Should be interesting tonight with everyone jockeying for position in New Hampshire. The ones that haven’t factored too much, Bush, Christie and Kasich, have made real pushes in New Hampshire trying to make a dent there. So far, it appears the only one making any kind of headway is Kasich, who is still behind the top three in most polls.
They did a straw poll among the students and of course, Rubio won, Trump came in fourth.
Cokie Roberts makes good point that Reagan went into New Hampshire debate 21 points behind, had a pivotal moment against George HW Bush, “I am paying for this microphone”, and ended up winning by 21 points and taking off to win the election.
‘Marco has momentum’. How does the guy who came in third have momentum?
Of course, Debs and the Democrats had been hiding Granny away on Saturday nights until Bernie began kicking her ass. Then and only then did Deb see the need to have more debates, despite many on the Democratic side begging for them for months.
Federal authorities are accusing a Dearborn Heights man of supporting Islamic State extremists and planning to “shoot up” a Detroit church.
Khalil Abu-Rayyan, 21, hasn’t been charged with terrorism-related crimes but faces federal charges of illegally having a firearm while using a controlled substance.
But a complaint unsealed Thursday in U.S. District Court reveals the FBI has been investigating him since May “regarding increasingly violent threats he has made to others about committing acts of terror and martyrdom — including brutal acts against police officers, churchgoers and others — on behalf of the foreign terrorist organization Islamic State of Iraq and Levant.”
Besides allegedly using Twitter to express support for the terror group — often referred to as ISIS or ISIL — Abu-Rayyan reportedly told an undercover FBI employee about a plot to target a church.
“I tried to shoot up a church one day,” Abu-Rayyan is quoted as saying in court records. “I don’t know the name of it, but it’s close to my job. It’s one of the biggest ones in Detroit. Ya, I had it planned out. I bought a bunch of bullets. I practiced a lot with it. I practiced reloading and unloading. But my dad searched my car one day, and he found everything. He found the gun and the bullets and a mask I was going to wear.”
Investigators didn’t name the church Abu-Rayyan allegedly eyed, but claim the property covers about two blocks less than half a mile from his work and can accommodate up to 6,000 members. He allegedly purchased a gun and told an undercover FBI employee that attacking a church would be “easy.”
Hillary Clinton used misleading language in Thursday night’s Democratic debate to describe the ongoing FBI investigation into her use of a private email server to conduct official government business while she was secretary of state, according to former senior FBI agents.
In the New Hampshire debate with Senator Bernie Sanders, which aired on MSNBC, Clinton told moderator Chuck Todd that nothing would come of the FBI probe, “I am 100 percent confident. This is a security review that was requested. It is being carried out.”
Not true says Steve Pomerantz, who spent 28 years at the FBI, and rose from field investigative special agent to the rank of assistant director, the third highest position in the Bureau.
“They (the FBI) do not do security reviews,” Pomerantz said. “What they primarily do and what they are clearly doing in this instance is a criminal investigation.”
Noela Rukundo sat in a car outside her home, watching as the last mourners filed out. They were leaving a funeral — her funeral.
Finally, she spotted the man she’d been waiting for. She stepped out, and her husband put his hands on his head in horror.
“Surprise! I’m still alive!”
The man looked terrified. Five days ago, he had ordered a team of hit men to kill Rukundo, his partner of 10 years. And they did — well, they told him they did.
Now here was his wife, standing before him. “I’m sorry for everything,” he wailed.
But it was far too late for apologies; Rukundo called the police. The husband, Balenga Kalala, ultimately pleaded guilty and was sentenced to nine years in prison for incitement to murder, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).
The happy ending — or, as happy as can be expected to a saga in which a man tries to have his wife killed — was made possible by three unusually principled hit men, a helpful pastor and one incredibly gutsy woman: Rukundo herself.
Here is how she pulled it off:
Rukundo’s ordeal began almost exactly a year ago, when she flew from her home in Melbourne with her husband, Kalala, to attend a funeral in her native Burundi. Her stepmother had died, and the service left her saddened and stressed. She retreated to her hotel room. Then her husband called.
It’s already clear that it can be transmitted through sex.
RIO DE JANEIRO — Zika has been identified in the saliva and urine of two patients infected by the virus, a leading Brazilian health institute said on Friday, adding that further studies are needed to determine if those fluids could transmit the infection.
Scientists at the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, a public health institute, said they used genetic testing to identify the virus in samples from two patients while they had symptoms and were known to have Zika, the mosquito-borne viral infection that has sparked a global health scare.
It is the first time the virus has been detected in saliva and urine, scientists told reporters in Rio de Janeiro. The virus was deemed active, meaning that it was able to cause infection, but the scientists stressed that it was too early to say whether Zika could be transmitted by either fluid.
A meeting of the University of Missouri Board of Curators was disrupted by members of Concerned Student 1950, who demanded that Communications Prof. Melissa Click be reinstated.
The board suspended Click last week over her behavior with the media during a Concerned Student protest that followed the abrupt resignation of University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe in November.
The black-led activist group released a statement demanding she be reinstated and promised to achieve this by “any means necessary.”
Members of Concerned Student shouted at students studying in the Student Center Thursday afternoon before protesting in Speakers Circle, where they confronted several passing tour groups for 15 minutes.
Protests interrupted the Board of Curators meeting twice.
Chairwoman Pam Henrickson banged her gavel as protester Kendrick Washington restated Concerned Student’s demands from October. About two dozen demonstrators stood by forming a wall in front of a door to the meeting.
Oregon State Police released the following information Saturday morning about the fatal shooting of a Seaside police officer and of the suspect:
On February 5, 2016 at 9:22 PM Seaside Sergeant Jason M. Goodding and an additional Seaside police officer made contact with Phillip Ferry, age 55, from Seaside. FERRY was walking down Broadway and was known by the officers to have a warrant for his arrest. Sergeant Goodding and the other officer attempted to place FERRY under arrest for the felony assault warrant. FERRY resisted arrest and the other officer deployed less lethal force (taser). FERRY fired a shot and struck Sergeant Goodding. The other Seaside police officer returned fire and shot FERRY.
Both Sergeant Goodding and FERRY were transported to local hospitals. Sergeant Goodding and FERRY died at the hospitals due to their injuries.
Sergeant Goodding was 39 years of age and lived in the Seaside Community. He is survived by his wife and school aged children. Sergeant Goodding graduated from Sherwood High-School and he earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Portland State University. Sergeant Goodding was hired with Seaside Police Department in April of 2003. During his tenure he worked as a patrol officer, detective, and a patrol sergeant. Sergeant Gooding also dedicated time to his community by coaching several different sports teams within the Seaside area.
Finally the DOJ has discovered an alleged motive. (Sarcasm)
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department is considering legal changes to combat what it sees as a rising threat from domestic anti-government extremists, senior officials told Reuters, even as it steps up efforts to stop Islamic State-inspired attacks at home.
Extremist groups motivated by a range of U.S.-born philosophies present a “clear and present danger,” John Carlin, the Justice Department’s chief of national security, told Reuters in an interview. “Based on recent reports and the cases we are seeing, it seems like we’re in a heightened environment.”
Over the past year, the Justice Department has brought charges against domestic extremist suspects accused of attempting to bomb U.S. military bases, kill police officers and fire bomb a school and other buildings in a predominantly Muslim town in New York state.
But federal prosecutors tackling domestic extremists still lack an important legal tool they have used extensively in dozens of prosecutions against Islamic State-inspired suspects: a law that prohibits supporting designated terrorist groups.
Carlin and other Justice Department officials declined to say if they would ask Congress for a comparable domestic extremist statute, or comment on what other changes they might pursue to toughen the fight against anti-government extremists.
The U.S. State Department designates international terrorist organizations to which it is illegal to provide “material support.” No domestic groups have that designation, helping to create a disparity in charges faced by international extremist suspects compared to domestic ones.
Amid the chaos of the 2009 holiday travel season, jihadists planned to slaughter 290 innocent travelers on a Christmas Day flight from the Netherlands to Detroit, Michigan. Twenty-three-year old Nigerian Muslim Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab intended to detonate Northwest Airlines Flight 253, but the explosives in his underwear malfunctioned and brave passengers subdued him until he could be arrested. The graphic and traumatic defeat they planned for the United States failed, that time.
Following the attempted attack, President Obama threw the intelligence community under the bus for its failure to “connect the dots.” He said, “this was not a failure to collect intelligence, it was a failure to integrate and understand the intelligence that we already had.”
Most Americans were unaware of the enormous damage to morale at the Department of Homeland Security, where I worked, his condemnation caused. His words infuriated many of us because we knew his administration had been engaged in a bureaucratic effort to destroy the raw material—the actual intelligence we had collected for years, and erase those dots. The dots constitute the intelligence needed to keep Americans safe, and the Obama administration was ordering they be wiped away.
After leaving my 15 year career at DHS, I can no longer be silent about the dangerous state of America’s counter-terror strategy, our leaders’ willingness to compromise the security of citizens for the ideological rigidity of political correctness—and, consequently, our vulnerability to devastating, mass-casualty attack.
Hillary Clinton got her groove on after a campaign rally in New Hampshire on Friday.
After Clinton finished her speech, she and five other female politicians broke out into a jig to Clinton’s signature tune, “Fight Song” by Rachel Platten.
“This is my fight song, take back my life song, prove I’m all right song!” the song blared. “My power’s turned on, starting right now I’ll be strong!” Clinton wriggled her arms to the song, and her politician buddies joined in.
She then embraced Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D., Mich.) on one side and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D., N.H.) on the other, and the line of politicians swayed to the uplifting beat.
Clinton exited triumphantly, singing her fight song while pumping her fist.
Clinton was joined on stage by Gov. Maggie Hassan (D., N.H.) and Democratic Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.), Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), Debbie Stabenow (Mich), and Jeanne Shaheen (N.H.).
A 45-year-old woman who was one of the three people injured when a construction crane crashed more than 200 feet to the ground in Manhattan Friday said that she ducked for cover seconds after hearing the metal falling.
Dawn Kojima said that she was grabbing coffee around 8.30am Friday before continuing to work when she walked directly into the path of the crane.
‘I heard something coming down and I looked up,’ she told The New York Daily News.
Kojima, who is married, said that her instincts kicked in and she flattened herself against the nearest building and ducked for cover on Worth Street in TriBeCa.
‘I just leaned up against [the wall]. … I was just trying to cover myself, trying to protect myself,’ she told the Daily News.
‘I don’t know what hit me. It could have been parts of the crane that fell, some of the building, I don’t know. It’s hard to describe, it was really painful.’
All of Rutherford County’s patrol cars got a little makeover this week that sheriff Chris Francis said makes a big difference.
“We looked at it as an opportunity to show our patriotism,” Francis said.
Francis is talking about the new ‘In God We Trust’ decals being placed on all 50 of the agencies marked patrol cars.
“I want to make sure that my deputy sheriffs know what ‘In God We Trust’ means,” Francis said. “And how blessed we are to be citizens in America, to live in Western North Carolina and to be able to support our nation’s motto.”
Francis said he made the decision to put the emblems on after Fairview Baptist Church of Golden Valley volunteered to pay for them.
“I’m sure that there will be many positive remarks,” Francis said. “But I’m sure that with every decision I make I won’t make everyone happy.”
Donald Trump said on Friday he will attend the Fox News debate on March 3 despite skipping last week’s event.
‘No, I’ll be there. I have no objection to being there. That had nothing to do with Megyn Kelly the fact that I went out of the last one, it had to do with a memo that was sent out by Fox that was a little bit taunting and I said it was inappropriate,’ Trump said during an appearance on NewsmaxTV.com.
He then added that he had no regrets about missing the January 28 debate in Des Moines, Iowa just days before the caucuses, the first nominating contest of the 2016 campaign, at which he came in second after Texas Senator Ted Cruz.
Kelly is set to take the moderator’s desk again for the debate, and she said on Friday while appearing on Good Morning America that she hopes to see Trump there so she can ask him the questions she had drafted for the last debate.
A major bust involving the nation’s most violent street gang reveals that the criminal enterprise—known as Mara Salvatrucha or MS-13—continues to be energized with new recruits provided by the steady flow of illegal immigrant minors entering the U.S. through Mexico.
The affiliation between gangs and the hordes of Central American illegal immigrants who continue invading the U.S. is a story Judicial Watch has been reporting for more than a year. The Obama administration calls them Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) and tries to portray them as innocent, desperate kids fleeing violence and famine in their homeland. The reality is much different, as top Homeland Security sources have told JW in the course of an ongoing investigation into the dangerously porous southern border.
As soon as the UACs started arriving in the summer of 2014, Homeland Security sources told Judicial Watch that many had ties to gang members in the U.S. In fact, JW reported in 2014 that street gangs—including MS-13—went on a recruiting frenzy at U.S. shelters housing the illegal immigrant minors and they were using Red Cross phones to communicate. The MS-13 is a feared street gang of mostly Central American illegal immigrants that’s spread throughout the U.S. and is renowned for drug distribution, murder, rape, robbery, home invasions, kidnappings, vandalism and other violent crimes. The Justice Department’s National Gang Intelligence Center (NGIC) says criminal street gangs like the MS-13 are responsible for the majority of violent crimes in the U.S. and are the primary distributors of most illicit drugs.[…]
Now we learn that dozens of MS-13 members were recently indicted in Boston for serious crimes including murder, conspiracy to commit murder, drug trafficking, firearm violations, federal racketeering and immigration offenses. Several of the defendants are responsible for murdering at least five people since 2014 and the attempted murder of at least 14 in Chelsea and East Boston, according to the federal indictment. MS-13 members also sell cocaine, heroin and marijuana and commit robberies to generate income to pay monthly dues to incarcerated gang leadership in El Salvador, federal prosecutors say. The money is used to pay for weapons, cell phones, shoes, food and other supplies for MS-13 thugs in and out of jail in El Salvador.
The Trans Pacific Partnership, one of the biggest multinational trade deals ever, has been quietly signed by ministers from its 12 member nations in New Zealand.
The 12 nations account for some 40% of the world’s economy – they now have two years to ratify or reject the pact.
Not a word about it in our media.
“A trade deal is a contract, and it must be one that puts American workers’ interests first, not the interests of global elites,” Senator Sessions of Alabama said in a statement. “It is little surprise the administration is not showcasing today’s signing given its unpopularity with the American people.”
TPP will now be approved by Congress with an up and down vote – no amendments.
A Tufts University study found the TPP will cost nearly 450,000 American jobs in the next nine years.
The TPP involves the US, Japan, Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, Brunei, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, Chile and Peru.