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Recount Collapses: Jill Stein’s Failure in Pennsylvania Means No Overturning Trump’s Presidency

Sun, 4 Dec 2016 14:21:31 GMT

Yesterday, the Green Party withdrew its demand that the State of Pennsylvania conduct a statewide recount. This withdrawal validates the state’s previous conclusion giving Donald Trump the win of its electoral votes. It also removes hope held by Clinton supporters that recounts in several other states might change the outcome of the November 8 election of Donald J. Trump to the Presidency of the United States. Lawyers for the Green Party withdrew their lawsuit, saying they don’t have the $1 million bond required to continue the challenge filed to initiate the recount, the Associated Press reported on December 3. The...

Teenage Afghan immigrant is arrested in Germany after 19-year-old who worked at refugee centre [tr]

Sun, 4 Dec 2016 14:18:06 GMT

A teenage Afghan asylum seeker has been arrested in Germany for the rape and murder of the 19-year-old daughter of a senior EU official. Medical student Maria Ladenburger, who volunteered at a refugee home in her spare time, was found dead in the university city of Freiburg, near the border with Switzerland in mid October. Her father is Dr. Clemens Ladenburger, a lawyer who works as the right hand man to the legal director of the European Commission. 

To Be Great Again, Russia Resurrects Soviet Legends

Sun, 4 Dec 2016 14:15:18 GMT

Russia Finds New Saints in Soviet Myths The Oxford dictionary last month named “post-truth” its “word of 2016,” indicating that the Western world is only just beginning to grapple with the practice. In Russia, the merging of truth and convenience, an activity long perfected. registered new lows last month, with the Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky denouncing any expert who dared challenge the veracity of popular Soviet legends concerning World War II Medinsky put forward his version of history during a speech commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Moscow, a famous battle that saw the Soviets fight off a...

Jesse Jackson Jr. Urges President Obama to Pardon Millions of Ex-Inmates

Sun, 4 Dec 2016 14:13:43 GMT

Former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife Sandi Jackson leave the federal court house after being sentenced to prison, August 14, 2013 in Washington, DC. Jackson was sentenced to 30 months in prison for using $750, 000 in campaign money to pay for living expenses and luxury items. His wife received a 12-month prison term. Jesse Jackson Jr. urged President Barack Obama Thursday to pardon millions of former prison inmates, a group that would include Jackson and his wife, former Chicago Ald. Sandi Jackson. In his open letter to the president, which Jackson posted to his Facebook page early...

Will Obama pardon Clinton and cement his legacy?

Sun, 4 Dec 2016 14:05:33 GMT

President Barack Obama cares deeply about his legacy. So will he dare pardon Hillary Clinton? Before there's any more talk of carving out a chunk of Mt. Rushmore for him, or more talk of statues or temples in his name, there is that Hillary Clinton pardon issue. Would Obama give his former secretary of state a preemptory get-out-of-jail card before he leaves office and turns the White House over to Donald Trump? [Snip] Now they [Democrats] wouldn't mind if Hillary were allowed to fly to some fantasy island or a mountaintop and stay out of the news so Democrats can...

No. 1 Alabama Wins SEC With Win Over No. 15 Florida

Sun, 4 Dec 2016 14:03:15 GMT

December 3, 2016 7:57 PM Associated Press ATLANTA — Alabama showed off all its weapons in the Southeastern Conference championship game. Now, the Crimson Tide can expect a return trip to Atlanta for the College Football Playoff. The nation's No. 1 team scored off a blocked punt and an interception return Saturday before wearing down No. 15 Florida in the second half with a dominant running game. The result was a 54-16 rout that positioned Alabama to go for its second straight national title and its fifth crown in the last nine years under coach Nick Saban. Next up: a...

A Problem Like Keith Ellison

Sun, 4 Dec 2016 13:56:26 GMT

Keith Ellison (or Keith E. Hakim, or Keith X. Ellison, or Keith Muhammad, etc.) is campaigning for office. Not for the safe House seat he holds, but for the leadership of the Democratic party, a job until recently held by the hilariously incompetent and boundlessly vapid Debbie Wasserman Schultz (who was forced to resign — “resign” here meaning “transfer formally to the Clinton campaign” — when she was exposed conniving to stack the presidential primary elections against Senator Bernie Sanders (S., Portlandia)), who was temporarily replaced by Donna Brazile, who was exposed leaking debate questions to the Clinton campaign, a...

College student: ‘I haven’t slept in my room since the election’

Sun, 4 Dec 2016 13:48:49 GMT

“I haven’t slept in my room since the election.” That is the exact headline of an op-ed recently published in The Washington Post by Ian Ware, a sophomore at the University of Virginia studying foreign affairs and American studies. Ware writes he’s avoided his dorm and instead slept on couches, futons, floors and unoccupied beds in his friends’ homes.

U. Virginia police officer shouts ‘Make America Great Again,’ forced to resign

Sun, 4 Dec 2016 13:42:32 GMT

A University of Virginia police officer has resigned for “abuse of a PA system” after he shouted “Make America Great Again” at students on election night. According to The Cavalier Daily, student protesters who intruded on a Board of Visitors meeting back on the 11th included a demand for the firing of three officers allegedly associated with the public address “abuse,” and wanted a “re-evaluation of […] tuition dollars going to the University Police Department.”

Green Party's Jill Stein To Seek Intervention Of Federal Court In Pennsylvania Recount Bid

Sun, 4 Dec 2016 13:36:27 GMT

US Green Party candidate Jill Stein said her campaign will appeal to a federal court on Monday to seek a state-wide vote recount in Pennsylvania, hours after dropping a lawsuit in a local court, saying the cost of the lawsuit was too high. "Make no mistake - the Stein campaign will continue to fight for a state-wide recount in Pennsylvania. We are committed to this fight to protect the civil and voting rights of all Americans," Jonathan Abady, the lead counsel for Jill Stein's recount bid, said in a statement on Sunday. "The barriers to verifying the vote in Pennsylvania...

Democrat Strategist on CNN Said 'We Don't Need White People Leading Democrats Now'

Sun, 4 Dec 2016 13:32:05 GMT

When asked by two CNN shills who she thought should be the next Chair of the DNC, democrat statagist, and former Bernie Sanders spokeswoman, Symone Sanders said 'we don't need white people leading the democrats now.' Instead, she felt someone of a darker persuasion should lead them, in order to best represent 'diversity.' Apparently, diversity doesn't include all races -- just the ones that aren't white -- according to Symone. [Video of statement in Article] If you recall, Symone mocked the Trump supporter that was viciously beaten by thugs -- saying 'oh my god poor white people,' when asked about...

I’m Fighting the Left’s Culture War One Bagel at a Time

Sun, 4 Dec 2016 12:50:15 GMT

At first I dismissed the Democrats' subsidized street riots and vandalism, moronic election recount demands, and perfervid attacks on Trump and his supporters in the press as a demonstration of their juvenile, narcissistic refusal to accept defeat. Then I read the brilliant essay by Angelo Codevilla It’s a bit long and I know your Sundays are busy but if you can’t read it all at once, I’ll summarize what I think are the most significant points in the hope that if the topic is of interest you’ll read it all. He traces the notion of political correctness from the 1930...

Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 4 December 2016

Sun, 4 Dec 2016 12:49:40 GMT

The Talk Shows Dec 4th, 2016 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Kellyanne Conway, former campaign manager for Donald Trump; Karen Finney, former spokeswoman for Clinton campaign; Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): To be announced (means can't find a convincing liar).FACE THE NATION (CBS): Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus; former House Speaker Newt Gingrich; House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi; former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.THIS WEEK (ABC): Vice President-elect Mike Pence; Gen. David Petraeus, former CIA director.STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): Conway ; Robby Mook, former campaign...

1 dead, 7 injured after bus full of cheerleaders, 18-wheeler crash in West Texas

Sun, 4 Dec 2016 10:14:59 GMT

An adult sponsor for a West Texas high school cheer team has died and seven people were injured after a crash involving an 18-wheeler and a school bus carrying cheerleaders late Friday. The incident occurred on Interstate 20 in Big Spring as the Iraan High School cheerleaders headed back to Iraan after a playoff game against Munday High School in Colorado City, about 40 miles east of the scene, reports. The bus had about 120 miles left to reach Iraan, which is south of Big Spring. [Snip] Of the eight people taken to Scenic Mountain Medical Center, two...

Green Party drops PA case, plans to go federal

Sun, 4 Dec 2016 09:06:55 GMT

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Green Party-backed voters dropped a court case Saturday night that had sought to force a statewide recount of Pennsylvania’s Nov. 8 presidential election, won by Republican Donald Trump, in what Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein had framed as an effort to explore whether voting machines and systems had been hacked and the election result manipulated. But later Saturday night, the party announced it’ll go to federal court instead. A statement from the lead lawyer for the recount campaign says it’ll seek an emergency federal court order for the recount. It says barriers to a recount in...

Congress authorizes Trump to arm Syrian rebels with anti-aircraft missiles (McCain)

Sun, 4 Dec 2016 08:30:35 GMT

Congress authorizes Trump to arm Syrian rebels with anti-aircraft missiles The House voted for the first time today to explicitly authorize the incoming Donald Trump administration to arm vetted Syrian rebels with anti-aircraft missiles. Summary Today, the House passed a defense bill that conditionally allows the provision of MANPADs to anti-Syrian regime forces. Author Julian Pecquet Posted December 2, 2016 While the language in the annual defense bill also creates restrictions on the provision of the controversial weapons, it represents a win for Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., a fervent advocate of helping the rebels resist President...

Russia has just given up on trying to launch strikes from its rickety aircraft carrier

Sun, 4 Dec 2016 07:44:21 GMT

Russia's sole aircraft carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov, began its first combat deployment to Syria with plenty of fanfare, but a recent report from IHS Jane's indicates Russia has given up entirely on launching strikes from the carrier. Satellite imagery obtained by Jane's shows Su-33 jets and one MiG-29KR previously aboard the carrier now stationed at the Hmeymim air base in Syria alongside land-based planes from Russia's air force. The Kuznetsov, never an entirely reliable system, had one of its MiG-29KRs crash in November, and another pilot had to eject after the Kuznetsov's landing gear failed and couldn't receive the aircraft,...

Bergdahl seeks pardon from Obama to avert desertion trial

Sun, 4 Dec 2016 07:23:05 GMT

U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the former prisoner of war who’s accused of endangering comrades by walking off his post in Afghanistan, is asking President Barack Obama to pardon him before leaving office. White House and Justice Department officials on Saturday said Bergdahl had submitted copies of the clemency request seeking leniency. If granted by Obama, it would allow Bergdahl to avert a court-martial trial scheduled for April where he faces charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, the latter of which carries a maximum penalty of life in prison. …

Biggest union reaches deal with California government [SEIU Local 1000]

Sun, 4 Dec 2016 07:19:37 GMT

California’s largest public-employee union announced Saturday that it had reached a contract agreement with Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration. If workers ratify the deal, it would bring to a close contentious negotiations that led to a strike threat and allegations of bad-faith bargaining. Service Employees International Union Local 1000 didn’t immediately release the terms of the deal, but union President Yvonne Walker said in a statement that it achieves improvements in compensation, professional development, working conditions, and health and safety. …

Rexnord employee reacts to Trump tweet about job loss (Video)

Sun, 4 Dec 2016 06:57:00 GMT

NDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- After a winning week for many Carrier workers, Rexnord employees are now in the spotlight. This tweet from President-elect Donald Trump has workers there wondering about their own jobs. “I prayed, ‘God, just give me something to hold on to, some hope,’” said Rexnord worker Brian Bousum. “Then, he tweeted.” For Rexnord employee Brian Bousum, this late-night tweet from President-elect Donald Trump was a small sign that left room for uncertainty. “He said ‘no more,’” said Bousum. “Does that mean no more after Rexnord? Does it mean he’s going to talk to the CEO Todd Adams? Did...

Green Party will switch to federal court for Penn. recount bid

Sun, 4 Dec 2016 06:53:29 GMT

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- A Green Party-backed campaign changed its strategy to force a statewide recount of Pennsylvania’s Nov. 8 presidential election, won by Republican Donald Trump, and said late Saturday night that it will seek help in the federal courts, rather than the state courts. The announcement that it would seek an emergency federal court order on Monday for a recount came hours after it dropped a case in the state courts. “Make no mistake - the Stein campaign will continue to fight for a statewide recount in Pennsylvania,” recount campaign lawyer Jonathan Abady said in a statement issued around...

Boston high schoolers plan mass walk-out to protest Trump

Sun, 4 Dec 2016 06:45:36 GMT

“Donald J. Trump will be the next president of the United States and we have the right to protest and stand together against the inexcusable statements he has made about, and the harmful policies he promises to enact against, immigrants, Muslims, black Americans, the disabled, the LGBTQ+ community and women,” organizers wrote in a description for a Facebook event.

Green Party switches strategy in Pennsylvania recount bid

Sun, 4 Dec 2016 06:40:37 GMT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Green Party-backed campaign changed its strategy to force a statewide recount of Pennsylvania's Nov. 8 presidential election, won by Republican Donald Trump, and said late Saturday night that it will seek help in the federal courts, rather than the state courts. The announcement that it would seek an emergency federal court order on Monday for a recount came hours after it dropped a case in the state courts. "Make no mistake — the Stein campaign will continue to fight for a statewide recount in Pennsylvania," recount campaign lawyer Jonathan Abady said in a statement issued...

Late Is Enough: On Thomas Friedman's New Book

Sun, 4 Dec 2016 06:04:37 GMT

We will remember Friedman for interviewing 76 percent of the world's taxi drivers, for predicting "the next six months will be critical" on 14 occasions over two and a half years (birthing the neologism, "the Friedman unit"), and for his unmatched, God-given ability to write nonsensical metaphors, like his classic "rule of holes": "When you're in one, stop digging. When you're in three, bring a lot of shovels. Friedman's great anti-gift is his ability to use many words when only a few are necessary. He became famous as a newspaper columnist for taking simple one-sentence observations like, "Wow, everyone has...

Former US ambassador, Cotton back Trump on Taiwan call, after immediate backlash, criticism

Sun, 4 Dec 2016 05:47:41 GMT

John Huntsman, a former American ambassador to China and Utah Republican governor, on Saturday suggested Trump’s call to Taiwan and other such diplomatic outreaches “should be expected,” with Trump being perhaps the most unconventional presidential candidate of a generation. “We ought to be giving (Taiwan) a little more space,” Huntsman said on Fox News, noting mutual economic, national security and human rights issues. Arkansas GOP Sen. Tom Cotton said Friday: “I commend President-elect Trump for his conversation with President Tsai Ing-wen, which reaffirms our commitment to the only democracy on Chinese soil. I have met with President Tsai twice and...