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Thursday, May 09, 2019

Great Scott!


We now know without a doubt the former President Barack Obama was in on the Deep State’s actions to spy on President Trump and entrap his team members. We don’t know how much spying and attempts of entrapment went on, but we do know Obama was aware of it all.

Democrats and Deep State dirty cops have claimed for months that there was no spying on the Trump campaign. Now we know without a doubt that there was not only spying, but the dirty cops in the Deep State attempted to entrap Trump team members through this spying. We also know without a doubt that Obama was in on it.

We know Obama was in on it based on numerous pieces of information.

For starters we know that Obama spied on numerous people for years while he was President. Obama took the US Intelligence community and corrupted it. He used the US intelligence apparatus to spy on anyone and everyone and especially his enemies. We put a list of the many individuals and entities Obama spied on that we know of here.


'Equality Act' Is About Civil Tyranny, Not Civil Rights

The House Judiciary Committee has voted out the Equality Act of 2019. It now heads for a vote on the House floor with 240 co-sponsors, which means its passage is virtually certain.

The legislation amends all major civil rights law, including the 1964 Civil Rights Act, to include “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” along with race, sex, and religion as classes that are protected from discrimination.

There is so much wrong here it is hard to know where to start.

My dictionary defines psychosis as “a severe mental disorder in which thought and emotions are so impaired that contact is lost with external reality.”

We now have a majority of members of Congress who are prepared to pass into law that the sex individuals are born with—their chromosomal and physical reality—will take a back seat to how those individuals choose to define their own sexual identity. Henceforth, we’ll be done with the idea that there is some objective reality independent of what of any particular individual decides it is.


Colorado students walk out of school shooting vigil after politicians take the mic

Students in Colorado stormed out of a vigil Wednesday night for the victims of this week’s school shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch after two Democratic politicians took the stage and called for gun control, according to local news reports.

The two Democrats who spoke at the vigil were Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet, who is running for president, and Rep. Jason Crow, whose congressional district includes STEM.

“STEM School students walked out of a vigil tonight after @RepJasonCrow & @SenatorBennet spoke,” tweeted Kyle Clark, an anchor with 9NEWS in Denver. “Students said their grief was being politicized. They later returned, took the mic, and some said they didn't want to be used to promote gun control.”

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The Planned Parenthood clinic where Pennsylvania state Rep. Brian Sims harassed pro-life protesters has a terrible track record with state health and safety inspectors.

Inspectors failed the Philadelphia clinic in 13 of its last 23 inspections, including a revisit in 2018 because it had not corrected the deficiencies identified in a prior visit. Inspectors also identified a wide range of safety problems at the clinic since 2011, including failure to report sex abuse of children and improper storage of aborted babies, according to records from the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

Sims visited the clinic last week and filmed himself harassing pro-life protesters, including a woman and three young girls who told him they were there to pray for the babies. “I’ve got $100 to anyone who will identify any of these three,” he said, after referring to them as “pseudo-Christians” there solely for the purpose of “shaming young girls.”



Boston, MA | Three members of the so-called Irish mob midgets, a Boston-based criminal organization composed of people of short stature, have been arrested this morning reports the Boston Chronicle.

Security camera footage show the three suspects during a home break-in in which the intruders entered the house through the pet door.

Authorities also believe the crime organization could be behind 55 other similar break-ins in the region.

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Why These Classic American Toys Are Great for Our Kids

Kids today may not believe it — but there was a time when toys didn’t need to be charged up, plugged in, or otherwise “prepped” before they could be used.

Incredible. You just took the toy out of the box and … started playing with it!

Parents of all ages should remember to choose classic toys because they encourage imagination, creativity, and problem-solving for kids. They’re also loads of fun.

Remember just playing?

“Play is a tremendous way to connect with one another,” Tim Walsh, author of the book “Timeless Toys,” told LifeZette in an interview.

“Classic toys like Slinky and Wiffle Ball have multiple generations of fans, connecting people across decades. A five-year-old who played with Slinky when it came out in 1945 is today a 76-year-old great-grandparent — who can literally give her grandchild the toy and say, ‘I played with this when I was your age.’ How cool is that?”

Below are six great American-conceived classic toys that any child would be happy to see this spring or summer (or under the Christmas tree this year — though you may not be able to wait that long).


Principal to stop saying 'God bless America' after pledge after parent complaint

A Pennsylvania school principal will no longer say “God bless America” after leading students in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Peter Brigg’s practice at Sabold Elementary School in Springfield led at least one parent to complain to the Freedom From Religion Foundation, whose attorney contacted the district. The group claimed it violated the U.S. Constitution’s prohibition of government sponsoring religious messages.

The district decided to cease the practice after consulting with its lawyer. In a statement , the district says it is not prohibiting students from reciting “God bless America” after the pledge on their own.


Some House members want pay raise -- while others fear political cost

After a decade without a pay raise, a handful of House members are considering accepting an annual automatic wage hike, but most lawmakers are worried about the politics of looking out of touch with voters not making six figures.

“It would be as popular as the plague," Rep. Doug LaMalfa, R-Calif., said. "It would show kind of a disconnect with the people."

This year's estimated pay hike of around $4,000 is part of a 1989 reform measure that stipulated Congress members would shun outside speaking engagements in favor of a large pay hike and the annual pay increase – based on inflation. It was supported at the time by then Rep. Newt Gingrich, R-Ga.

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FBI Fights to Keep Leaker Comey’s ‘Trump Memos’ Secret

The battle for fired FBI Director James Comey’s ‘Trump memos’ escalated Tuesday.

The FBI argued in a new court filing Tuesday that the release of Mueller’s report “does not alter the FBI’s position with regard to the remaining redactions in the Comey Memos.”

In other words, the FBI is still blocking the release of leaker Comey’s Trump memos.


In late March, US District Judge James Boasberg in Washington (also a FISA judge) ordered the FBI to turn over Comey’s ‘Trump memos’ — both clean and redacted versions by April 1st as he weighed releasing them to the public.

The FBI previously pushed back on March 1st and wrote to Judge Boasberg, an Obama appointee, saying that the memos were still redacted and classified and should remain under seal to avoid interfering with Mueller’s inquisition — Mueller’s witch hunt ended last month so the judge asked the FBI to file an opinion about the release of Comey’s memos.



Nearly eight years after her husband’s death left her to raise their newborn son alone, Gold Star wife Brittany Jacobs is trying to ensure that families like hers receive their full survivor benefits from the U.S. government.

Jacobs’ husband, Marine Sgt. Christopher Jacobs, was killed in a training accident on Oct. 24, 2011 when an amphibious assault vehicle slipped into a ravine. Her son, Christian, was just eight months old at the time.

Like many widows, Jacobs was rushed through a scourge of paperwork, in part so that she could start receiving the benefits offered to the surviving family members of service members.


How Much Will It Cost to Protect America’s Electrical Grid? Who Will Pay?

The answers are: Likely tens of billions of dollars, and probably us, the electricity customers.

Recently, a neighbor asked one of us whether Russia, China, North Korea and Iran really are capable of hacking into the computers that control the U.S. electricity grid. The answer, based on available evidence, is “Yes.” The follow-up question was, “How expensive will it be to prevent, and who will end up paying for it?”

The answers are: Likely tens of billions of dollars, and probably us, the electricity customers. This is a major – and, in our view, vital – investment in community and national security. But as scholars of grid cyber security, we understand it’s not very clear what consumers will be getting for their money, nor whether utility companies themselves should bear some share of the cost.

In the U.S., the electricity grid is a ubiquitous system that’s highly reliable. Most consumers expect the lights to turn on when they flip the switch, and don’t think much more about it – except when paying the monthly bill.

Electric power companies’ high levels of performance depend on interconnected computer systems, which are vulnerable to cyber attacks. Hackers took down portions of Ukraine’s electricity grid in 2015 and 2016, cutting power to hundreds of thousands of people.

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Trump administration to challenge lower courts issuing nationwide injunctions

Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday called on the Supreme Court to step in and order lower courts to limit their rulings to the parties in front of them, tamping down on the explosion of nationwide injunctions that have stymied many of the Trump administration’s policies.

Mr. Pence said the administration will give the justices a chance to make that ruling.

“In the days ahead, our administration will seek opportunities to put this question before the Supreme Court — to ensure that decisions affecting every American are made either by those elected to represent the American people or by the highest court in the land,” the vice president told the Federalist Society.

He said the Trump administration has “faced more nationwide injunctions than the first 40 American presidents — combined.”

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Keeping Fake Illegal Alien Families Together

Who remembers the hysterical sound and fury of open borders leftists last summer over President Donald Trump’s detention and enforcement policies at our besieged southern border?

Remember the #FamiliesBelongTogether, #WhereAreTheChildren, #AbolishICE and #MeltICE hashtags?

Remember the “Trump Child Abuse,” “Free the Children,” “Save the Children” and “AMERICANS DON’T USE CHILDREN AS PAWNS,” posters wielded at protests across the country?

Remember the 24-hour hunger strikes and Instagram-friendly border photo-ops by actresses and supermodels of the anti-Trump resistance who care, care, care, so much more than you about the suffering of migrant children?


New list names Maryland as worst state in the US to retire

Apparently Maryland is the “worst” place to retire in the United States.

A new list from Moneywise notes the state’s great golfing, beaches, and proximity to major cities, but cited congested roads, surprise tornadoes and winter storms from the Atlantic as a reason not to retire there.

Moneywise also pointed to the state’s high cost of living, taxes on IRAs and above-average health care costs.

“Retirees in Maryland are bound to be crabby,” Moneywise wrote, citing Kiplinger.


Berlin man indicted for 65 child sex offenses

Keith Andrew Mariani, 60 of Berlin, was indicted and is being held without bond on more than 60 charges, including second-degree rape, sex abuse of a minor, and child pornography, Worcester County States Attorney Kris Heiser confirmed on Tuesday.

According to court documents, Mariani was originally charged on March 27 with five counts, including sex abuse of a minor and sexual solicitation of a minor, both felony charges.

However, on April 23 a notice of criminal indictment was sent to the Worcester County District Court in Snow Hill, asking his case to be set to “Nolle Prosequi,” a legal phase meaning “do not prosecute.”

The criminal indictment, filed the same day by a Worcester County Grand Jury, included two counts of sex abuse of a minor, two counts of second-degree rape, five counts of third-degree sex offenses, 10 counts of filming child pornography, one charge of displaying obscene materials to minors, and 44 counts of possessing child pornography.


Chick-fil-A Is Now America’s Third-Largest Restaurant Chain

How's that boycott going?

In the two years since Donald J. Trump was sworn in as president, the United States of America has achieved unsurpassed greatness in almost every imaginable category. The economy is surging. Tiger Woods is a Masters champion again, after ending his "Obama drought" on the PGA Tour. Mankind continues to enjoy unprecedented dominance over Earth's inferior species. And now, thanks to booming sales, Chick-fil-A has become the third-largest restaurant chain in the United States, behind Starbucks and McDonalds.

Chick-fil-A, which has been the target of a left-wing boycott campaign due to the problematic socially conservative views of its founder, has absolutely dominated the chicken market over the past decade. The chain's sale have tripled, and its U.S. market share among chicken-centric restaurants has increased from 18 percent in 2009 to 33 percent, while its chief competitor, Kentucky Fried Chicken, has seen its market share fall from 29 percent to 15 percent over the same period. That's what winning looks like. Congrats on the boycott, libs!


2019’s Best & Worst States for Working Moms

Women make up nearly half of the U.S. workforce, and more than 70 percent of moms with young children are working. Yet women earned only 85 percent of what men made in 2018 and have far less upward mobility, as evidenced by the fact that only 4.8 percent of S&P 500 companies’ chief executives are female.

Such obvious inequality sparks debates about gender roles in a shifting socioeconomic environment. Workplace inequality brings up not just financial questions but also deeply ingrained social issues. For instance, should women have to choose between career and family?

The real question, however, is what we’re doing about this fundamental problem. Progress appears to be taking shape at different rates across the nation. Not only do parental leave policies and other legal support systems vary by state, but the quality of infrastructure — from cost-effective day care to public schools — is also far from uniform as well.


Hans von Spakovsky: NY Times publication of Trump tax information violates his legal rights

The New York Times no doubt considers it quite a coup to have obtained and published President Trump’s tax return information from 1985 to 1994. But doing so violated Trump’s right under federal law to the confidentiality of his tax returns.

The Times – which reported that Trump’s businesses lost $1.17 billion during the 10-year period – has no more right to Trump’s tax returns than it has to mine or those of any of you reading these words.

Confidentiality, as the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals held in 1991 in U.S. v. Richey, is essential to “maintaining a workable tax system.”

Taxpayer privacy is “fundamental to a tax system that relies on self-reporting” since it protects “sensitive or otherwise personal information,” said then-Judge (now Supreme Court Justice) Ruth Bader Ginsburg in 1986 in another case when she served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.


No Making Fun of Leftists: Twitter Bans AOC Parody Account

Yet parody accounts mocking Donald Trump are given free rein by the social-media giant.
In the latest episode in the Left’s increasing suppression of free speech, Twitter on Monday suddenly banned a popular Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez parody account known as AOC Press. The satire account, which poked fun at the leftist representative, had swollen to over 85,000 followers and was a favorite for our own Short Cuts features at the point of its permanent suspension. The question everyone asked following the ban was why it happened, since AOC Press had been in full compliance with Twitter’s service rules. Given her poor handling of criticism, it’s not unthinkable that AOC herself complained.

Twitter dubiously claimed the reason behind the ban was its rule on fake accounts: “You may not register or create fake and misleading accounts. While you may use Twitter pseudonymously or as a parody, commentary, or fan account, you may not use misleading account information in order to engage in spamming, abusive, or disruptive behavior, including attempts to manipulate the conversations on Twitter.” A section of rules was also highlighted noting that a user cannot “post duplicative or substantially similar content, replies, or mentions over multiple accounts or multiple duplicate updates on one account, or create duplicate or substantially similar accounts.” Twitter rules require all parody accounts to indicate “non-affiliation” in both the account name and bio — rules AOC Press followed.

The individual who created the AOC parody account, Mike Morrison, also had his personal Twitter account permanently removed. Morrison argues the reason behind the ban was purely political: “I think Twitter banned AOC Press for the increasing amounts of attention it’s been receiving lately. In the past month and a half alone the account grew by roughly 50,000 followers. We’ve had tweets with over 30,000 likes on them, so I think Twitter decided it was time for [the account] to go. They didn’t like how popular an account created by their political opposition had become.”



HAMILTON (Mercer) — Animal cruelty charges have been filed against two men, stemming from what authorities say was the illegal killing of more than 300 cats and dogs at a local shelter over a more than two year span.

Between 2016 and 2018, 236 cats and 93 dogs were illegally euthanized at the Hamilton Animal Shelter before the seven day "grace period" required by state law for each animal to be held or offered up for adoption, according to the Mercer County Prosecutor's Office.

Jeffrey Plunkett, 62, of Hamilton, the township's Director of Health, Recreation, Senior and Veterans Services and Todd Bencivengo, 56, of North Hanover, the former supervisor of the animal shelter, each face two counts of animal cruelty and one count of official misconduct.



The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that President Donald Trump has the authority to send asylum seekers to Mexico as they wait for the United States to adjudicate their claims, handing the president a big win on immigration policy.

The “Remain in Mexico” policy seeks to curb catch-and-release by denying fraudulent asylum seekers the incentive of being released into the interior of the U.S. while their cases proceed in immigration courts.

The circuit court overruled an earlier decision by San Francisco Judge Richard Seeborg, who blocked Trump’s policy on the grounds that the administration was making the asylum process too difficult and could be putting migrants at further risk by demanding they stay in Mexico.


Why the Left Mocks the Bible

At PragerU, we have released about 400 videos on virtually every subject outside of the natural sciences and math. Along with 2 billion views, the videos have garnered tens of thousands of comments. So we have a pretty good handle on what people most love and most hate. For example, any video defending America or Israel inevitably receives many negative responses. But no videos elicit the amount of contempt and mockery that videos defending religion, explaining the Bible or arguing for God do.

Why is that?

There is a good reason. The Bible and the left (not liberalism, leftism) are as opposed as any two worldviews can be. While there are people who claim to hold both a Bible-based worldview and left-wing views, these people are few in number. Moreover, what they do is take left-wing positions and wrap them in a few Bible verses. But on virtually every important value in life, the left and the Bible are diametrically opposed.

Here are a few examples:

The biblical view is that people are not basically good. Evil therefore comes from within human nature. For the left, human nature is not the source of evil. Capitalism, patriarchy, poverty, religion, nationalism or some other external cause is the source of evil.


Tyranny of the Left — The So-Called "Equality Act"

Democrat Party principals in Congress, that alternate universe inside the Beltway, will schedule a vote this month on the so-called "Equality Act," which is, they claim, to prohibit discrimination on the basis of "gender identity and sexual orientation."

But in the name of "equality," this legislation will affect all Americans by dictating that our individual and corporate views must comport with those of the Left, under penalty of law. This is not about equality, and all is most certainly not equal.

The House Judiciary Committee, the same group of dullard leftists taking their queues from Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY), took a pause from their feverish collusion conspiracy theories and their dream of impeaching President Donald Trump in order to send the "Equality Act" to Speaker Nancy Pelosi for a floor vote.

Naturally, the vote will be scheduled ahead of "Gay Pride Month," when gender-confused souls are out and about en masse demanding the "normalization" of their pathology. Sadly, there's nothing normal about gender-disorientation pathology.

One would think that the Democrats' largest voting bloc is its gender-dysphoric constituency, but these folks represent only a small fraction of voters — less than 3%. So, to whom are Democrats pandering with their over-the-top support for this tiny group?


Seattle School District Urges Teachers to Follow CAIR Guidelines on Blessing Muslim Students During Ramadan

Dieringer School District in Seattle, Washington, is calling on its teachers to follow CAIR-issued guidelines regarding adherence to Islam. The school district is urging its teachers to bless Muslim students by reciting Arabic to them during Ramadan.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) issued an “Informative Letter on Upcoming Islamic Holidays and Religious Accommodations,” pressing school district officials to have their teachers recite “Ramadan Mubarak!” or “Ramadan Kareem” when welcoming Muslim students during Ramadan, according to the religious liberty advocacy group Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund (FCDF).

The letter also instructs teachers to monitor Muslim students’ Ramadan fasting, as well as to refrain from scheduling tests during the Islamic holidays Eid Al-Fitr and Eid, adds FCDF.

One school district has reportedly reacted to the letter by urging its teachers to follow the CAIR-issued guidelines. FCDF says that Dieringer School District superintendent Judy Martinson enacted the CAIR letter as official District policy by distributing the guidelines to principals, who then distributed it to all teachers and staff.


[Nothing on this from the FFRF (Freedom From Religion Foundation) so far. --Editor]

Christopher Steele Made Damning Pre-FISA Confession; FBI Retroactively Classified

Former British spy Christopher Steele made a stunning admission during an October 11, 2016 meeting with Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Kathleen Kavalec, just 10 days before the FBI used his now-discredited dossier to justify securing a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant to spy on Trump campaign aide Carter Page and the campaign's ties to Russia, according to The Hill's John Solomon.
Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Kathleen Kavalec’s written account of her Oct. 11, 2016, meeting with FBI informant Christopher Steele shows the Hillary Clinton campaign-funded British intelligence operative admitted that his research was political and facing an Election Day deadline. -The Hill
According a typed summary of the meeting - which sat buried for over 2 1/2 years until an open-records litigation by Citizens United - Steele said that his client "is keen to see this information come to light prior to November 8," the date of the 2016 US election. Also attending the meeting was an employee of Steele's Orbis Security firm, Tatyana Duran.

And according to The Hill, Kavalec's notes of the meeting - including this stunning admission - do not appear to have been provided to the House Intelligence Committee for its Russia probe, according to former Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA).


You Are the Mother!

Maury Povich is an American television personality best known for hosting the show “Maury.” During the late ‘90s, it became known for a segment called “Who’s the Daddy?” during which men who were denying or trying to establish paternity were given DNA tests and the results were revealed on the air. This shock jock television program exploited moms who were in search of the father of their children only to often find out the man she thought was the father was not. No matter what the paternity DNA test results revealed, she was undoubtedly the mother.

Nonetheless, when the paternity test was 99.9% correct that the father was the one on stage, the moms would shout with vengeful glee. This celebration included pointing, jeering, and laughing as to say, “I told you so! Now pay me!” Motherhood in America has taken a detour down a twisted road headed toward a dead end. This is the direction motherhood has taken as children are being viewed as a commodity used for financial gain.

Gone are the days where the children’s needs are valued over personal happiness. Gone are the days when mothers nurtured their children based on love and family legacy, not convenience and comfort. Gone are the days when a mother desired to be with the father of her children so he could train, love, and discipline them. Today, she wants a check in the mail to compensate for his willful or unwilling absence.

I spoke with a mental-health expert recently about the state of motherhood and her response was telling. She said, “I have to watch moms literally ignore the needs of their children because they never got what they needed as a child. They are too busy dealing with their own personal childhood traumas that they cannot fully be there for their children.” She went on to say, “So many moms believe they are well meaning when it comes to what their children need, but they can’t seem to understand that they are only living out their childhood traumas. They try to give what they did not receive from their own mothers.” She then said, “When babies make babies those children grow up to be children in adult bodies. Great grandmothers raise the children, while grandmothers are working, and mothers have checked out.”


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Just when you think it couldn't happen again our Mayor has now put in place another set of bikes and scooters from another company for use during the Festival II. The first run was a fiasco bikes were littered all over the city you I am sure in your records have those pictures. They were left all over from Fruitland to the city park and beyond. There were stacks of them along Rt 13 beside the railroad tracks. They were at the city park in the water, Multiple orange bikes were left in the yards in the Presidents Neighborhood area along Rt 13. They eventually it was noted rounded up so the city could try to recoup some of the losses. Our mayor needs to have a psych exam to see if he is even competent to remain in office till the election in November--which he will loose. PLEASE POST THE PICTURES OF THE BIKES AGAIN PEOPLE.

Rep. Ilhan Omar Supports Group That Produced Child Beheading Skit

Shocking footage uncovered by the Investigative Project last week shows a skit produced by the Muslim American Society (MAS) in Philadelphia showing children calling for martyrdom as soldiers in the “army of Allah” and threatening to behead their enemies and subject them to “eternal torture” to wrest Jerusalem from Jewish control.

The horrific MAS-Philly children’s skit was posted to their Facebook page and shows a choreographed production as part of the group’s April 17th “Ummah Day” pageant dedicated to supporting jihad to control Palestine. A MAS statement on Friday said the songs and poems the children recited exhorting violence and terrorism were an “unintended mistake” and attributed the incident to a vetting error.

MAS has 42 chapters across the United States. A 1997 FBI file obtained by Judicial Watch identifies MAS as the Muslim Brotherhood in the United States controlled by Hamas sympathizers “known to conduct firearms and other military type training.” A Justice Department filing (p. 58, fn. 13) in a terrorism-related case states that “MAS was founded as the overt arm of the Muslim Brotherhood in America.” A September 2004 Chicago Tribune investigative report revealed that MAS had been founded by Muslim Brotherhood leaders, adopted the group’s strict code for secrecy, and promoted Islamic supremacy.


GOP Renews Push for Right to Work

Rep. Joe Wilson (R., S.C.) announced the introduction of the National Right to Work Act on Wednesday. The bill would prohibit companies from requiring workers to pay union dues or fees as a condition of employment.

Wilson called right to work "crucial" to South Carolina's economic development in recent years, pointing to the expansion of manufacturing employment, which has increased by 25 percent since 2010, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

"Every worker should have the power to decide whether or not to negotiate for themselves with their employer," Wilson said at a press conference.

Twenty-seven states have already adopted right to work legislation, meaning that the federal law would only affect residents in 23 states, many of which are controlled by Democrats.


Chaos In Baltimore: City Government Paralyzed By Cryptocurrency Ransomware Attack

One week after troubled ex-Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh resigned after a criminal probe over her children's book series, the entire Baltimore City computer network system was shut down after a ransomware attack, The Baltimore Sun reports. Across the city, multiple intergovernmental agencies sent employees home Tuesday after email servers and communications platforms went dark. And according to a press meeting on Wednesday morning, the city’s communication system remains down.

Lester Davis, a spokesman for Mayor Bernard C. "Jack" Young, said the 911 emergency system was not affected but provided details about how the ransomware paralyzed important communication servers.

City officials had isolated the ransomware to computers associated with severs tied to the city's communication network, Davis said by late Tuesday afternoon, but how the infection penetrated the city's firewalls and the scale of the problem still remains unknown, he said. Davis also had no timeline about when the affected systems would be back online.

Dave Fitz, a spokesman for the FBI Baltimore Field Office, told The Baltimore Sun that special agents from its cyber squad were on site investigating the serious incident.


Denver Voters Deny Homeless the 'Right to Survive.' Here's What That Means.

On Tuesday, Denver voters were the first in the country to weigh in on whether homeless people should have what supporters say is the "right to survive." They responded with an overwhelmingly no.

As of 1 a.m., 83 percent voted against Initiative 300. The loss means that a citywide ban on camping -- and wearing a blanket in public -- will remain in place, effectively criminalizing homeless people who live in tents and on the streets.

Denver's vote came in the wake of a ruling that is making cities and states reevaluate anti-camping ordinances. In September, the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that Boise, Idaho’s policy of issuing citations to people for sleeping on the street if they have nowhere else to go was "cruel and unusual punishment." The decision had a ripple effect across the West. Olympia, Wash.; Portland, Ore.; San Francisco; and Sacramento, Calif., have all ceased enforcing their anti-camping laws.

At the state level, legislators in California, Oregon and Colorado have tried and failed to pass "right to rest" bills that would override local laws that effectively criminalize homelessness, Stateline reported.


New York Times Trump Tax Story Leaves Out NYC Real Estate Crash

Donald Trump must have breathed a sigh of relief as 1995 drew to a close.

The epic crash of New York City (NYC) real estate, which had battered Trump’s investments and left many of his fellow real estate investors clinging to any lifeline of solvency, was finally over. Prices of New York City real estate, which had fallen in each of the previous five years, had finally started to rise.

Apartment rental prices fell by 15 percent during the slump that had begun in 1988. The prices of co-ops and condos were down by nearly twice that much. Manhattan homes fell by 32.9 percent between 1989 and 1996, according to a study by the Furman Center for Real Estate & Urban Policy. In Chelsea and Hell’s Kitchen — that westside stretch where Trump had invested so much in a plan to turn an old railyard into a new neighborhood — home prices fell 40.4 percent.

The giant Canadian real estate company Olympia & York had declared bankruptcy. At one point, it had been the largest landlord in New York. By 1992, it had fired its bankers from J.P. Morgan and hired Felix G. Rohatyn, the guy who had saved New York City itself from the brink of bankruptcy in the 1970s. In the end, it would be swallowed up by its creditors, vanishing into the ash heap of history.

Yet according to the New York Times story detailing glimpses at Trump’s finances from “tax transcripts” of his filings from 1985 to 1994, Trump’s personal financial losses during the New York City real estate crisis somehow mark him as a failure rather than someone who persevered through an economic storm.

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Kids In Maryland’s Poorest County Are Among The State’s Most Prepared For Kindergarten. Here’s Why.

Located on the southern end of the peninsula that separates the Chesapeake Bay from the Atlantic Ocean, Maryland’s sparsely populated Somerset County is the state’s poorest. Household income in 2014 was $36,106 according to the U.S. Census, less than half that of the counties at the other end of the spectrum, including Calvert ($91,993), Montgomery ($97,873) and Howard ($108,503).

But on Maryland’s 2018 kindergarten readiness assessment, Somerset County surpassed most of the state. It came in third among counties at 60 percent, 13 points ahead of the state average. And it was also a jump from four years prior, when 47 percent of children in Somerset County were found to be ready for kindergarten.

Somerset school officials say the reason for the performance is simple: The county offers universal, full-day pre-K to all 4-year-olds.

“It makes a huge difference. What we see is those children who went to pre-K definitely do better than those children who did not,” says Karen Karten, the early education coordinator for the county’s public schools, talking about the jump to kindergarten.


Elizabeth Warren, Elijah Cummings Unveil Plan To ‘End The Opioid Crisis’

Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren has joined with Rep. Elijah Cummings to reintroduce an ambitious plan they first proposed last year to "end the opioid crisis." This time, the Massachusetts senator and longtime Maryland Democratic congressman would pay for it with a tax on the mega-rich.

Warren has made what she calls an "ultra-millionaire" tax a central part of her platform on the stump, saying it could cover universal child care, public college tuition and millions of Americans' student loan debt. Now, she'd use it to foot the bill for tackling the opioid epidemic, as well.

Overdose deaths involving an opioid have increased six-fold over the past 18 years, with nearly 50,000 recorded by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2017. The Comprehensive Addiction Resources Emergency (CARE) Act Warren and Cummings co-sponsored last year would allocate $100 billion over 10 years for opioid treatment and addiction prevention.


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