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Last Build Date: Wed, 20 Sep 2017 14:37:56 GMT


Paul Manafort Is in Legal Jeopardy. But Trump may not be

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 14:37:56 GMT

We already knew that Paul Manafort was in a heap of trouble. It was almost two months ago — July 26, to be precise — that his Virginia residence was raided by the FBI in the predawn hours. As I said at the time, prosecutors do not obtain warrants to toss the homes of people they regard as cooperating witnesses. When they are dealing with cooperators, prosecutors politely request that documents be produced, expecting the witness (and his lawyers) to comply. If some coercion is thought necessary, they will issue a grand-jury subpoena — an enforceable directive to produce documents,...

Fluoride exposure in utero linked to lower IQ in kids, study says

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 14:34:50 GMT

Increased levels of prenatal fluoride exposure may be associated with lower cognitive function in children, a new study says. The study, published Tuesday in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, evaluated nearly 300 sets of mothers and children in Mexico and tested the children twice for cognitive development over the course of 12 years. Fluoride is not added to public water supplies in Mexico, but people are exposed through naturally occurring fluoride in water and fluoridated salt and supplements. The study found a drop in scores on intelligence tests for every 0.5 milligram-per-liter increase in fluoride exposure beyond 0.8 milligrams per...

Israel Shipyards Launched a New Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) for the Cyprus Navy

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 14:27:57 GMT

Israel Shipyards Ltd., a leading shipbuilding and repair company for the naval and commercial marine markets, launched a new OPV for the Cypriot Navy. The OPV was unveiled and launched at a ceremony held last week at Israel Shipyards' facility at Haifa Bay in Israel – in the presence of senior members of the Cypriot Ministry of Defence, representatives of SIBAT (Israel MOD), and the management and employees of the company. The OPV was ordered in December 2015 and will be delivered to Cyprus towards the end of the year, to be used to protect the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ)...

Fitton: Clinton Emails Reveal Additional Mishandling of Classified Information

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 14:20:22 GMT

Judicial Watch recently released 1,617 new pages of documents revealing numerous additional examples of classified information being transmitted through the unsecure, account of Huma Abedin, Clinton’s deputy chief of staff, as well as many instances of Hillary Clinton donors receiving special favors from the State Department. The documents included 97 email exchanges with Clinton not previously turned over to the State Department, bringing the known total to date to at least 627 emails that were not part of the 55,000 pages of emails that Clinton turned over, and further contradicting a statement by Clinton that, “as far as she...

Hooray for Carbon Dioxide! It's Helping to Feed the World's Hungry

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 14:15:45 GMT

Among the greatest challenges humankind has faced throughout its history, feeding the world’s hungry ranks at or near the very top of the list. And with the world’s population expected to top nine billion between 2050 and 2100, this issue will surely become even more important in the coming decades. However, what many people may not realize is that the carbon dioxide humans have been pumping into the air since the middle of the 20th century has enriched plant growth, thereby contributing to record crop yields, which has helped to bring about the largest decline in hunger, starvation, and malnutrition...

Shock: CNN reporters don't understand Trump UN speech

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 14:08:02 GMT

CNN reporters couldn't understand Trump's message to the U.N. I knew that their reporters were stupid, but how would any reporter not understand his message? I believe I know why it was incoherent to them: because somehow, they believed that Obama's lead-from-behind policy was good. Trump was incoherent only to people who believe that Obama, Kerry, and Hillary did anything to make the world safer. They did make sure that Russia, Iran and N Korea got Uranium. They did allow our diplomats to get killed while they blamed a video to protect their political power. They reneged on a commitment...

What the Media Get Wrong About Manafort Wiretapping

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 13:59:12 GMT

Warrant came under authority to build counterintelligence operations focused on foreign nations, not criminal cases CNN on Tuesday loudly trumpeted but then overhyped its big scoop in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation — that the former chairman of President Donald Trump’s presidential campaign was the subject of a wiretap. News anchors around the clock suggested that the wiretap authorized by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Court means that political operative Paul Manafort was probably guilty and speculated that perhaps Trump himself was implicated.

Entitled drivers are getting in the way of California’s climate change efforts

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 13:56:36 GMT

For all the talk in California about leading the world in fighting global warming and resisting President Trump’s climate-denial agenda, the state faces one powerful obstacle that limits its environmental activism: Touch their cars and Californians will revolt. Any effort that limits, constrains or makes driving one’s car more expensive or inconvenient — no matter how civic-minded the proposal — is immediately controversial in California, and often a nonstarter. Getting between Californians and their cars can spell the end of a political career. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and the City Council have committed to help slow climate change and...

It takes just 4 years to detect human warming of the oceans

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 13:48:12 GMT

We’ve known for decades that the Earth is warming, but a key question is, how fast? Another key question is whether the warming is primarily caused by human activities. If we can more precisely measure the rate of warming and the natural component, it would be useful for decision makers, legislators, and others to help us adapt and cope. Indeed, added ocean heat content underlies the potential for dangerous intense hurricanes. An answer to the “how fast?” question was partly answered in an Opinion piece just published on, the daily online Earth and space science news site, by scientists...

Anger as Brazilian judge backs anti-gay 'therapy'

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 13:47:22 GMT

Brazilian activists and celebrities have condemned a court ruling that approves a "cure" for gay people. Waldemar de Carvalho, a federal judge in the capital Brasilia, backed a psychologist who had her licence revoked for offering so-called "conversion therapy". Rozangela Justino is an evangelical Christian who has called homosexuality "a disease". Critics have called the ruling regressive and medically unsound. Brazil's Federal Council of Psychology banned psychologists from offering treatments that claim to change people's sexuality in 1999. It said in a statement that the decision "opens the dangerous possibility of the use of sexual reversion therapies" and promised to...

How scientists got global warming sums wrong - bullied experts who dared to question the figures

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 13:39:09 GMT

The scientists who produce those doomsday reports for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change finally come clean. The planet has stubbornly refused to heat up to predicted levels. Right now the scientists owe us an apology so enormous that I doubt even a bunch of two dozen roses every day for the rest of our lives is quite enough to make amends for the damage theyÂ’ve done. Thanks to their bad advice on climate change our gas and electricity bills have rocketed. So too have our taxes, our car bills and the cost of flying abroad, our kids have been...

'American Horror Story' Takes on Gun Rights, Racism, and Gendered Naming Practices(SMH)

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 13:26:13 GMT

The September 19th episode of American Horror Story: Cult took on such weighty issues as gun rights, racism, and cisnormative guinea pigs. The episode "Neighbors From Hell" picks up right where the last episode left off, with Ally (Sarah Paulson) having just accidentally shot and killed her wife's employee Pedro when he dropped by the house unexpectedly. In the aftermath, these weighty issues are debated in the town and in the household. Having just killed an innocent man on her front porch when she thinks she is being attacked, Ally believes she's going to be in big trouble with the...

U.S. must suffer 'painful responses' from Iran after Trump speech: Guards chief

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 13:25:56 GMT

BEIRUT - The head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said on Wednesday that the United States should experience “painful responses” following President Donald Trump’s harsh criticism of Tehran at the United Nations. “Taking a definitive stand against Trump is only the beginning of the path,” said General Mohammad Ali Jafari, according to Sepah News, the news site of the Revolutionary Guards. “What is strategically important is that America witnesses more painful responses in the actions, behavior and decisions that Iran takes in the coming months.” “With the successive and exhausting defeats that the Americans have faced in the region from Iran,...

'It was very dark and dangerous': Hillary Clinton slams Trump's UN speech

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 13:23:08 GMT

'It was very dark and dangerous': Hillary Clinton slams Trump's UN speech as she tells Stephen Colbert the President should not have called Kim Jong-un 'Rocket Man' Hillary Clinton criticized President Trump's UN speech and says he wished he would be more diplomatic Trump earlier called Kim Jong-un 'Rocket Man' and threatened North Korea Clinton and Huma Abedin were earlier seen walking into the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City Clinton is currently promoting her new book 'What Happened' Abedin has been keeping a lower profile and showed up to court hearing last week for her contested divorce from...

Suspect in Starbucks robbery may sue man who stopped him

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 13:11:45 GMT

A man credited with stopping a robbery of a Starbucks in July might now be sued by the suspect, over wounds the would-be robber received from the Good Samaritan.

Rob Wasinger: “Trump Movement Should Make Romney Senate Defeat ‘Top Priority’”

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 12:55:47 GMT

In a newly penned op-ed for Breitbart, veteran political commentator Rob Wasinger has called for Mitt Romney to finally “walk off into the sunset” after his repeated failures and “decisive rejections” within the party. Currently, Romney has been teasing a potential Senate run; he has propagated this rumor in conservative outlets such as the Daily Caller and more mainstream outlets such as NYMag. Wassinger is having none of it, commenting on the apparent lack of political awareness by Romney, he says: Evidently, Romney’s last electoral humiliation—the embarrassing rout by a weakened and vulnerable President Obama in 2012—was not enough to...

James Comey Openly Lies About Deep State Wiretapping Trump Tower

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 12:48:49 GMT

James Clapper told NBC the deep state did not wiretap Trump Tower or the Trump campaign. We now know these were both lies. James Comey has lied under oath several times.

Steve Bannon’s Bad History

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 12:45:08 GMT

So far, the Trump administration’s trade policy has seen an internal division among economic nationalists and “globalists” on the president’s senior staff. The economic nationalists, and the president himself, believe protectionism will strengthen the American economy. “Look at the 19th century,” said former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon in his recent “60 Minutes” interview. “What built America’s so called ‘American system,’ from Hamilton to Polk to Henry Clay to Lincoln to the Roosevelts? A system of protection of our manufacturing, financial system that lends to manufacturers, OK, and the control of our borders.” In the nationalists’ narrative, high tariffs...

Senate Republicans pull out of bipartisan health-care talks as Graham-Cassidy picks up steam

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 12:36:52 GMT

On Tuesday evening, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, said that he was ending bipartisan negotiations for a bill to stabilize health insurance markets and make a few changes to the Affordable Care Act, because after four hearings and involved negotiations, his group had "not found the necessary consensus among Republicans and Democrats." The unexpected decision appears aimed at shoring up support for the Senate GOP's last-ditch plan to repeal ObamaCare, sponsored by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.), by removing any alternative legislation. Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.),...

Feds Paid $1.7 Million to Kids in Juvie

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 12:15:00 GMT

The Social Security Administration improperly paid children in juvenile detention facilities $1.7 million, according to a new audit. The inspector general for the agency found that just four states accounted for the improper disability payments. The estimate for fraudulent payments was "conservative" since the audit did not compile all data from the four states reviewed...*snip SEE POST #1* "While SSA had established overpayments for 274 of these juveniles, we identified 273 instances where SSA was unaware of all or part of the confinement period. We determined that 158 of these juveniles were confined for 6 months or longer without SSA's...

Tennessee Republicans Prepare for Another Senate Primary

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 12:14:05 GMT

When Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker asked President Donald Trump to campaign for Alabama Sen. Luther Strange ahead of next week’s Senate Republican runoff, he might have had a little self-preservation in mind. A win by Roy Moore, the controversial former Alabama Supreme Court chief justice, would throw a wrench into the deliberative body in which the moderate Tennessee Republican serves. But a Moore victory could also embolden primary challengers to other sitting senators, like Corker. Corker said Tuesday he hasn’t yet reached a decision about seeking a third term, and he wouldn’t comment on reports that Trump asked him to...

Show Biz Meltdown: Bombs Away!

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 12:11:58 GMT

The numbers don't lie. Across the entertainment industry, viewers and fans are tuning out. It's no coincidence ratings are cratering as unhinged celebrities crank up their anti-Trump and anti-American antics. Pro tip, Tinseltownies: Swapping your jazz hands for middle fingers and waving resistance fists at your customer base is bad for business. Let us count the waning ways. Emmy emetics. Who wanted to see smirking Stephen Colbert lead a cast of Botoxed starlets and men in hot pants, handing out TV industry awards to diamond-draped elites hoisting up their gilt statues as emblems of victory on behalf of the hegemonically...

Night of the Living Mitt — Wasinger: Trump Movement Should Make Romney Senate Defeat ‘Top Priority’

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 12:08:52 GMT

How many decisive rejections can a veteran national political figure experience at the hands of voters before that politician takes the hint and walks off into the sunset with some small measure of dignity still intact? Willard “Mitt” Romney seems intent on testing the limits of that proposition by floating the story with friends in the conservative media that he’s toying with the idea of running for the U.S. Senate seat of octogenarian Orrin Hatch of Utah, who is expected to announce his decision to decline a run for yet another term next year. Evidently, Romney’s last electoral humiliation—the embarrassing...

The Awful Future that Looms for a Majority of Today’s Americans

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 11:54:19 GMT

When it comes to the future, an overwhelming majority of Americans have adopted a mindset that is a variation of Isiah 22:12: “Let us eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow does not matter.” Recently, federal debt surpassed the $20 Trillion mark (additional state and local debt amount to another $2.9 Trillion). That milestone was greeted by the Ruling Class and a vast preponderance of the citizenry with a yawn and a shrug of the shoulder. As the ongoing determination to promote new entitlement spending and the refusal to rein in, but instead to expand, existing programs continues unabated. Any...

KC-46 Faces 3 Category One Deficiencies; Two Affect Boom

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 11:48:46 GMT

A KC-46 tanker refuels a C-17 transport in mid-air. Sometimes the refueling boom impacts the receiving aircraft, damaging it. AFA: The four-star chief of Air Mobility Command wants his new KC-46 Pegasus tankers “yesterday,” but the tanker’s boom has a nasty tendency to scrape up planes it’s trying to refuel, as well as two other category one deficiencies, and contractor Boeing has to fix those. The paint scraping problem — formally known as “undetected contact” — by itself could “possibly” delay the new planes’ arrival at AMC, Gen. Carlton Everhart said. That date was already pushed back to “late spring”...