survey data, they were able to identify which factors actually bring happiness to people. Rural people are happier than city dwellers.

Why? Because simply: their lives are more simple. According to Natural News, it wasn’t even close either. Those who live more rurally are about eight times happier than their city-dwelling counterparts. This was measured using responses from the participants when they were asked to rate “how satisfied” they are with their lives. On a scale of one to 10, the average score ranged from 7.04 to 8.94.

According to the study’s authors, the findings made it obvious that “Life is significantly less happy in urban areas.” This is mostly due to the fact that living in busy cities may also mean it’s more difficult to connect with family and friends.

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Donald Trump Calls on DNC to Hand Over Email Server

President Donald Trump called on the Democrat National Committee (DNC) during his press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Finland on Monday to hand over its server to the FBI to prove Russia hacked into it.

Associated Press reporter Jonathan Lemire asked Trump if he believed U.S. intelligence agencies that say Russia interfered in the election or Putin’s assertion that Russia did not and if he would denounce that interference and tell Putin to never do it again.

Trump said he had confidence in both parties but added he would like to see the DNC hand over its server.

“I will say this: I don’t see any reason why it would be [Russia]. But I really do want to see the server,” he said.

The DNC refused to turn over its server to authorities, and, instead, had a private company, Crowdstrike, examine it for forensic evidence. Crowdstrike attributed the hacking to two Russian groups, Fancy Bear and Cozy Bear.

Trump also said he wanted to see the House Democrat Caucus server handled by former DNC chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz’s former IT aide, Imran Awan, who went missing.

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DARPA's Secretive "Phantom Express" Hypersonic Spaceplane Passes Key Test

DARPA selected the Boeing Company in May 2017 to complete advanced design work for the agency’s Experimental Spaceplane (XS-1) program, which intends to develop and fly the first of an entirely new class of hypersonic spacecraft that would bolster national security by providing short-notice, low-cost satellite launches into Low Earth Orbit (LEO).

“The XS-1 would be neither a traditional airplane nor a conventional launch vehicle but rather a combination of the two, with the goal of lowering launch costs by a factor of ten and replacing today’s frustratingly long wait time with launch on demand,” Jess Sponable, DARPA program manager, said during a press conference in May 2017. “We’re very pleased with Boeing’s progress on the XS-1 through Phase 1 of the program and look forward to continuing our close collaboration in this newly funded progression to Phases 2 and 3—fabrication and flight.”

With XS-1 Phase 1 recently completed, it seems as DARPA has transitioned into XS-1 Phase 2, which includes design, construction, and testing of the technology demonstration vehicle through 2019. It also calls for test firing the vehicle’s engine on the ground ten times in 10 days to demonstrate propulsion readiness for flight tests, which was just completed on July 06 by Aerojet, Boeing, and DARPA.

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MSP Princess Anne June DUI Arrests

The following persons were arrested by Troopers assigned to the Maryland State Police Princess Anne Barracks and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs during the month of June 2018:

Gary Parker, 70 YOA, Princess Anne, MD
Domiesha Roberts, 30 YOA, Gaithersburg, MD
Connie Allison, 57 YOA, Eden, MD
Antonio Robles-Artega, 35 YOA, Lincoln, DE
Paul Brawner, 56 YOA, Goldsboro, NC
David Creager, 45 YOA, Parkville, MD
William Perez, 23 YOA, Quinby, VA
Michael Smith, 36 YOA, Baltimore, MD
David Foltz, 57 YOA, Middle River, MD

USCIS Updates Policy Guidance for Certain Requests for Evidence and Notices of Intent to Deny

WASHINGTON - U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today posted a policy memorandum (PDF, 113 KB) (PM) that provides guidance to USCIS adjudicators regarding their discretion to deny an application, petition, or request without first issuing a Request for Evidence (RFE) or Notice of Intent to Deny (NOID) when required initial evidence was not submitted or the evidence of record fails to establish eligibility.

This updated guidance is effective September 11, 2018 and applies to all applications, petitions, and requests, except for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) adjudications, received after that date. Due to preliminary injunctions issued by courts in California and New York, this new PM does not change the RFE and NOID policies and practices that apply to the adjudication of DACA requests.

“For too long, our immigration system has been bogged down with frivolous or meritless claims that slow down processing for everyone, including legitimate petitioners. Through this long overdue policy change, USCIS is restoring full discretion to our immigration officers to deny incomplete and ineligible applications and petitions submitted for immigration benefits,” said USCIS Director L. Francis Cissna. “Doing so will discourage frivolous filings and skeletal applications used to game the system, ensure our resources are not wasted, and ultimately improve our agency’s ability to efficiently and fairly adjudicate requests for immigration benefits in full accordance with our laws.”

The 2013 PM addressed policies for the issuance of RFEs and NOIDs when the evidence submitted at the time of filing did not establish eligibility. In practice, the 2013 PM limited denials without RFEs or NOIDs to statutory denials by providing that RFEs should be issued unless there was “no possibility” of approval. This “no possibility” policy limited the application of an adjudicator’s discretion.

The policy implemented in this guidance restores to the adjudicator full discretion to deny applications, petitions, and requests without first issuing an RFE or a NOID, when appropriate. This policy is intended to discourage frivolous or substantially incomplete filings used as “placeholder” filings and encourage applicants, petitioners, and requestors to be diligent in collecting and submitting required evidence.

USCIS will continue issuing statutory denials when appropriate without first issuing an RFE or NOID when the applicant, petitioner, or requestor has no legal basis for the benefit/request sought, or submits a request for a benefit or relief under a program that has been terminated.
If all required initial evidence is not submitted with the benefit request, USCIS, in its discretion, may deny the benefit request for failure to establish eligibility based on lack of required initial evidence. Examples of filings that may be denied without sending an RFE or NOID include, but are not limited to: 
Waiver applications submitted with little to no supporting evidence; or
Cases where the regulations, the statute, or form instructions require the submission of an official document or other form of evidence establishing eligibility at the time of filing and there is no such submission. For example, an Affidavit of Support (Form I-864), if required, was not submitted with an Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status (Form I-485).

This PM updates Chapters 10.5(a) and 10.5(b) of the USCIS Adjudicator’s Field Manual and contains an “additional considerations” section. The policy in this “additional considerations” section is not new, and is nearly identical to the policy contained in the superseded 2013 PM.

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Call Us Names, We Don't Care...

Ever since my Wife bought her Toyota Prius I was blown away at how comfortable and roomy this vehicle was. Then came the incredible gas mileage. I was so amazed, I went out and bought one, (above). The next thing I knew, all of my friends were going out and buying their own Prius and now we all try to compete with each other to see who can get the best mileage without tricking out the vehicle. How many miles to the gallon do you get in your vehicle? I know I'll see YOU at the pumps but you won't see me. Well, maybe once a month anyhow.

After The Strzok Stonewall: WSJ Says Trump Should Declassify This To Expose The Truth

While the left and the liberal media desperately defended 'FBI lovebird' Peter Strzok this week as he came under attack from a rightly angry 'right' over the level of cognitive dissonance required to ignore his text expletions and 'assume' no bias, The Wall Street Journal's Kimberley Strassel was carefully observing and asking 'awkward' questions...
On the question of Strzok's bias and whether we should believe he didn't act on it. The question every American should ask is this: How would you feel if he'd expressed such disgust toward you, and was also investigating you?

But it is the full Editorial Board of The Wall Street Journal that today's lays out the path ahead, after Strzok's stonewalling - Here’s what Trump should declassify if he wants the truth known...

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Majority Of Clinton Emails Funneled To "Foreign Entity"; When IG Told Strzok - He Completely Ignored

As we sift through the ashes of Thursday's dumpster-fire Congressional hearing with still employed FBI agent Peter Strzok, Luke Rosiak of the Daily Caller plucked out a key exchange between Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Tx) and Strzok which revealed a yet-unknown bombshell about the Clinton email case.

Nearly all of Hillary Clinton's emails on her homebrew server went to a foreign entity that isn't Russia. When this was discovered by the Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG), IG Chuck McCullough sent his investigator Frank Ruckner and an attorney to notify Strzok along with three other people about the "anomaly."

Four separate attempts were also made to notify DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz to brief him on the massive security breach, however Horowitz "never returned the call." Recall that Horowitz concluded last month that despite Strzok's extreme bias towards Hillary Clinton and against Donald Trump - none of it translated to Strzok's work at the FBI.

In other words; Strzok, while investigating Clinton's email server, completely ignored the fact that most of Clinton's emails were sent to a foreign entity - while IG Horowitz simply didn't want to know about it.

The Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG) found an “anomaly on Hillary Clinton’s emails going through their private server, and when they had done the forensic analysis, they found that her emails, every single one except four, over 30,000, were going to an address that was not on the distribution list,” Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas said during a hearing with FBI official Peter Strzok. -Daily Caller

Gohmert continued; “It was going to an unauthorized source that was a foreign entity unrelated to Russia.”

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"Credible" Lisa Page Wows House GOP; Supports Theory FBI Had "Desired Outcome" In Russia Probe

GOP lawmakers were pleased with former FBI attorney Lisa Page's Friday closed-door interview with select House committee members - in sharp contrast to her former FBI co-worker and lover Peter Strzok's Thursday testimony which was mostly a ten-hourtrain wreck.

After just five hours, a "cooperative" and "credible" Page answered many questions Strzok didn't, according to Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) as reported by Politico's Kyle Cheney, in large part because FBI attorneys present at the session backed off and let her answer more questions.

Rep. Ratcliffe says Lisa PAGE answered many questions Strzok didn’t and that lawmakers learned a lot of new information. He declined to provide any other details.

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Report: HHS Grants For Detained Illegal Alien Children Reaches $1 Billion

$75 million to $1 billion in 10 years

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) handed out nearly $1 billion in grants last year for child welfare services for detained migrant children, the Associated Press reported Friday.

The grants for the services, which include shelters and foster care for the children, have skyrocketed from $74.5 million in 2007 to $958 million in 2017, according to the AP.

More than 11,800 of the children are being housed in about 90 facilities in 15 states. The children are held as their parents wait for their immigration proceedings, or are considered for asylum if they arrived in the U.S. unaccompanied.

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Second leg of USSSA Eastern National Championship arrives on Delmarva

Glen Ave. road closure announced for opening ceremony

Salisbury, MD –
Over 120 girls softball teams will arrive on Delmarva this evening for the second leg of the USSSA Eastern National Championship.

The opening ceremony for week two of the tournament will be held this evening at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center. The parade of teams begins at 6 p.m. Media is welcome to attend.

To provide safe passage of players, coaches and spectators, a portion of Glen Ave. in front of the WY&CC will close today from 2-11 p.m. The closed portion runs from Civic Ave. to St. Albans Drive.

Tournament play begins on Wednesday. The tournament schedule, brackets and results can be found online athttp://www.usssa.com/fastpitch/event_gameCenter/?eventID=296900.

Air Force No Longer Spending $10,000 on Toilet Seats, Officials Say

After intense scrutiny on parts costs, the U.S. Air Force is 3D printing toilet seat covers for its cargo airlift planes instead of spending $10,000 to replace them.

"We now produce the latrine cover for the C-5 [Galaxy] using 3D printing," service spokeswoman Ann Stefanek told Military.com in an email Wednesday. "Using this new process allows us to make parts that are no longer in production and is driving major cost savings."

The news comes after Sen. Chuck Grassley, a Republican from Iowa, demanded that the Defense Department's Inspector General's office investigate why the service was spending so much to purchase individual seat covers for the planes.

Grassley last month queried the department on the "egregious and wasteful" spending after Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Will Roper told DefenseOne in an interview the service was shelling out thousands of dollars each time to replace broken seat covers instead of using 3D printing for a quick and less expensive fix.

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Nearly $4.7B awarded in suit linking cancer, Johnson & Johnson baby powder

ST. LOUIS — A St. Louis jury on Thursday awarded nearly $4.7 billion in total damages to 22 women and their families after they claimed asbestos in Johnson & Johnson talcum powder contributed to their ovarian cancer in the first case against the company that focused on asbestos in the powder.

The jury announced the $4.14 billion award in punitive damages shortly after awarding $550 million in compensatory damages after a six-week trial in St. Louis Circuit Court.

Johnson & Johnson called the verdict the result of an unfair process that allowed the women to sue the company in Missouri despite most of them not living in the state and said it would appeal, as it has in previous cases that found for women who sued the company.

“Johnson & Johnson remains confident that its products do not contain asbestos and do not cause ovarian cancer and intends to pursue all available appellate remedies,” spokeswoman Carol Goodrich said.

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White House Council Of Economic Advisers: 53 Percent Of Non-Disabled Working Age Medicaid Recipients Do Not Work

Fifty-three percent of non-disabled working age Medicaid recipients worked an average of zero hours per month while receiving benefits, according to a Thursday report from the White House Council of Economic Advisers.

The subset of recipients with the largest percentage of non-workers was adults aged 50-64 without children, according to the report. The subset with the smallest percentage of non-workers was working age recipients with a youngest child aged 1 to 5, with 49 percent of recipients reporting an average of zero work hours per month.

Of individuals receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance benefits, 54 percent of non-disabled working age adults reported an average of zero hours of work per month while receiving benefits, according to the report.

For non-disabled working age adults receiving housing assistance, 45 percent reported an average of zero work hours per month when receiving benefits.

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Russian troll farm made Twitter accounts for fake newspapers to spread real news

Operatives of the Kremlin-linked troll farm called the Internet Research Agency reportedly created Twitter accounts pretending to be local newspapers — and shared real local stories rather than fake news.

According to NPR, at least 48 separate Twitter accounts were created well before the 2016 presidential election and were designed to look like legitimate city newspapers.

In some cases, they used names of newspapers from the past, such as the Chicago Daily News, which folded in 1978.

The accounts, some of which gathered nearly 20,000 followers, didn’t purposely spread false news and instead shared credible local news stories without any particular slant.

NPR notes that the plan for such accounts was to create trust among media consumers before starting to infuse misinformation into its shared posts.

“They set them up for a reason. And if at any given moment, they wanted to operationalize this network of what seemed to be local American news handles, they can significantly influence the narrative on a breaking news story,” Bret Schafer, a social media analyst for the Alliance for Securing Democracy, told the outlet.

“But now instead of just showing up online and flooding it with news sites, they have these accounts with two years of credible history,” he added.

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Trump Responds To Russia Indictment: "Where Is The DNC Server? Why Didn't Obama Do Something?"

President Trump issued his first public comment about the indictment of 12 Russian military officers "for conspiring to interfere with the 2016 presidential election" by blaming former President Obama and the "deep state" and asking, as many others have, where the DNC server, the so-called "Exhibit A" in the case against the Russian hackers, is currently.

On Saturday morning, Trump tweeted from Scotland that "The stories you heard about the 12 Russians yesterday took place during the Obama Administration, not the Trump Administration" and asked “why didn’t they do something about it, especially when it was reported that President Obama was informed by the FBI in September, before the Election?" As one of his last acts as president, late in December 2016 and over a month after Trump had won the election, Obama issued sanctions against Russia for the meddling. He also expelled 35 Russian diplomats from the U.S. and ordered two Russian compounds to be closed.
The stories you heard about the 12 Russians yesterday took place during the Obama Administration, not the Trump Administration. Why didn’t they do something about it, especially when it was reported that President Obama was informed by the FBI in September, before the Election?

On Friday afternoon, the DOJ announced the indictment of 12 Russian intel officials who are charged with hacking Democratic National Committee officials and dispersing the stolen documents online. However, as explicitly stated in the indictment, there was "no indication that any American was a knowing participant in this activity, and no indication that these efforts altered the vote count in any way", something Trump has repeatedly noted.

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Shock as Trump backs Putin on election meddling at summit

HELSINKI (Reuters) - Standing side-by-side with Vladimir Putin, U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday refused to blame the Russian leader for meddling in the U.S. 2016 election, casting doubt on the findings of his own intelligence agencies and sparking a storm of criticism at home.

On a day when he faced pressure from critics, allied countries and even his own staff to take a tough line, Trump spoke not a single disparaging word in public about Moscow on any of the issues that have brought relations between the two powers to the lowest ebb since the Cold War.

Instead, he denounced the “stupidity” of his own country’s policy, especially the decision to investigate election interference following the conclusions drawn by U.S. intelligence agencies. A prosecutor announced an indictment three days ago of Russian spies for hacking into Democratic Party networks.

Trump’s handling of a joint news conference in Helsinki stirred a wave of condemnation in the United States, where the White House has struggled for months to dispel a suggestion that Trump was unwilling to stand up to Putin.

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HILLARY CLINTON: TRUMP, GOP ‘TRYING TO RIP THE HEART OUT OF AMERICA’

President’s policies to make America great again are ‘organized cruelty,’ she says

Hillary Clinton had strong words for the Trump administration and Republicans on Friday while addressing the American Federation of Teachers, saying the fundamental rights of Americans are what’s at stake this November.

Speaking at the labor union’s conference in Pittsburgh, Mrs. Clinton slammed the administration’s separations of families at the border as inhumane and indecent.

“I believe with all my heart that the test of any society is how we treat the most vulnerable among us, particularly our youngest, our oldest, our people with disabilities, and right now, my friends, our country is failing that test,” she said. “We have never seen such organized cruelty, disdain and contempt for those values.

“People used to hide the way they felt,” she lamented. “They wouldn’t come right out and say what they were thinking, which was good, that’s part of the process of civilization. Boy, not today.”

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Putin eats Trump's lunch in Helsinki -- This is no way to win against Russia

There was nothing inherently wrong with Trump’s summit with Putin. In fact, I would argue that in many cases, some of the best diplomacy comes through face-to-face meetings with adversaries. Still, the meeting was highly problematic in how little Trump delivered on the serious issues surrounding Vladimir Putin and Russia’s place in the modern world.

At their joint press conference, President Putin was calculated and in control. Conversely, President Trump seemed to lack authority, praising Putin when he should have been condemning him, and ceding opportunities to confront Putin on his most egregious actions of the past decade – including meddling in the 2016 election and the illegal annexation of Crimea in 2014.

During Putin and Trump’s prepared remarks, it was rather obvious who had led the discussion. While President Putin laid out a clear framework for advancing Russian interests within the context of U.S.-Russia relations, Trump appeared to have had little plan, alternating between vague promises of improving our relationship with Russia and spending too much time on U.S. domestic affairs, notably the 2016 presidential election. Instead of holding Putin accountable for his election interference, he referenced his defeat of Hillary Clinton.

For a sitting U.S. president to say publicly that he believes a foreign leader over his own intelligence team is shocking and admonishable. At a time when our democracy faces grave threats, it is deeply troubling that the president would side with the very country who attacked us.

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Big Pharma & The Rise Of Gangster Capitalism

$8 per vial in competing developed-world nations and $38,892 in the U.S. That says it all.

Thanks to decades of gangster films, we all know how gangster capitalism works: the cost of "protection" goes up whenever the gangster wants to increase revenues, any competition is snuffed out, and "customer demand" is jacked up by any means available-- addiction, for example.

This perfectly describes the pharmaceutical industry and every other cartel in America. You might have read about the price increase in Acthar gel, a medication to treat Infantile Spasms. (via J.F., M.D., who alerted me to the repricing of this medication from $40 in 2001 to the current price of $38,892.)

The compound first received approval in 1950, and various branded versions have been approved in recent years. Let's be clear: this medication did not require billions of dollars in research and development, or decades of testing to obtain FDA approval; it's been approved for use for the past 68 years.

Yes, you read that correctly: a medication that's been in use for 68 years went from $40 a dose in 2001 to $38,892 today. Don't you love the pricing? Not a round 38 grand, but $38,892. You gotta love these gangsters!

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ONE-FIFTH OF NORTH CAROLINA STUDENTS AREN’T GOING TO TRADITIONAL PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Almost 20 percent of K-12 students in North Carolina are not attending traditional public schools.

Enrollment in the state’s traditional public schools has fallen during the past few years as more and more students attend private, charter or home schools, The News & Observer reported Friday. North Carolina’s proportion of students enrolled in traditional public schools now sits at 80.8 percent.

“Families are more attuned to and used to having choices at their fingertips, and that is entering education as well,” Parents For Educational Freedom Interim President Brian Jodice said. “We’re no longer in this mindset that because I live at this address or this ZIP code I have to attend this particular school that works for many students but doesn’t have to be the only choice.”

The National Center for Education Statistics anticipated that out of the 3.6 million students expected to graduate from high school in 2018, 3.3 million graduates would receive their degrees from public high schools. This proportion is over 10 percent higher than the aforementioned North Carolina rate.

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ICE Agents Bust Hundreds of Ilegal Aliens, Smugglers in Massive Sting Operation

Eighteen human smugglers and 117 illegal aliens were detained in raids on safe houses in El Paso, Texas, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The raids were conducted last month but were announced by ICE in a statement on Friday.

“Special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and agents with U.S. Border Patrol arrested 18 alien smugglers and seized cash, vehicles and more than 1,000 lbs. of marijuana last month in a joint effort,” the statement read.

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Navy OKs Ponytails, Locks and Other Hairstyles for Female Sailors

Female sailors can soon sport several new hairstyles including locks, ponytails and options that fall below the collar in certain uniforms, according to new approved regulations announced Tuesday.

Lock, or loc, hairstyles and buns that span the width of the back of a female sailor's head will now be authorized for women in all uniforms. Ponytails will be OK in service, working or physical-training uniforms -- provided there's no operational safety concern. And hairstyles that hit beneath shirt, dress or jacket collars will be approved in dinner-dress uniforms.

The changes were approved by Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson and Chief of Naval Personnel Vice Adm. Bob Burke, and announced by six members of a working group during a Navy Facebook Live event.

Richardson credited the working group, which took feedback from the fleet, with coming up with and presenting the new grooming recommendations.

"We just demonstrated that a recommendation can make things happen, so I want to hear from you," he said.

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