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Angela Merkel's future in balance as riven SPD heads for crunch coalition vote

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 06:25:51 GMT

Germany's Social Democratic Party is about to vote on whether to negotiate another so-called grand coalition with Angela Merkel's conservatives. If the party says "no," the chancellor's options may be running out. . . . snip As a result, the SPD spent most of the week denying the very obvious rift in the party. Schulz, whose one-year tenure as party leader would surely be up in the event of a "no" vote on Sunday, has already admitted that he couldn't be sure that he had enough delegates on his side.

The Democratic Playbook

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 06:14:46 GMT

The Democratic Party have a tested and true playbook that is as predictable as the sunrise – when backed into a corner, cry racism. Last year, liberal college professors called racist everything from math, to the song “Jingle Bells,” to showing up on time. During the Obama administration, every policy disagreement was labeled racist. Now, pointing out the reality of living conditions in countries where people routinely risk their lives to flee is racist. And just like with every “problem” liberals find, they have a government solution for it. In the case of President Donald Trump and his “s-hole countries”...

Democrats Using Same Strategy Republicans Tried in 2013

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 06:03:44 GMT

In 2013, House Republicans shut down the federal government in a doomed effort to defund then President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act. It lasted 17 days and accomplished nothing. Amazingly, Democrats have decided to follow the same lame playbook. Back in 2013, Obama called it the “Republican shutdown” — and he was right, even if his party controlled the White House and Senate. Top aide Dan Pfeiffer likened the shutdown caucus to terrorists with a “bomb strapped to their chest.” Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., had a similar view. The solidly conservative congressman called those pushing the shutdown “lemmings with suicide...

FISA Memo Shows Multiple Felonies by FBI, CIA & DOJ,

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 05:43:53 GMT

Synopsis: Desperate Dems are trying to string this government shutdown out as long as possible to keep the real story out of the headlines for as long as possible – the FISA memo written by the House Intelligence Committee investigative staff. So what is the method to get this FISA memo declassified and released to the American people? President Trump could declassify the 4-page document immediately, but no doubt the Democrats are lying in wait to pounce on that alternative. Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, could declassify it, then send it to the President who has 5 days to...

Government shutdown: NFL playoffs won't be televised for military personnel overseas

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 04:58:02 GMT

It's not going to be easy for any military members overseas to watch the NFL playoffs on TV on Sunday. One alternative: watching the AFC Championship Game between the Patriots and Jaguars right here on Due to the government shutdown, the Pentagon has announced that the American Forces Network (AFN) won't be active until things are back up and running again in Washington DC. The AFN is the easiest way for soldiers to stay on top of American entertainment when they're deployed outside the country, but it's funded by the government, which is why it's down right now. AFN...

Canadian billionaire and wife may have been killed, conflicting with murder-suicide theory

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 04:36:46 GMT

Despite previous reports that a Canadian billionaire and his wife died in a murder-suicide, a private investigation has reached another conclusion: that Barry and Honey Sherman were allegedly killed in a double-homicide. Barry Sherman, 75 and the CEO of a generic drug company called Apotex, and his philanthropic wife, Honey Sherman, 70, were found dead in their home north of Toronto in December. The CEO was allegedly worth nearly $5 billion at the time of his death, according to the Toronto Star. Shortly after, Toronto police began investigating their deaths as a possible murder-suicide. Now, the Toronto Star is reporting...

Sex trafficking victim's pimp killed as she tries to escape, police say

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 04:16:09 GMT

HOUSTON - A woman described as a victim of sex trafficking, who is originally from Wisconsin, is recovering Saturday morning after an overnight altercation, Houston police said. The woman left a club she was at after her "pimp" was assaulting her there just before 2:30 a.m. in the 14600 block of Hempstead Road. When she left, the pimp began following her, continuing to berate and assault her, Houston police said. A "good Samaritan" pulled over after he saw the assault and got out of his dark-colored pickup truck to help, Houston police said. The pimp then told the good Samaritan...

Barzani meets with Abadi in Baghdad (Barzani, Talabani and KDP official Fuad Hisen)

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 04:13:08 GMT

Southern Kurdistan Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani had a meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi in Baghdad. Southern Kurdistan Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani and his deputy Qûbad Talabani went to Baghdad on Saturday. Barzani, Talabani and KDP official Fûad Hisên have met with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi in Baghdad. While details about the meeting are not clear, this is the first meeting held between the two sides after the controversial independence referendum of 25 September 2017. Before the referendum in Southern Kurdistan, Barzani had stated that “There is a bankrupt government in Baghdad”, referring to Abadi. Abadi had also...

Oklahoma drivers can expect to pay more on turnpikes in 2018

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 04:12:56 GMT

OKLAHOMA CITY – Drivers across Oklahoma can expect to pay more on some turnpikes next year. On Tuesday, the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority voted to increase the tolls of some routes by 2.5 percent in January. Experts predict that the increase will cost drivers between 5 cents and 10 cents more on their trip. As you may remember, tolls were increased on the state’s turnpikes in March by about 12 percent. At that time, turnpike officials warned that rates would increase again in 2018 and in 2019. Officials say another 2.5 percent increase is expected in 2019.

Pelosi Ripped After Taking House Democrats out for Dinner Party as Troops Pay Price (tr)

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 04:11:19 GMT

According to media reports, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) invited the 192 Democrat Members of the House of Representatives out to dinner at a fancy Italian restaurant in Washington, D.C. Saturday during the first day of the government shutdown. Politico’s Jake Sherman was first to report on Pelosi’s dinner. ✔ @JakeSherman PELOSI hosting a dinner for all House Dems tonight at aqua al 2..... 3:28 PM - Jan 20, 2018 The Hill’s Scott Wong reported the menu, “On the menu at Pelosi’s dinner at Acqua al 2: cheeses and meats, pasta, lots of wine and for dessert … cheesecake...

Texas judge interrupts jury, says God told him defendant is not guilty

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 04:11:18 GMT

A state district judge in Comal County said God told him to intervene in jury deliberations to sway jurors to return a not guilty verdict in the trial of a Buda woman accused of trafficking a teen girl for sex. Judge Jack Robison apologized to jurors for the interruption, but defended his actions by telling them “when God tells me I gotta do something, I gotta do it,” according to the Herald-Zeitung in New Braunfels. The jury went against the judge’s wishes, finding Gloria Romero-Perez guilty of continuous trafficking of a person and later sentenced her to 25 years in...

Germany's SPD in all-or-nothing vote on Merkel alliance

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 03:59:45 GMT

Germany's divided Social Democrats will hold a crunch vote on Sunday on whether to pursue a coalition deal with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives, or plunge the nation into political turmoil. At an extraordinary congress in the western city of Bonn, 600 delegates from the centre-left SPD and its 45-member board will have their say on entering into formal talks for a renewed alliance with Merkel's centre-right CDU/CSU bloc. The stakes could scarcely be higher for Merkel as a "no" vote would leave her with the option of leading an unstable minority government -- a prospect she has baulked at --...

UPDATE: Martin Luther King Jr. sites closed by shutdown

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 03:50:33 GMT

Martin Luther King Jr.'s childhood home, historic Ebenezer Baptist Church and the visitor center at MLK National Historic Site in Atlanta are closed amid the federal government shutdown. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports a smattering of people wandered the park's grounds during the closures Saturday. Freedom Hall, which is privately owned, remained open for visitors to take in exhibits about King, Rosa Parks and Gandhi, but employees said attendance had dropped dramatically for a Saturday. Still, some were trying to make the best of what was their first visit to the historic site. Aric Dupre, who traveled from Cincinnati for a...

Adulthood now begins at 24, say scientists as young people delay work, marriage and families

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 03:49:07 GMT

Adulthood does not begin until 24, scientists have concluded because young people are continuing their education for longer and delaying marriage and parenthood. The traditional definition for adolescence is currently between and the ages of 10 and 19, which marked the beginnings of puberty and the perceived end of biological growth. But, writing in the Lancet Child & Adolescent Health, scientists from the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne argue the timings needs to be changed. They point to the fact that the brain continues to mature beyond the age of 20, and many people’s wisdom teeth do not come through...

Star Tribune Minnesota Poll delivers promising results for Republicans

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 03:46:02 GMT

The Star Tribune's first election year poll is complete and, all things considered, it was a good series of results for Minnesota Republicans. President Donald Trump's job approval came in at 45 percent. His 2016 Minnesota tally: 44.9 percent. Which means after one of the most tumultuous first years in recent presidential history, if Trump lost supporters here, he must have gained an equal number. He was especially strong in the suburbs and in greater Minnesota, which could mean help for Republicans like U.S. Rep. Jason Lewis and GOP state lawmakers in the suburbs where Trump's support remains strong. It...

Germany 'must develop EU further' with France: minister

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 03:43:12 GMT

Berlin must work with Paris to improve and deepen the European Union, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel urged as his Social Democrats weigh renewing a coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkel. France and Germany, once bitter enemies, “have a joint responsibility to develop all of Europe further,” he told AFP, highlighting “reform of the economic and monetary union” as a top priority. Historically, the two countries have been the powerhouse of the economic integration project that became the European Union; but French President Emmanuel Macron’s plans to shore up the 19-nation euro single currency area and deepen European integration are on...

wow! Reporter Suggests Robert Mueller Just Hired Fusion GPS’s Glenn Simpson To Investigate...

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 03:41:52 GMT

"""WOW! Reporter Suggests Robert Mueller Just Hired Fusion GPS’s Glenn Simpson To Investigate President Trump""" Fusion GPS, the opposition research firm behind the discredited Steele dossier, is still investigating alleged ties between President Trump and Russia, reports Fox News contributor Sara A. Carter. Sara Carter reports: The controversial research firm Fusion GPS is still investigating alleged ties between President Trump’s 2016 election campaign and Russia, according to several sources who spoke to this reporter. What’s not known is who is paying for the continuing research? Fusion GPS officials could not be reached immediately for comment. In October, the Washington Post...

(2016) Clinton Broke Federal Rules With Email Server, Audit Finds

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 03:34:56 GMT

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton violated federal records rules through her use of a private email server while she was secretary of state, a State Department audit has concluded. “At a minimum, Secretary Clinton should have surrendered all emails dealing with Department issues before leaving government service,” says an audit by the State Department Inspector General, obtained by NBC News. “Because she did not do so, she did not comply with the [State] Department’s policies that were implemented in accordance with the Federal Records Act."

Nerves fray as shutdown talks at impasse

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 03:23:08 GMT

Talks between Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and congressional Republican leaders have broken down, raising anxieties among lawmakers on both sides of the aisle about finding a way to end the government shutdown. Schumer had not spoken to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) or Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) as of 8 p.m. Saturday evening, the shutdown’s first day. Neither side showed any signs of backing down when the Senate adjourned Saturday evening without a deal in sight. While both sides are furiously playing the blame game, McConnell thinks he has the upper hand and plans to raise pressure...

Airstrikes pound Syria's Afrin as Turkey launches 'Operation Olive Branch'

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 03:15:50 GMT

Turkey opened a new front in Syria's nearly seven-year-old war on Saturday, launching airstrikes against a U.S.-backed Kurdish militia in Afrin province that raise the prospect of a further strain on relations between Ankara and Washington.The operation, dubbed "Operation Olive Branch" by Ankara, pits Turkey against Kurdish fighters allied to the United States at a time when ties between Turkey and Washington - NATO allies and members of the coalition against Islamic State - appear dangerously close to a breaking point.The strikes on the Syrian-Kurdish YPG militia hit some 108 targets, the Turkish military said. On land, the Turkey-backed Free...

House Intelligence Committee Will Vote To Release FISA Corruption Memo…

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 02:44:43 GMT

According to Representative Dave Joyce (R-OH14) the House Intelligence Committee will hold a vote on the release of the four page Nunes memo that reveals systemic corruption within the DOJ and FBI including the unlawful use of FISA-702(16)(17) data searches which were part of an elaborate DOJ-FBI surveillance program on the political campaign of Donald Trump.

STUDY: Concern over climate change linked to depression, anxiety – ‘Restless nights, feelings of.

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 02:42:08 GMT

STUDY: Concern over climate change linked to depression, anxiety – ‘Restless nights, feelings of loneliness and lethargy’ By: Marc Morano - Climate DepotJanuary 20, 2018 1:55 PM with 0 comments Depression and anxiety are afflicting Americans who are concerned at the fate of the environment, according to a study of the mental health effects of climate change. Those hit hardest are women and people with low incomes who worry about the planet’s long-term health, said the study published this week in the journal Global Environmental Change. Symptoms include restless nights, feelings of loneliness and lethargy. “Climate change is a persistent...

USS Little Rock Stuck in Montreal, Ship Might Not Leave Until Spring (iced in)

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 02:28:55 GMT

USS Little Rock (LCS-9), the latest Freedom-variant littoral combat ship to join the fleet, is iced in on the St. Lawrence Seaway in Montreal and doesn’t plan to move until the Spring thaw. “Significant weather conditions prevented the ship from departing Montreal earlier this month and icy conditions continue to intensify,” a Navy spokesperson told USNI News. “The temperatures in Montreal and throughout the transit area have been colder than normal, and included near-record low temperatures, which created significant and historical conditions in the late December, early January timeframe.” A sustained blast of Arctic air that extended from late December...

OLD ARTICLE 2015: A government shutdown could suspend foodstamps for 46 million Americans

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 02:25:08 GMT

A government shutdown Oct. 1 could immediately suspend or delay food stamp payments to some of the 46 million Americans who receive the food aid.

Gloria Allred & Marta Kauffman On Respect Rally, Sundance Docu & Justice

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 02:09:25 GMT

A long time fighter for women’s rights and civil rights, Allred has taken on Trump, Bill Cosby and Harvey Weinstein in the past year in the courts and in the court of public opinion as allegations of sexual harassment and sexual assault have instigated potentially transformative movements in Hollywood.