CNN Walks Back Jeff Sessions-Russia Bombshell

More fake news.

Via Daily Caller:

CNN has quietly walked back more of their “bombshell” reporting on the Trump-Russia collusion narrative, and this time it’s a story relating to Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ security clearance forms.

In May, CNN reported that Sessions had failed to disclose meetings he had with the Russian ambassador when he was a senator. Justice Department officials told CNN that Sessions had not listed those meetings on a security clearance form, even though the form says to list “any contact” with the “foreign government” or its “representatives” in the past seven years.

CNN framed the non-disclosures as more evidence of collusion between Russia and the Trump team, writing, “He has come under withering criticism from Democrats following revelations that he did not disclose the same contacts with Kislyak during his Senate confirmation hearings earlier this year.”

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CNN, MSNBC Cover Trump’s TV Habits During NYC Explosion

Priorities.

Via Daily Caller:

Authorities apprehended a terrorist suspect Monday after he orchestrated an explosion in downtown Manhattan, but CNN and MSNBC decided to pivot from the breaking news to cover a much more pressing story: President Donald Trump’s TV habits and love of Diet Coke.

Initial reports indicate that the explosion is a probable terror attack, but as details of the attack were still being fleshed out, both CNN and MSNBC spent a significant amount of time covering a New York Times story about a day in the life of POTUS.

CNN talked to Michael D’Antonio, a CNN contributor, about Trump’s TV-watching habits and how much diet coke he drinks every day from 8:40 am ET to 8:47 am.

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Famous Chef Mario Batali Accused Of Multiple Instances Of Sexual Harassment

At least he doesn’t do a ‘Franken,’ he admits essentially that he did it, doesn’t play this game of ‘I remember it differently’ and immediately stepped aside from his empire.

Via Fox News:

Mario Batali has stated that he will “step away from the day-to-day operations” of his restaurant empire following allegations of sexual misconduct — and ABC has also confirmed that he’s been asked to leave “The Chew” for the time being.

The celebrity chef, 57, has been accused by four women of inappropriate behavior in the workplace and elsewhere, including grabbing and groping three of his female employees, and even grabbing a fellow chef who approached him at a New Orleans wine auction ten years ago, Eater NY reported on Monday morning.

The four women have declined to reveal their names, but the latter accuser claimed that Batali groped her breasts after she spilled wine on her chest, while saying something to the effect of “Let me help you with that.” The woman also alleges that Batali had been under the influence of alcohol at the time, and that just prior to the incident, he came off as “creepy” and “icky,” Eater reports.

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CNN’s Nia Malika Henderson Begrudgingly Admits Trump Is Right, The Economy Is Booming…

Sarah Sanders: Can’t Make It Up, Obama Wants Credit For Booming Trump Economy

The solar panels and wind turbines aren’t going to install themselves.

Via Townhall:

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders was vocal on Twitter Sunday, issuing biting criticism of former President Barack Obama. In Sanders’ typically blunt vernacular, she claimed that President Obama did not deserve any credit for the apparent improvement in the economy. However, while the economy is doing well and Trump largely deserves praise, Americans would be wise to pay attention the labor force participation rate.

Indeed, many critics were worried that the economy would fail miserably under President Trump. Liberal New York Times columnist Paul Krugman predicted economic ruin with no end in sight under the new president. Specifically, he said that the markets would “never recover” thanks to Trump.

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Turkey’s Erdogan Outraged Over Trump’s Jerusalem Decision, Calls Israel A “Child-Murderer” State…

Pissing off the right people.

Beirut, Lebanon (CNN) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called Israel a “terrorist” and “child-murderer state” in an address Sunday as he criticized President Donald Trump over his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

“Jerusalem is the apple of our eye. We will not abandon it to the child-murderer state. We will not abandon it to an occupier state,” Erdogan said in an address in the Turkish city of Sivas.
“We will continue our struggle within law and democracy. In Istanbul we will unite Islamic countries, leaders and heads of states. Our road map will show that it will not be easy for them to realize their plans,” Erdogan said. He also said Trump’s Jerusalem announcement was “null and void.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded to Erdogan on Sunday, saying: “I’m not used to receiving lectures about morality from a leader who bombs Kurdish villagers in his native turkey, who jails journalists, who helps Iran go around international sanctions, and who helps terrorists, including in Gaza, kill innocent people. That is not the man who is going to lecture us.”

BREAKING: Explosion At Port Authority, 1 Person In Custody — UPDATE: Bomber Is 27 Year Old Akayed Ullah From Bangladesh…

Looks like it’s in the tunnels leading to the subway just below the Port Authority.

Via Fox News:

One person was in custody after an explosion near New York City’s Port Authority bus terminal during Monday morning’s rush hour, a blast that prompted mass chaos and halted multiple subway lines, the NYPD said.

Several people were reportedly injured. An NYPD source on the scene told Fox News a device went off and there was a person strapped with a bomb.

President Trump had been briefed on the incident, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted.

NYPD and FDNY officials confirmed to Fox News they were investigating reports of an explosion “of an unknown origin” near 42nd Street and Eighth Avenue. Police tweeted the A, C, E subways lines were being evacuated. The terminal is “temporarily closed by authorities” at this time.

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UPDATE: Suspect Named

Leftists Suing California Schools: 96 Percent Of Kids Can’t Read

They won’t be able to read the climate change warnings.

Via The Black Sphere:

The foxes are in charge of the hen house. Because Leftist Democrat bureaucrats and teachers’ unions now hold our education system hostage.

Things have gotten so bad, some teachers and student want justice.

Several lawyers representing teachers and students are suing California schools for their inability to teach students how to read.

“The advocacy law firm, Public Counsel, filed the lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court to demand the California Department of Education address its “literacy crisis.” The state has not followed suggestions from its own report on the problem five years ago, the lawsuit said.

“When it comes to literacy and the delivery of basic education, California is dragging down the nation,” said Public Counsel lawyer Mark Rosenbaum, who sued along with the law firm Morrison & Foerster.

Assessments found less than half of California students from third grade to fifth grade have met statewide literacy standards since 2015. Both traditional and charter schools are failing, Rosenbaum said.”

This assessment shocks most people. They believe our children are being educated.

Moreover, teachers clamor for more money, and they get it. Believe it or not, California has received more federal money for education than any other state in the U.S.[…]

In fact, the school districts that suffered the most in this lawsuit were those that catered to low-income families. Take a look at some of the assessments of students in California.

Last year, the schoolwide proficiency rate in reading at La Salle Elementary was 4 percent, and as many as 171 students out of the 179 tested were not proficient by state standards, the lawsuit says. One was an 11-year-old boy who tested at an early third-grade reading level when he was finishing fifth grade.

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Democrat Run Baltimore City Council Considers Tax Hikes To Pay For Affordable Housing

More money is always the solution.

Via Baltimore Sun:

In a city where many struggle to make monthly rent payments, the Baltimore City Council is considering raising taxes on property sales and transfers to provide $10 million annually for affordable housing.

City Councilman Bill Henry submitted legislation Thursday to raise the recording fee by 20 percent and transfer taxes by 17 percent, respectively, to provide a “sustainable revenue source” for the Affordable Housing Trust Fund — a new fund created by the voters that currently has no money in it.

Henry said the tax increase would result in about $10 million more each year.

If passed, the bill would raise the recording fee charged on every $500 worth of property sold from $5 to $6. That means on the sale of a $100,000 house, about $200 would go to the Affordable Housing Trust Fund.

The transfer tax charged on property transfers would rise from 1.5 percent to 1.75 percent. That means on the sale of a $100,000 house, about $250 would go to the Affordable Housing Trust Fund.

“Baltimore City is a difficult place to live right now for a lot of people. They just don’t have the money and the resources to pay all of their bills,” Henry said. “Society has a responsibility to address that.”

City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young said council members plan to study Henry’s legislation, along with other ideas to raise money, on a task force he’s creating dedicated to funding more affordable housing in Baltimore.

He and fellow City Councilman John Bullock submitted legislation Thursday to create the task force, which will make recommendations about new revenue streams for affordable housing.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders: ‘I Don’t Think We’re There Right Now’ On Impeachment

Still looking for the peach orchard.

Via Washington Times:

Sen. Bernard Sanders said Sunday it doesn’t do any good to jump the gun on pushing for impeachment proceedings for President Trump, saying special counsel Robert Mueller is still in the midst of his investigation into ties between Russia and Mr. Trump’s presidential campaign.

“I think there is a process that has to be followed. I think Mr. Mueller is doing a very good job on his investigation, and if Mueller brings forth the clear evidence that there was collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians, I think you have grounds for impeachment,” Mr. Sanders, Vermont independent, said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

“But I think jumping the gun does nobody any good,” he said. “You have to bring the American people onto this issue. You don’t want to make it into a partisan issue.”

“If we’re going to go forward with impeachment, I want the American people clearly to understand why that is the case, why it makes sense, why it’s the right thing to do,” he said. “I don’t think we’re there right now — that’s what the Mueller investigation is all about.”

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95-Year-Old World War II Mansfield, MA Veteran Gets A Boost From Firefighters

Via The Sun Chronicle:

Just call it an early Christmas present. And one well deserved.

Decorated World War II veteran Walter Gilbert and his wife Mary are both 95 and still manage to live in their own home. But they have some mobility issues, including difficulty with stairs. such as the ones from their home.

That’s where a group of Mansfield firefighters and the town veterans office is pitching in.

About a half-dozen firefighters left their regular shift Friday morning and headed over to the couple’s West Street home to install a ramp Veterans Agent Michael Raymond was able to get for the Gilberts.

One of the reasons Gilbert needs the ramp is because of injuries to his legs he suffered in the war.

Gilbert has a lift for the stairs inside his home, but finds the outdoor stairs difficult to use.

On top of that, his wife broke her leg, and she was in a plastic boot for weeks. The couple rely primarily on walkers but do have a donated wheelchair also given to them by the veterans agent.

“The guy is an amazing individual,” Fire Capt. John Terry said.

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Ejected Seahawks Social Justice Warrior Tries Charging Into Stands To Fight Fans After They Threw Something At Him

Sore loser.

Via BI:

The Seattle Seahawks-Jacksonville jaguars game turned ugly late after a scuffle on field and near-scuffle between a player and fans.

As Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles took a knee to run out the clock in the final seconds, two Seahawks defenders hit him late, starting a fracas on the field.

Seahawks defensive tackle Quinton Jefferson was ejected for fighting, and as he made his way into the tunnel, turned back to argue with nearby fans in the stands. As the two parties exchanged words, someone appeared to throw an object on Jefferson, setting Jefferson off. Jefferson tried climbing into the stands to fight the fan, but was stopped by security before the situation escalated.

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Dale Jackson Eviscerates CNN, Leaves CNN Host Speechless: “People Don’t Trust You”

Nancy Pelosi, Democrats Built Their Own Monster

Nancy is the bride of Frankenstein.

Via Washington Times:

Behold, Nancy Pelosi, the monster you yourself created.

Sure, Democrats have opened another front on their illusory Republican “War on Women.” But a key constituency of Mrs. Pelosi’s political jalopy is not too happy about how the party got there.

Congressional Black Caucus members are resentful and bitter about the way Mrs. Pelosi turned on pervy Rep. John Conyers, the Michigan Democrat, after he was accused of improprieties with female staffers.

Specifically, the octogenarian octopus is accused of groping, harassing and abusing women who worked for him over the many decades that he has been fossilizing in the House of Representatives.

Mrs. Pelosi’s initial response to the allegations against the powerful ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee was part of her political DNA. Invoke race.

Mr. Conyers is above reproach, she insisted, because he is an “icon.” That is a code word for a hero from the civil rights movement and therefore any regular laws of politics or decency or of, well, actual laws, do not apply

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Jerry Brown Blames Fires On Global Warming. Here’s Why That’s Insane

Lunatic.

Via Daily Caller:

California Governor Jerry Brown said the wildfires ravaging the greater Los Angeles area are part of a “new normal” residents can expect due to man-made global warming.

“This is kind of the new normal,” said Brown, a Democrat, on Saturday while touring Ventura County neighborhoods wrecked by the Thomas Fire, that is already one of the largest in state history.

“With climate change, some scientists are saying that Southern California is literally burning up,” Brown said, according to CNN. “So we have to have the resources to combat the fires and we also have to invest in managing the vegetation and forests … in a place that’s getting hotter.”

Brown’s statements, though ominous, aren’t in line with the scientific consensus. The latest National Climate Assessment report put a “low” to “medium” confidence on claims global warming was making wildfires worse across the western U.S.

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Minneapolis Police Brace For Backlash On Decision Over Officer In Justine Damond Shooting— Whatever It Is

Which side is expected to riot?

Via Star Tribune:

There are no new witnesses or new evidence; only two people know firsthand what happened, and only one of them has spoken to investigators.

And yet, months after he received the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension’s investigation into the July 15 shooting death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond by a Minneapolis police officer, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman has not made a decision on whether that officer, Mohamed Noor, will face criminal charges.

Freeman continues to insist that he will make a decision before the end of the year, and Minneapolis’ new chief of police said he’s bracing for backlash no matter what Freeman decides.

“There’s going to be a reaction from certain segments in the community regardless of what decision is made,” said Chief Medaria Arradondo.

The death of Damond, an Australia native who was shot in the alley behind her home after she called 911 to report a possible assault, reverberated across the city and around the world. It led to the firing of Minneapolis’ first female police chief, Janeé Harteau, and raised new questions about police training and the use of force.[…]

Noor has repeatedly declined to give a statement to investigators about the shooting. His attorney, Thomas Plunkett, said the investigation’s time frame does not seem unusual.

There were rumors that Noor had left Minnesota, but County attorney spokesman Chuck Laszewski said that Plunkett made sure investigators knew Noor was still here.

“Officer Noor, as is his constitutional right, has declined to be interviewed by investigators about the shooting, and Mr. Plunkett has made it very clear he won’t allow him to be interviewed,” Laszewski said.

Freeman has had the Noor case for 89 days, nearly twice as long as it took him to decide not to file charges in the shooting death of Jamar Clark, Hennepin County’s other recent high-profile officer-involved shooting.

It took Ramsey County prosecutor John Choi 49 days after getting the case from the BCA to announce he was filing manslaughter charges against former St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez in the shooting death of Philando Castile. Yanez was later acquitted.

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Chinese President Celebrates With Fervor Not Seen Since Mass Murderer Mao…

Via WSJ:

WUZHONG, China—In a packed auditorium in this Yellow River city, dancers in floral-pattern costumes twirl against a backdrop of a red star shining over the Great Wall.

“General Secretary Xi’s words ring around our ears!” the dancers exclaim.

Welcome to the “Spirit of the 19th Party Congress” publicity tour.

The Communist Party traditionally launches propaganda drives to imprint new slogans unveiled at major conclaves. This time, after the party revised its charter in October to crown Xi Jinping as its greatest living theorist, an army of Marxist propagandists has gone to unusual lengths to spread their leader’s philosophy.

Some rode camels across arid steppes to deliver lectures on Mr. Xi’s political manifesto. Others braved South China Sea waves to take his congress report to island outposts and fishing trawlers, or turned to communications satellites to beam the highlights.

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NJ Snow Storm Quickly Makes Impact — And Cancels Snowball Fight At Six Flags

You need snow for a snowball fight.

Via WKXW:

The Saturday snowstorm took a while to get started in New Jersey but quickly coated grass and highways.

Route 195 is the dividing line for snow amounts of 2-4 inches north of the interstate and 3-5 inches south, according to New Jersey 101.5 Chief Meteorologist Dan Zarrow. Snow was falling at varying intensities in every county of the state by 11:30 a.m.

“I think it’s also a good idea to proclaim what this storm will not bring to New Jersey. No coastal flooding. No beach erosion. Little to no icing. Few to no power outages. No ferocious winter winds (it will be breezy though). No extreme cold (it will be chilly though),” Zarrow said.

Speed limits on the entire lengths of both the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway was reduced to 45 mph.

Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson closed the park for the day and canceled their scheduled attempt to break the record for world’s largest snowball fight.

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HT: Your Crazy Uncle Bubba

Days Before Election, Roy Moore Disappears From Campaign Trail…

Let’s hope he didn’t go to Disneyland, we’d never hear the end of it.

Via Montgomery Advertiser:

Near the end of a press conference for Roy Moore Thursday, a reporter asked a question: Where was Roy Moore?

“He’s campaigning,” said Ben DuPre, a longtime Moore associate and spokesman for the campaign. “He’s campaigning hard.”

If Moore is doing that, he’s keeping it a secret.

In the last few days before the Dec. 12 election for Alabama’s junior U.S. Senate seat, the Republican candidate has all but vanished from the public, continuing a pattern of absence that took hold after allegations of abuse, assault, harassment and misconduct with nine women surfaced against Moore in early November.

“I think it’s extremely odd that for the better part of that campaign, we have seen his spokespeople, his campaign manager and his surrogates,” said Angi Horn Stalnaker, a Republican consultant who has run races against Moore in the past.

Moore has a rally scheduled Monday night in Dale County in the Wiregrass – a region key to his chances – with former Donald Trump adviser Steve Bannon and U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas. But the Republican candidate has held no public events since a rally in Fairhope on Tuesday, leaving appearances to staff and surrogates. Moore has made fewer than 10 public appearances in the past month.

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‘Mysterious Plane Lights’ Sparks Phone Calls From South Carolina to Colorado

Joint operation by the Air Force and the Army.

Via 9 News:

We now know what those flashing white and red lights were that flew over Denver around 9 p.m. Saturday night.

The 9NEWS newsroom received well over a dozen phone calls, emails and messages about a series of single-file lights that flew over the Cherry Creek/Washington Park area of the metro.

We can now tell you that Saturday’s light show was courtesy of a group of 12 C-17 cargo jets. According to our sister station WLTX, they took off from Joint Base Charleston base around 7 p.m. EST Saturday.

The large aircraft went cross-country to Nevada for a training exercise involving HALO drop–high altitude military parachuting. The exercise was done in coordination with multiple air military installations and groups, including the 82nd Airborne.

Before we knew for sure what the light show was, one viewer called to suggest it was UFOs. One said her son thought it was Santa’s scout elves flying back to the North Pole — much more creative solutions for what the answer turned out to be.

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