Friday, April 28, 2017

Adam Campbell

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Adam Campbell is a former military brat, who grew up all over the world--but considers Milwaukee, WI, where he and his wife currently live, to be his home. He enjoys reporting the real news, without bias.

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How low will they go?

Left-leaning media outlets made sure they left no opportunity to make claims that ex-Fox News guest had been allegedly harassed by cable host Sean Hannity – However, their stories were built on rumors as opposed to facts.

As per a radio interview conducted on Friday, with 1170 KFAQ host Pat Campbell, Debbie Schlussel said “Hannity tried to get me to go back to the hotel after the show after he and his executive producer Bill Shine [now Fox’s co-president] treated me horribly.”

Schlussel went on and said she was banned from Fox News, because she had refused to go back to Hannity’s hotel after a book signing in the early 2000s. Schlussel on the other hand, did not acknowledge that fact that he had asked Hannity to his hotel room.

Ignoring the fact that the ex-Fox guest never claimed that Hannity sexually harassed her, even the radio station she spoke with characterized the conversation that way: “Debbie Schlussel accuses Sean Hannity of Sexual Harassment.”

“I would never accuse him of that. Sexual harassment has a special meaning under the law, and I would never accuse him of that,” Schlussel had stated. “I never thought I was sexually harassed by Sean Hannity — I thought he was weird and creepy, not someone I liked.”

This false story had spread all over the Internet ever since, with the The Daily Beast running the since-changed headline, “Sean Hannity Accused of Sexually Harassing Fox News Guest,” and The Huffington Post writing, “Sean Hannity is the latest Fox News star to be accused of sexual harassment.”

Since then, The Huffington Post and The Daily Beast have since updated their stories. And in an interview Monday, with LawNewz.com, Schlussel, a lawyer, set the record straight.

Hannity released a rather scornful statement following Schlussel radio interview last week & made it evident that he would take her to court for libel,  Let me be clear about the comments about me on a radio show this week K by this individual are 100% false and a complete fabrication. This individual is a serial harasser who has been lying about me for well over a decade. The individual has a history of making provably false statements against me in an effort to slander, smear and besmirch my reputation. The individual has not just slandered me over the years but many people who this individual disagrees with.”

Schlussel went on forth and mentioned that Hannity is considering a countersuit, despite the fact that her comments were “defamatory.”

 

 

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That doesn't make sense even for me.

At a town hall meeting, Democratic Rep. Mark DeSaulnier (Calif.) told an 11-year-old girl that President Donald Trump is more dangerous than terrorists.

Congressman DeSaulnier, at the recently held town hall meeting, spent most of his time mollifying the liberal attendants by criticizing Trump and Republicans in general. However, it was his response to the final question of the night, by an 11-year-old girl, Eden, that had Republican supporters fuming.

Read by a member of the congressman’s staff, Eden’s question asked about the terrible things she’s often heard about Trump and the way she’s been looking at the world now.

“My name is Eden, and I’m 11 years old. My mom is worried about my future with President Trump,” the question read, according to a report by the East Bay Times. “On election night, my mom cried. Kids at my school are worrying about being deported. I’ve read and heard awful things about him. Should I be worried about my future? As a kid, what can I do about it?”

“From the mouths of babes,” DeSaulnier replied. “I think you should be concerned. This is dangerous stuff. I’ve said a few times: The most dangerous person in America isn’t a terrorist, it’s the person who’s president of the United States. So, Eden, you’ve got to read, you have to be thoughtful, and you have to be engaged.”

According to the East Bay Times report, DeSaulnier said “something similar happened” the previous night. DeSaulnier hinted at his own answer as being “a little out of body for me. I sort of responded to the way people were responding to me.”

DeSaulnier is a known critic of Trump. Last Wednesday, he took a jab at Trump for the deportation of a “dreamer.”

“DESPICABLE: A DREAMer, who has called the US home since age 9, was deported despite @POTUS’s promise our students shouldn’t worry,” wrote DeSaulnier on Twitter.

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He's gonna need to get closer.

Patricia Brennan, a leading researcher and visiting lecturer at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, who was previously working on a ridiculed taxpayer-funded study on duck penises, is now using her experience to study orca whales. She is also going to the “March for Science” to oppose the proposed budget cuts.

Brennan was previously working on a duck penis study that received $384,949, in a grant funded through the 2009 stimulus package, from the National Science Foundation. The research studied the differences in the various corkscrew-shaped duck penises.

In a recent interview with New England Public Radio, it was revealed that the researcher is still amused by genitalia of marine animals. An orca that was just sent from Sea World to her lab is her latest fascination.

“Holy cow,” Brennan said when she first saw the penis. “Oh wow. Oh my goodness. It’s enormous!”

“Although Brennan has spent 20 years studying the sex organs of marine animals, she’s never seen anything this big,” New England Public Radio reported. “It takes up an entire lab sink.”

“So this is the tip right there,” Brennan said. “It’s not super long, it’s just wide.”

Protesting proposed budget cuts to her frivolous research, Brennan is on a mission to oppose the Trump administration and Congress’ plans.

Even though she is attending the “March for Science” this weekend, what “she’d really like to do, is get back to the lab and take another look at that killer whale penis.”

According to New England Public Radio, “the stakes for science have never been higher,” as President Donald Trump calls for budget cuts in the face of a $20 trillion debt.

Trump’s budget proposal, if approved, would give $25.9 billion to the National Institutes of Health. While the National Science Foundation currently receives almost $7 billion annually, it wasn’t mentioned in the latest budget proposal.

Since taxpayers discovered the cost of Brennan’s duck penis research, she has become quite a “sought-after science activist.” She has since been advocating scientists to help defend her research.

“They were attacking everything,” Brennan said, referring to media outlets that reported the cost her research incurred. “They were attacking the science itself, like, ‘what a waste of money.’ They were attacking me, as a person, like, I must be some kind of deviant to be looking at penises.

“Like, who does that?” she asked.

Explaining Brennan’s work, New England Public Radio said that she is just a “basic scientist,” suggesting that her job is to only determine how things work. According to them, she is not “necessarily applying that knowledge to a particular problem.”

There is no objective behind her new research on penises of orca whales. “Just the fact that we just don’t know what we’re going to find is so exciting,” she said.

“In order for us to actually be able to solve problems, or make money, or innovate, we actually need to know … about how the world works,” Brennan said.

 

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Lois Lerner
Will they find anything this time?

Rep. Kevin Brady and Rep. Peter Roskam asked the Justice Department recently to take a look at new evidence against former senior executive of IRS Lois G. Lerner to determine whether charges should be filed against her for targeting Tea Party groups and misplacing key evidence in the case.

An investigation by the Obama administration cleared Ms. Lerner, but the two top Republicans say there are several questions on how that probe was run, and that a fresh look at the case by the Trump administration’s Justice Department is clearly needed.

“Taxpayers deserve to know that the DOJ’s previous evaluation was not tainted by politics,” the congressmen wrote a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

However, Ms. Lerner’s lawyer, William Taylor, claimed she was adequately cleared of all charges in the previous investigation.

“Ms. Lerner did not violate any laws. There is no evidence that she did and no new investigation will change that reality,” he wrote in an email to The Washington Times on Wednesday.

The IRS’ targeting scheme came under the spotlight almost four years ago, when Ms. Lerner, looking to escape bad news from an investigation by the inspector general, planted a question at a conference, revealing that the agency had indeed, been scrutinizing conservative groups.

The IRS leadership had repeatedly refuted any claims of such targeting in responses to Congress’ questioning.

While her exact role remains unclear, Ms. Lerner was a key figure in the probe.

Republicans claim that she helped plan the targeting. They even released emails showing hostility towards the GOP and other conservative groups. However, the Obama administration, in addition to clearing her of any wrongdoings, said she was in reality, trying to help fix things from the inside, and was actually the first official to realize what the agency was doing was not right.

 

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Democratic Party

The left camp’s anti-Trump front has split over Trump’s airstrikes on Syria, clearly dividing establishment Democrats into antiwar progressives shocked over the possibility of greater involvement in the Middle East and those who applauded the military action.

Dem Senator Bernie Sanders, an independent who contended for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, broke out with the party’s leadership by vocally opposing President Donald Trump’s military action in Syria.

“What can we say about somebody who gases men, women and children in his own country? It is disgusting beyond words,” Mr. Sanders said, referring to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

“But what we have got to do is be smart and figure out what is the rational solution. Is putting 50 missiles into Syria going to solve that problem?” he said. “At the end of the day, in my view, we’ve got to learn about the failure of our efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan, not repeat them.”

His message differed from that of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who said the military action was “a proportional response to the regime’s use of chemical weapons,” and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, who praised Trump’s decision as “the right thing to do.”

Rep. Henry Cuellar, Texas Democrat, remarked regarding last week’s missile strike, “no authorization was needed at all. But if he escalates, then it might be something he needs to talk to Congress [about].”

“What he [Mr. Trump] did was appropriate,” Mr. Cuellar said. “Like all Americans, I was horrified by what he [Mr. Assad] did to his own people.”

However, at the other end, Massachusetts Democrat Sen. Edward J. Markey warned that the military action could end up in “a quagmire for the United States for a generation that we would regret.”

He said they needed a “comprehensive debate on the floor of the United States House and Senate.” He added that he would still be a strong opponent of military action even under those conditions.

“I would not vote to allow him to do it. But the least the American people would be entitled to is that full debate,” Mr. Markey said.

Left-wing protestors staged demonstrations against the military action at several protests in major US cities over the weekend. However, that wasn’t quite supported by Mr. Cuellar. “Whether it was President Obama or President Trump, we want to be supportive of our commander in chief,” he said.

 

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FBI

Law enforcement and other US officials have claimed that the FBI obtained a confidential court order, last summer, to observe the communications of then-presidential candidate Donald Trump’s adviser, Carter Page. The court order was obtained as part of the investigation on possible links between Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia.

According to the officials, the Justice Department and the FBI obtained a warrant from a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court judge, to monitor Page’s communications. Both departments believed, and convinced the judge that Page was acting as an agent for a foreign power. Reportedly, they had enough probable cause to support their beliefs.

So far, this is the strongest evidence the FBI has to believe that a Trump campaign adviser was in contact with Russians during the 2016 presidential campaign. Such personnel and several other individuals are now part of the investigation into whether Trump’s campaign colluded with Russian officials to swing the election in Trump’s favor.

Page has not been accused of any crimes yet, and it is still not clear whether the Justice Department will look to file charges against him or any others in connection to Russian interference in the 2016 elections. Officials say that the counterintelligence investigation to determine Russia’s role in the US elections began in July and that most such investigations usually don’t involve criminal charges.

Officials declined to mention any names or disclose their identity because they were not authorized to discuss details of any probe involving counterintelligence investigations.

In March 2016, during an interview with the Washington Post, Trump identified Page as a foreign policy adviser to his campaign team. Page has previously worked as an investment banker in Moscow, and campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks has been known to describe his role as mostly “informal.”

Meanwhile, Page has continued to reject any claims that he acted as an agent for Russia. He has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing in his work with Trump’s presidential campaign.

“This confirms all of my suspicions about unjustified, politically motivated government surveillance,” Page said in an interview on Tuesday. “I have nothing to hide.” He further compared his case to the surveillance that the Justice Department and the FBI conducted against Martin Luther King Jr.

The Justice Department, FBI, and the White House refused to give any comments.

 

 

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Droppin da bomb!

Senator Tim Kaine (D., Va.) declared on Sunday that numerous previous military actions to protect Americans and American interests were illegal.

Arguing that Trump should have obtained approval from the Congress before authorizing the strikes, Kaine condemned President Donald Trump’s decision to attack the Shayrat airfield in Syria, in retaliation to the Assad regime’s use of banned chemical weapons on Syrian citizens.

“Meet The Press” host Chuck Todd sought explanation from Kaine on his stance and asked him about prior cases in American history similar to last week’s.

“Senator, in this case it’s very limited, number one. And number two, there were American interests on the ground, we have U.S. soldiers, special operations forces that are on the ground very close to chemical weapons,” Todd said. “If you’re saying this action was illegal, then you must be thinking that the Libya action by President Obama was illegal, Grenada by President Reagan, that was illegal. Are you saying that all of those actions were illegal?”

Surprisingly, Kaine replied with a “Yes” to all of Todd’s examples.

Kaine replied that he had rejected former President Barack Obama’s decision of firing missiles at air defense targets belonging to the Libyan forces commanded by then-dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

“I agreed with the Republicans in the House that rebuked President Obama and said he exceeded his authority because the U.S. wasn’t under imminent threat,” he said. “That’s the only circumstance where a Commander in Chief can use article two power without going to Congress, if there’s an imminent threat to the United States.”

Conservative icon, Patrick J. Buchanan wrote on Monday that “Trump’s missile attack was unconstitutional. Assad had not attacked or threatened us, and Congress, which alone has the power to authorize war on Syria, has never done so.

Former President Ronald Reagan also invaded Grenada in order to protect Americans on the island, during rising pressure from communist forces in 1983.

As American’s were attending a school in Grenada, it was arguable that the use of force fell within the legal guidelines that within the War Powers Resolution.

The resolution states that Armed Forces can only be sent into action through a Declaration of War, “statutory authorization, or in the case of “a national emergency created by attack upon United States, its territories or possessions, or its armed forces.”

The chemical attack that occurred in Syria did not fall within those three requirements and Constitutional experts state that Trump was required to obtain an “Authorization for the Use of Military Force.”

Trump is not the first president to use military force in violation of the Constitution. John Adams started a war with France without Congressional approval and even Thomas Jefferson took on the Barbary pirates without consulting Congress.

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Is Ivanka getting ahead of herself? (Photo Courtesy of Flickr:DonkeyHotey)

A few weeks after the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States, his daughter, Ivanka Trump, secretly met with the head of Planned Parenthood, Politico revealed on Thursday. The meeting had not been reported before that.

Reportedly, the meeting was requested by Ivanka, who wanted to know more about how the organization worked. The meeting between the two women was meant to open up a dialogue on the heated issue of abortion, as President Trump had announced during his campaign trail that he would defund Planned Parenthood in a bid to support his pro-life stance.

“The purpose of the meeting, from Cecile’s point of view, was to make sure that Ivanka fully understood what Planned Parenthood does, how it is funded, and why it would be a terrible idea for Planned Parenthood to be removed from being able to see Medicaid patients,” executive vice president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Dawn Laguens, told Politico. “The main thing that Cecile Richards was doing was explaining that the money doesn’t actually go to abortions — we get reimbursed the same way a hospital does. We were clearing up misinformation about how this works.”

The First Daughter has focused on advocating for women’s issues and Planned Parenthood isn’t the only progressive organization she has reached out to. According to Politico’s report, she has also met with the National Partnership for Women and Family and the National Women’s Law Center.

However, her efforts to cross partisan divides has not impressed many in the progressive movement, who claim that she can’t “have it both ways.”

“You don’t get to say, I’m all for economic empowerment, and ignore that 30 percent of wage gains are directly attributable to access to birth control. You don’t get to say women should have great childcare when maternity benefits are on the chopping block,” Laguens said, reports Politico.

Cecile Richards has also criticized the first daughter publicly after their meeting, disapproving of her “deafening” silence on the GOP’s American Health Care Act.

Meanwhile, Trump defended herself and explained why she hasn’t been so outspoken about social issues.

“I would say not to conflate lack of public denouncement with silence. I think there are multiple ways to have your voice heard. In some ways, it’s through protest or calling on the nightly news and talking about or denouncing every issue which you do not agree with,” she said in an interview with CBS that aired Wednesday. “Other times it is quietly and directly and candidly – so where I disagree with my father, he knows it and I express myself with total candor where I agree.”

Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner, have become known as the “West Wing Democrats” as both share liberal views and have supported Democrats up until Donald Trump started his campaign for the Presidency.
Kushner, who has no political experience and is the son of a wealthy developer himself, has amassed significant power within the White House and is reportedly in the process of pushing out advisors such as Stephen Bannon and Kellyanne Conway who have embedded conservative views.

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Yeah dude, you may want to start running now.

The Islamic State group, more commonly known as ISIS, released a recorded statement on Tuesday, mocking Donald Trump; saying the United States was drowning and “being run by an idiot.”

In its first official statement on the new president of the United States since he took office in January, the terrorist group’s new spokesman, Abu Hassan al-Muhajer, said in the audio recording that America had “drowned” and was being ruled by someone who “does not know what Syria or Iraq or Islam is.”

“America you have drowned and there is no saviour, and you have become prey for the soldiers of the caliphate in every part of the earth, you are bankrupt and the signs of your demise are evident to every eye,” al-Muhajer said

“There is no more evidence than (that) you being run by an idiot who does not know what Syria or Iraq or Islam is.

“Die of spite America, die of spite, a nation where both young and old are racing to die in the name of God will not be defeated.”

The 37-minute audio recording was released on the messaging website Telegram. In the statement, al-Muhajer praised the recent terrorist attacks in Europe and called on IS’s followers to carry out further such attacks in the US, Russia, and European countries to relieve pressure on the group in Syria and Iraq, where it had gained control of large areas initially.

He said that the current situation in Iraq, in which ISIS is engaged in heavy clashes with the Iraqi army in Mosul, the terrorist organization’s last stronghold in Iraq, marked “the greatest period in our jihad…and the most dangerous turning point in our jihad.”

Al-Muhajer claimed that IS would continue to maintain its stronghold in Yemen, Iraq, and Syria and would never be driven from the Middle East.

A pro-ISIS group, The United Cyber Caliphate (UCC) hacking group, also released a video for its supporters around the world. They released names of 8700 people on a kill list, instructing followers to “kill [those on the list] where you find them.”

In terms of the message to Donald Trump, they said:

“We have a message to the people of the U.S., and most importantly, your President Trump:

“Know that we will continue to wage war against you, know that your counter attacks only make us stronger.

“The UCC will start a new step in this war against you, we call #DemolishingFences.

“So expect us soon Insha’Allah!”

During last year’s presidential election campaign, the group also released a document calling Mr. Trump “impulsive and unpredictable.”

Correct or not, Donald Trump is a man that shouldn’t be prodded or mocked.  ISIS leaders may come to quickly regret their message.

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Sorry H1B's, Americans now go to the front of the line.

Companies have been given a stern warning to not discriminate against Americans by “misusing” the H-1B work visa, the most sought after visa by Indian IT professionals and firms.

On Monday, The Justice and Homeland Security departments issued warnings to numerous companies applying for the foreign guest-worker program, telling company executives to fill those jobs with Americans first. The Trump administration has promised more investigations and prosecutions against companies that abuse the system.

“The Justice Department will not tolerate employers misusing the H-1B visa process to discriminate against US workers,” Acting Assistant Attorney General Tom Wheeler of the Civil Rights Division said.

The warning comes as the government begins to accept employers’ H-1B visa petitions for the next fiscal year beginning October 1, 2017. On Friday, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), which comes under the Homeland Security Department, released rules that could limit the number of computer programmers who get H-1B visas. The USCIS also announced multiple measures to “deter and detect” the “fraud and abuse” of the H-1B visa program.

The announcement suggests that the US government will be especially strict in the approval of H-1B visas this year, as the USCIS opened the application process on Monday, starting a scramble for 85,000 highly coveted slots.

A report in the New York Times said the visa program faces uncertainty as it has been criticized for being what some people call a scheme to displace American workers with cheap foreign ones. The report goes on to call this year’s rush to file the visa applications as an all-out scramble, since the future of the program is still unclear.

The recent moves seem to some, as a design to please Trump’s supporters, who have been urging him to fulfill his campaign promise of eviscerating the H-1B program, criticizing it for giving American workers unfair competition. They were waiting for major reforms before the application process started this week, but said Mr. Trump failed to deliver on his promise.

“Personally, I am still waiting for the president to just tell us his plan and tell us he cares about this issue. The silence and inaction, together, make it hard for me to believe the president is still on the side of the American worker as it relates to H-1B visas, outsourcing and offshoring,” said Sara Blackwell, a Florida lawyer who has represented employees who lost jobs to H-1B visa holders.

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