House Democrats on Wednesday plan to stage a “national day of action” against gun violence that will feature “family sit-ins,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., announced.
Pelosi said the action would “carry forward the momentum” from the Democrats’ takeover of the House floor last week. Democratic lawmakers staged a 25-hour sit-in which included attempts to disrupt the floor schedule and votes.
They demanded the GOP leadership allow consideration of two gun control bills, but relinquished the floor hours after the GOP adjourned the House for a week-long recess. Their efforts gained them praise and attention on social media, where lawmakers broke the House rules by streaming their sit-in live from the floor of the chamber.
One of the heroic survivors of the 2012 Benghazi attack, who held off invading Islamists until rescuers reached the besieged CIA base, has begun a national campaign to counter President Obama’s narrative on the terrorist threat.
Former Army Ranger Kris “Tanto” Paronto has started a nonprofit called Leading From the Front, which he hopes will translate into a national movement to drive home the real threat Islamic extremists pose to America.
“Radical Islam is at war with America, and we are slowly losing,” Mr. Paronto said. “From Benghazi to Orlando, we are seeing the deadly consequences of President Obama and Secretary [Hillary] Clinton’s ‘leading from behind’ and their willful blindness towards the threat of radical Islam.”
Mrs. Clinton, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, was Mr. Obama’s secretary of state when terrorists besieged the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, 2012.
Then a private security officer, Mr. Paronto witnessed two of his battle mates die during the 13-hour firefight, in which a U.S. ambassador and his aide also were killed.
Democrat Rep. Charlie Rangel has found himself in a bit of a pickle. After years of allegedly thumbing his nose at pesky things like rules, his supposed misdeeds may be coming back to bite him on the proverbial hind quarter.
A House ethics committee subpanel today found Democratic Rep. Charlie Rangel guilty of 11 of the 13 charges of ethics violations against him.
The panel, composed of four Democrats and four Republicans, emerged after private deliberation to announce their findings.
“This has been a difficult assignment,” committee chair Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) said. “We have tried to act with fairness, led only by the facts and the law, and I believe we have accomplished that mission.”
The subpanel will now submit its findings to the full ethics committee, which will schedule a public hearing to determine the appropriate sanctions to take against the longtime New York representative. Whatever action they decide on during the sanctions hearing will then go to the full House of Representatives. The committee could go so far as to recommend expelling Rangel, but that would be unlikely. Other possible sanctions include a House vote deploring Rangel’s conduct, a fine or a denial of privileges.
Update to this story. Clueless Yvette Felarca, national organizer for BAMN (By Any Means Necessary), fails to see she is the fascist she claims to fight. She’s admitting here to organizing a riot and assaults. Who gets to decide who is a fascist who must be ‘shut down’, if we don’t follow the rule of law? Why isn’t she under arrest?
By the way, what does Yvette Felarca, the women who led the group to beat people up for speech she didn’t like, do for a living? She’s a teacher at North Berkeley’s Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School. The school received an influx of calls to fire Felarca. A threat was allegedly made against the school, supposedly saying if she was not fired, someone would hurt the children.
Felarca, reached by phone, said the threats were outrageous. But she said they were evidence of the true character of the individuals and groups making them.
“I am disgusted and condemn these attacks on myself and the children, the faculty and staff at my school,” she said. “I hold Donald Trump responsible for this. His politics of racist demagoguery and hate is inciting these vile threats of violence, even against children. It exposes why Trump and his racist, Nazi, and KKK supporters need to be defeated–and it shows us what Donald Trump’s vision for America really is.”
So this woman breaks the law, is proud of it, school appears to be doing nothing about it, and she blames the people calling her out and Donald Trump? Chutzpah, thy name is Yvette Felarca.
A Colorado man who bears the name of one of America’s Founding Fathers is defying an order to remove the American flag from his property — saying he’d rather face eviction than take down the Stars and Stripes.
Samuel Adams, of Greeley, Colo., received a notice last week from the management of his building complex asking that he remove the American flag from his apartment’s balcony railing.
Adams, who had hung the flag as decoration for the Independence Day holiday, took to social media to express his outrage — recording and posting video to YouTube and Facebook of himself reading the letter.
“Please do not clutter with personal belongings. Balconies and patios must be maintained in a neat, clean and attractive condition,” the notice read, in part.
While management at the Sterling Heights apartment complex said it’s not opposed to residents flying the American flag, it has strict rules about what can be hung from balconies.
The Bernie Sanders supporters were hatching an online plan to wage a protest inside a rally for Donald Trump when one cautioned that, even in the heat of a polarizing presidential campaign rife with overheated rhetoric, the government was watching.
“The Secret Service will be monitoring Facebook and other social media,” the poster cautioned others as they planned a disruption inside a Southern California rally for the presumptive GOP nominee. “Be smart when posting. Any perceived threats will come with a knock at the door.”
If the Secret Service was monitoring that conversation, it isn’t saying. But combing through social media for potential threats amid one of the most divisive presidential campaigns in memory ultimately falls to the agency, as does providing in-person protection to Trump, Sanders and likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. It may be too much, even for an agency with a $2 billion budget and 3,200 special agents, say some experts.
Coming this fall, one of the most prestigious private women’s liberal arts colleges in the nation will launch a “forward-looking” curriculum that reduces their language requirement as it introduces a framework emphasizing social justice themes, among other topics and changes.
The new curriculum at the New York City-based Barnard College, called “Foundations,” aims to reteach its students “how to think” by having them take courses within six new so-called “modes of thinking,” according to a video touting the framework.
For example, the video describes how students will be taught to how to “think” through “global inquiry” while depicting phrases such as “Privilege,” “Identity” and “Money” to “see the 6 degrees of separation between you and someone who lives in South Africa.”
The aide closest to Hillary Clinton will be deposed Tuesday about her emails.
Huma Abedin, who worked her way up from White House intern to vice chair of Clinton’s campaign for president, will be questioned under oath by lawyers for lawyers of the conservative group Judicial Watch about her involvement with her boss’ private email system.
The deposition comes more than a month after DC District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan, who was appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1994, granted Judicial Watch the right to interrogate Clinton aides as part of a Freedom of Information lawsuit to secure emails that should have been open to public review.
Patrick Kennedy, undersecretary for management at the State Department, will also be deposed by Judicial Watch lawyers on Wednesday.
Employers and employees in Washington D.C. are legally prohibited from referring to a transgender employee or coworker by the “wrong” pronouns or asking “personal questions” about their gender identity, according to the city’s Office of Human Rights (OHR).
OHR published a best practices guide for “valuing transgender applicants and employees” earlier this month with a list of “behaviors by supervisors or coworkers [that] may be considered unlawful harassment or a hostile work environment.”
One of the listed prohibited behaviors is: “Deliberately misusing a person’s preferred name or pronoun.”
“Asking personal questions about an individual’s body, gender identity or expression or transition” and “Posting offensive pictures or sending offensive communications” are also among the prohibited behaviors.
Bad move made by the young cop, and the suspect was lucky they didn’t shoot him.
CINCINNATI, OH -A man arrested on a murder charge Tuesday tried to grab a Cincinnati Police officer’s gun from its holster while being processed at the Criminal Investigation Section.
Thomas Robinson, 23, is accused of shooting 17-year-old Joseph Reno Armstrong Jr. on June 17.
In surveillance footage from inside an interview room, an officer is working to change Robinson’s handcuffs when the suspect glances at the gun then makes his move, briefly getting his hands on the weapon.
As officers work to restrain him, you can hear Robinson yell “Kill Me” six times during the battle for the gun.
‘Unknown’ people spray painted the base of the statue over the weekend. The police are checking cameras to see if they can figure out who did it. The mayor decried the action, saying he hoped it was just a “silly stunt”. The Archdiocese condemned the act, calling it ‘blasphemy’.
St. Petronio is the patron saint of Bologna, considered the protector of the city. Bologna doesn’t sound like it would be a particular attractant to radical attack, but terrorists tried to blow up the nearby Basilica on two prior occasions, in 2002 and 2006. Why? There is a fresco, painted by Giovanni da Modena, which depicts Muhammad in Hell being devoured by demons.
Twin brothers in Riyadh have stabbed their entire family, killing their mother and seriously injuring their father and elder brother. The 20-year-olds are reportedly loyal to Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL)
The twins, Khalid and Saleh Al Areeni, allegedly carried out the attack in their family home in the Saudi capital on Friday. According to investigators, the young men first stabbed their mother with a cleaver and sharp knives brought from the outside, before going after their father. They then chased their elder brother and stabbed him multiple times as well. Having thought the entire family was finished, the twins fled the scene in a stolen car.
The two stabbed men were critically injured and taken to hospital, while the woman died on the spot. Hundreds turned up at the slain mother’s funeral this weekend, Gulf News reported, adding that people prayed for her as they would for a terror victim.
After a large-scale manhunt, police caught the brothers some 100km (62 miles) from the capital. According to a statement issued by the Saudi interior ministry, the crime was premeditated and the twins were found to be loyal to IS.
According to local reports, the attackers decided to kill their mother after she found out about their plans to join IS. Apparently, the woman told her sons that she would report them to authorities if they kept planning to leave the country to join IS in combat zones.
Earlier in June, citing intelligence data, the US State Department announced that more than 40,000 foreign militants from 100 countries had been fighting in Syria as IS mercenaries. Russia has previously released similar warnings, saying that up to 30,000 foreigners have joined the ranks of the terrorist group. Both nations have been fighting Islamic extremists in the Middle East, with Saudi Arabia also being part of the US-led coalition aimed at eradicating IS.
In response to the Supreme Court’s abortion ruling today, the folks at The Daily Show couldn’t help but do a little end zone dance.
I’m old enough to remember when liberals insisted that abortion was an unfortunate, even tragic, necessity. This was the inspiration behind Bill Clinton’s promise to make abortion “safe, legal and rare.”
Now, apparently, abortion is the kind of thing one should do out of spite.
Actually, it’s even worse than that. This tweet is aimed at men — and I don’t mean people who simply identify as men, but actual biologically male from birth men. They are saying — yes, yes, in “jest” — that “Bros” should go out and “knock up” women because that will really stick it to those stupid conservatives in Texas. Not only is the abortion a trivial instrumentality for political payback, so is the woman who has to go through an invasive surgical procedure.
I’m the first to concede that people take offense too easily and that comedians should be given a wide berth. But (a) the joke isn’t funny. And (b) The Daily Show is treated as an organ of “smart liberalism” (admittedly not as much since Jon Stewart left). Their jokes are a peek behind the curtain at how elite liberals view everyone who doesn’t share their worldview. It seems that some now think that terminating a human life is an act of virtue-signaling political protest, like wearing the ribbon du jour or putting a Darwin fish on your car. It’s disgusting.
The Justice Department announced Monday its agents and attorneys will undergo training aimed at recognizing and reducing “implicit bias.”
The department-wide training is in line with efforts by the federal government to curb bias among personnel following numerous high-profile deaths of unarmed black men by white law enforcement officers.
“Our officers are more effective and our communities are more secure when law enforcement has the tools and training they need to address today’s public safety challenges,” Attorney General Loretta Lynch said in a statement. “At the Department of Justice, we are committed to ensuring that our own personnel are well trained in the core principles and best practices of community policing.”
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has vetoed a bill that would have let people carry concealed guns without a permit and expanded their right use weapons in self-defense.
Nixon said the bill “would make Missouri more dangerous” by relaxing current safeguards for concealed guns. The Democratic governor vetoed the measure Monday.
The Republican-led Legislature could try to override his veto during a September session.
The bill would allow most people to carry concealed guns even if they haven’t gone through the training required for permits.
It would create a “stand-your-ground” right, meaning people don’t have retreat from danger any place they are legally entitled to be present. The bill also would expand the “castle doctrine” by allowing invited guests such as baby sitters to use deadly force if confronted in homes.
WASHINGTON — Nearly a year sometimes passes between a team winning a championship and its celebratory visit to the White House, but LeBron James and his fellow Cleveland Cavaliers will probably not have to wait that long.
In a congratulatory phone call to Cavaliers Coach Tyronn Lue on Thursday, President Obama made clear that he did not want his successor to get the honor of hosting the 2016 N.B.A. champions.
“I’m hoping you guys have a chance to come by the White House before I leave office,” Mr. Obama said, adding that he wanted to congratulate the team in person. It was an offer Mr. Lue quickly accepted. […]
Five years ago on the South Lawn, Mr. Obama honored the 1985 Chicago Bears, the Super Bowl champions that season, in a makeup meeting. The Bears’ original White House visit had been canceled because of the Challenger space shuttle disaster.
“This is as much fun as I will have as president of the United States, right here,” Mr. Obama said of the team that had enthralled Chicago just as he adopted the Windy City and its sports franchises.
Josh Earnest, the White House press secretary, said that visit ranked among Mr. Obama’s favorites. In recent months, Mr. Obama’s delight in welcoming championship athletes to the White House has been obvious.