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Thursday, June 01, 2017

Touch - A - Truck Event This Saturday


Join us June 3, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for Touch-A-Truck!
The first 300 people get in free, with tickets $2 at the door thereafter. There will be great food, awesome raffles, fun games, face painting, plus cool vehicles of all kinds!

For more information, contact Amanda Lloyd, amanda.lloyd@trinitylogistics.com. For sponsorship opportunities and to fill out a packet, please contact Brad Lord, brad.lord@trinitylogistics.com.


Trinity Logistics
50 Fallon Ave PO Box 1620, Seaford, Delaware 19973

Drugmakers accused of fueling devastating opiate crisis

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio's Attorney General sued five drugmakers on Wednesday for their alleged role in the state's opiate epidemic, accusing the companies of intentionally misleading patients about the dangers of painkillers and promoting benefits of the drugs not backed by science.

Attorney General Mike DeWine said the companies created a deadly mess in Ohio that they now need to pay to clean up.

"This lawsuit is about justice, it's about fairness, it's about what is right," DeWine said in announcing the complaint filed in Ross County, a southern Ohio community slammed by fatal drug overdoses from opioid painkillers and heroin.

A record 3,050 Ohioans died from drug overdoses in 2015, a figure expected to jump sharply once 2016 figures are tallied.

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Education Official Got Secret Cash Bonuses as Office Lost Billions to Fraud, Corruption

The senior Obama Education Department official who resigned this month to avoid testifying before Congress got hundreds of thousands of dollars in bonuses despite his well-documented failures, sources inside the agency tell Judicial Watch. The extra cash was kept off the books, away from the public, and doesn’t appear on his official government salary record but Judicial Watch has obtained the figures with yearly breakdowns. The official, James Runcie, ran the scandal-plagued Federal Student Aid (FSA) office, the government’s $1.4 trillion financial aid program. It includes, among other things, administering more than $150 billion in loans, grants and work-study funds to help students pay for college.

Under Runcie’s leadership there was pervasive fraud and corruption at the FSA, government sources tell Judicial Watch, including skirting federal rules to hire friends and family and hefty off-the-books cash bonuses despite the FSA’s documented transgressions. Just last week the Education Department Inspector General told Congress that the FSA made an astounding $6 billion in improper payments in 2016 alone as part of federal student aid programs. The figure includes $2.21 billion in improper Pell Grant payments and $3.86 billion as part of the Direct Loan program. These are disbursements that either shouldn’t have been made, went to the wrong recipient, were for an incorrect amount or were not properly documented. Each year the problem gets worse, according to Kathleen Tighe, Inspector General for the Education Department. Improper payments for the Federal Direct Loan program swelled from $1.28 billion in 2015 to $3.86 billion in 2016 and from $562 million to $2.21 billion for the federal Pell Grant program, all under Runcie’s leadership.

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'Jeopardy!' champion Ken Jennings mocks Barron, Donald Trump Jr. lashes out


One “Jeopardy!” champion and best-selling children’s book author is facing heat after mocking President Trump’s 11-year-old son Barron over the controversial photo of Kathy Griffin holding a blooded mask of the 70-year-old.

Ken Jennings posted a tweet Wednesday that appeared to reference a report by TMZ that alleged Barron was watching television at home when he saw the graphic image on the screen, prompting him to believe the beheading was real:


Barron’s older half-brother, Donald Trump Jr., spotted the tweet and immediately retaliated:
http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2017/06/01/jeopardy-champion-ken-jennings-mocks-barron-donald-trump-jr-lashes-out.html

BREAKING: Judge Exposes Astonishing Wiretapping of Supreme Court Justice Scalia by Obama - Mainstream Media Doing All They Can To Suppress This...

The bombshell revelation is just now making it's way through the mainstream media, and if corroborated the implications of what this means to the Obama Administration can only be surmised in that willful malfeasance, especially by a public official is a crime, which doesn't end simply because the individual is no longer in office.

The disclosure of perhaps a crime being committed was aired by Fox News Senior Judicial Analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano, who made the stunning announcement that the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia may have been the target of an illegal surveillance campaign by the Obama White House.

In a segment on Fox's "Mornings with Maria," which aired on Fox's Business Network, Napolitano reveals a conversation he had with the late Supreme Court Justice and his belief that he (Scalia) and the entire Supreme Court was under surveillance by Obama.

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Republican Under House Ethics Probe as Dem Colleagues Get Away with Similar Offense


Why is the House Ethics Committee selectively investigating a Republican lawmaker for publicly commenting on classified material while two Democrats who committed similar acts go unscathed? It appears to be a new low for the notoriously remiss panel that’s charged with investigating and punishing corrupt legislators but instead has a long tradition of letting them off the hook. In short, the committee is supposed to uphold high standards of ethical conduct in a bipartisan manner, but that’s hardly been the case.

In this latest matter, the House Ethics Committee launched an investigation against the Republican chairman of the Intelligence Committee, Devin Nunes, a few days after getting bombarded with complaints from Democrats and leftist groups. Nunes, a veteran congressman who represents California’s Central Valley, is accused of making unauthorized disclosures of classified information to the media as his intel panel probed Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. This apparently occurred during a press conference in which Nunes revealed that President Donald Trump and his associates had been surveilled by American intelligence agencies and unmasked in reports. In its statement announcing the Nunes investigation, the House Ethics Committee writes that it’s determining if Nunes made “unauthorized disclosures of classified information, in violation of House Rules, law, regulations, or other standards of conduct.”

In the meantime, the panel is ignoring similar—if not more serious—complaints against Democratic members of the House Intelligence Committee who disclosed classified information in flagrant violation of the rules. The lawmakers, Adam Schiff and Jackie Speier, publicly discussed the substance of classified calls between Trump’s former National Security Advisor, retired Army General Mike Flynn, and Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak. In late March Schiff, who represents parts of Los Angeles County, spoke to an audience at the Brookings Institution in which he commented on an intelligence community intercept of a December 29, 2016 conversation between Kislayak and Flynn. The conversation’s contents were leaked to the news media and widely reported. In his Brookings Institution speech, Schiff stated: “And then you have leaks that expose malfeasance or illegality. Now, I put that kind of leak, I put the Flynn leak in that category. And what was most disturbing to me, frankly, about that was: here you had a situation where the president is informed that his national security advisor . . . has lied to the vice president, and probably others . . . about a conversation with the Russians over sanctions imposed over hacking in the election to help the president.”


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Trump Supporters Disrupt ‘Illegal Alien’ Town Hall Held by CA Dem Rep.

Trump supporters turned the tables on Democrats in California and disrupted a Santa Ana Congressman’s “Immigration Workshop” on Tuesday evening—resulting in the arrest of one ANTIFA protestor, who allegedly physically assaulted one of the Trump supporters.

According to Santa Ana Police Department Cmdr. Matt Sorenson, interviewed in the Orange County Register, a fight broke out between two women at the Delhi Center, Tuesday, May 30, resulting in the room being cleared by police, and later the arrest of one protester outside.

The event was hosted by Rep. Lou Correa, (D-Santa Ana), at the [Delhi] center […and] was scheduled to run from 6 to 8 p.m., according to a post on Correa’s Facebook page. Correa listed Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA), World Relief Garden Grove and the Mexican Consulate as also taking part in the town hall.”

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Two Men Convicted Of Salisbury Man's Abduction

 
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DNR Police Blotter 6-1-17


Continued surveillance at Fishing Creek Bridge in Dorchester County resulted in charges against 18 people and the seizure of 261 striped bass.

On May 28 at 5:20 a.m., the following people were charged with catching too many striped bass and keeping undersized fish: Omar Martinez Ramirez, 24, of Lanham; Felipe Rodriguez Morales, 28, of Lanham; Ruperto Cruz Carino Blames, 24, of Lanham; Anselmo Luna Lima, 23, of Hyattsville; Eden Ramirez Labastida, 24, of Beltsville; and Luis Luna Lima, 21 of Hyattsville.

A short time later, officers charged the following people with catching too many fish and keeping undersized fish: Sergio Noe Martinez Monroy, 39, of Hyattsville; Elvir Rigoberto Ortiz Aroche, 34, of Mount Ranier; and Edin Najera Morales, 38, of Hyattsville.

Earlier, officers charged five people from Temple Hill: Cinthia Servellon Mercado, 24, Eli Barue Colindres Navarrete, 39, Gustavo Adolfo Ostoro-Gald, 36, Julio Flores, 35, and Omar Ezequiel Castro, 18, were each charged with possession of undersized striped bass, exceeding the daily creel limit and fishing in a prohibited area. All but Ostoro-Gald also were charged with fishing without a license.

All 14 defendants are due in Dorchester County District Court Aug. 16. Each charge carries a maximum fine of $1,500.

On May 27, shortly after midnight, officers charged the following people: Bani Asael Garcis Barahona, 33, of Oxon Hill; Carlos Enrique Cabrera Ramirez, 45, of Temple Hills; Adriana Beatriz Lopez Mejia, 27, of Oxon Hill; and Yeny Sarai Juarez Velasquez, 35, of Oxon Hill.

The four defendants have been schedule to appear in Dorchester County District Court July 19.
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Walgreens gets sued for generic-drug overcharges

Giant drugstore chain Walgreens is under fire for allegedly overcharging consumers with health insurance for generic-drug prescriptions. Customers could wind up making co-payments that are three to four times higher than they would otherwise cost through a program offered by the company, which is part of Walgreen Boots Alliance (WBA).

According to a 28-page federal court filing by a California consumer on May 28, Walgreens allegedly violates legal prohibitions that forbid pharmacies from charging consumers a fee for their medicines that exceeds the "usual and customary" price. The retailer submitted claims to third-party providers for payment at "prices that Walgreens has knowingly and intentionally inflated," the filing said.

The "lynchpin" in the alleged scheme is Walgreens' Prescription Savings Club (PSC), a program that allows cash-paying customers to purchase 30- or 90-day supplies of 500 commonly prescribed generic drugs at discount prices ranging from $5 to $30, the suit said. Rivals such as Walmart (WMT), Target (TGT) and Costco (COST) also offer deals on generic drugs, though they report their respective prices accurately to insurers.

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Insurance companies denied treatment to patients, offered to pay for assisted suicide, doctor claims

A Nevada physician says insurance companies in states where assisted suicide is legal have refused to cover expensive, life-saving treatments for his patients but have offered to help them end their lives instead.

Brian Callister, associate professor of internal medicine at the University of Nevada, said he tried to transfer two patients to California and Oregon for procedures not performed at his hospital. Representatives from two different insurance companies denied those transfer requests by phone, he said.

“And in both cases, the insurance medical director said to me, ‘Brian, we’re not going to cover that procedure or the transfer, but would you consider assisted suicide?’ ” Dr. Callister told The Washington Times.

The phone calls took place last year within the span of a month, Mr. Callister said. He said he did nothing to prompt the suggestion in either case.

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Howard County judge faces discipline on comments made from bench

A Howard County District Court judge faces discipline because of comments she made from the bench.

Judge Mary Reese is charged by a state commission with violating the code of judicial conduct.

A state panel that investigates complaints against judges is accusing Reese of judicial misconduct based on comments made from the bench in two domestic violence cases. She heard them in Carroll County.

One case involved a 17-year-old seeking a temporary peace order against her boyfriend. Standing before the judge with a black eye, she explained how she ended her relationship, then he tracked her to a friend's house where he forced his way inside and assaulted her and a friend.

Reese: Has this ever happened before?

Petitioner: No.

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ISIS using Hollywood movie scenes in propaganda films: Report

The Islamic State is reportedly ripping off content from recent popular Hollywood films such as “American Sniper” and “The Hunger Games” to repurpose as propaganda videos.

While sometimes actual footage is incorporated into the recruitment videos, at other times the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, essentially re-enacts iconic movie moments in its videos, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

“The Hunger Games” and “Mad Max: Fury Road” are among the films used by the Islamic State, THR reported, citing research conducted by the Counter Extremism Project, a group co-founded by former Democratic Sen. Joe Lieberman and Frances Townsend, a former homeland security adviser to President George W. Bush.

For their part, Hollywood execs seem to be unaware of the misappropriation of their work to advocate terrorism, according to an official with the Counter Extremism Project, THR reported.

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Zika prevention efforts get underway in Md.

WASHINGTON — Maryland officials say they have begun efforts to combat mosquitoes for the summer and are working to prevent the spread of Zika, a virus transmitted to humans by infected mosquitoes.

Maryland Agriculture Secretary Joe Bartenfelder said in a statement Tuesday that the Zika virus continues to be a “major public health concern.”

State officials will work to eliminate potential breeding grounds for mosquitoes and will spray pesticides to control the population.

“We spray typically either at dusk or dawn which are when the mosquitoes are most active,” said spokesman Jason Schellhardt with the agriculture department. “Our goal is to make sure that we are keeping mosquito-borne disease out of Maryland.”

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Republican governors elected in 2010 delivering to their states what Congress hasn’t

Susana Martinez and Brian Sandoval were swept into office as part of the 2010 GOP wave — two Hispanic governors in Western states who each had the potential for political stardom.

Ms. Martinez has struggled in New Mexico, fulfilling her campaign promise of fighting against tax hikes but failing to get the state’s economy moving again. The unemployment rate has fallen just 1 percent since she took office in 2011 and is among the bottom third of the country.

Mr. Sandoval, meanwhile, is riding high in Nevada, politically speaking, despite — or perhaps because — he broke his no-new-taxes promise. His state’s unemployment rate, which topped out at nearly 14 percent in 2011, is now under 5 percent, and he’s managed to score some conservative victories on social policies like school choice.

Seventeen new Republican governors were elected in 2010 as part of the national GOP wave, and like their congressional counterparts, they promised to usher in a new era of booming economies, slimmer government and a bulwark against President Barack Obama.

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Google maps 'America's Most Misspelled Words' by state


SEATTLE (KOMO) - We're hoping it's not because of diagnosis, but "pneumonia" is the most frequently Googled word to check its spelling in the state of Washington.

In honor of the upcoming 90th Annual Scripps National Spelling Bee, Google has put out a map showing each state's most frequently Googled word to ask, "how to spell ___?"

"Pneumonia" was also the most puzzling word to spell in Maine, Michigan and Alabama.

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DC: Ninety
MD: Special
DE: Hallelujah
VA: Delicious

Kathy Griffin, Thank You For Showing The World What Hate Looks Like

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UPDATE on Sea Grass On The Beach


Update: Public Works crews were busy overnight clearing the sea grass that washed up yesterday into piles along the beach. City officials are now working with the Department of Natural Resources to have the grass removed. Citizens are still urged to avoid the pile of sea grass as there could be sea life or debris hidden underneath.

9 plants that bug bugs — including mosquitoes

BOISE, Idaho — Summer is almost here, and you'll want to spend more time in your backyards and gardens.

Unfortunately, so will the bugs. And because of viruses such as Zika and West Nile, mosquitoes are a big concern.

You can plant herbs and flowers that repel those bugs, including mosquitoes, and add a touch of beauty to your backyard.

One sure sign of summer is bugs.

Some critters eat at your fruits and vegetables while others, such as flies and mosquitoes, eat at your patience. Some plants have strong scents that bugs don’t like, making them good insect repellents.

At the same time, they make attractive additions to home landscapes. Here are nine favorite plants that bug the bugs:

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Ocean City Police Corporal Retires After Over 28 Years


OCEAN CITY, MD –: After nearly three decades of service to the citizens of Ocean City, Detective Corporal (D/Cpl.) Brett Case will retire on May 31, 2017, from the Ocean City Police Department (OCPD). He began with the OCPD as a seasonal police officer in 1989 and has been an integral member of the department since early on in his career.

In the early days of D/Cpl. Case’s career, he was assigned to the Patrol Division where he could often be seen patrolling the boardwalk. In 1993, he became one of the original bike patrol officers and, thanks in part to his initial efforts, the Bike Unit is currently one of the most recognized and effective Bike Units in the region.

In 1998, D/Cpl. Case was transferred to the Criminal Investigation Division Major Crimes Unit where he would spend the remainder of his career. During his investigative tenure, D/Cpl. Case cleared an untold number of cases, including several that have garnered national media attention.

Throughout his career, D/Cpl. Case earned numerous awards for his community policing and local enforcement efforts including a Silver Star for removing an 85-year-old woman from her burning home and a Bronze Star for his work on the Ford and Crutchley murder investigation. In addition, D/Cpl. Brett Case earned a Bronze Star for the capture of a serial rapist from Maryland and Delaware which prompted an invitation to the White House by then President Bill Clinton. He has also been nominated for the Neighborhood Watch Officer of the Year several times and won in 1994.

“Brett is a true protector, not only from a physical standpoint but for his extensive knowledge in law enforcement and skilled investigative techniques. As a detective, he has been tasked with getting to the bottom of crimes that occur in this town and he has done a tremendous job at that,” commented Chief Ross Buzzuro. “To be able to give victims some assistance and closure by figuring out and closing cases countless times, it is something very special and gives credence to his tenure here in Ocean City.”

After his retirement, D/Cpl. Case plans to stay with the OCPD as a Reserve Officer in the Criminal Investigation Division Intelligence Unit.

Wasserman Schultz Admits Hill IT Security Violations, Blames House Administrators For Not Stopping Her

Florida Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, whose office equipment U.S. Capitol Police seized in a criminal investigation into congressional network security violations, admitted she violates official information security policy and blamed the House’s chief administrative officer for not stopping her.

In a May 17 appropriations hearing on Congress’ administrative budget, Wasserman Shultz said she had violated the policies “for years and years and years.” She also sought to find out how much House authorities might know about her internet usage, asking “Are members monitored?”

Police are investigating Wasserman Schultz’s longtime information technology (IT) aide Imran Awan for theft and funneling congressional data from members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Committee on Homeland Security and Committee on Foreign Affairs.

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Hillary Clinton Is Now Blaming Inept DNC For Election Loss

Add an ineffective and bankrupt Democratic National Committee to the growing list of culprits that a bitter Hillary Clinton blames for her losing the 2016 presidential election.

Speaking at a Recode conference on Wednesday, Clinton roasted the DNC for falling behind the Republican National Committee in terms of voter and donor data analysis.

“Let me just do a comparison for you,” Clinton began.

“I set up my campaign and we have our own data operation. I get the nomination. So I’m now the nominee of the Democratic Party. I inherit nothing from the Democratic Party.”

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Superantibiotic is 25,000 times more potent than its predecessor

The world’s last line of defense against disease-causing bacteria just got a new warrior: vancomycin 3.0. Its predecessor—vancomycin 1.0—has been used since 1958 to combat dangerous infections like methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. But as the rise of resistant bacteria has blunted its effectiveness, scientists have engineered more potent versions of the drug—vancomycin 2.0. Now, version 3.0 has a unique three-pronged approach to killing bacteria that could give doctors a powerful new weapon against drug-resistant bacteria and help researchers engineer more durable antibiotics.

“This is pretty special,” says Scott Miller, a chemist at Yale University who was not involved in the new work. “It’s really the culmination of a decades-long effort.”

Vancomycin, long considered a “drug of last resort,” kills by preventing bacteria from building cell walls. It binds to wall-building protein fragments called peptides, in particular those that end with two copies of the amino acid D-alanine (D-ala). But bacteria have evolved. Many now replace one D-ala with D-lactic acid (D-lac), sharply reducing vancomycin’s ability to bind to its target. Today, that resistance has spread so that dangerous infections like vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) and vancomycin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (VRSA) are becoming more common. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 23,000 Americans die from 17 antibiotic-resistant infections each year (although it’s difficult to parse out how much is due to vancomycin resistance).

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This dangerous new 'deodorant challenge' is leaving children's skin covered in burns

A worried mom has warned other parents about a dangerous new craze that is leaving children's skin covered in burns.

Known as the "deodorant challenge," school children are reportedly filming themselves holding aerosol deodorant canisters a few inches above their skin before pressing and spraying it for as long as possible.

During an interview with U.K. talk show This Morning, 12-year-old Kaitlyn Stanley shared how she had burned her own arm using an aerosol deodorant because "it looks really cool."

"My friend started doing it," Kaitlyn told the host. "You spray it and it goes white and it looks really cool, so I tried it."

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Sweden: Three Out of Four 'Child Refugees' Are Actually Adults

New study reveals shocking reality behind asylum seekers

A new study by the Swedish National Board of Medicines has found that three out of four so-called child “refugees” are actually adults, another illustration of how European people are being massively deceived about the true nature of the migrant crisis.

The organization was given 4,200 orders from the Swedish Migration Board to conduct medical assessments of asylum seekers who claim to be under the age of 18. Of these, just 4 per cent were female, illustrating again how the clear majority of migrants entering Europe are men.

Having carried out an X-ray examination of the wisdom teeth and a magnetic camera survey of the knee joint on 581 individuals, the results foundthat 442 were aged 18 or older, with just 134 being under the age of 18.

In other words, around three in four of the asylum seekers who are claiming to be children are in fact adults.

The results are important because of controversy over European countries accepting so-called “child refugees” who are clearly not children.

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TBT: Some Can't Stay Out of the News

Narcissistic? Psychopathic? Anyone? Anyone?


The BIG Money Behind Fake News

The New York Times hit piece on the Comey memo earned the paper its most concurrent readers per second. Pretty good for a piece about a piece of paper that the leftist paper had never even seen and which was, supposedly, described to it by one of Comey’s associates.

But that didn’t stop it from racking up over 6 million views.

Media fake news isn’t just an agenda. It’s enormously profitable. Hit pieces powered by anonymous sources bring in over 100,000 readers in an age when live is king. For individual reporters, finding a source, real or fake, that can back up the left’s Trump conspiracy theories can put them on the map.

The Comey story comes from Michael Schmidt who made a name by supposedly finding documents relating to media claims of a “Haditha Massacre” in a Baghdad junkyard where “an attendant was burning them as fuel to cook a dinner of smoked carp.” It was dashing and also very convenient.

The claims didn’t hold up in court. Most of the Marine heroes who were dragged through the mud over Haditha had their cases dropped. One case dragged out and ultimately came out to very little. But the New York Times cashed in. And Schmidt did much better out of it than Cpl. Stephen Tatum.

Haditha was the Times’ discount version of the My Lai massacre. Now in a desperate effort to reclaim the glory days of the media left, the New York Times and the Washington Post are trying to recreate Watergate.

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Trump Trashes Democrats' Russia Probe "Witch Hunt", Urges Carter Page To "Clear His Name"

President Trump's angry tweetstorm this morning blasted Democrats, saying they no longer want Carter Page to testify in the investigation into the Russian election meddling, becuse he would counter previous testimony by former FBI and intelligence officials.

As a reminder, The Hill notes, last week, Page, a former adviser to Trump's campaign, said he would testify before the House Intelligence Committee in early June.

Page, who advised Trump on foreign policy, also said he obtained legal counsel.

Page has been the target of lawmakers investigating possible ties between Trump's campaign and Russia during the presidential election.

An intelligence dossier alleged Page met with Russian officials while working for the campaign.

Page said in a letter dated May 23 to Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the intelligence panel's ranking member, and Rep. Michael Conaway (R-Texas), who is leading its Russia probe that allegations of Russian interference in the election are false conspiracy theories.

And now it is being reported that Page will not be asked to testify. This has enraged President Trump...

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Justice Department Sued Over Reputed FBI-Trained Best Buy Geek Squad Spies

Privacy group sues to find out more about FBI relationship with Best Buy employees who detected illegal content during computer repairs

The Justice Department was sued Wednesday by a privacy group seeking information on the FBI’s alleged recruitment of Best Buy employees to search consumer computers for child pornography during repairs.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the Trump administration’s Justice Department, demanding access to records about any FBI training and payment to Geek Squad workers to search customer computers without a court warrant.

At issue isn’t the criminality of child pornography or efforts to stop the exploitation of children by sexual predators. EFF is concerned that the FBI may be violating the constitutional requirement that law enforcement agencies obtain judge-approved search warrants, based on evidence there is probable cause of a crime, to search computers.

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DC teacher among many leaving school midyear: ‘I had no control over my classroom’

WASHINGTON — Turnover in the teaching field is high. Just how high that churn is has been the subject of debate.

A study published in 2015 by the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Educational Statistics found that 17 percent of teachers with less than five years of experience end up leaving the field for good. In urban school districts, the number is higher.

This academic year, from 2016-2017, The Washington Post reports that a higher-than-normal number of teachers left before the school year ended. Two hundred teachers systemwide left District of Columbia Public Schools.

At one school, Ballou High School in D.C.’s Ward 8, more than a quarter of the staff headed for the door. Rowan Langford was among those who decided to call it quits before the last day of classes. The novice teacher was painfully aware of the impact her midyear departure could have.

“I hate to be a part of this problem. A lot of these kids have had their teachers quit on them before,” Langford told WTOP.

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James Clapper And The Revolving Door Of Corruption In The Military Industrial Complex

James Clapper is known for many things:

Being accused by Colonel W. Patrick Lang of “damn near destroy[ing] the DIA.” Withholding information from lawmakers and not having a good reputation in the intelligence committees for being orostraightforward and actively forthcoming. Lying under oath in 2013. Receiving the Rosemary Award for having the worst open-government performance of 2013. Being derided as “another old hack in a job without teeth” by the global intelligence organization Stratfor and describing Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood as “largely secular.”

Underestimating the war in Syria while also underestimating ISIS and overestimating the fighting capability of the Iraqi army. Stating that changes to the Benghazi reports were not made for political reasons, and that there was “no attempt to mislead the American people about what happened in Benghazi.” Having US senators remove a section of an intelligence bill requiring the White House to disclose information on “noncombatant civilians” killed by US drone strikes overseas.

Lying to Congress by asserting that Julian Assange has been indicted for a sex-crime and falsely claiming under oath that there was no release of Republican data during the 2016 presidential elections. Clapper also has contended that he played in integral role in reporting on the presence of WMD’s in Iraq, stating that “my fingerprints were on that national intelligence estimate, I was in the community then” as well as his involvement in the manipulation of military intelligence reports.

However, there is one aspect of Clapper’s history that has not received as much media coverage: his involvement with private intelligence contractors at the heart of corruption and inefficient defense policy.

I. Booz Allen Hamilton

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Big Sale This Weekend


EVERY SO OFTEN WE FIND WE HAVE BOUGHT TOO MUCH STUFF AND THAT'S THE FUN PART OF OUR JOB. BUT WHEN YOU HAVE TOO MUCH YOU HAVE TO MAKE ROOM SO THIS WEEKEND WE ARE HAVING A SALE. BIG DISCOUNTS ON OVER 100 PIECES OF USED FURNITURE, ANTIQUES, HOME DECOR AND COLLECTIBLES. BRING YOUR PICK UP, VAN, OR STUFF IT IN YOUR SUV, JUST DON'T MISS THIS SALE.


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6 Baltimore schools, no students proficient in state tests

BALTIMORE (WBFF) -- A Project Baltimore investigation has found five Baltimore City high schools and one middle school do not have a single student proficient in the state tested subjects of math and English.

We sat down with a teen who attends one of those schools and has overcome incredible challenges to find success.

Navon Warren grew up in West Baltimore. He was three months old when his father was shot to death. Before his 18th birthday, he would lose two uncles and a classmate, all gunned down on the streets of Baltimore.

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Reminder-Don't Forget

It just wouldn't be a "Kick-Off" without you!

Forget to RSVP? Don't let that stop you from joining the celebration. We will all move over and make room for you!

See you this evening from 5-7 at the Atlantic Hotel in Berlin.

98-Year-Old Grandmother Writes 7,000 Letters to U.S. Troops Abroad

A grandmother from California has brought letter-writing to a new art form by sending hand-written letters to troops stationed overseas.

Alleen Cooper, 98, has written thousands of letters to service members since World War II and continues to write letters to the troops today, WGN reports.

Cooper, whose son served in the Vietnam War and has struggled with post-traumatic stress syndrome since the war, sent her son letters while he served regularly.

She said wanted to comfort soldiers who were in harm’s way or who were injured.

“One in Florida, he had to have a new ear and I’m sure he was very, very depressed,” Cooper told WHNT.

She began a tally of how many letters she has written six years ago, and has sent nearly 7,000 of them to date.

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More than 5,500 illegals registered to vote in Virginia in last decade; 1,852 actually cast ballots

Critics say McAuliffe kept key facts hidden

When Maureen Erickson registered to vote in Prince William County, she listed her home address as a street in Guatemala, in what should have been a very strong indication that she wasn’t a regular Virginia resident.

Yet she remained on the voting rolls for years, and even cast ballots in 14 different elections, up through the 2008 presidential contest. She was only purged in 2012, just ahead of the election, after she self-reported as a noncitizen, according to a new report released Tuesday by the Public Interest Legal Foundation.

Ms. Erickson was one of more than 5,500 noncitizens who were registered to vote in Virginia this decade, and were only bumped from the rolls after they admitted to being ineligible. Some 1,852 of them even managed to cast ballots that were likely illegal, though undetected, the PILF, a conservative voter integrity group, said in its report.

Just as troubling, the PILF said, was Virginia’s efforts to try to hide the information from the public — a problem foundation President J. Christian Adams said began at the very top, with Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

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Globalists Are Building An Army Of Millennials To Destroy Sovereignty

Back in October of 2016 I covered an issue which I have been very concerned with for over a year now. In an article titled Global Elites Are Getting Ready To Blame You For The Coming Financial Crash, I outlined the basis for my belief that Donald Trump would win the U.S. election and why the U.K. Brexit was allowed to meet with success. Here is a quote from that article to give you a general sense of my position:

“I argue that the Trump tapes will be forgotten in a week and that they have no bearing whatsoever on the election. They are nothing more than bread and circus. Beyond the fact that really, almost no one cares what Trump said a decade ago. I argue that this election has already been decided. I argue that the globalists want Trump in office, just as they wanted the passage of the Brexit. I argue that they need conservative movements to feel as though we have won, so that they can pull the rug out from under us in the near future. I argue that we are being set up.

Again, the elites are openly telling us what is about to happen. They are telling us that if ‘populists’ (conservatives) gain political power, the system will effectively collapse. To what extent is hard to say, but let’s assume that the situation will be ugly enough to influence the masses to reconsider the ideal of globalism as a possible solution. The elites are fond of the Hegelian dialectic and the philosophy of ‘order out of chaos,’ after all.”

While Trump did indeed go on to “win” the presidency, I still believe that the basic foundation underlying my prediction has mostly fallen on deaf ears. There is a disconnect in terms of the globalist long game in people’s minds. I think it is because many in the public do not consider the effects of geopolitical events on mass psychology. Or, to be more precise, many people, even in the liberty movement, forget that the ultimate goal of the globalists is not just to corrupt governments and monetary systems, but to corrupt our collective mindset.

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Today’s Democrats have no problem embracing known terrorists

Breaking news from 2025: The New York City Council gives its Hero of the Year award to Hamza bin Laden, a son of Osama bin Laden. In making the award, the council declares that the bin Laden family has suffered enough since the “unfortunate events” of 9/11 and credits Hamza, who took over al Qaeda, for being an “inclusive fighter for Muslim rights.”

Time does not heal all fools and when it comes to stupidity, the future looks a lot like the present. No, the City Council will never learn.

In case you haven’t heard, Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito is the prime suspect in the decision by the board of the Puerto Rican Day Parade to honor a convicted terrorist, Oscar L√≥pez Rivera, as a National Freedom Hero.

Her “hero” was found guilty of trying to overthrow the government of the United States with FALN, a terrorist organization that carried out 120 bombings in New York, Chicago and elsewhere.

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First Ocean City Film Festival Planned For June

OCEAN CITY — The first-ever Ocean City Film Festival will present 138 films over four days at four venues in the resort — the Ocean City Center for the Arts on 94th Street, Dunes Manor Hotel on the Boardwalk at 28thStreet, Francis Scott Key Resort in West Ocean City and the Fox Gold Coast Mall Theater on 113th Street.

Events begin on Thursday, June 8 from 5-7 p.m. with an opening reception on the rooftop of the Monte Carlo Hotel where the public will be able to meet the filmmakers and enjoy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.

The film festival continues through the weekend with screenings running from morning until evening at the four locations. A panel of judges will review the films and present awards on Saturday evening at the Arts Center, followed by a screening of the award winning films.

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Obama-Era Officials Subpoenaed By House Intel Committee In Trump "Unmasking" Probe

While it was not surprising that as part of the ongoing probe into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 elections, the House Intel Committee issued a total of seven subpoenas on Wednesday as the WSJ reported, what was surprisng is that in addition to four subpoenas focusing purely on the Russia investigation, the Republican-led committee also issued three subpoenas focusing on "unmasking" questions, involving how and why the names of associates of President Donald Trump were unredacted and distributed within classified reports by Obama administration officials during the transition between administrations.

As part of the "unmasking" investigation, in addition to the NSA, the House committee also subpoeaned the FBI and the CIA for information on how and why Trump-linked names were exposed to the entire US intel community, and led to an avalanche of "unnamed sources" stories. Recall that typically information about Americans intercepted in foreign surveillance is redacted, even in classified reports distributed within the government, unless a compelling need exists to reveal them. Unmasking requests aren’t uncommon by top intelligence community officials but Republicans want to know whether any of the unmaskings of Trump campaign officials during the transition were politically motivated.

According to the WSJ, Republicans on the committee have been pushing for a thorough investigation of how the names of Trump campaign officials became exposed in classified intelligence reports based off intelligence community intercepts. Specifically, the three "unmaksing" subpoenas seek information on requests made by former national security adviser Susan Rice, former CIA Director John Brennan and former United Nations Ambassador Samantha Power for names to be unmasked in classified material.

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Parrot Found

Joe,

Can you please post that a Parrot was found in the Monticello Ave area?

Contact cleanedgellc@yahoo.com or call 410.548.7118.

Congressman Harris Announces June Tele-Town Hall

WASHINGTON, DC: On Tuesday, June 6 at 5:30 PM, Congressman Andy Harris (MD-01) will hold a telephone town hall to answer questions and hear the concerns of constituents living in Baltimore, Carroll, Cecil, and Harford Counties. The Congressman’s office will call out to nearly 80,000 constituents living in these four counties, pulling phone numbers from the constituent services database.

Constituents in these counties who would like to ensure they receive a call can contact Congressman Harris’ DC office at (202) 225-5311. Similar events will be held in the coming weeks for residents of other MD-01 counties.

Genetics Shows Ancient Egyptians Weren't African

The first ever genetic analysis of mummies found that ancient Egyptian kings were more closely related to West Asians than Africans, according to a study published Tuesday by scientists at the Max Planck Institute.

The research found that ancient Egyptians were most closely related to Neolithic Levantine, Anatolian and European populations. The mummies tested did not share strong genetic links to Africa often found in modern Egyptians.

“This suggests that an increase in Sub-Saharan African gene flow into Egypt occurred within the last 1,500 years,” Wolfgang Haak, who led the research team, said in a statement.

“The genetics of the Abusir el-Meleq community did not undergo any major shifts during the 1,300 year timespan we studied, suggesting that the population remained genetically relatively unaffected by foreign conquest and rule,” Haak said.

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Why Some Officials Want to Ban Secret Government Settlements

Missouri has settled some expensive lawsuits this year. One case against the state’s Department of Labor resulted in a $1.2 million settlement; another, against the Department of Social Services, was settled for $2 million. Other state agencies, including the departments of Conservation and Public Safety, have also settled cases.

The payouts came to light early this month, when Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley followed through on a pledge to release monthly reports detailing settlementspaid by the state, as well as associated court costs and other expenses.

“Missouri citizens deserve transparent and accountable government, especially in the expenditure of their tax dollars,” Hawley, a Republican, said in a letter to the Legislature earlier this year.

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Video released of Woods' DUI arrest

JUPITER, Fla. – Police in Florida have released video of Tiger Woods' DUI arrest.

Jupiter police released the dashcam footage Wednesday night.

Officers on patrol early Monday noticed a Mercedes pulled awkwardly to the side of the road with the engine running, the brake lights on and a right turn signal blinking. Both tires on the left side of the car were flat, and police described fresh damage to the driver's side.

The video shows officers approach the car and Woods, who didn't know where he was. The footage also shows Woods stumble and sway through a field sobriety test before being arrested.

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New Home Loan Application coming

It's rare for financial forms to last twenty years virtually unchanged. The Uniform Residential Loan Application (URLA), otherwise known as Form 1003 or Form 65, is a notable exception. For two decades, it has served as the industry standard form used by lenders to evaluate borrowers seeking mortgage loans.

That is about to change with the new URLA published by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in August of 2016. The August release was intended to allow those in the mortgage loan industry time to establish a transition plan for the new form, supporting systems such as the Uniform Loan Application Dataset (ULAD), and corresponding changes in automated underwriting systems (AUS).

The changes were driven in part by increased reporting requirements under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA). As a means of ensuring that discrimination does not take place in lending practices, the new URLA is designed to collect more information about gender, race, and ethnicity (primarily through subcategories of race and ethnicity) and maintain the data in a more usable form through the ULAD.

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N.J. Town Must Pay Islamic Group $3.25 Million To Settle Discrimination Lawsuit

A New Jersey town must pay $3.25 million to a local Islamic society and allow it to build a mosque, ending a years-long dispute.

This is the result of settlements finalized on Tuesday stemming from two separate federal lawsuits against Bernards Township, in central New Jersey.

The $3.25 million settles the lawsuit filed by the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge. And the ISBR will be allowed to move forward with its plans to build a mosque as a result of a lawsuit filed Justice Department.

"Federal law requires towns to treat religious land use applications like any other land use application," acting U.S. Attorney of the District of New Jersey William Fitzpatrick said in a statement. "Bernards Township made decisions that treated the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge differently than other houses of worship."

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Here’s Some Good News If You Want To Buy A New-ish Used Car

Are you going to be in the market for a car in the near future? If you can accept “new for you” instead of “new” and you don’t have your heart set on a truck or SUV, you may be in luck: Used car dealers are about to find themselves awash in 3- and 4-year-old vehicles.

Why? Because after the last recession, leasing a new vehicle became more popular as manufacturers offered deals and customers shied away from traditional auto loans. As that first major wave of leases expires, these low-mileage cars are being turned back in and going out onto dealer lots.

How many? For an example, the The Associated Press points to Infiniti, Nissan’s luxury sibling brand. In 2014, the brand leased 28,000 Q50 model sedans at low prices, which was more than 75% of the Q50s produced. Since the typical lease for these cars is three years, many of those 28,000 vehicles will be up for sale as used cars. And that’s just one model from one car company.

This all seemed like a good idea at the time, because sedans were holding their value pretty well three years ago. Automakers could collect lease payments for a few years, then turn around and re-sell the vehicle as “certified” to another buyer interested in a new-ish car.

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NASA's Wallops Flight Facility Live Feed

We have scrubbed today's launch attempt of the Terrier-Improved Malemute suborbital sounding rocket due to upper level winds exceeding launch criteria. The launch is rescheduled for Friday, June 2 between 4:26 and 4:41 a.m. Live coverage on the Wallops Ustream site will begin at 3:45 a.m.

Clinton Says She Was 'Right' About 'Vast Russia Conspiracy'; Investigations Ongoing

Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton argued Wednesday that Russian meddling in the 2016 election in large part cost her the White House, and said she's was "leaning" toward believing that President Trump's campaign did, indeed, collude with the Russians.

During an interview at Recode's Code Conference, Clinton argued that the Russians "could not have known how best to weaponize" damaging information about her campaign and fake news stories perpetrated on social media unless they had been "guided" by Americans.

Multiple investigations into potential ties between Trump associates and Russia, as well as Russian interference in the U.S. election, are ongoing.

Clinton's latest comments continue a post-election emergence where the former Democratic nominee continues to point fingers for her loss, though other accounts of the Clinton campaign have put more fault in her corner.

Trump tweeted Wednesday night that she "blamed everybody but herself, refuses to say she was a terrible candidate."

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Court Temporarily Halts School’s Expulsion Of Student Who ‘Liked’ Racist Instagram Images

Four California high school students who were suspended earlier this year for their alleged support or complicity with a racist Instagram account will not immediately have to face the immediate possibility of expulsion or further disciplinary action after a federal judge granted a temporary restraining order against the school district. 

Dumpster Diving For Beauty Products: Is It Legal And Safe?

Sure, it’s always nice to get a great deal on beauty products, and what’s a better deal than 100% off? “Dumpster Diving” — the art of sourcing still-usable items from the trash — is nothing new, but there are growing reports from beauty bloggers and YouTubers claiming to score free lipsticks, nail polishes, eye shadows, and other items by sorting through the items that Ulta, Sephora, and others throw out. Is this legal, and if so, is it safe?

While you might not think twice about salvaging a bookshelf or rocking chair from the curb, you might raise an eyebrow at the idea of using a bottle of foundation or palate of blush plucked from the trash.

Yet that’s exactly what some beauty lovers are doing after seeing videos of makeup “experts” dumpster diving behind beauty retailers:

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