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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Charges dropped for 129 anti-Trump protest defendants
[Al Jazeera] The US government will submit a motion to dismiss indictments for 129 of the 188 remaining Inauguration Day defendants, leaving 59 facing felony charges that could land them behind bars for decades.

"The government will be filing motions to dismiss without prejudice the indictment against the other remaining 129 defendants," William Miller, public information officer for the US Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia, said in a press statement provided to Al Jazeera by email.

Announced on Thursday afternoon, the statement said the US Attorney's Office for DC made the decision in order to "focus its efforts on this smaller, core group that we believe is most responsible for the destruction and violence that took place on Inauguration Day".

During the inauguration of US President Donald Trump
...New York real estate developer, described by Dems as illiterate, racist, misogynistic, and what ever other unpleasant descriptions they can think of, elected by the rest of us as 45th President of the United States...
on January 20, 2017, police surrounded, attacked and locked away
Drop the heater, Studs, or you're hist'try!
more than 230 people during an anti-capitalist bloc march.

Those arrested included protesters, journalists, medics, legal observers and bystanders. A felony riot charge was subsequently dealt to 234 people. The charge carried up to 10 years in jail and a $25,000 fine.

The city alleges that the protesters are responsible for $100,000 in property damage, while police have been accused of using unnecessary force against the group, including while they were surrounded and posed no threat.

Twenty defendants reached plea deals in exchange for lesser sentences, while another 20 had their charges dropped altogether.

Posted by: Fred || 01/20/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6466 views] Top|| File under: Antifa

#1  "while they were surrounded and posed no threat.". And it turns out chickens migrate. Snarc off.
Posted by: Woodrow || 01/20/2018 14:22 Comments || Top||

#2  I'm having doubts that anybody will be behind bars for decades.
Posted by: Raj || 01/20/2018 16:26 Comments || Top||

-Short Attention Span Theater-
Historical political and market costs of Gov. shutdowns.

The point is that these shutdowns did not have an effect on electoral outcomes. Part of the reason for this is that since 1995—when the GOP gained control of House and Senate—government shutdowns have occurred well in advance of the normal election calendar.

However, there hasn’t been a government shutdown in modern times while one party controlled the government. So, if there is political risk for congressional GOPers, aside from Trump’s fumbles and current poll numbers, it’s that they are in uncharted political waters.

Shutdown Impact On The Market

LPL Financial tracks the stock market during government shutdowns. In the cases above, the S&P was not highly affected by a shutdown:

Reagan 1981 -0.1%

Reagan 1984 -2.2%

Reagan 1986 -0.3%

Bush 1990 -2.1%

Clinton 1995 1.3%

Clinton 1996 0.1%

Obama 2013 3.1%

Government shutdowns have never cost the stock market more than a few points, thus they haven’t been something to worry about. Wall Street knows Washington is dysfunctional and that shutdowns have always been resolved in relatively short order.

Posted by: 3dc || 01/20/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6458 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The Democratic Party cares more about foreigners then they care about the citizens of this country.
Posted by: CaterWally || 01/20/2018 6:32 Comments || Top||

#2  Most likely the shut down go un-noticed by hard-working people in fly-over land.
Posted by: JohnQC || 01/20/2018 11:30 Comments || Top||

#3  However, it appears the Dems care more about DACA than the military and citizens of this country. Make America Great Again and deport a Democrat politician.
Posted by: JohnQC || 01/20/2018 11:37 Comments || Top||

Looking across the top of their spectacles at the forgotten man with contempt. Rosenberg clones or worse, both of them.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/20/2018 14:35 Comments || Top||

-Land of the Free
California Democrats want businesses to give half their tax-cut savings to state
[SFGATE] Caliphornia, an impregnable bastion of the Democratic Party, politicians are targeting the expected windfall that companies in the state would see under the federal tax overhaul with a bill that would require businesses to turn over half to the state.

A proposed Assembly Constitutional Amendment by Assemblymen Kevin McCarty, D-Sacramento, and Phil Ting, D-the Socialist paradise of San Francisco
...where God struck dead Anton LaVey, home of the Sydney Ducks, ruled by Vigilance Committee from 1859 through 1867, reliably and volubly Democrat since 1964...
, would create a tax surcharge on California companies making more than $1 million so that half of their federal tax cut would instead go to programs that benefit low-income and middle-class families.

"Trump’s tax reform plan was nothing more than a middle-class tax increase," Ting said in a statement. "It is unconscionable to force working families to pay the price for tax breaks and loopholes benefiting corporations and wealthy individuals. This bill will help blunt the impact of the federal tax plan on everyday Californians by protecting funding for education, affordable health care, and other core priorities."

Does this help explain Google and Amazon looking for new HQ sites?
Posted by: Fred || 01/20/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6461 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Why half? A good Socialist would take it all, and then some all while declaring 'you didn't make that'.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/20/2018 1:35 Comments || Top||

#2  Tax cuts allow business to pay more and hire more. The communists must take that to keep the entitlement base on THIER plantation.
Posted by: Bill Cleretle2363 || 01/20/2018 9:05 Comments || Top||

#3  Their first instinct towards any good financial news about their constituents is to try and grab their money. This won't affect their decision to leave the state, not at all!
Posted by: Raj || 01/20/2018 9:57 Comments || Top||

#4  FIFY
California Democrats want to extort businesses for half their tax-cut savings to vote buy at state
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 01/20/2018 14:23 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Politix
The Boston Globe Turns On Elizabeth Warren
And I thought pigs could not fly...
[Boston Globe] WASHINGTON ‐ There’s a ghost haunting Elizabeth Warren as she ramps up for a possible 2020 presidential bid and a reelection campaign in Massachusetts this year: her enduring and undocumented claims of Native American ancestry.

Warren says now, as she has from the first days of her public life, that she based her assertions on family lore, on her reasonable trust in what she was told about her ancestry as a child.

"I know who I am," she said in a recent interview with the Globe.

But that self-awareness may not be enough, as her political ambitions blossom. She’s taken flak from the right for years as a "fake Indian," including taunts from President Trump, who derisively calls her "Pocahontas.’’ That clamor from the right will only grow with her increasing prominence.
Posted by: Raj || 01/20/2018 16:14 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6471 views] Top|| File under:

#1  ...First thought: the Dems are setting up to run another woman for President in 2020, just not that one.

Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 01/20/2018 16:46 Comments || Top||

#2  I know who I am

And your problem is that everybody else does too.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/20/2018 17:00 Comments || Top||

#3  Of course the article completely ignored the possibility that Warren used her "minority" status to get hired by Harvard.
Posted by: Creling Pelosi3622 || 01/20/2018 17:43 Comments || Top||

#4  Just working to 'defuse' the situation for her. They know this will be a big mark against her so they are trying to clean-air it early so when the election come around it'll be 'old news... move along...'.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 01/20/2018 18:09 Comments || Top||

#5  Oh, *that* kind of "Turns On."
Posted by: Anomalous Sources || 01/20/2018 18:38 Comments || Top||

Fired FBI director James Comey to teach ethics at Virginia college
[Reuters] - James Comey, the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director who was fired last year by U.S. President Donald Trump, will teach a course on ethical leadership at the College of William & Mary in Virginia, the school said on Friday.

Comey has been by turns castigated and lionized by both Democrats and Republicans for overseeing high-stakes FBI investigations that overshadowed the election campaigns of Trump and his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, in 2016.

"Ethical leaders lead by seeing above the short term, above the urgent or the partisan, and with a higher loyalty to lasting values, most importantly the truth," Comey said in a statement released by the college, the country's second oldest.

Comey graduated from William & Mary in 1984 with a double major in chemistry and religion, and will teach for a full academic year beginning this fall.

The school's president, Taylor Reveley, praised his "abiding commitment to ethical behavior" in a statement.

Trump fired him last May, citing a memorandum by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein that criticized Comey for his handling of the criminal investigation into Clinton's use of an unauthorized private email server while U.S. secretary of state.

At the time, Comey was also overseeing a counterintelligence investigation into possible Russian government efforts to influence the U.S. election and whether Russian officials had inappropriate contacts with Trump campaign officials.

Trump has also been highly critical of that investigation, calling it a "witch hunt" against him. Comey has pointed to such comments as the real reason he was fired.

Comey's firing forced Rosenstein to appoint Robert Mueller, another former FBI director, as special counsel overseeing the Russia investigation, which is ongoing. Mueller has since charged four people who worked for Trump's campaign or in his White House for lying to the FBI and money laundering.

Clinton has said she partly blames Comey for her loss to Trump in the 2016 election.

Comey oversaw the investigation into the mishandling of classified government secrets by her and her staff on the email server kept in her New York home.

In July 2016, four months before the presidential election, Comey made a public announcement closing the investigation, in breach of usual FBI practices, a step he said was necessary to maintain public faith in the investigation's integrity.

He said Clinton and her staff were "extremely careless" in handling classified information and that there was evidence they may have unknowingly broken laws, but recommended against prosecution.
Posted by: Beavis || 01/20/2018 06:05 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6472 views] Top|| File under:

#1  ....will teach a course on ethical leadership at the College of William & Mary

With quarters on 'the farm' no doubt. He'll be well protected and kept away from the press by his handlers. He'll nearly be able to walk to work. What's not to like ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/20/2018 9:19 Comments || Top||

#2  What kind of ethics will he be teaching at this leftist indoctrination establishment?
Posted by: Bill Cleretle2363 || 01/20/2018 9:24 Comments || Top||

#3  Like a burglar goes to locksmith school?
Posted by: Raj || 01/20/2018 9:51 Comments || Top||

#4  ...until he goes to jail.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 01/20/2018 10:20 Comments || Top||

#5  He'd best learn about ethics first.
Posted by: JohnQC || 01/20/2018 11:13 Comments || Top||

#6  He's to serve as a bad example right?

Posted by: CrazyFool || 01/20/2018 11:56 Comments || Top||

#7  The Memo might change things
Posted by: Frank G || 01/20/2018 12:56 Comments || Top||

#8  People will never see the memo, Frank. After all, it's classified, right? And classified information must be protected at all costs. Especially if it makes Democrats and RINOs look bad.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 01/20/2018 13:10 Comments || Top||

Posted by: Anomalous Sources || 01/20/2018 13:19 Comments || Top||

#10  "So, your transcript says you took Comey's class. Got an A also, I see. I'd hire you exactly why, can you tell me?"
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/20/2018 13:28 Comments || Top||

#11  "So, your transcript says you took Comey's class."

Welcome to USDX,public service needs young people like you.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/20/2018 13:56 Comments || Top||

#12  Teaching a grad course on corruption.
Posted by: Woodrow || 01/20/2018 14:16 Comments || Top||

#13  I'm surprised they would even let him in a room where ethics is taught. Possible lightning damage, you know.
Posted by: ed in texas || 01/20/2018 17:11 Comments || Top||

#14  Don’t confuse ethics with morals
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/20/2018 21:34 Comments || Top||

U.S. Chamber of Commerce wants 25 cent increase in gas tax to pay for infrastructure
Posted by: Fred || 01/20/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6475 views] Top|| File under:

#1  How about just using what they already take and instead of redirection, sequester, or plain out right graft, actually do the work.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/20/2018 1:36 Comments || Top||

#2  Statists have created an aura of importance for a government over the people who actually govern themselves.
Posted by: newc || 01/20/2018 1:59 Comments || Top||

#3  How about just using what they already take and instead of redirection, sequester, or plain out right graft, actually do the work.

P2k, you have a future in standup comedy.
Posted by: gorb || 01/20/2018 3:41 Comments || Top||

#4  Maybe they see that the cheap labor is about to dry up and taking it out of the taxpayer's hide is Plan B...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/20/2018 4:36 Comments || Top||

#5  Once again as the capitalist system creates efficiencies the taxes tied to the inefficiencies must be adjusted. With cars much more efficient with MPG, migration to cities over the last 25 years, electric cars.... the taxpaying driver community must pay more for the right to drive on poorly managed infrastructure
Posted by: Airandee || 01/20/2018 7:52 Comments || Top||

#6  More U.S. Chamber of Communists drivel.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/20/2018 8:00 Comments || Top||

#7  There used to be this thing called 'capital budgeting' that took the need for infrastructure replacement into account. These anti-free enterprise asswipes have some nerve asking us to pay for someone else's neglect / mistakes.
Posted by: Raj || 01/20/2018 9:55 Comments || Top||

#8  cheap labor is about to dry
Last I knew government employed no cheap labor except the military, and they aren't used in infrastructure jobs in this country.
Posted by: Glenmore || 01/20/2018 10:16 Comments || Top||

Posted by: 3dc || 01/20/2018 10:21 Comments || Top||

#10  And isn't the MPG government-mandated? But Chamber of Commerce needs a big "vai en culo".
Posted by: Clem || 01/20/2018 11:26 Comments || Top||

#11  Sure, if anyone can explain where billions of DOT funding has gone to.

I have very off pudding feelings about the Chamber (a good villain name) demanding more illegals for their company cronies.
Posted by: Woodrow || 01/20/2018 14:20 Comments || Top||

#12  My local bridge projects receive FHWA funds via DOT/Caltrans oversight. I'm sure the bureaucracy eats their fair share, but at the local level our soft costs are about half the Caltrans rate. We run a lean operation.

That said, the constant gas tax increases are a also a measure of the leftist/statist effort to cut your transportation choices and free will (Mileage taxes). They HATE private vehicle ownership and freedom of choice. Wait til cars are driverless (no steering wheel) and you wanna take that pleasure/vacation trip two states over and the car says that trip "isn't authorized". Think that can't happen?
Posted by: Frank G || 01/20/2018 15:50 Comments || Top||

#13  #12 - Bingo. We have a winnah! DING DING DING!!!
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/20/2018 16:11 Comments || Top||

#14  herding the future generations into urban hives allows for better control and governance. Hub cities are the goal, and urban sumps allow for better erosion of traditional American values of independence and individualism into group think and obedient serfs!
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 01/20/2018 16:33 Comments || Top||

House rejects Democratic effort to impeach Trump as shutdown looms
[THEHILL] The House on Friday once again rejected an effort by Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) to impeach President Trump, in a sign of inflamed partisan tensions ahead of a midnight deadline to avoid a government shutdown.

Green, who has agitated for Trump’s impeachment for months, forced a procedural vote on articles of impeachment following Trump’s Oval Office comments last week describing some nations as “shithole countries” while expressing a preference for immigrants from places like Norway.

It failed by a 355-66 vote, with three Democrats voting "present."
Posted by: Fred || 01/20/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6461 views] Top|| File under:

#1  355-66

I'd remember that ratio when the Civil War moves from Warm to Hot.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/20/2018 8:31 Comments || Top||

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  Lebanon foils ISIS plans to attack places of worship, government buildings
Fri 2018-01-19
  Deso Dogg -- Dead Again
Thu 2018-01-18
  US drone strike leaves 6 militants dead, wounded in East of Afghanistan
Wed 2018-01-17
  Wanted terrorist Abdullah Al-Qalaf killed in eastern Saudi Arabia
Tue 2018-01-16
  Deadly clashes in Libyan capital force airport to close
Mon 2018-01-15
  Israel Says It Destroys Hamas Tunnel Under Key Gaza Crossing
Sun 2018-01-14
  Islamic State affiliate claims Mali attack that injured 3 French soldiers
Sat 2018-01-13
  Over 100 Palestinians said injured in West Bank, Gaza clashes
Fri 2018-01-12
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  Veritas strikes again: Twitter caught doing shadow bans on conservatives through algorithm
Wed 2018-01-10
  Pakistan has suspended military and intelligence cooperation with US: defence minister
Tue 2018-01-09
  Spokesman: Senior Hamas official shot in the head
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