McMaster behind the clear NSC leak?
Via The Hill:
President Trump announced Thursday he will be replacing national security adviser H.R. McMaster with former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton.
“I am pleased to announce that, effective 4/9/18, @AmbJohnBolton will be my new National Security Advisor. I am very thankful for the service of General H.R. McMaster who has done an outstanding job & will always remain my friend. There will be an official contact handover on 4/9,” Trump tweeted.
Bolton, who was seen visiting the White House on Thursday, will be Trump’s third national security adviser. His first, Michael Flynn, was one of the first officials to resign from an administration that has seen high rates of turnover.
The reason they went for it is that they’ve become desperate about the state of the military that Obama left in shambles. But that shouldn’t cause you to cave on everything else because Democrats were failures.
Via Daily Caller:
Buried in the 2,232-page omnibus spending proposal are several provisions addressing much of President Donald Trump’s immigration agenda: the border wall, detention of illegal immigrants, guest worker visas, and the hiring of immigration agents.
None of them come close to delivering on Trump’s immigration priorities, says Dan Stein, president of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). In a scathing statement released Thursday, Stein ripped into “Congressional leadership and the business lobby” for caving on border security and guest worker visas.
“The omnibus released last night leaves our nation’s security at risk and sets up a betrayal of the most vulnerable American workers who have seen their jobs and wages decimated by bad immigration policies,” he said.
Trump, who reportedly expressed misgivings about the spending bill, said in a tweet Thursday morning that the bill delivered $1.6 billion to “start wall on the southern border.” But the true number set aside for border barriers is actually $1.375 billion, and not a cent of that will go toward constructing a wall in the style of any of the prototypes currently being tested in California.
The House passed a massive $1.3 trillion spending bill Thursday, sending it to the Senate with just over a day to spare before the government would shut down for the third time this year.
The chamber approved the more than 2,200 page legislation — released only Wednesday night — by a 256-167 vote with bipartisan backing.
The legislation would fund the government through the end of September. It would significantly boost military spending and increase funding for border security, infrastructure and efforts to fight the opioid epidemic, among other programs. It also includes measures meant to strengthen gun sale background checks and improve school safety.
Earlier Thursday, the House narrowly cleared a procedural hurdle allowing its vote to take place later in the day. Some members criticized the rushed process and expressed concerns about the limited time to read and understand the massive legislation. If the chamber had not moved up the vote, the chances of at least a brief shutdown after the midnight Friday deadline would have greatly increased.
The hard-line conservative House Freedom Caucus mounted the most opposition to the spending bill in the House.
Just in time for the summer permanent change of station to another location.
Military families on Guam moving to the U.S. mainland may be forced to leave their pets behind, following United Airlines’ decision to suspend its pet transportation program until no later than May 1, following multiple delivery mistakes and at least one pet death.
United is the only carrier flying directly between the island and the mainland U.S., according to families there, some of whom took to social media Wednesday to say they felt blindsided by United’s announcement.
“We leave April 5th and our two pups will be stuck here, boarding (when) service resumes,” said one Facebook post, from a woman on Guam named Ryane. “That could be a month. We are devastated and not even sure we will leave without knowing they will be on a flight.”
Amber Fake, a Navy spouse living on Guam, told Stars and Stripes that United’s decision is “very disheartening and worrisome for myself and many other military families.
“Our pets are our family and we jump through many hoops” — such as rabies testing, vaccines, extended quarantine, entry permits and licenses — “to get them to Guam,” Fake said.
“Now with United suspending the program without notice or exception, many military families are stuck with orders to (move) and no way to get their pets out of Guam,” she said.
Fake said the military community of some 7,000 people on the Pacific island doesn’t have the option of using Air Mobility Command rotator flights, which don’t service Guam.
While Fake said her family isn’t facing an immediate move, “many of the people I know are in panic mode.”
There are foreign airlines that fly to Japan and South Korea from Guam, where families could then fly to the United States. But it remained unclear Wednesday whether servicemembers would be allowed to reroute their orders to those countries, even if they paid out of pocket for an additional flight, or whether additional quarantine measures for pets would apply. Spouses told Stars and Stripes that United was the only option they were given during moving briefings.
Fake said the only response from military officials on Guam thus far was a message posted Tuesday on the Andersen Passenger Terminal Facebook page, which says there are currently no options for servicemembers to ship their pets.
“In light of the recent decision by United Airlines to suspend bookings for pets, we have begun to receive phone calls regarding the shipping of pets” on Defense Department aircraft “and would like to help answer any questions regarding the shipping of pets,” the statement said.
Pets can only be shipped on AMC contracted missions, such as the Patriot Express, according to an Andersen statement.
Courtesy of the “Blatant Crusader.”
A March 19 airstrike in Somalia left two al-Shabaab terrorists dead and three wounded, according to United States Africa Command (AFRICOM).
The airstrike hit Mubaarak, a small town about two-and-a-half hours southwest of Mogadishu.
The airstrike was made possible through the close cooperation of Federal Government of Somalia forces and the United States.
“U.S. forces will continue to use all authorized and appropriate measures to protect U.S. citizens and to disable terrorist threats,” AFRICOM officials said in a statement.
A battle damage assessment conducted after the strike confirmed that one vehicle belonging to al-Shabaab was also destroyed.
Because it wouldn’t be fair to the other breeds, or something.
Old And Busted: Media Silent After Obama Congratulates Putin For Election Win – New And Hot: Media Rips Trump For Congratulating Putin…
Disclaimer: Liberal media bias is still just a myth.
It’s almost like she really does have a low IQ.
As Sahab continues to release regular messages from Ayman al Zawahiri, posting two more discussions from the al Qaeda leader in recent days. In the latest message, disseminated online yesterday (Mar. 20), Zawahiri reminds viewers that his organization considers America to be the “first enemy” of Muslims around the globe.
Zawahiri begins his talk by claiming that President Trump is a “blatant crusader” who has “revealed the true face of America, and the true psychology of a majority of the American people toward Muslims.”
“The policies of America and its cheating crusader leader – without a doubt – clarified that the effective way in confronting its aggression is via the way of da’wah [proselytization] and jihad,” Zawahiri continues.
Oxymoron – Atheist Chaplain.
Sen. Roger Wicker said Wednesday that the Navy has finally denied the application of a man who sought to become a “secular humanist” chaplain for the service.
The application of Jason Heap, who was backed by the Humanist Society, was first rejected by the Navy in 2014, but a Navy chaplain advisory board recently recommended approving it.
The possibility of an atheist chaplain set off an outcry from both sides of Capitol Hill, and 45 House members and 22 senators sent letters of opposition this month to Navy leaders.
“The Navy’s leadership has done the right thing,” said Wicker, R-Miss., who chairs the Senate Armed Services seapower subcommittee. “The appointment of an atheist to an undeniably religious position is fundamentally incompatible with atheism’s secularism. This decision preserves the distinct religious role that our chaplains carry out.”
The service already has the authority to create programs to support atheists and humanists, senators said.
The Navy Chaplain Corps is manned by officers who promote religious and spiritual well-being among sailors and Marines. It represents a variety of religions including Christianity, Islam, and Buddhism.
House lawmakers said the reconsideration of Heap’s application raised concerns that the Navy was trying to expand the Chaplain Corps beyond its intended focus of serving religious sailors by including philosophical beliefs.
Via DCCC email.
One of the proudest moments of my life was watching President Obama sign the Affordable Care Act into law.
But today — 8 years after our historic achievement — Donald Trump and his Republicans remain determined to eradicate it.
And make no mistake: It’s fueled purely by their hatred for President Obama.
They will never stop trying to sabotage the ACA — and we can never stop fighting to protect it.
Before the big anniversary on Friday, will you sign your name alongside mine and condemn Republicans for their vicious attacks on the ACA and President Obama’s legacy? >>
Thanks to President Obama’s ACA, patients can no longer be denied because of pre-existing conditions. Those on Medicare and Medicaid get the health care they need. And countless lives have been saved.
But Donald Trump and his Republicans in Congress don’t care about any of that.
Their only concern is undermining and destroying President Obama’s signature achievement.
I want to hit 2,25O,OOO signatures today to send Republicans a clear message: The Affordable Care Act is here to stay.
Will you sign your name before midnight Friday and condemn Republicans for their anti-Obama attacks on our health care?
No Joke: Australian Nurses Forced To Announce Their “White Privilege” Before Treating Indigenous Patients…
Via Daily Mail:
Australian nurses and midwives are being forced to announce their ‘white privilege’ before treating Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander patients – a move which has been slammed as ‘racist to its core’.
The term ‘white privilege’ defines the unearned social and cultural advantages awarded to people with white skin which are not enjoyed by people of colour or non-white backgrounds.
The Nursing and Midwifery Board believes the cultural safety of Indigenous or Torres Strait Islander patients is just as important as their clinical safety.
But Graeme Haycroft, spokesperson for the Nurses Professional Association of Queensland, (NPAQ) told Sky News the addition to the code of conduct could have serious consequences for nurses and is simply ‘racist’
The Board describes the move as ‘a decolonising model of practice based on dialogue, communication, power sharing and negotiation, and the acknowledgment of white privilege’.
Watch: President Trump calls Maxine Waters a "low IQ individual" for calling for his impeachment, attacks Democrats for being out of touch with "normal, everyday working people." pic.twitter.com/U1vcEpp0KA
— NBC Politics (@NBCPolitics) March 20, 2018
Via The Hill:
President Trump kept up his attack on Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) at a National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) event on Tuesday night, calling her a “low IQ individual.”
“The Democrats think they’re invincible. I mean, I watch this Maxine Waters, you ever see Maxine Waters?” Trump said.
“A low IQ individual. Low IQ. ‘We will impeach him. We will impeach him.’ ‘But he hasn’t done anything wrong.’ ‘It doesn’t matter, we will impeach him,'” he continued.
Spirit Airlines Attendant Lectures Passengers About Anti-Gun ‘March For Our Lives,’ Tells Them To Clap For It
And guess who happened to be on the flight when she did it?
Stoneman Douglas student activist Kyle Kashuv is on his way to D.C. today, but his trip is not off to a good start. Apparently the flight attendant on his Spirit Airlines flight decided to lecture the plane on this weekend’s “March For Our Lives” and, according to Kyle, made everyone clap at the end:
Spirit Airlines has since apologized for the incident and is looking into it:
Wait, what? You mean a sporting goods company banning the sale of all firearms to anyone under 21 is seeing a drop in their sales?
Gosh, we feel shocked.
Oh, wait, no we don’t.
Dick’s Sporting Goods has suffered a surprisingly steep downturn in sales since promising to sell fewer guns, but the problem isn’t the gun sales, Fortune says.
Stock tumbled to the lowest in four months after the sports store banned assault-style weapons from its Field & Stream stores and raised the minimum age for a customer to buy a firearm from 18 to 21.
We warned them.
The decision is “not going to be positive from a traffic standpoint and a sales standpoint,” Stack predicted.
The company’s shares fell 7.3 percent after going up 13 percent this year. Sales failed to hit the projected $2.74 billion, tapering off at $2.66 billion for this quarter.
And guess who those media outlets they suppress have in common?
Via Daily Caller:
Within the span of eight days in January, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced two different key changes to Facebook’s newsfeed algorithm that together have boosted a “trusted” minority of news outlets while suppressing their competitors.
First, Facebook would slash news articles’ share of the newsfeed from five percent to four percent in the coming months, Zuckerberg said. Second, Facebook would boost certain “trusted” news outlets and suppress other, ostensibly less trustworthy sources.
The algorithm changes have disproportionately harmed conservative publishers, tech website The Outline concluded in a lengthy report earlier in March. Conservative and right-wing publishers “were hit the hardest” by the algorithm change, the report found, “while the engagement numbers of most predominantly liberal publishers remained unaffected.”
Conservative website Western Journalism reached the same conclusion in a similar data report last week. Conservative websites saw a significant drop in traffic from Facebook following the algorithm change, while comparable liberal sources saw a slight increase, that report found.
Via Daily Caller:
The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence voted along party lines on Thursday to formally end the panel’s Russia investigation and to release a report about the probe to the rest of Congress.
The 150-page report will now undergo a classification review by the intelligence community to determine what information must be redacted in the document. After it goes to Congress, the report will be made public. That is expected to happen within the next several weeks.
Committee Republicans announced last week that they had drafted the report and were planning on shutting down the Russia investigation.
After 73 witness interviews and a review of more than 300,000 documents, Republicans found no evidence that President Donald Trump’s campaign colluded with the Russian government during the 2016 presidential campaign.
And this is the point of all this and the Russia ads nonsense. All this stuff has been going on forever, but now they want to use it to try to control what you see and use their algorithm to shut down conservative sites and thought.
Via Free Beacon:
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Wednesday that Facebook should be regulated like companies in other areas of the media.
Zuckerberg spoke to CNN about the controversy surrounding Facebook’s impact on the 2016 election, and Zuckerberg said he cannot fully assess what that impact was. He said the overall picture of the election makes it hard to assess, leading CNN’s Laurie Segall to ask whether Facebook needs to be regulated.
“Given the stakes here, why shouldn’t Facebook be regulated?” Segall asked.
“I actually am not sure we shouldn’t be regulated,” Zuckerberg replied. “I think in general, technology is an increasingly important trend in the world, and I actually think the question is more, ‘What is the right regulation?’ rather than, ‘Yes or no, should it be regulated?’”