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Saturday, March 31, 2018

White House Reporters Do Their Best To Race Bait — Sarah Sanders Makes Them Instantly Regret It

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders batted away reporters’ best attempts at race baiting Wednesday.

Lawyers Cite Race In Defense Of Black FBI Agent Who Leaked Classified Info

A former FBI agent in Minnesota was motivated to leak classified information to The Intercept website, in part, because he is black. That’s according to lawyers for Terry James Albury, a former special agent who was charged in the leak case on Wednesday.

“Terry Albury served the U.S. with distinction both here at home and abroad in Iraq,” Albury attorneys JaneAnne Murray and Joshua Dratel said in a statement provided to the Star Tribune in Minneapolis.

“He accepts full responsibility for the conduct set forth in the Information. We would like to add that as the only African-American FBI field agent in Minnesota, Mr. Albury’s actions were driven by a conscientious commitment to long-term national security and addressing the well-documented systemic biases within the FBI.”


Ivy league university institutes new ‘human difference’ requirement

Cornell University’s arts and sciences department may soon change its course requirements in favor of more diversity. Its committee on curriculum is advising for the implementation of a “human difference” course requirement in a recent report.

Other requirements will include courses in arts and literature, biological sciences, ethics and the mind, global citizenship, historical analysis, physical sciences, science of society, statistics and data science, symbolic and mathematical reasoning.

The study of "human difference" is the exploration of what makes certain humans different from others, such as race, culture, gender, and more. The change is meant to reshape and innovate Cornell’s curriculum in an effort to utilize graduation requirements to their highest potential, according to Cornell.


A frivolous lawsuit against Trump's census question

A new lawsuit by liberal state attorneys general is trying to stop the Trump administration asking people whether they are citizens on the 2020 census.

This was as inevitable as night following day. But can this case be taken seriously, and should it be?

It may be that the citizenship question simply encourages people to lie. But it cannot be reasonably claimed to violate anyone's constitutional powers or rights. If you don't like it, pass a law. If you can't pass a law, too bad.


FBI agent charged with leaking covert documents to reporter, news outlet

An FBI agent has been charged by the Justice Department for allegedly leaking covert documents to a news organization, according to a complaint filed in Minnesota.

Terry Albury, a Minneapolis-based agent, is accused of providing information on FBI informants with an unidentified reporter with a national media outlet. Albury also allegedly disclosed a document “relating to threats posed by certain individuals from a particular Middle Eastern country.”

Although the reporter and outlet are not identified, the filing says Albury had unauthorized access to the content from February 2016 to Jan. 31, 2017.


Former UN ambassador praises Trump: Kim Jong Un 'was only talking to Dennis Rodman before'

Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Bill Richardson lauded President Trump on Wednesday for improving diplomatic relations with Pyongyang, but warned administration officials to beware of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's "end game."

"You want Kim Jong Un to talk to foreign leaders," Richardson told CNN after Kim met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing this week, his first foreign trip since ascending to power in 2011.

"He was only talking to Dennis Rodman before, so this is a good move. This is positive. This may lead to something decent," he added, referring to the former NBA star who has made multiple trips to North Korea in recent years and has called Kim "a friend for life."


North, South Korea fix April date for first summit in years

SEOUL (Reuters) - North and South Korea will hold their first summit in more than a decade on April 27, South Korean officials said on Thursday, after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un pledged his commitment to denuclearization as tensions ease between the old foes.

South Korean officials, who announced the date after high-level talks with North Korean counterparts, said the agenda would largely be denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and improving inter-Korean relations.

The two Koreas had agreed to hold the summit at the border truce village of Panmunjom when South Korean President Moon Jae-in sent a delegation to Pyongyang this month to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Thursday’s meeting was the first high-level dialogue between the two Koreas since the delegation returned from the North.

The two sides said in a joint statement they would hold a working-level meeting on April 4 to discuss details of the summit, such as staffing support, security and news releases.


Poland signs $4.75 billion deal for U.S. Patriot missile system facing Russia

WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland signed the largest arms procurement deal in its history on Wednesday, agreeing with the United States to buy Raytheon Co’s (RTN.N) Patriot missile defense system for $4.75 billion in a major step to modernize its forces against a bolder Russia.

“It is an extraordinary, historic moment; it is Poland’s introduction into a whole new world of state-of-the-art technology, modern weaponry, and defensive means,” President Andrzej Duda said during the signing ceremony.

NATO member Poland has accelerated efforts to overhaul its ageing weaponry following Moscow’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula in 2014. Two-thirds of Poland’s weaponry dates from the Cold War era when it was in the Soviet-led Warsaw Pact.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Vladimir Titov told state-run Sputnik news website in November that Patriot deployments were part of a U.S. plot to surround Russia with missile defense systems “under the pretext of mythical threats to security”.


Calls Grow for Second Special Counsel to Probe Justice Department Conduct

Lying to Congress, misleading a special surveillance court, and failing to disclose conflicts of interest are among possible wrongdoing that a second special counsel could investigate in connection with allegations of a politicized, partisan Justice Department.

As special counsel Robert Mueller continues his investigation of alleged collusion with Russia by Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, congressional Republicans are increasing pressure on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to probe aspects of the Justice Department’s disparate conduct toward the 2016 presidential candidates.

“The question is whether Sessions thinks crimes may have been committed,” J. Christian Adams, president of the Public Interest Legal Foundation and a former Justice Department lawyer, told The Daily Signal.

The Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General already was probing possible bias by Justice Department and FBI investigators during investigations of Trump and Hillary Rodham Clinton, who would become his vanquished rival, in the lead-up to the 2016 election.


Policy Watchdog Asks Probe of Labor Board Member Over Leak

Allegations that a member of the National Labor Relations Board improperly disclosed internal deliberations should be investigated, a Washington labor policy analyst says in a letter to the board’s inspector general.

Board member Mark Gaston Pearce “allegedly discussed information from documents involving internal Board deliberations” at a meeting of the American Bar Association last month, Competitive Enterprise Institute analyst Trey Kovacs tells the inspector general in the letter.

Pearce “reportedly provided advance notice of an NLRB decision to issue an order to vacate the Board’s decision in Hy-Brand Industrial Contractors Ltd. and Brandt Construction Co.,” Kovacs writes in the letter to Inspector General David Berry, dated Wednesday.

The board’s pro-union actions demonstrate how it operates as though Barack Obama were still president, and not Donald Trump, the Competitive Enterprise Institute analyst says.


Tax Reform Is Boosting Take-Home Pay for Millions of Americans. Here’s the Proof.

For a nation accustomed to instant gratification, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is a winner.

Before President Donald Trump even signed the bill, companies were announcing employee pay raises, bonuses, and increased investments to grow their businesses and bring operations back from overseas.

Among the first out of the gate was AT&T, which said it would give $1,000 bonuses to more than 200,000 nonmanagement employees and make an additional $1 billion investment in the United States. Boeing put $100 million toward training, education, and other workforce development. Walmartexpanded paid parental leave and boosted starting wages to $11 an hour.

Then in January, the happiest place on earth got a little happier as The Walt Disney Co. announced it would invest $50 million in an education program that covers tuition costs for hourly employees and would distribute $1,000 cash bonuses to more than 125,000 employees.


Obama Judges Rule Cross Monument Must Go, Showing Elections Do Have Consequences

When Republican congressional leaders went to the White House on Jan. 23, 2009—just three days into Barack Obama’s presidency—to discuss legislation, he helpfully reminded them that his policy preferences necessarily had to prevail because “elections have consequences, and at the end of the day, I won.”

Obama is out of office now, but the regrettable consequences of his election remain strewn across the political landscape. Perhaps nowhere is that more consequential than in the makeup of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The 4th Circuit handles cases originating from the states of Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Obama appointed six of the eight judges who, on March 1, refused to reconsider a wrongheaded 2-1 ruling of a 4th Circuit panel last fall. That ruling found the World War I memorial Peace Cross in Bladensburg, Maryland, suddenly “unconstitutional” after more than 90 years without controversy.


25 of the Most Influential Women in American History

Women’s History Month, established in 1987, is a celebration of women’s efforts across the nation to make the world a better place for females.

Before the month is out, let’s not forget our female forefathers, um, that is foremothers. These are the ladies who paved the way for women to have a place not only in the house, but the Senate.

Here are 25 influential American women who continue to inspire us here at The Daily Signal, along with some recommended reading.

Except for a certain former Supreme Court justice, none of our choices are still alive. With one exception, we also have omitted the nation’s first ladies.


Gun Rights Actually Are a Civil Rights Issue

It is becoming increasingly fashionable for those who support gun control tocompare the post-Parkland, student-driven movement to the civil rights movements of earlier generations.

“Young people said, ‘We will not tolerate what our ancestors have tolerated. We’ve had enough and we’re willing to fight for it and we’re willing to march in the streets for it and, if necessary, die for it,’” TV personality Oprah said in comparing the student marches to civil rights demonstrations.

One writer in The New Yorker wrote of the pro-gun control March for Our Lives protest: “The Parkland students seem to instinctively understand that their fight not only crosses racial and class lines but also exists on a historical continuum, as an extension of the civil-rights movement.”

Another recent article in The Washington Post, headlined “Gun rights are about keeping white men on top,” even tried to connect American gun culture and support for gun rights to racism.


Orange County Votes to Join Trump and Sue Its Own State Over Immigration

The Orange County Board of Supervisors voted on Tuesday, March 27 to join a Trump administration lawsuit against California's controversial sanctuary law.

The board's vote may mark the biggest maneuver yet in a nascent local movement against California's law to protect people residing illegally in the country. The board announced its unanimous decision after discussing the matter during a closed session Tuesday.

Orange County, they said, plans to join a lawsuit filed earlier this month by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions that alleges three of California's laws are unconstitutional.

The supervisors' vote follows a move by the Los Alamitos City Council last week to adopt an ordinance that would exempt the small northern Orange County city from SB-54, a California law that limits cooperation between local and state agencies.

Yorba Linda's council, meanwhile, agreed last week to file an amicus brief to the federal lawsuit, and several other cities are considering taking some kind of action to voice opposition to California measures that protect residents living in the country illegally.


Court Gives Florida 1 Month to Revamp System for Restoring Felons' Voting Rights

A judge on Tuesday ordered Gov. Rick Scott and the Cabinet to dismantle Florida’s “fatally flawed” system of arbitrarily restoring voting rights to felons and to replace it by April 26.

U.S. District Judge Mark Walker in Tallahassee issued a permanent injunction in support of the Fair Elections Legal Network, which sued the state a year ago. The group successfully challenged the constitutionality of the state’s 150-year-old voting rights restoration process for felons in the nation’s third-largest state.

“This is a victory for the principle that the right to vote cannot be subjected to officials’ gut instincts and whims,” said Jon Sherman, senior counsel for the nonprofit voting rights group. “We are also heartened that the court prevented Florida from following through on its threat to be the only state in the nation with an irrevocable lifetime ban on voting for all former felons — what the court called ‘the ultimate arbitrary act.’ ”


Medical Marijuana Expanded to More People and Places in New Jersey

Gov. Murphy greatly expanded New Jersey's medical marijuana program Tuesday, opening the door to tens of thousands of new patients and allowing the five dispensaries spread across the state to add satellite retail centers and cultivation facilities.

The governor added to the list of ailments that qualify for a cannabis prescription. He also cleared the way for any doctor in the state to prescribe cannabis, ending a system in which only those physicians who registered -- and thus, joined a publicly available list of providers -- could do so. He said some doctors had been reluctant to participate in the program because they viewed joining the list as a stigma.

He is also calling for legislation to double the amount that patients could purchase in a month, to 4 ounces.

Patients enrolled in the state's eight-year-old medical marijuana program were quick to praise the governor's announcement and said it was long overdue after years of inaction by Gov. Chris Christie, who imposed strict regulations and promised to veto any expansion of the program.


Where Opioids Are Deadliest, the State Limits Prescriptions

The Opioid Reduction Act, which passed nearly unanimously in both chambers, limits initial opioid prescriptions to a seven-day supply. Prescribers are also encouraged to prescribe the lowest effective dose for treatment.

The Act also requires practitioners, before issuing an initial prescription, to take a thorough medical history, including substance misuse; to develop a treatment plan, with particular attention focused on determining the cause of the patient's pain; and to access relevant drug monitoring information on the Controlled Substances Monitoring Program database.

For adults seeking treatment in an emergency room or urgent care facility, practitioners are limited to four-day prescriptions.

A Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study has shown the probability of long-term opioid use increases most sharply in the first days of therapy, particularly after five days or one month of opioids have been prescribed, and levels off after approximately 12 weeks of therapy.

The study was published in March 2017 in the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.


On Redistricting, Supreme Court Not Quite Ready to Change the Rules

The justices heard arguments on Wednesday in a Maryland case that could, for the first time, limit partisan gerrymandering. They didn't appear to have a consensus on how to address the problem.

Multiple courts around the country have determined this year that redistricting efforts can be so partisan that they violate the Constitution. The U.S. Supreme Court doesn't appear to be in a hurry to issue such a finding.

The court has now heard two partisan gerrymandering cases this term, with a third waiting in the wings. Although the first case, involving Assembly maps in Wisconsin, was heard in October, the court has yet to issue a ruling. The court heard an oral argument in the second case, which involves Maryland's congressional map, on Wednesday. The court may also consider North Carolina's congressional map.

The Maryland case, known as Benisek v. Lamone, turns on the question of whether Maryland's redistricting process, which eliminated the Republican advantage in one of the two congressional seats the party had controlled, violated the First Amendment rights of GOP voters who were being discriminated against because of their past voting history.


A Census Citizenship Question Wouldn't Just Impact Blue States

Blue states are suing to block the question, but they aren't the only areas particularly vulnerable to losing money and political power if the Trump administration's plan lowers immigrants' participation.

The U.S. Department of Commerce's decision this week to add a citizenship status question to the 2020 Census has prompted widespread concern from state and local officials.

At a time of heightened fears in immigrant communities, lawmakers and civil rights groups worry that inclusion of the question will discourage participation, altering the accuracy of Census counts. States and municipalities have a lot to lose if immigrants are undercounted. The decennial Census dictates political representation at all levels of government and guides the allocation of billions of dollars in federal funding each year.

The announcement set off a legal battle, with California Attorney General Xavier Becerra immediately filing a lawsuit and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman saying he would lead multistate litigation. Prince George’s County, Md., similarly joined the NAACP in filing a lawsuit Wednesday.



20 to 35%

MARCH 30, 2018
Rate at which researchers say opioid-related overdose deaths are undercounted in America.


MARCH 29, 2018
Federal health and human services funding that 37 states lost in 2015 for each person missed in the 2010 Census. With the Trump administration planning to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census, many officials are worried immigrants will not take the survey.
Source: Governing

$50 to $300 and up

MARCH 28, 2018
Retail price of bulletproof backpacks, which a Louisiana Senate committee voted this week to allow in public schools.


MARCH 27, 2018
Last time the Community Development Block Grant program received a significant increase in funding until last week. Despite President Trump's proposal to eliminate the program, the federal spending bill gives it $300 million more.
Source: Governing


MARCH 26, 2018
Salary for the governor of Maine, which is the lowest in the country. The current one, Paul LePage, has proposed doubling it -- to $150,000.

More than 600 of 1,222

MARCH 23, 2018
Municipal governments that didn't disclose any revenue lost to tax incentives on their annual financial report. A new rule requires them to reveal that information but gives governments the power to decide what's worth reporting.
Source: Governing


MARCH 22, 2018
Fine facing public officials in Florida if they enforce a local gun ordinance. They could also be removed from office. In the wake of the Parkland shooting, some cities are planning to sue the state over that preemption law.
Source: Governing

Seattle's Anti-Discrimination Rental Law Ruled Unconstitutional

Adopted by the City Council in 2016 and in effect since last year, the groundbreaking law "has a laudable goal of eliminating the role of implicit bias in tenancy decisions," King County Superior Court Judge Suzanne Parisien said in a written ruling.

But choosing a tenant "is a fundamental attribute of property ownership," Parisien said in striking down the law.

The decision is a victory for landlords represented by an attorney from the Bellevue office of the Pacific Legal Foundation.

The law allows initial screening of applicants based on standards such as credit scores.

But the plaintiffs claimed forcing landlords to accept the first qualified applicant violated their property, due-process and free-speech rights, and the judge sided with them on each point.

"While landlords are permitted to set their own rental criteria," Parisien said, "this preliminary, general rental criteria does not substitute for the discretion to choose a specific tenant."


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Hillary Clinton: I Am a 'Rorschach Test' for Women Worldwide

Failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton believes her experience in politics serves as a model for women around the world.

“I have often thought that I am a kind of a Rorschach test for people who are trying to make sense, not just of me personally, but of women’s roles and women’s expanded opportunities, in not only America but around the world,” she said during a paid college speech at Rutgers University.

Clinton expressed disappointment that she was no longer seen as an individual because she had been in the public spotlight for 25 years.

She pointed out that she was “the first woman of my generation” as First Lady who actually had a law degree before going to the White House with her husband, which brought about “assumptions and caricatures.” She also pointed to her “monumental” role in working for health care reform as First Lady.

“I would hope that people would spend a little bit of time actually looking behind the image or the picture, and that is I think is what we hope for all of us, we want to be known as who we are and judged positively and negatively based on what we actually do and not by what people said we did,” she said.


Hillary Clinton Explains Why She Will Not ‘Get Off the Public Stage and Shut Up’

Former failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said that she would not go away and stop talking about her concerns about President Donald Trump, despite the noise from critics who want her off the public stage.

During a paid speech at Rutgers University, Clinton was asked by the moderator to respond to the critics who wanted her to “get off the public stage and shut up.”

“They never said that to any man who wasn’t elected,” she said, as the audience applauded. She accused the media of leading the charge of asking that question, pointing out that it was sexist. She pointed out that Al Gore continued talking about climate change after he lost the election and John Kerry became Secretary of State and John McCain returned to the Senate after he lost to Obama.

“For heaven’s sake, Mitt Romney is running for Senate,” she added with a laugh.


Troopers Arrest Millsboro Man For 7th Offense DUI

William A. Bell (Photo 2013)

Millsboro - The Delaware State Police have arrested a Millsboro man after he was involved in a crash and found to be under the influence of alcohol for the 7th time.

The incident occurred on Thursday, March 29, 2018 at approximately 10:17 p.m. when Troopers were dispatched to the intersection of Avenue of Honor and Bethesda Road for a vehicle collision. Upon arrival, Troopers discovered an unoccupied 2000 Ford Explorer on its driver's side. Further investigation revealed that the Explorer was traveling southbound on Bethesda Road north of Avenue of Honor when it exited the roadway and struck a mail box. The Explorer continued southbound on Bethesda Road approaching the intersection at Avenue of Honor. The operator of the Explorer failed to stop at the stop sign and struck a 2016 Honda Odyssey. The operator of the Odyssey remained at the scene and was not injured.

The operator of the Explorer, identified as 53-year-old William A. Bell, fled the scene on foot and a short time later was located by the Delaware State Police Aviation Unit in the woods, less then a quarter of a mile from the collision scene. Bell was subsequently taken into custody when an odor of alcohol was detected and a DUI investigation ensued. A computer check revealed that Bell had six previous DUI convictions, making this his seventh offense. Bell was transported back to Troop 4 where he was charged with his 7th Offense Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, Leaving the Scene of a Collision, Driving Without a Valid License, Failure to Stop at a Stop Sign, and other traffic related offenses. He was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court 3 and committed to the Sussex Correctional Institute on $27,055.00 cash only bond.

2020 Census: Counting Citizens Likely to Shift Power from Illegal Alien-Flooded Coasts to Middle America

Counting American citizens on the 2020 Census, as President Donald Trump’s administration has announced they will do, is likely to shift power away from coastal states harboring large illegal alien populations and towards middle America.

The addition of the citizenship question to the Census does not come with the mandate that congressional apportionments for each state will be based on the number of citizens, rather than entire populations, including citizens, non-citizens, and illegal aliens.

Down the road, though, should Congress choose to apportion congressional districts based on the number of citizens rather than the entire districts’ population, states with large illegal alien populations would likely lose a few congressional districts, while states with few illegal aliens could gain districts.


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Abbas declares ‘national day of mourning’ as protests seem to subside

At least 14 dead according to Hamas-run Palestinian health ministry, over 1,000 injured in clashes between IDF troops and rioters along Israel-Gaza border

The army does not expect the violent protests along the Gaza security to end shortly and is leaving in place the current number of soldiers along the border, hours after the demonstrations began.

“We are ready for any scenario,” an army official says.

The official says this could include any number of things, including attempts to infiltrate the border, attacks with improvised explosive devices or rocket fire.

According to the army, some 30,000 Palestinians are taking part in the demonstrations. Protesters are throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails at the troops on the other side of the border and are trying to damage the security fence with fires and cutting tools, the official says.

The army declines to comment on whether the two Palestinians who shot at IDF troops from along the Gaza border were killed.

Earlier, the IDF said it had thwarted a shooting attack carried out by a “terror cell” in the northern Gaza Strip.

Two Palestinians approached the coastal enclave’s security fence and fired toward IDF troops, the army said.

In response, the soldiers fired back at the terrorists and were joined by tanks and IAF fighter jets who also targeted three nearby military posts belonging to the Hamas terror group, according to the army.

Speaking to reporters during a press conference, the organizers — made up of officials from various Palestinian factions — including the Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror groups — call on the United Nations and the Arab League to establish an international commission of inquiry to investigate Israel for use of “excessive force” against demonstrators.

More/updates here

Klein: Here’s Why Hamas Is Stirring Deadly Border Riots with Israel

At least fourteen Gazans were killed and over 1,100 were reportedly wounded in Hamas-instigated mass protests and riots along the Israel-Gaza border. Hamas is singlehandedly responsible for every one of those deaths and injuries.

Israel must use heavy-handed tactics to quell riots in which Gazans attempt to violently storm the border of a sovereign nation. The Times of Israel reported on the deadly tactics used by the so-called protesters: “Rioters threw firebombs and stones at troops, tried to bomb and breach the security fence, and burned tires.” Today’s carnage follows numerous attempted terrorist attacks and infiltrations along the Gaza border during the past six days.

The international news media has largely failed to provide proper context for the “protests” taking place today, framing the events as grassroots demonstrations aiming to secure a Palestinian state.

The AFP, for example, reported:

Tens of thousands of Gazans took to the streets Friday in mass protests calling for Palestinians to be allowed to return to land that their ancestors fled from in the 1948 war but that is now part of Israel.

The AFP, like scores of other news outlets, is seemingly uninterested in asking the simple question: Why the protests now? The shallow coverage misses the fact that the Hamas terrorist organization meticulously planned today’s unrest, and they have been openly calling for a series of upcoming border clashes with Israel slated to peak next month during Israel’s Independence Day celebrations.

Hamas has been selling the mass protest movement as “return rallies”, marketing the fiction that Palestinians have a so-called right of return to the state of Israel.

More here

Feminists quick to decry sexist attacks — unless directed at conservative women

Conservative women are decrying a double standard among many feminists, who have loudly defended liberals and Democrats against perceived misogyny but have been mute about insults and barbs slung at women of Republican or conservative stripes.

“Spewing vitriol at conservative women is sport in the elite media, Hollywood, academia and the leftist cocktail party circuit,” said Amy Cooke, executive vice president of the Independence Institute, a Denver-based free market think tank.

Michelle Balch Lyng, CEO and president of Novitas Communications, said feminism’s double standard has been most apparent with regard to Nikki Haley, South Carolina’s first female governor who now serves as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. “Sons of Anarchy” leading man Ron Perlman on Twitter, and late-night TV hosts James Corden and Stephen Colbert in a skit on the Grammy Awards show, have mocked Mrs. Haley about unproven claims of an affair with President Trump.

“Haley is a great role model for young women and, frankly, all women, unless you believe that women, in order to be valued, must subscribe to a specific viewpoint,” said Mrs. Lyng, whose firm produces political and business messages. “The left would never tolerate the same abuse of a liberal woman, nor should they, but they also should never tolerate this treatment when it’s directed at conservative women.”

More here

New Evidence of Obama's Deep-State Collusion?

New information has emerged from text messages between those two now-infamous FBI lovebirds, Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, suggesting that former Obama White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, former Democrat Senate Leader Harry Reid (NV) and former CIA Director John Brennan were coordinating on the Donald Trump/Russia collusion conspiracy and subsequent FBI investigation.

A GOP congressional source explained to Fox News, “We are not making conclusions. What we are saying is that the timeline is concerning enough to warrant the appointment of an independent investigator to look at whether or not the Obama White House was involved” in the Trump/Russia investigation.

“These texts seem to show FBI officials were briefing the Obama WH on the early stages of the Trump campaign investigation in 2016. How much did the Obama WH know? Were they involved?” tweeted Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), who chairs the House Freedom Caucus.

Congressional investigators noted the CIA and FBI are supposed to be “independent agencies,” and “coordination between political actors at the White House and investigators would be inappropriate.” As we have long surmised, Barack Obama’s DOJ was involved in both the effort to exonerate Hillary Clinton and apparently in crafting and pressing the whole Trump/Russia collusion conspiracy. Slowly, these deep-state actors’ names are rising to the surface.


Police: Bridgeport high school locked down after staffer threatens killing spree

BRIDGEPORT - Harding High School was put in lockdown Wednesday after police said a school employee threatened to go on a killing spree.

Carl Lemon, 63, an in-school suspension coordinator, was charged with second-degree threatening and breach of peace and was later released on $5,000 bond.

Police said shortly after noon officers were dispatched to the high school for a threatening situation.

The school’s principal, Dane Brown, told officer that Lemon had made threatening statements to another teacher.

Police said Lemon stated that he hates white people and couldn’t wait “for the panthers to give the OK and a revolution begins because he will execute every white man he gets his hands on.”