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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

REAL ID Compliance causing massive delays at MVA

REPOST: We have heard reports of 4 to 5 hour waits at some MVA locations to comply with the REAL ID requirements. Below are the steps needed to take to be sure you are in compliance. Failure to comply may prevent you from flying on a commercial aircraft, entering any Federal building and other restrictions. To mitigate the lines….MAKE AN APPOINTMENT which are currently running about two months out. While October 2020 seems like a long way off, consider that there are approximately 4.5 million drivers in Maryland with only 19 locations to handle this transaction. It cannot be handled by mail or kiosk or through an independent agent.

In the wake of 911, the Federal Government established theREAL ID Act which made it a priority that individual states verify the identity of their residents. Since most people will drive or have a state issued ID card, the logical vehicle to implement this is through the Motor Vehicle Administration. Your existing license may be compliant, but more likely than no, it is not.

So what happens with a non-compliant license? You will be turned away at any TSA checkpoint in airports across the country (if you have a passport, you should be OK), you will not be allowed to enter any federal buildings, military bases or nuclear facilities.

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Howard County To Swear-In First Woman, African-American Police Chief

HOWARD COUNTY, MD. (WJZ) — The Howard County Police Department will swear in Police Chief Lisa Myers in a ceremony Wednesday night at 6 p.m.

Lisa Myers is the department’s first African American woman police chief. A 27-year-veteran with the department, she now takes its reins.

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Make America Great Again, Screw Socialism!


Gary Bauer: Trump Is Right

If you want a good example of fake news, the hysteria over President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the border is it.

You are being told by a media mob that the president has made himself a dictator, that he is using powers he does not have. Senate Democrat Leader Chuck Schumer called Trump’s decision “lawless.”

Here are the facts:

Congress has repeatedly granted the president the power to declare national emergencies since 1976.

The left-wing Brennan Center for Justice has identified 123 statutory powers – that means authority already existing in the law approved by Congress – that the president can exercise under an emergency declaration.

This power has been used nearly 60 times and by every president since Jimmy Carter, who declared two national emergencies. Reagan declared six. George H. W. Bush four. Clinton seventeen. George W. Bush twelve. Obama thirteen.

Donald Trump has already used this power three times during his administration. No one freaked out then.

There are 31 active national emergencies still in effect.

In 2005, two Democrat governors, Janet Napolitano (D-AZ) and Bill Richardson (D-NM) declared states of emergency at their borders due to surging illegal immigration, crime and violence – the same issues President Trump is citing today.

President Trump has every legal right to issue this emergency declaration.

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NYC Starts Feeling the Bite of $15 Minimum Wage.

Some New Yorkers are quite upset by the recent raise of the minimum wage in the state to $15, which has resulted in restaurants all over the city raising their prices, according to the New York Post.

The minimum wage in the city has been raised from $13 and 13.50 in some places to $15 at the beginning of 2019. The people who rely on fast food restaurants for their daily lunches have been vocal in their disappointment with the wage hike as it has resulted in restaurants raising their prices.

“It’s obnoxious – kind of a slap in the face,” Starbucks patron Edward Beck told the Post. “Another increase and I won’t come back.”

Five Guys fan Marlon Henry, 43, is already changing his lunch plans thanks to heightened prices. “I was just telling my buddy these fries are expensive,” says the fire alarm inspector, who lives in Queens. Employees of the chain’s West 48th Street and Sixth Avenue location tell The Post that the fries have only increased by 10 cents since the new year, but that the price for burgers has gone up by $1. It’s all too much for Henry, who says he’ll go to other fast food spots to get his fix: “I won’t come back here.”

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The Wealthiest And Poorest County In Every U.S. State

The average U.S. state is made up of 62 counties.

With so many counties spread throughout each state in the nation, it’s not surprising that we can find counties that exemplify almost any part of the American experience.

In this case, we’re comparing county-level data to look at the differences in economic opportunity within each state. More specifically, we are looking at the range of median household income, which is one proxy for the difference in economic status between counties.
Disparity By State

Today’s infographic comes to us from TitleMax, and it looks at the wealthiest and poorest counties in each individual U.S. state based on the measure of median household income.

Here are the five states with the biggest disparity between rich and poor counties:

1. Virginia: $102,800

Loudoun is about an hour’s drive to D.C., and it also happens to be the richest county in the U.S. in terms of median income. Further west in the state, bordering Kentucky and West Virginia, lies Buchanan County, which has a median household income of just $31,800.

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Maryland debates raising age to buy tobacco products

WASHINGTON — Maryland lawmakers are considering a bill that would make it illegal for anyone under 21 to buy tobacco products.

The current minimum age in Maryland is 18. Six states and the District of Columbia have already raised the purchase age to 21, and Virginia is on track to enact similar legislation.

Jocelyn Collins, the government relations director for the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network, says the number of teenagers taking up smoking is on the increase. The latest figures, she says, show that 1,900 teenagers a year in Maryland become daily smokers.

Collins says e-cigarettes are the favored product among young people, “The second top thing they’re using is they’re smoking cigars, the third thing is cigarettes and the fourth thing is smokeless tobacco, so this is a real concern for us.”

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Maryland Sheriff Says It Will Be CIVIL WAR Before Gun Confiscation

Sheriff Mike Lewis considers himself the last man standing for the people of Wicomico County.

“State police and highway patrol get their orders from the governor,” the Maryland sheriff said. “I get my orders from the citizens in this county.”

With more states passing stronger gun control laws, rural sheriffs across the country are taking the meaning of their age-old role as defenders of the Constitution to a new level by protesting such restrictions, News21 found.

Some are refusing to enforce the laws altogether.

Sheriffs in states like New York, Colorado and Maryland argue that some gun control laws defy the Second Amendment and threaten rural culture, for which gun ownership is often an integral component.

They’re joined by groups like Oath Keepers and the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association, both of which encourage law enforcement officers to take a stand against gun control laws.

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Tennessee man flips off, pulls gun on couple wearing MAGA hats in Kentucky Sam's Club

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) - A man from Tennessee was arrested in Kentucky after reportedly pulling a gun on a man because he and his wife were wearing MAGA hats.

According to the report from Bowling Green Police, 57-year-old James Phillips was wearing a "veterans hat" inside a local Sam's Club when he passed the couple wearing "Make America Great Again" hats.

Phillips told police he flipped them off because of the hats they were wearing then walked off. The husband then approached Phillips, flipped him back off and put his hands in his face according to police.

Phillips then backed away and the two argued verbally until witnesses say Phillips pulled a gun.

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Question Of The Day 2-19-19


Bernie Sanders Announces 2020 Presidential Run

Senator Bernie Sanders, the Vermont independent and 2016 Democratic primary runner-up whose populist policy agenda has helped push the party to the left, announced on Tuesday that he was running for president again, embarking on a bid that will test whether he can retain the anti-establishment appeal he enjoyed with many liberal voters three years ago.

A self-styled democratic socialist whose calls for “Medicare for all,” a $15 minimum wage and tuition-free public colleges have become pillars of the party’s left wing, Mr. Sanders is among the best-known politicians to join an already crowded Democratic field and one of the most outspoken against President Trump, whom he has repeatedly called a “pathological liar” and a “racist.”

“Three years ago, during our 2016 campaign, when we brought forth our progressive agenda we were told that our ideas were ‘radical’ and ‘extreme,’” Mr. Sanders said on Tuesday in an early-morning email to supporters, citing those health, economic and education policies as well as combating climate change and raising taxes on wealthy Americans.

“Well, three years have come and gone. And, as result of millions of Americans standing up and fighting back, all of these policies and more are now supported by a majority of Americans,” he said.

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Self Defense Is A Civil Right

We are on the cusp of surpassing 10,000 signatures. Please forward to your gun clubs, ffls, and firearms instructors. We would like many more signatures before February 25th.
https://tinyurl.com/y3beskrq

READ ME. This came from facebook. It's about the Fruitland City manager

Michelle Milad Royal

To the (curse word ..curse word ..curse word) that stole my little free library-may you (curse word .. curse word..) I hope you really wanted it because the children from the school down the street and the family that used the books to learn English.. will surely miss it...
Today I hate people....
If anyone sees it please let me know!!!
If ya can please repost!!!!

UPDATE...The police investigated and they found out that the Fruitland city manager decided that it wasn’t used enough so he went onto my private property and stole my little private library. The police officer found out that a city of fruitland truck took it away then was able to track down one of the drivers who told him directly that the city manager told him to do this and dispose of the library. So they threw away the library and the books inside. The police officer has reported it stolen and tomorrow I will go press charges.
So be careful of your bikes, scooters or anything else on your lawn that appears that no one is using at the moment because according to the city manager at fruitland, he can just pick it up and throw it away

Another update... received an email from the city manager and he admitted that he had city employees commit the theft but meant no malicious intent -WHAT WAS HIS INTENT THEN???and he was going to TRY and get it back ... even if he goes and gets it from the dump, I can’t imagine what it looks like after being slammed in a front loader, driven around and dumped in the land fill... I am stunned he even admitted to it ! I also asked where were the books that were inside and he had no answer...

OVER A CENTURY AGO

Here are some of the U.S. statistics for 1905: 

- The average life expectancy in the U.S. was 47 years. 

- Only 14 percent of the homes in the U.S. had a bathtub. 

- Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone. 

- A three-minute call from Denver to New York City cost eleven dollars. 

- There were only 8,000 cars in the U.S., and only 144 miles of paved roads. 

- The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph. 

- Alabama, Mississippi, Iowa, and Tennessee were each more heavily populated 
  than California. With a mere 1.4 million residents, California was only the 21st most 
  populous state in the Union. 

- The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower! 

- The average wage in the U.S. was 22 cents an hour. The average U.S. worker made 
  between $200 and $400 per year. A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 
  per year, a dentist $2,500 per year, a veterinarian between $1,500 and $4,000 per year, 
  and a mechanical engineer about $5,000 per year. 

- More than 95 percent of all births in the U.S. took place at home . 

- Ninety percent of all U.S. physicians had no college education. Instead, they attended 
   medical schools, many of which were condemned in the press and by the government 
   as "substandard." 

- Sugar cost four cents a pound. Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen. Coffee was fifteen cents 
  a pound. 

- Most women only washed their hair once a month, and used borax or egg yolks for shampoo. 

- Canada passed a law prohibiting poor people from entering the country for any reason. 

- The five leading causes of death in the U.S. were: 1. Pneumonia and influenza 2. Tuberculosis 
  3. Diarrhea 4. Heart disease 5. Stroke 

- The American flag had 45 stars. Arizona, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Hawaii, and Alaska hadn’t 
   been admitted to the Union yet. 

- The population of Las Vegas, Nevada, was 30! 

- Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn't been invented. 

- There was no Mother's Day or Father's Day. 

- Two of 10 U.S. adults couldn't read or write. 

- Only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated high school. 

- Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the counter at corner drugstores. 
  According to one pharmacist, "Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind, 
  regulates the stomach and bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect guardian of health." 

- Eighteen percent of households in the U.S had at least one full-time servant or domestic. 

- There were only about 230 reported murders in the entire U.S. 

- And I forwarded this from someone else without typing it myself, and sent it to you in a matter 
  of seconds! Try to imagine what it may be like in another 100 years . it staggers the mind.

Coming To A School Bus Soon


Salisbury City Park?


Amen


"Don't Contribute To Solicitors" In Salisbury Maryland

Only in Salisbury Maryland is it illegal, (according to the sign) to donate to bums begging for food and money then it is to stand there begging. 

Ilhan Omar To Fundraise For Islamic Terror-Linked Palestinian Organization

Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar is scheduled to raise money in March with the Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) only a week after she used an anti-Semitic trope to claim Israel has paid for GOP support.

Omar will be the keynote speaker at CAIR’s 4th Annual Valley Banquet on March 23 to discuss advancing justice and empowering Muslims, according to the organization’s invitation. Single tickets start at $55 per person and a table can cost upwards of $500.

Hassan Shibly, the chief executive director for CAIR-Florida, will also be speaking at the event. Shibly has emphatically stated that Hezbollah and Hamas are not terrorist organizations, reported Jordan Schachtel at Conservative Review.

Hussam Ayloush, the chief executive director for CAIR-LA, who is hosting the event, compared the state of Israel to the Islamic State during a speech in April. Shibley has repeatedly echoed those sentiments and spread propaganda describing U.S. armed forces as radical terrorists.

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Monday, February 18, 2019

Heckler shouts 'Why did you lie?' at Elizabeth Warren during Atlanta suburb speech

A protester disrupted Sen. Elizabeth Warren's campaign event in a suburb of Atlanta on Saturday, appearing to call out the 2020 Democratic presidential candidate for her past claims of Native American ancestry.

As Warren addressed the crowd in Gwinnett County, a man shouted, "Why did you lie?"

"Hold on. We'll get to lots of policy, I promise. OK?" Warren said, adding, "Be easy. Be easy."

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Trump should ‘just say no’ to China trade deal

Many signs point to a trade deal of sorts with China coming together. Top U.S. negotiators left Beijing on Friday without an agreement but both sides claimed progress and announced they will meet again next week in Washington. Wall Street cheered the news.

But there is still ample reason to be skeptical that China is serious about reform.

The talks are the latest product of pressure President Trump has applied to China since taking office. Last March, his top trade representative found that China systematically steals U.S. technology through unfair business practices and theft. That wasn’t news to anyone who follows trade or China, but, as an official act, it marked a fundamental turning point in history where Washington would no longer pretend China was just a benign competitor.

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Teachers Want A 12 Percent Raise In A California School District That Went Into A Financial Crisis In 2017

An Oakland, California, teachers’ union announced Saturday that a strike will begin on Feb. 21 after failing to reach an agreement with the school district over increased pay and smaller class sizes.

Oakland Educators Association (OEA) said teachers were seeking a 12 percent raise over three years to help keep educators in the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD), according to a Saturday press statement.

“We agree that our teachers deserve to be paid more,” OUSD spokesman John Sasaki said, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Saturday. “It’s just a matter of how much can we pay, given our financial reality.”

The district has suffered from financial woes for awhile, however. California loaned OUSD $100 million in emergency funds — the largest at the time — after gathering a $37 million deficit in 2003. The district managed to get into a $30 million deficit in 2017, according to the Chronicle.

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Empire star Jussie Smollett allegedly REHEARSED hoax attack with two Nigerian brothers

A grand jury is slated to hear the Jussie Smollett case next week, according to law enforcement sources familiar with the investigation into the Empire actor's alleged hoax attack.

Chicago police insiders told TMZ that authorities are keeping a close eye on two Nigerian brothers, who were arrested and questioned about the attack before being released on Friday, to make sure that Smollett doesn't try to contact them.

Investigators have said they believe Smollett may have paid Empire extras Abimbola 'Abel' and Olabinjo 'Ola' Osundairo $3,500 to assault him in an orchestrated, rehearsed attack on January 29.

Sources say Smollett initially agreed to sign complaints against his assailants, but declined to do so once he heard that Abel and Ola were the men in custody because he knew them and felt bad for them.

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Mexico deports MS-13 gang members found in caravan near Texas border

Mexican officials say MS-13 gang members from El Salvador infiltrated a group of migrants that traveled in a caravan from Central America to the country's border with Texas.

Miguel Riquelme, governor of Mexico's Coahuila state, said Mara Salvatrucha members were hiding in the group of around 1,600 migrants staying at a federally operated facility in Piedras Negras, Cohauila, and were recently identified by government officials.

"We have data that there are agitators inside the shelter, that there are members of the caravan who are provoking others, some of them belong to the Mara Salvatrucha , some others who bring criminal records in their country and what we have been doing is deporting them directly with Migration," Riquelme told local reporters, according to an English language translation.

At least twice this past week, a few dozen people violently tried to break out of the heavily guarded facility and fought federal police.

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Andrew McCabe: Rod Rosenstein Was ‘Absolutely Serious’ About Wearing A Wire In Trump Meeting

Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe claimed in an interview that aired Sunday that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was “absolutely serious” about wearing a wire during White House meetings with President Donald Trump.

“The deputy attorney general offered to wear a wire into the White House,” McCabe said in an interview with “60 Minutes.”

“Now, he was not joking. He was absolutely serious. And in fact, he brought it up in the next meeting we had,” added McCabe.

McCabe, who was fired on March 16, 2018, also claimed Rosenstein expressed confidence he could successfully record Trump at the White House.

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Montage: Watch the Media Uncritically Accept Another Outlandish ‘Hate Crime’

‘This is America in 2019’

When TMZ first reported that actor Jussie Smollett was the victim of a vicious hate crime, it sounded almost impossible to believe.

Upon leaving a Chicago Subway sandwich shop circa 2 AM one sub-zero night in late January, two masked men recognized him as the openly gay black actor starring in Fox’s ‘Empire,’ hurled racist and homophobic slurs at him, beat him to the point of breaking his ribs, doused him with bleach, tied a noose around his neck, before pronouncing “This is MAGA Country!” and fleeing.

Making such astonishing claims, the national media owed it to their viewers to give this story the circumspect coverage responsible journalism demands.

If only.

Instead the major media used their platform to uncritically parrot TMZ’s original report, even adding new details along the way (such as that the attackers wore “Make America Great Again” hats). This vicious hate crime, they said, painted a disturbing picture of America in 2019.

As Smollett’s claims have unraveled over the intervening weeks, it’s worth revisiting how the story was originally covered.

Check out the montage above to for a quick refresher.

FLASHBACK: Democrats Called Jussie Smollett Attack ‘Lynching’; NAACP Blamed Trump

Leading Democrat candidates for the presidency in 2020 called last month’s reported attack on Jussie Smollett an “attempted modern day lynching,” and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) blamed President Donald Trump.

But reports began to emerge this week from a variety of mainstream media outlets that Chicago police believe Smollett may have paid two men to stage the attack.

At the very least, what is now known is that early reports by Smollett and his representatives were likely false, including claims the assailants were white, and that they were Trump supporters.

At the time, NAACP President Derrick Johnson linked Trump to the alleged crime, saying the “rise in hate crimes is directly linked to President Donald J. Trump’s racist and xenophobic rhetoric.”

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[Related: Chicago Police Believe Jussie Smollett Paid Two Men to Stage Attack;

Smollett reportedly insisted on TV appearance after attack]

ALERT - ESVA & ESMD PEOPLE


ALERT - ESVA & ESMD PEOPLE: this happened 15 minutes ago.

Coming back from Salisbury I stopped at Goose Creek in Princess Anne where when I was pumping gas, a white SUV hybrid, with a guy driving, and guy in back seat were stalking some college aged girls getting gas.

They didn't see me standing there watching them, so I walked up and stuck my head in the window and asked-"can I help you". Startled, the man pulled off a ring and asked me if I would buy gold from him. I looked at him saying "right" - that's not what you're doing! And they sped off.

I warned the girls who were oblivious. I told the store clerk who said this is the 3rd time in about 8 months someone was lurking for a victim to abduct.

SO BEWARE: White Hybrid SUV - Florida Tags - 2 persons of India persuasion. Teach your kids!

Three Baltimore Teens, One 12-Year-Old Charged with Sexual Assault

Three 14-year-old boys and one 12-year-old have been charged with rape after the four allegedly stalked and attacked a woman they saw get off of a Baltimore city bus, according to police.

Baltimore residents Wilmer Ramos, Phillip Worrell, and Nile Campbell, all fourteen years old, were arrested last week and charged as adults for the February 6 rape of a 19-year-old woman. A fourth suspect was not named publicly and was charged as a juvenile because he is 12 years old.

Police charged that the four boys stalked the woman when she got off of an MTA bus and began to walk down Fulton Avenue at about 10:00 p.m., according to Fox 45 News.

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Utah mailman, 91, retires with perfect record after 69 years on job

Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stayed this Utah courier from the swift completion of his appointed rounds.

Jack Lund, 91, of Richfield, retired from the U.S. Postal Service after a perfect 69 years on the job. He began his storied career in 1949 when he was 21 years old.

“Nobody has ever accused me of being smart, and I didn’t know you had to quit when you are 65, and I have enjoyed driving the truck, so it is what I wanted to do all my life, and I have enjoyed driving the truck,” Lund told KSL-TV.

Lund, a dedicated postman, never mailed it in. His fellow employees described him as the whole package -- reliable and always delivering despite poor weather or car trouble -- ABC 4 Newsreported.

“I was headed for Phoenix one day and there was four feet of snow on the mountain south of Panguitch and the highway patrolman told me I couldn’t go, and I said, ‘This is a mail truck and you can’t stop me unless it’s impossible.’ And I fooled him, I guess, because he let me go,” Lund recalled.

Last week, Lund decided it was finally time to retire.

MSP Princess Anne January 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 January 2019.

Dorrence West Jr., 40 YOA, Salisbury, MD

Tyreck Horton, 18 YOA, Fruitland, MD

Daniel Thomas II, 44 YOA, Westover, MD

Jonathan Savage, 30 YOA, Princess Anne, MD

Jamal Armstrong, 21 YOA, Princess Anne, MD

Bryant Cannon, 48 YOA, Princess Anne, MD

Gunman sought after shooting, wounding Virginia police officer, officials say

Authorities are hunting Sunday for a gunman who shot and wounded a Virginia police officer during a traffic stop.

Donquale Maurice Gray, 25, is being sought following the shooting in Bluefield about 11:45 p.m. Saturday, Virginia State Police said. Gray is considered armed and dangerous.

A Bluefield police officer, who was not identified, was conducting a traffic stop on Route 460 and pulled over a blue 2008 Toyota Yaris hatchback, cops said. Gray was sitting in the front passenger seat when he allegedly opened fire, striking the officer.

"The Bluefield, Va. Officer and a second Bluefield, Va. Officer, who had responded to assist with the traffic stop, returned fire. The Toyota's driver got out of th

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https://www.foxnews.com/us/gunman-sought-after-shooting-wounding-virginia-police-officer-officials-say

Boy Scouts?


Now we know: it was (and remains) an attempted coup

Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe’s 60 Minutes interview, airing in full on CBS tonight, is a disaster for the Deep State. His admission during his interview that he and other top FBI and Justice Department officials seriously considered taking steps including invoking the 25th Amendment to remove President Trump from office in the spring of 2017 is a blockbuster. Thanks to his candor,

we can finally use without reservation the “C” word – for an attempted coup d’état –in describing what McCabe and other Deep State players were cooking up in secret two years ago.

Excerpts of McCabe’s damning interview were released by CBS News on Thursday. Almost immediately, a range of experts – including a few Democrats – began using the “C” word.

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Laura Ingraham Floats Prosecution For Smollett — And She Doesn’t Stop There

Fox News host Laura Ingraham fired back at actor Jussie Smollett after news broke that police were looking into the possibility that he had orchestrated his own alleged attack, arguing that he should be subject to prosecution for making false accusations.

Ingraham didn’t stop with Smollett, though — she also named Kavanaugh accusers Julie Swetnick and Christine Blasey-Ford, suggesting that they should also be subject to prosecution.

“False, defamatory, poisonous, costly accusations by Blasé-Ford [sic], Swetnick, Smollet [sic] must all be punished to fullest extent of civil and/or criminal law,” Ingraham tweeted on Saturday.

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Pelosi Deletes Sympathetic Tweet For Jussie Smollett

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi deleted her original tweet sympathetic for “Empire” actor and singer Jussie Smollett amid reports that Smollett may have staged the alleged January 29 attack against himself.

Smollett claimed to law enforcement he went to a local Chicago Subway eatery at 2 a.m., and he was physically assaulted by two men in ski masks who poured a bleach-like substance on him and tied a rope around his neck like a noose.

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Spreading The Fake Smollett "MAGA Country" Hate Crime: A Mainstream Media Montage

When oh when dear mainstream media will you ever learn to get off the same old script? Like actually including some skepticismof unverified claims as one might be so bold as to expect of professional "objective, unbiased" journalists?

Is it too much to ask CNN to bring an ounce of critical evidence to claims - especially on highly socially divisive topics such as a heinous hate crime - instead of closing their eyes and parroting whatever is the story line du jour merely because of politically convenient narratives?

How many embarrassing retractions, walk-backs, corrections, and deleted articles will it take?

Watch yet another avalanche of fake mainstream media viral "coverage":

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Here Are All The Politicians Who Rushed To Judgment On The Smollett ‘Hate Crime’

When Jussie Smollett claimed he was assaulted by two men wearing “Make America Great Again” hats, many Democratic politicians quickly came to his defense.

Those Democrats included Sens. Cory Booker and Kamala Harris, and Reps. Maxine Waters, Nancy Pelosi, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, among others.

Waters blamed the attack on President Donald Trump and asked, “Why all of a sudden do we have people unable to study while black, unable to mow a lawn while black, unable to have picnic while black, and being attacked?”

Pelosi tweeted, “The racist, homophobic attack on [Smollett] is an affront to our humanity. No one should be attacked for who they are or whom they love.”

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Limbaugh: Immigration Is an Emergency --- Our 'Culture' at Risk from 'Parade of Illegal People Who Are Uneducated'

On this weekend’s broadcast of “Fox News Sunday,” nationally syndicated conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh said President Donald Trump was right to declare a national emergency on the U.S.-Mexico border to build a wall.

Limbaugh, “We have an emergency. This is an invasion. The very existence and definition of American culture, American society, the rule of law. Why does nobody talk about the fact that millions and millions and millions of people are breaking the law coming here illegally and that the Democrat Party wants that to happen?”

He added, “It is undeniable that we have a major immigration problem and a political party that needs a permanent underclass of voters that wants that parade of illegal people who are uneducated, don’t even speak the language, they want them here. It is a crisis.”

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G-Thanks. Taiwan’s secret military sites revealed in Google Maps update

The latest Google Maps update has revealed the most detailed imagery of cities and terrain for major cities in Taiwan, but has also exposed some of the military's most sensitive sites.

The structures were revealed after Google launched the new function in four major cities -- Taipei, New Taipei, Taoyuan, and Taichung.

The images are so clear that facilities for U.S.-made Patriot missiles, including the types of launchers and models of the missiles, can now be seen, according to the South China Morning Post.

Taiwan’s Defense Minister Yen Te-fa said Saturday that a task force had been formed to work with Google to seek appropriate adjustments to ensure national security was safeguarded.

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https://www.foxnews.com/world/taiwans-secret-military-sites-including-patriot-missile-facilities-revealed-in-google-maps-update

Mississippi Legislature Passes Fetal Heartbeat Bill; Governor To Sign

On Wednesday, the Mississippi state Senate and House of Representatives passed bills to prohibit abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detectable (between six and seven weeks gestation).

While the bills offer "life of the mother" exceptions, they do not make exceptions for infants conceived in rape or incest. An amendment to provide such an exception was proposed during debate, but it was ultimately defeated.

On the day the bills passed, Republican Governor Phil Bryant sent out a tweet saying that he intends to sign the legislation into law:

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Trump as Hercules Cleaning Out the Augean Stables

Last week in Viareggio, Italy, the citizens paraded with a huge float depicting President Trump as Hercules. Looking at his many accomplishments against countless enemies and political opponents, the depiction was not inapt. Like Hercules, he defeated the Queen of the Amazons, and this week, he's going on to clean out the Augean Stables. In this respect, he's aided by the utter stupidity of his opponents.

A. The Green New Deal

For decades now, under the guise of environmental protection, the far left has tied down America's economy. It's been largely gradual, hidden in fancy language and supported by those little harmed by these restrictions. Last week, freshman congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, whose previous experience was bartending, and Senator Ed Markey, whose commercial experience before entering the political ring was driving an ice cream truck, proposed a Green New Deal.

Without reading it, all or most (I can't keep track of all of them) of the announced Democrat presidential candidates endorsed it, to their subsequent embarrassment when the details they hadn't bothered to read became known. Ocasio-Cortez kindly provided a FAQ cheat sheet, which revealed how insane the plan was. When the details were known, she withdrew it, offering up various versions of why it wasn't the real Cliff's Notes of the deal.

In any event, taking advantage of the opportunity to put the Democrats to the test, Senator majority leader Mitch McConnell announced he'd bring the resolution to the Senate floor for a vote, at which time cosponsor Ed Markey accused McConnell of "sabotage" and trying to "silence" voters.

Tom Maguire had fun with the charge:

French Schools Replace "Mother" And "Father" With "Parent 1" And "Parent 2"

In the latest example of political correctness run amok in Europe, the French National Assembly this week passed an education reform bill which included a controversial amendment to replace all instances of the words 'mother' and 'father' on official school-related paperwork with the 'gender neutral' phrases "Parent 1" and "Parent 2".

The bill, which was championed by President Emmanuel Macron's party, will also make school attendance mandatory for all three-year-olds.

"This amendment aims to root in law children's family diversity in administrative forms submitted in school," said REM minister Valérie Petit.

"We have families who find themselves faced with tick boxes stuck in rather old-fashioned social and family models. For us, this article is a measurement of social equality."

While the changes were made ostensibly to stop discrimination against same-sex parents, according to the Christian Post, the measure has been attacked by conservatives and liberals alike. Even the French education minister opposed the amendment.

In a sign of just how fraught with controversy this provision has become, even the president of the French association for same-sex parents has criticized the decision, arguing that it could create a "parental hierarchy".

However, it is not just conservatives who question the effectiveness of the new legislation. Alexandre Urwicz president of the AFDH, the French association for same sex parents, worries that the legislation could create a “parental hierarchy."

"Who is ‘parent number 1’ and who is ‘parent number 2’?" he asks, adding that perhaps the less controversial "father, mother and legal representative," be used instead.

Conservatives denounced the suggestion that the terms "mother" and "father" are old fashioned, and one lawmaker pointed out that in modern France, more than 95% of civil unions are between same-sex couples, RT reported.

“When I hear people say this is an old-fashioned model, I would remind people that today among unions celebrated, civil or marital, some 95 per cent are man-woman couples,” Conservative MP Xavier Breton said of the latest amendment, while fellow Conservative Fabien Di Filippo denounced the move as a “frightening ideology."

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Mitch McConnell could save the border wall

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., could soon play a key role in protecting the proposed border wall by refusing to hold a vote on a measure aimed at nullifying Trump's national emergency declaration.

Congress is poised to send Trump a resolution in the coming weeks that rescinds the national emergency Trump issued on Friday to justify shifting billions of dollars in federal funds for border wall construction.

If the House and Senate pass that resolution, Trump would likely veto it, after which the House and Senate could try to override that veto. But even if the Democrat-led House overrode Trump's veto, McConnell has the power to ignore that House vote and refuse to reconsider it at all.

“Nothing in the Constitution requires that either chamber vote directly on the question of re-passing a vetoed bill,” the Congressional Research Service reported in 2015, referring to a vote to override a veto. “If either chamber fails to vote on the question, then the measure dies.”

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Red Flag Law, Universal Background Checks Fail to Stop Illinois Shooting

A red flag law and universal background checks failed to stop the Aurora, Illinois, shooting that killed five people Friday.

Illinois also licenses all gun owners, but gun control was impotent to stop the shooting.

The Chicago Tribune reports that 45-year-old Gary Martin opened fire at Henry Pratt Company around 1:20 pm. He allegedly fatally wounded five individuals, then exchanged fire with officers before being killed during a shootout.

WBEZ radio reports that Martin’s sister said he was laid off two weeks ago and was “very depressed.”

WRSP reports that Illinois’ red flag law went into effect on January 1, 2019.

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Widespread National Food Stamp Fraud Could Be as High as $4.7 Billion

According to a new report produced by the Government and Accountability Office (GAO), at least $1 billion in food stamp benefits are "trafficked annually," meaning they are fraudulently used. The extent of the fraud is uncertain, the GAO warns, estimating the abuse of the program could be as high as $4.7 billion.

About 20 million lower-income households receive benefits from the $64 billion Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as food stamps, to buy food. But GAO found that instead of being used for food, many stores are defrauding the program by "selling" cash instead of food.

"For example, a store might give a person $50 in exchange for $100 in benefits – then pocket the difference," GAO explains.

The Food Nutrition Service (FNS) within the U.S. Department of Agriculture oversees SNAP and is responsible for authorizing and overseeing retailers.

The fraud, known as "retailer trafficking," costs taxpayers at least $1 billion. However, the real cost could be "anywhere from $960 million to $4.7 billion," the GAO adds.

The Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA), a Washington, D.C.-based think tank advocating reform, launched a "Stop the Scam initiative" to raise awareness of the widespread problem.

"Welfare fraud is one of the biggest untold stories of the last decade, robbing resources from the truly needy and eroding public trust in the integrity of our welfare programs," Sam Adolphsen, vice president of executive affairs at FGA, said in a statement.

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Not pregnant? No problem. Abortion clinic sold abortions to non-pregnant women

February 15, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – It’s no secret that abortion is a profitable business. But according to one former abortion clinic manager, some abortion clinics are so driven by profit that they will lie to women, convincing them they're pregnant when they’re not simply in order to close the “sale” and maximize profit.

Carol Everett, who managed multiple abortion clinics over a space of several years before converting to the pro-life position in 1983, recently told Jonathon van Maren on The Van Maren Show, LifeSite's new weekly podcast, how her staff and abortionists would trick non-pregnant women into getting abortions.

If a woman’s pregnancy test came back negative, the staff would “take her back to see what she knows about sonograms.”

Since ultrasounds can be hard to interpret, especially early in pregnancy, the sonographer can always “find a blob” in the woman’s abdomen. “She doesn't know what an early pregnancy looks like,” said Everett.

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Creepy Joe Biden Goes to Europe and Trashes America, Says Our Nation is an 'Embarrassment'!

Creepy former-Vice President Joe Biden spoke at the NATO Munich Security Conference on Saturday and called the United States an “embarrassment.”

Speaking to European allies, Biden trashed America with an open hostility, violating the unspoken tradition of leaving political gripes at home when speaking in foreign nations.

“The America I see values basic human decency, not snatching children from their parents or turning our back on refugees at our border. Americans know that’s not right,” Biden asserted. “The American people understand plainly that this makes us an embarrassment. The American people know, overwhelmingly, that it is not right. That it is not who we are.”

Biden has not ruled out running for president — and is seen as a favorite to win the nomination by pollsters.

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Maryland Democrats want to give Scholarships To Illegals Instead of Citizens.

Seems innocent right? Until you remember that dreamers/illegals also qualify for instate tuition. This will take money away from LEGAL citizens.

Build That Wall!


Trump Rages Against Mueller - Quotes Rush Limbaugh: Mueller Investigators 'Ought to be in Jail' For Cover-up of Attempted Coup!

President Trump raged against the Mueller witch hunt Sunday afternoon and into the evening.

The president quoted conservative radio phenom Rush Limbaugh in a tweet on Sunday which called for Mueller’s investigators to be in jail for covering up the attempted coup against Trump.

TRUMP: “These guys, the investigators, ought to be in jail. What they have done, working with the Obama intelligence agencies, is simply unprecedented. This is one of the greatest political hoaxes ever perpetrated on the people of this Country, and Mueller is a coverup.” Rush Limbaugh.

Jussie Smollett case to reportedly go before a grand jury

The Jussie Smollett case will go before a grand jury early next week, according to a new report.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ that a panel will hear the case, but the outlet didn’t elaborate on who is facing charges — or what they might be.

The “Empire” star told cops he was assaulted in Chicago on Jan. 29 by two men spewing racist and homophobic slurs at him — but his story has since come under fire as sources have alleged to news outlets that he actually paid some pals to stage the whole thing.

Cops arrested brothers Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo on Wednesday after they were captured on security footage near the scene — but they were released Friday without charges, and police then said evidence they gave has shifted the “trajectory of the investigation.”

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Two Trump Cabinet Officials Were "Ready To Support" 25th Amendment 'Coup' As Rosenstein Tallied Votes

Two Trump Cabinet officials were "ready to support" a DOJ scheme to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove President Trump, according to Bloomberg and Fox News, citing closed-door testimony from the FBI's former top lawyer, James Baker - who said that the claim came from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

The testimony was delivered last fall to the House Oversight and Judiciary Committees. Fox News has confirmed portions of the transcript. It provides additional insight into discussions that have returned to the spotlight in Washington as fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe revisits the matter during interviews promoting his forthcoming book. -Fox News

While Baker did not identify the two Cabinet officials, he says that McCabe and former FBI lawyer Lisa Page approached him to relay their conversations with Rosenstein, including their discussions of the 25th Amendment scheme.
"I was being told by some combination of Andy McCabe and Lisa Page, that, in a conversation with the Deputy Attorney General, he had stated that he -- this was what was related to me -- that he had at least two members of the president’s Cabinet who were ready to support, I guess you would call it, an action under the 25th Amendment," Baker told the Congressional committees.

The 25th Amendment allows for the removal of a sitting president from office through various mechanisms - including the majority of a president's Cabinet agreeing that the commander-in-chief is incapable of performing his duties.

Rosenstein - who is slated to leave the Justice Department in the near future, has denied the claims.

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MSP Berlin Barrack CDS with Intent to Distribute Arrest

Type of Incident: Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine
Date and Time: 02/17/19 14390326 hours
Location: Ocean Downs Casino 10218 Racetrack Rd. Berlin, Worcester County, Maryland

Narrative: On 2/17/19, the Maryland State Police Berlin Barrack received a look out from the Maryland State Police Salisbury Barrack. An anonymous complainant advised the Salisbury Barrack that a vehicle involved in CDS distribution was en route to the Ocean Downs Casino and the two vehicle occupants were armed.

Troopers from the MSP Berlin Barrack, in coordination with Ocean Downs Security, were able to locate the vehicle on Casino grounds and were able to locate and identify the vehicle occupants. The operator of the vehicle was identified as Robert Lee Elmore (45 years of age) of Princess Anne, MD. Investigation revealed Elmore was wanted on a Worcester County Grand Jury Indictment for possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

During the investigation, Troopers were assisted by the Ocean City Police Department K-9 Unit. A K-9 Sniff of the suspect vehicle resulted in a positive alert for the presence of CDS. After the K-9 alert, Troopers, OCPD, and Casino staff coordinated the arrest of Elmore without incident.

Search of the vehicle, subsequent to the alert and arrest of Elmore, produced 15 individually wrapped baggies of cocaine, approximately 9 grams of marijuana, and two baggies of crack cocaine weighing approximately 3 grams each.

Elmore was taken before the Worcester County District Court Commissioner charged with possession of CDS with the intent to distribute, not marijuana, possession of CDS not marijuana, possession of marijuana and was served with the indictment. Elmore was held on $5,000 on the listed charges and held without bond pending hearing in Circuit Court for the indictment.

Investigation continues

Business Groups Come Together to Urge Changes to Minimum Wage Bill

Businesses from across the state came together in Springfield on Monday to urge the Illinois lawmakers to amend a proposed minimum wage increase to allow for lower pay outside the city of Chicago.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker last week urged the House to pass the Senate’s blanket $15 minimum wage by 2025 without any changes. Supporters of the minimum wage say it has taken too long for an increase to the minimum wage and that going to $15 an hour by 2025 will raise people out of poverty, add to the state’s tax rolls and increase economic activity.

The Senate along party lines passed Senate Bill 1 that would have six increases over five years starting with the first increase Jan. 1, 2020, to $9.25 from the current $8.25. The wage would be $15 per hour by 2025.

Manufacturer Don Welge of Gilster-Mary Lee said if employee costs continue to go up in Illinois, he’ll be forced to continue to invest outside the state, where he has other operations and he said it’s cheaper to hire.

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State of the Union Destroys Trump is Racist Lie

Watching President Trump’s State of the Union speech, I thought, “This destroys Democrats’, Hollywood’s, and fake news media’s lie that Trump is racist.” And yet, I knew that these leftists would continue their evil, divisive Trump-is-racist deception.

With the TV cameras on Alice Johnson, a tearful black woman, Trump said he was deeply moved by her story. In 1997, Alice was sentenced to life in prison as a first-time nonviolent drug offender. Over the next 22 years, Alice became a prison minister. She greatly impacted many lives in prison and beyond, inspiring others to make better choices.

Trump said, “Alice’s story underscores the disparity and unfairness that can exist in criminal sentencing and the need to remedy this total injustice.” “In June, I commuted Alice’s sentence. When I saw Alice’s beautiful family greet her at the prison gate hugging and kissing, crying and laughing, I knew I did something right.”

Then Trump announced that he signed the First Step Act into law. This new law gives nonviolent offenders the chance to re-enter society as productive, law-abiding citizens. Trump introduced Matthew Charles. In 1996, 30-year-old Matthew was sentenced to 35 years in prison for drug-related offenses. Over 20 years, Matthew completed 30 Bible studies, became a law clerk, and mentored many of his fellow inmates. Matthew Charles, a black man, is the first person released under Trump’s First Step Act.

Folks, how in the world can leftists continue to effectively falsely brand Trump a racist?

Trump’s strong commitment to the pro-life movement is more glaring proof that he is not racist.

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Senate panel to investigate meetings between Russians, Obama officials

The Senate Finance Committee is probing meetings reportedly held in 2015 between two of former President Barack Obama’s top economic officials and Maria Butina, a Russian national who later pleaded guilty to conspiring to covertly influence U.S. foreign policy, the panel said Friday.

Committee leadership published letters sent to the current heads of the U.S. Treasury Department and Federal Reserve raising concerns over reports that Ms. Butina, a 30-year-old gun-rights activist, met with officials from the agencies during the Obama administration.

“The Senate Finance Committee has a constitutional responsibility to engage in vigilant oversight of entities and government agencies within its jurisdiction,” wrote Senators Charles E. Grassley, Iowa Republican, and Ron Wyden, Oregon Democrat, the committee’s chairman and ranking member, respectively. “A critical issue facing the Committee and the country is the extent to which the Russian government engaged in efforts designed to undermine our political system and governmental policy through obfuscation and manipulation.”

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Breaking the Left's Deception of Black Americans

With earbuds wired to my phone, I listen to national Christian broadcasts during my daily walk. Back to back, I heard two black pastors with large congregations. It was stunning hearing how clueless both men were regarding the truth of various political issues.

Both pastors parroted Democrats' and fake news media's lies in their sermons. Between the two, they rebuked Republicans for hatefully wanting to build a wall to “keep people out”. They blamed Republicans for foolishly shutting down the government, which caused 800,000 employees to suffer unpaid. They scolded Republicans for cruelly separating children from their parents. Each allegation against Republicans was a misrepresentation of the truth; rooted in Democrats' and fake news media's long-time lie that Republicans are racist and mean.

The Border Wall. Americans welcome immigrants who enter our country legally. The border wall is to stop the invasion of illegals which includes sex traffickers, drug dealers and violent criminals. Stats confirm that walls are effective. Hypocritically, Democrats who preach that building a wall to keep Americans safe is racist and mean live in highly secured communities behind walls.

The Government Shutdown. In essence, Democrats shutdown the government by refusing to sign a budget with a piddly $5 billion towards the border wall. Democrats claim the wall, at a cost of $25 billion, is too expensive. Meanwhile, we are spending $135 billion annually for freebies to illegals. Democrats want the free flow of unskilled needy illegals invading our country to become new Democrat voters. The dirty little secret is illegal aliens are already voting for Democrats in our elections.

Separating Children. Democrats authored the law separating children from their parents at the border. Trump said he hates the law. Fake news and Democrats are using this Democrat law to portray Trump as a villain. Meanwhile, Democrats and fake news elevate to sainthood irresponsible foreign parents who send their children unaccompanied to make the extremely dangerous journey to America. Border agents report 12-year-old illegal alien girls armed with birth control, Plan B pills, due to the high probability of being raped along the way. What kind of parents subject their children to such horrors?

A white friend left a tearful message on my phone..

2020 Dems Silent on Data Showing Voters Oppose Their Abortion Stance

The Democrat Party's leading presidential contenders are silent on data showing an overwhelming majority of voters oppose their stance on abortion.

A poll released by Susan B. Anthony List on Wednesday found that 77 percent of likely general election voters favor legislation protecting children born through failed abortions and 62 percent oppose efforts to expand late-term abortions. The results closely mirror those previously recorded by Gallup showing only 28 percent of Americans think abortion should be legal during the second trimester and only 13 percent support it during the third trimester.

Despite these numbers, the Democrat presidential contenders continue to support the Women's Health Protection Act. If implemented, the bill would invalidate any laws that "single out abortion providers with medically unnecessary requirements and restrictions, do not promote women's health or safety, and limit access to abortion services," according to the liberal Center for Reproductive Rights.

Effectively it would strike down prohibitions on abortion after 20 weeks, regulations protecting individuals or institutions from being forced to perform abortions, and laws preventing abortion on the basis of sex, among others.

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Elizabeth Warren endorses use of 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., a 2020 candidate for president, on Sunday endorsed the idea of President Trump's team invoking the 25th Amendment to remove him from office if the circumstances call for it.

“My point here is that if they believe that Donald Trump cannot fulfill the obligations of his office, then they have a constitutional responsibility to invoke the 25th Amendment,” Warrensaid during a press conference following a campaign rally in Las Vegas. “Their loyalty under law is not to him personally. It is to the Constitution of the United States and to the people of United States.”

Warren, a frequent target of Trump's due to her dubious claims to Native American ancestry, is increasingly defining herself as the 2020 candidate who uses provocative comments to counter the president's bellicose brand of rhetoric. For instance, Warren told an Iowa crowd last week Trump "may not even be a free person" by the time the 2020 election comes around.

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Republican House Leader Has Some ‘Serious Questions’ For Adam Schiff

Bipartisan House and Senate Intelligence Committee investigations found no “direct evidence” that President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign colluded with Russia to steal the election.

The senate committee interviewed more than 200 witnesses and reviewed more than 300,000 documents before reaching its conclusion. Since then, senate Democrats have tried to poke holes in the claims by pointing out that “direct evidence” is rare and given the same weight has circumstantial evidence. House Democrats, led by new committee chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA), have vowed to continue investigating anything they can to prove Trump has committed a crime – even using congressional authority to subpoena Trump’s tax returns.

In response to Schiff’s determination to find a crime, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) released a serious of questions for his Democrat colleague.

“Chairman Schiff stated in March of 2017, he had evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia and that his ‘evidence’ was more than circumstantial but not quite direct. To date Chairman Schiff has produced no evidence to support that claim,” the Republican leader posted on his blog.

Schiff has come under scrutiny after it was reported that he had a 'chance' encounter with Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson last summer during the Aspen Security Forum.

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ThisPersonDoesNotExist.com uses AI to generate endless fake faces

The ability of AI to generate fake visuals is not yet mainstream knowledge, but a new website — ThisPersonDoesNotExist.com — offers a quick and persuasive education.

The site is the creation of Philip Wang, a software engineer at Uber, and uses research released last year by chip designer Nvidia to create an endless stream of fake portraits. The algorithm behind it is trained on a huge dataset of real images, then uses a type of neural network known as a generative adversarial network (or GAN) to fabricate new examples.

“Each time you refresh the site, the network will generate a new facial image from scratch,” wrote Wang in a Facebook post. He added in a statement to Motherboard: “Most people do not understand how good AIs will be at synthesizing images in the future.”

The underlying AI framework powering the site was originally invented by a researcher named Ian Goodfellow. Nvidia’s take on the algorithm, named StyleGAN, was made open source recently and has proven to be incredibly flexible. Although this version of the model is trained to generate human faces, it can, in theory, mimic any source.

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[Sit and stare at these faces for a moment-- see if you can convince your brain that they aren't real. This is scary. --Editor]

Kyle Yorlets and media silence

'Muslim Community Patrols' have NYC residents alarmed

Vatican Defrocks Former Cardinal McCarrick, Finds Him Guilty Of Sex Abuse

Updated at 10:14 a.m. ET

The Vatican has defrocked former cardinal Theodore McCarrick, it said Saturday, making him the highest-ranking church official to date to be expelled from the priesthood for sex abuse.

A church tribunal found McCarrick guilty of "solicitation in the Sacrament of Confession and sins against the Sixth Commandment with minors and with adults, with the aggravating factor of the abuse of power," the Vatican said. Pope Francis has approved the ruling and there is no possibility of appeal, the statement said.

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Religious Freedom Activists Call for U.S. Special Envoy in Nigeria

ISIS-affiliate Boko Haram continues to terrorize the country

Nigerians go to the polls on Saturday to choose their next president in an election some Christian observers call a "matter of life and death," as ongoing violence prompts activists to call for the appointment of a U.S. special envoy to the country.

One fourth of the nation's 36 states have been devastated by radical Muslim attacks that have claimed up to 37,000 lives during the last 10 years, according to the Council on Foreign Relations. Terrorists belonging to the ISIS-affiliated Boko Haram insurgency in the northeast or radical Muslim militants of the Fulani tribes, who are attacking towns and cities in Nigeria's northwestern states, make up slightly more than half of the dead. The rest are innocent victims and Nigerian soldiers and police. Close to two million Nigerians have sought shelter in refugee camps.

Unknown gunmen killed 66 persons on the eve of presidential and parliamentary elections, according to Vanguard News Nigeria.

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Jussie Smollett reportedly paid two men to orchestrate attack

Chicago police now believe “Empire” TV actor Jussie Smollett paid two pals to fake the attack that he has insisted was carried out by a pair of homophobic and racist strangers, according to a stunning new report.

The buddies — body-builder brothers from Nigeria — told cops they purchased the rope for the noose recovered from Smollett’s neck ­after the attack, Fox’s Chicago affiliate reported Saturday night, citing multiple Chicago law-enforcement sources.

The two are cooperating with the probe, and have turned over to cops the Ace Hardware receipt for their purchase of the rope, Fox 32 reported.

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I HAD IT ALL

I talked with a homeless man this morning and asked him how he ended up this way.

He said, "Up until last week, I still had it all.
I had plenty to eat, my clothes were washed and pressed,
I had a roof over my head, I had HDTV and Internet, and I went to the gym, the pool, and the library.

I was working on my MBA on-line. I had no bills and no debt. I even had full medical coverage.

I felt sorry for him, so I asked, "What happened? Drugs? Alcohol? Divorce?"

"Oh no, nothing like that," he said. "No, no....

"I was paroled".

Right On!


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Troopers Arrest Seaford Man for Home Improvement Fraud-Seaford

Seaford- The Delaware State Police have arrested a Seaford man on multiple counts of Home Improvement Fraud and related charges.
The investigation began in September, 2018 when Troopers took a report of a home improvement fraud.  While at the Lowes store located in Seaford, the victim, a 72-year-old female met a man who indicated to her that he was a contractor.  The victim made an agreement with the individual, identified as 53-year-old William R. Parlier to conduct home improvements.   Over the course of approximately 2 months, the victim had provided Parlier with several checks amounting to over $6,000.00, to which she thought was going towards future labor and materials.  Parlier never completed any of the home improvements that were agreed upon.
On February 14, 2019, Troopers took a second report of a home improvement fraud regarding the same suspect.  In this case the 57-year-old male victim had also provided Parlier with multiple checks over the course of several months amounting to over $6,000.00 for home improvements that were never completed.
On February 16, 2019, Troopers located Parlier in the Cool Branch development doing construction on a residence.  Parlier was taken into custody without incident and transported back to Troop 5 where he was charged with the following:
  •  Crime Against a Vulnerable Adult
  •  Home Improvement Fraud by False Pretense (2 counts)
  •  Theft by false pretense $1500 (2 counts)
  •  Engage in Contract Business without Obtain/ Maintain License (2 counts)
  •  Carry on Occupations Without License (2 counts)
Parlier was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court 2 and committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution on $12,200.00 cash only bond.