Your Daley Gator CCW News Update For Saturday 01/14/17


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Obamacare On The Ropes As House Follows Senate In Voting To Repeal – Breitbart

The House of Representatives voted Friday to approve Senate Concurrent Resolution 3, which sets in motion the repeal of President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform legislation, Obamacare, by a vote of 227-to-198, with nine Republicans voting against the repeal bill.

“This provided Congress with the legislative tools that we need to repeal and replace Obamacare,” said Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R.-Wis.), who spoke on the House floor before the vote. “This is the critical first step toward delivering relief to Americans who are struggling under this law.”

It is very rare for a speaker to take to the House floor and comment on a bill, so Ryan’s remarks signal the importance of the vote.

“The law is collapsing, the insurers are pulling out, and people can’t afford it,” he said.

“The deductibles are so high, it doesn’t even feel like you have insurance in the first place,” Ryan said. “This is a rescue mission. This is a necessary move and I urge all of my colleagues to do what is right.”

Nine Republicans voted with Democrats against the bill and no Democrats voted for the bill.

After Ryan was done, he shook hands with other Republicans and walked off the floor.

Although it is the custom for the speaker not to vote, Ryan did join the rest of his conference to support passage of the bill that does not truly repeal the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Rather, because it is a bill using the track set up to pass the federal budget, it only addresses the financial underpinnings of Obamacare, such as the fees, taxes and, subsidies. Future legislation would have to address the rules and regulations…

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Report: California’s Bullet Train Hurtling Toward Multi-Billion Dollar Overrun – Los Angeles Times
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California’s bullet train could cost taxpayers 50% more than estimated – as much as $3.6 billion more. And that’s just for the first 118 miles through the Central Valley, which was supposed to be the easiest part of the route between Los Angeles and San Francisco.

A confidential Federal Railroad Administration risk analysis, obtained by The Times, projects that building bridges, viaducts, trenches and track from Merced to Shafter, just north of Bakersfield, could cost $9.5 billion to $10 billion, compared with the original budget of $6.4 billion.

The federal document outlines far-reaching management problems: significant delays in environmental planning, lags in processing invoices for federal grants and continuing failures to acquire needed property…

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Guccifer 2.0 Comes Out Of Hiding: I Breached DNC Network, The Intel Russia Report “A Crude Fake” – Gateway Pundit

Hacker Guccifer 2.0 came out of hiding and posted his first tweet since November on Thursday.

The obscure hacker admits he breached the DNC network in his latest post. He also says the Russia Report released by the CIA is a “crude fake.”

Guccifer 2.0 reported:

I really hope you’ve missed me a lot. Though I see they didn’t let you forget my name. The U.S. intelligence agencies have published several reports of late claiming I have ties with Russia.

I’d like to make it clear enough that these accusations are unfounded. I have totally no relation to the Russian government. I’d like to tell you once again I was acting in accordance with my personal political views and beliefs.

The technical evidence contained in the reports doesn’t stand up to scrutiny. This is a crude fake.

Any IT professional can see that a malware sample mentioned in the Joint Analysis Report was taken from the web and was commonly available. A lot of hackers use it. I think it was inserted in the report to make it look a bit more plausible.

I already explained at The Future of Cyber Security Europe conference that took place in London in last September, I had used a different way to breach into the DNC network. I found a vulnerability in the NGP VAN software installed in the DNC system.

It’s obvious that the intelligence agencies are deliberately falsifying evidence. In my opinion, they’re playing into the hands of the Democrats who are trying to blame foreign actors for their failure…

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Julian Assange Agrees To Be Extradited To The U.S. In Return For Presidential Pardon Of Bradley Manning – Mad World News
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The Founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, just shocked the world with a huge announcement. He wants to make a deal with the devil. The 46-year-old Australian computer programmer and publisher has agreed to accept extradition to the US, saying he will leave the Ecuadorian Embassy where he has been under diplomatic asylum for almost 5 years, but only if Obama will grant him one huge favor.

Assange may be the most hated man on earth among liberals. Many credit Assange and WikiLeaks with exposing the rampant corruption in Hillary Clinton’s failed presidential campaign, so they’d love nothing more than to see him extradited. However, they’re sure to be shocked by the deal Assange is willing to strike to give them their wish…

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Baby Kidnapped From Florida Hospital Found Safe 18 Years Later – One America News

A woman who was taken as a baby from a hospital in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1998 has been found safe, Florida authorities said on Friday, and the South Carolina woman she believed to be her mother has been arrested for kidnapping.

Kamiyah Mobley, now 18, was located in Walterboro, South Carolina, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, which confirmed her identity through DNA testing.

She appeared to be in good health and “a normal 18-year-old woman,” Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said at a news conference.

“This young woman was abducted as a newborn, and she is going to need time and assistance to process all this,” Williams said. “She is taking it as well as you can imagine.”

The woman’s biological family was overwhelmed when they learned the news. It will be up to the victim to determine future contact, he said.

Authorities found Mobley through tips from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. She was living under a different name established through fraudulent documents, the sheriff said, declining to release that name.

“She had an inclination beginning probably a couple of months ago that she may have been involved in this in some way,” the sheriff said.

The baby was only hours old when a woman, dressed as a nurse in a flowered smock and green hospital pants, abducted her from her mother’s room, according to the 1998 incident report…

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Trump Effect: Lockheed CEO Pledges 1,800 New Jobs, Lower F-35 Costs – Breitbart
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The CEO of the aerospace defense company Lockheed Martin, Marillyn Hewson, pledges to create an additional 1,800 jobs and significantly reduce the high cost of F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program previously criticized by President-elect Donald Trump.

“We are going to increase our jobs in Fort Worth by 1,800 jobs and when you think about the [F-35] supply chain across 45 states in the U.S. it’s going to be thousands and thousands of jobs,” Hewson said outside Trump Tower following a meeting with the president-elect.

“I also had the opportunity to give him some ideas on things we think we can do to continue to drive the cost down on the F-35 program, so it was a great meeting,” she continued.

The announcement is another victory for Trump’s promise to bring jobs back to America, with companies promising tens of thousands of additional jobs following his victory…

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Would You Want To Board Flight 666 To HEL On Friday The 13th? Finnish Jet Flies To Helsinki (And It’s A 13-Year-Old Plane) – Daily Mail

A spooky Friday the 13th coincidence paired the widely-regarded number of the devil with Helskinki resulting in flight 666 to HEL.

The Finnair flight AY666 took off from Copenhagen at 12.15pm today and was expected to land in Finland at 3.50pm.

Although it got off to a bad start as the jet, which also happens to be 13-years-old, took of a minute late – it landed safely at its destination even making up nine minutes.

The flight has been running for years, but the airline said it becomes popular whenever it lands on Friday the 13th.

Last year, it happened on May 13, and landed three minutes late without any problems.

Pilot Juha-Pekka Keidasto has previously told RT: ‘It has been quite a joke among the pilots. I’m not a superstitious man. It’s only a coincidence for me,’.

‘If there’s some passenger who is anxious about this 666, our cabin crew is always happy to help them.’

Flight tracker Twitter account Flightradar24 poked fun at the coincidence, saying: ‘Would you dare to sit in row 13, on board Finnair flight 666 en route to Hel on Friday the 13th?’

Triskaidekaphobia is the fear of the number 13, which dates back to the late 1800s.

A specific fear of Friday the 13th is called Paraskevidekatriaphobia, which derives from the from the Greek word paraskeví meaning Friday, and dekatria meaning thirteen.

While the number 666 is widely regarded as the number of the devil, some argue the number is 616…

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Jason Chaffetz Wants To Relocate Federal Agencies Away From Washington, D.C. – Daily Caller
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Four of the five richest counties in the U.S. are Washington, D.C. suburbs – Loudoun, Fairfax and Arlington in Virginia and Howard in Maryland – so it is unsurprising that many Americans question the federal government taking money to prop up far-off elites?

One solution to the federal government being too expensive and out-of-touch is moving parts of it away from Washington, D.C., according to House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Jason Chaffetz.

The Utah Republican explained that computers and other technologies mean there’s no reason that a federal agency headquarters must be physically located in D.C., instead of areas with much lower living costs…

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How Venezuela’s Corrupt Socialists Are Looting The Country To Death – New York Post

Venezuela is no longer a country with a government, institutions and a civil society. It’s a geographic area terrorized by a criminal enterprise that pretends to govern, with a civil society made up of two sets of people: accomplices and victims.

More than 30 million of the latter.

The Hugo Chavez-led looting spree began in 2000. By “looting,” I mean fraudulent government contracts, a celebration of bribery, phantom payrolls across all government ministries, bogus government-grant programs, the sacking of Venezuela’s gold reserves and a massive currency-exchange scam.

More than $1 trillion has disappeared – some of it wasted on social programs that produced nothing – and a staggering amount has ended up in bank accounts in Andorra, Panama, New York, Hong Kong and Switzerland.

And the pillaging has turned Venezuela into a dystopian landscape. There are shortages of every imaginable foodstuff and basic necessity; diseases once thought eradicated are back with a vengeance; and a crime wave that has given Caracas the highest murder rate in the world.

Loving parents are putting their children up for adoption because they have nothing to feed them; the elderly are starving; patients with treatable conditions are dying in hospitals that lack basic medicine like insulin and oxygen, where vital equipment has been pilfered and emergency rooms operate without electricity. In a gruesome twist, even the morgues can’t handle the number of unclaimed bodies, so they rot in hallways…

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Iowa Defunds Planned Parenthood, Cuts Off Libs’ Health Argument By Funding Comprehensive Clinics – Conservative Tribune
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Iowa lawmakers moved quickly this week to end funding for Planned Parenthood, and they found a perfect way to use money that would have gone to the organization, redirecting tax dollars to health clinics that don’t perform abortions.

Republican Gov. Terry Branstad urged the Republican-controlled Congress to defund the organization during his annual Condition of the State address at the Iowa Capitol.

The governor was expected to resign soon – he’s been appointed U.S. ambassador to China – and will be replaced by Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds. The Associated Press reported that a spokesperson for Reynolds said she supported Branstad’s statements.

By defunding Planned Parenthood, Iowa could stand to lose some $3 million of federal funding used for family planning services…

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Man Gets Back At DMV By Paying His Auto Sales Tax With 300,000 Unrolled Pennies – Law Newz

A Virginia man became so frustrated with his local department of motor vehicles that he decided to strike back by showing up with five wheelbarrows full of change on Wednesday to pay the sales tax on a car he recently purchased.

Nick Stafford posted the entire backstory on his blog behind what culminated with him showing up at the local DMV with $2,987.45 worth of unrolled pennies to pay the sales tax due on a pair of vehicles he purchased last year. The pennies weighed over 1600 pounds.

According to Stafford’s account, the “DMV started counting the pennies using automated coin counting machines but the machines were jamming so they [had to start] counting the pennies by hand…”

He added, “As of right now it is 6:08 p.m. and all the DMV employees are staying late to finish counting.”

Stafford claims it ultimately took nearly 12 hours for the employees to complete counting the 298,745 pennies by hand.

During an interview with one local outlet, Stafford said he did all of this simply to “inconvenience” the DMV for not providing him with a phone number to call and answer questions he had about the vehicle purchase and titling process. He also filed several state records request lawsuits and claims to have spent an additional $1,000 in the process simply “to prove a point.”

Filing a lawsuit against the DMV “took time out of my day, so I brought pennies here to the DMV to register two vehicles – that is the reason,” Stafford said…

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Dead People Doled Out $2.6 Billion Worth Of Food Stamps – Washington Free Beacon
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Dead retailers redeemed more than $2 billion worth of food stamps, according to a new audit.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s inspector general reviewed billions of transactions through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as food stamps. It found that thousands of stores authorized to accept food stamps were using the Social Security numbers of deceased persons.

An audit released Thursday found instances of potential fraud where the Food and Nutrition Service issued food stamps through stores that claimed to be owned by children or the dead.

“We found that 3,394 authorized SNAP retailers (retailers) used Social Security Numbers (SSN) that matched SSNs of deceased people,” the inspector general said…

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Trump Promises Full Report On Hacking In First 90 Days – Bloomberg

President-elect Donald Trump said his administration would produce a full report on hacking within the first 90 days of his presidency and accused “my political opponents and a failed spy” of making “phony allegations” against him.

“Totally made up facts by sleazebag political operatives, both Democrats and Republicans,” Trump said in a Twitter post Friday, adding in a later tweet, “My people will have a full report on hacking within 90 days!’’

In a flurry of early morning messages, the president-elect also suggested that the intelligence community had leaked damaging information about his alleged ties to Russia, after news reports published information about a dossier claiming the Kremlin had compromised him.

“Russia says nothing exists,’’ Trump said on Twitter. “Probably released by ‘Intelligence’ even knowing there is no proof, and never will be.’’

In messages sent before many Americans reported to work, Trump took to social media to share with the public his thoughts on a range of issues Friday, including congressional moves to repeal Obamacare – calling it the “‘Unaffordable’ Care Act” – and the testimony of his cabinet nominees which has sometimes differed from his stated views.

Trump also commented on the Justice Department’s internal probe into the FBI’s handling of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private e-mail server Friday, denouncing the reaction by Clinton aides who said again Thursday that Comey cost her the election…

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Ukraine Attempted To Help Hillary Win By Sabotaging Trump And Colluding With DNC – Daily Wire
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Failed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton may have gotten help by the government of Ukraine, according to an investigation by Politico. An adversary of Russia since Kremlin-puppet Victor Yanukovych was booted from the presidential office, Ukraine’s government not only broke diplomatic protocol by questioning then-Republican candidate Donald Trump’s competence, but officials in Kiev reportedly “disseminated documents implicating a top Trump aide in corruption and suggested they were investigating the matter, only to back away after the election.”

Most notably, “they helped Clinton’s allies research damaging information on Trump,” Politico’s report alleges.

Ukraine’s meddling mirrored Russia’s alleged influence campaign to get Trump elected except for the fact that Kiev’s pro-Clinton push was far less systematically organized and methodically executed…

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Obama Regime Used ‘Russia Blackmail’ Claim To Warm Israel Not To Trust Trump – Breitbart

U.S. intelligence officials warned their Israeli counterparts not to trust President-elect Donald Trump with intelligence secrets, citing alleged fears that Russia held blackmail information over Trump, according to a report today in Israel’s respected Yediot Ahronot daily newspaper.

The alleged blackmail information that U.S. officials reportedly warned Israel about seems to be in part referencing details contained in a debunked document of mysterious origin purporting to be an intelligence report alleging that Russia collected compromising videos and information on Trump.

In the report, investigative journalist Ronen Bergman writes of a meeting that took place “recently between Israeli and American intelligence officials (the date of the meeting is not mentioned to protect the sources of the report).”

Continued Bergman:

During the meeting, according to the Israelis who participated in it, their American colleagues voiced despair over Trump’s election, as he often lashes out at the American intelligence community. The American officials also told the Israelis that the National Security Agency (NSA) had “highly credible information” that Russia’s intelligence agencies, the FSB and GRU, were responsible for hacking the Democratic Party (DNC) servers during the elections and leaking sensitive information to WikiLeaks, which hurt Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

The American officials further added that they believed Russian President Vladimir Putin had “leverages of pressure” over Trump – but did not elaborate. They were apparently referring to what was published Wednesday about embarrassing information collected by the Russian intelligence in a bid to blackmail the president-elect…

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Neil Cavuto Tears Into CNN: ‘They Say Payback’s A Bitch’ – American Mirror
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Fox News’s Neil Cavuto didn’t hold back when CNN began complaining about Donald Trump’s treatment of one of its reporters.

His take? That’s how his network has been treated for the last eight years.

“How’s all that going down, CNN? How does it feel to be dismissed? Or worse, ignored?” Cavuto began his editorial segment “Common Sense” on Thursday.

“How does it feel when your feelings are hurt? When your reporters are singled out? And you’re treated unfairly, and unkindly – even rudely? What’s it like not to be liked? It’s not fun, is it?

“It’s not fun when you think you’re doing your job, but the guy you’re covering thinks you’re the piece of work. It’s insulting, isn’t it?” Cavuto said.

“Being called on the carpet by the next leader of the free world, after years of giving the present one a free pass? You can’t figure out suddenly not being in…

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German Court Calls Synagogue Torching An Act To ‘Criticize Israel’ – Jerusalem Post

A German regional court in the city of Wuppertal affirmed a lower court decision last Friday stating that a violent attempt to burn the city’s synagogue by three men in 2014 was a justified expression of criticism of Israel’s policies.

Johannes Pinnel, a spokesman for the regional court in Wuppertal, outlined the court’s decision in a statement. Three German Palestinians sought to torch the Wuppertal synagogue with Molotov cocktails in July, 2014. The local Wuppertal court panel said in its 2015 decision that the three men wanted to draw “attention to the Gaza conflict” with Israel. The court deemed the attack not to be motivated by antisemitism.

Israel launched Operation Protective Edge in the summer of 2014 to stop Hamas rocket attacks into Israeli territory.

The court sentenced the three men – the 31-year-old Mohamad E., the 26-year-old Ismail A. and the 20-year-old Mohammad A.- to suspended sentences. The men tossed self-made Molotov cocktails at the synagogue. German courts frequently decline to release the last names of criminals to protect privacy.

The attack caused €800 damage to the synagogue. The original synagogue in Wuppertal was burned by Germans during the Kristallnacht pogroms in 1938. Wuppertal has a population of nearly 344,000 and is located in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

The court said the men had consumed alcohol and there were no injuries to members of the synagogue.

A 13-year-old who lived near the synagogue and noticed the flames informed the police. Several days before the fire, a person sprayed “Free Palestine” on a wall of the synagogue…

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Mexico Comes To Table, Tells Trump They’ll Discuss Border Wall – Conservative Tribune
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Every ludicrous doomsday theory liberals spouted about President-elect Donald Trump prior to his election in November has begun to unravel, including the one about him potentially damaging America’s relationship with our neighbors.

As an example, consider what Mexico’s new foreign relations secretary Luis Videgaray said this week. “(He) said Tuesday his country isn’t just willing to negotiate changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement, it wants to start talks as soon as possible,” the Associated Press reported.

And here was the kicker: “He (also) said Mexico is willing to negotiate over Trump’s plan to build a border wall.”

Apparently predicting the future is not a liberal strong suit.

During a televised address last Wednesday, the same day Videgaray was tapped to serve as the foreign relations secretary, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto himself stressed the importance of negotiations…

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Senate Panel Approves Special Waiver That Will Allow General Mattis To Become Secretary Of Defense – IJR

The Senate Committee on Armed Services passed a waiver to allow retired U.S. Marine Corps General James Mattis to serve as the next Secretary of Defense, bypassing the rule that would have kept him from taking the position with seven years of active duty service.

By a vote of 24-3, the Senate panel passed the waive following Mattis’ confirmation hearing Thursday. The three votes came from Democratic Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (NY), Elizabeth Warren (MA) and Richard Blumenthal (CT).

On the subject of keeping civilians in charge of the Pentagon, Mattis said, “I recognize my potential civilian role differs in essence and in substance from my former role in uniform,” adding:

“Civilian control of the military is a fundamental tenet of the American military tradition.”

The rule preventing recently retired military personnel from becoming Secretary of Defense has only been exempted once, when the Senate waived U.S. Army General George Marshall in 1950.

After the hearing, Arizona Sen. John McCain, who chairs the committee, said the overwhelming support from Democrats during the panel vote to approve the waiver will be mimicked across the chamber for the next step of approval.

“Oh I think it was very strong support there on the waiver,” McCain said. “So that’s indicative of the kind of vote we’ll get on the floor.”…

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Nazi Collaborator George Soros Lost Nearly $1 Billion In Weeks After Trump Win – Washington Times
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Billionaire investor George Soros lost nearly $1 billion after the stock market rallied following Donald Trump’s surprise Election Day victory, The Wall Street Journalreported Thursday.

Sources familiar with the hedge fund manager’s trading said he remained cautious going into the November election and then made the mistake of becoming more bearish immediately after Mr. Trump’s win.

The stock market rallied on expectations that Mr. Trump’s policies would boost the economy, causing Mr. Soros’ trading positions to incur losses approaching $1 billion, sources told The Journal.

“Mr. Soros adjusted his positions and exited many of his bearish bets late last year, avoiding further losses,” The Journal reported…

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L.L. Bean Stands Up To Screeching, Leftist Assclowns; Trump Tweets Support – Washington Free Beacon

Linda Bean, the granddaughter of L.L. Bean’s founder, said Thursday morning she will not back down from left-wing threats on “Fox and Friends.”

President-elect Donald Trump tweeted in support of Bean shortly after her appearance on Fox News.

Bean is a member of the board of directors for the L.L. Bean company, and she has recently been targeted by liberal activists for personally supporting Trump. Bean made a donation of $30,000 to the political action committee Making Maine Great Again in August.

The anti-Trump group #Grab Your Wallet has started a boycott against L.L. Bean for Linda Bean’s personal donation to a pro-Trump PAC.

“The reality is that there are serious repercussions for a company’s brand and bottom line when consumers learn it does business with the Trump family or helped to fund Donald’s rise to political power,” said Shannon Coulter, the founder of #Grab Your Wallet.

L.L. Bean responded to calls to boycott the company in a Facebook post:

We were disappointed to learn that Grab Your Wallet is advocating a boycott against L.L.Bean solely because Linda Bean, who is only one of 50+ family members involved with the business, personally supported Donald Trump for President.

L.L.Bean has been a family-owned business since it began back in 1912. L.L.Bean is a values driven company that has long been inspiring people to live life outdoors. For the last 105 years, L.L.Bean has been singularly focused on offering high-quality, satisfaction-guaranteed products and outstanding customer service in the Maine tradition…

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Your Daley Gator CCW News Update For Thursday 01/12/17


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Trump Adds Rudy Giuliani To Cyber-Security Team – Daily Caller
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President-elect Donald Trump announced the addition of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani to a White House team tasked with improving cyber security both within the government and private sector Thursday morning.

Giuliani – who currently serves as both chairman and CEO of Giuliani Partners and chairman of global cyber security practice at Greenberg Traurig – will “be sharing his expertise and insight as a trusted friend concerning private sector cyber security problems and emerging solutions developing in the private sector,” Trump’s transition team wrote in a statement.

The statement added that Giuliani and Trump “will be hosting a series of meetings with senior corporate executives from companies which have faced or are facing challenges similar to those facing the government and public entities today, such as hacking, intrusions, disruptions, manipulations, theft of data and identities, and securing information technology infrastructure.”…

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Vote-A-Rama Ends With Senate Passing Obamacare Repeal – Breitbart

The Senate is already rolling back President Barack Obama’s legacy.

It passed the continuing resolution, S. Con.Res. 3, that tears away the fees, taxes and subsidies from the 201o Patient Protection and Affordable Cart Act, Obamacare, shortly after 1:25 Thursday morning, 51-to-48.

All Republicans, except for Sen. Rand Paul (R.-KY), voted for the resolution. Paul criticized the budget resolution for not addressing the federal debt and for not having a companion replacement bill. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D.-CA), who is recovering from a scheduled medical procedure was absent from the chamber.

As senators waited for their names to be called by the clerk, Paul approached the clerk’s desk from side and whispered: “No.”

All Democrats and the two Independents who caucus with Democrats voted against the resolution.

Soon after they voted, virtually all Republicans left the floor. Among the handful staying behind were Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R.-KY) and Majority Whip John Cornyn (R.-Texas), along with Sen. John R. Thune (R.-S.D.), Sen. Roy Blunt (R.-MO) in the front. McConnell sat quietly at his desk, but Cornyn stood tall in the well watching the votes come in.

All of the Democrats did not respond with their names were called off and they sat glumly with their armed crossed or their chins resting on their hand. When the Republicans were done, led by Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D.-N.Y.), each Democrat attempted to make remarks with their vote…

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Trump Effect: Amazon To Create 100,000 New U.S. Jobs – Truthfeed
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Amazon will be adding 100k new U.S. jobs as the Trump Effect continues to sweep the nation.

Now let’s remember Jeff Bezos and Donald Trump are far from “best friends.” Amazon and the liberal media will likely attempt to minimize the effect Trump had on this decision.

However, the truth of the matter is Trump’s America First policy helped make this happen. Imagine the outrage if Amazon announced a slew of new jobs that would be based in Mexico? In Trump’s America, outsourcing jobs is equivalent to a P.R. nightmare, and keeping jobs at home are a P.R. BOON. The incentives are finally in the right direction and Trump didn’t even need a “magic wand.”

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“The president-elect was pleased to play role in that decision,” incoming White House press secretary Sean Spicer said during a transition call…

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Judge Rules Woman Can’t Sue Trump For Calling Her A “Dummy” On Twitter – CBS News

Donald Trump can’t be sued for defamation by a political strategist who said her reputation was trashed after then-candidate Trump called her a “dummy” on Twitter during last year’s presidential campaign, according to a judge’s decision made public Tuesday.

Manhattan state Supreme Court Judge Barbara Jaffe ruled that though Mr. Trump’s tweets about public relations strategist and Republican consultant Cheryl Jacobus were “rife with vague and simplistic insults,” they were expressions of opinion protected by the First Amendment.

“Thus, although the intemperate tweets are clearly intended to belittle and demean plaintiff,” they wouldn’t prevent her from working as a consultant and political commentator, Jaffe wrote in a 20-page decision signed Monday.

Jacobus’ lawyer, Jay Butterman, vowed to appeal the decision, adding that the ruling had effectively given “now President-elect Donald Trump a free pass to trample on the free speech rights of any critic.”

Larry Rosen, Mr. Trump’s attorney, called Jaffe’s decision “well-reasoned.” A transition spokeswoman didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

The case has its roots in a February appearance Jacobus made on CNN, in which she said the Republican candidate’s presidential campaign had not been transparent about its financing.

Jacobus had previously had two meetings with then-Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski in the summer of 2015 about a possible job with the campaign…

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Lunatic John McCain Admits He Handed Dossier Smearing Trump To FBI – Daily Mail
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Sworn Donald Trump enemy John McCain admitted Wednesday that he passed the dossier of claims of a Russian blackmail plot against the president-elect – calling it ‘what any citizen should do’.

McCain – a longstanding anti-Trump Republican who had disassociated himself from the candidate’s campaign weeks before the election – cast himself as an innocent and concerned member of the public as he justified his move.

He claimed he had no idea whether it was accurate or not – but that he believed the FBI should have it because it was ‘sensitive’.

‘I did what any citizen should do. I received sensitive information and handed it to the FBI,’ he told CNN – the network which broke the story that the document existed. It was then published in full by Buzzfeed…

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Michigan Man Issued Parking Ticket In His Own Driveway – Zero Hedge

The state of Michigan is not exactly known for its balmy weather this time of year.

And residents reasonably do what they have to do to cope with often extreme winter temperatures.

Last Thursday a man named Taylor Trupiano of Roseville, Michigan did what a lot of people do in cold climates.

He walked out of his house, started his car, turned on the heat, and went back inside for a few minutes while his engine and vehicle interior warmed up.

According to Mr. Trupiano, he was only inside for about 7 or 8 minutes.

But by the time he came back to his car, there was already a parking ticket on his windshield– with a fine totaling $128.

Some local police officer had apparently driven by, noticed the vehicle was unattended, written up this heinous infraction, and left.

There are so many things wrong with this picture it’s hard to know where to begin.

First off, the citation that Mr. Trupiano received was a parking ticket. Yet his car was parked on his own private property.

Let that sink in: this man received a parking ticket while his car was parked on his own property.

You can’t even park your car on your own property anymore without being in violation of some series of laws, rules, or local ordinances.

The city government’s reasoning is that, if you leave a vehicle unattended, it may encourage car thieves to steal it.

This is pretty flimsy logic.

Sure, maybe if a car thief is standing right there he/she may take the opportunity…

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Obama’s War On Police Continues With Sneaky Thing He’s Ramming Through Before Trump’s Inauguration – Fury News
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Ironically in the wake of the kidnapping and torture of a mentally handicap boy by 4 Black Lives Matter supporters in Chicago, Obama feels the need to push for overhauls of the police in Chicago and Baltimore.

That’s right. Obama blames the crime rate in the two most violent cities in America on the police and wants to push as hard as he can for a complete overhaul before Trump takes over. So, instead of addressing the crimes and those who perpetrate them the most in these two cities Obama is instead holding the ones who are trying to stop the crime as the responsible party.

Does anyone else think this is the most asinine thing ever, or is it just me?

The mainstream media is running with this story as a way to “outline police brutality against the black communities,” yet NO ONE wants to add or outline the black on black crime rates in these cities…

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Navy Submariner Invokes Hillary Clinton Defense In Bid For Clemency Over Classified Photographs – Washington Times

A former Navy submariner sent to prison for photographing his ship’s classified engine compartments has filed a presidential clemency request, arguing that President-elect Donald Trump should realize the sailor was a “scapegoat” amid the FBI probe into Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of classified material.

The paperwork was filed Monday with the Justice Department’s office of the pardon attorney, which now will conduct an investigation.

The case of former Machinist Mate 1st Class Kristian Saucier has become a cause celebre for conservatives. They watched the young sailor go to prison for carelessness with classified information while Mrs. Clinton avoided any punishment from the Obama administration.

The inmate’s mother, Kathleen Saucier, became his public advocate in TV interviews during the presidential campaign. She told The Washington Times that her message to Mr. Trump, who takes office Jan. 20, is: “I would like to say to Mr. Trump that I believe that he’s our hope to re-evaluate the way things are done in our government and that we, as American patriots, should never have to be in the position that myself and my family and I am sure many others have been.”

Saucier pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to a charge of unauthorized retention of defense information and was sentenced Aug. 16 to a year in prison. For what he calls a “keepsake,” he took six cellphone pictures of his work area aboard the nuclear attack submarine USS Alexandria in 2009. They remained in his phone…

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ABC’s Ratings Plunge When Megyn Kelly Appears – WorldNetDaily
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Will Megyn Kelly be the next Katie Couric as she makes her transition to NBC?

Time will tell, but the former Fox News anchorwoman’s recent appearance on ABC’s “Good Morning America” is raising eyebrows as it reportedly caused the network’s ratings to plunge drastically.

While she was still employed by Fox and plugging her book, “Settle For More,” Kelly was interviewed by ABC’s George Stephanopoulos during a Nov. 15 segment on “GMA.”

According to Mediaite, “The minute-by-minute ratings for GMA took a major (and surprising) dive during her segment…”

Rachel Stockman of Mediaite noted: “According to sources with access to those all important and specific network ratings, Kelly appeared for approximately 10 minutes at around 7:31 a.m., during that time, the ratings continued to plummet in particular compared to other days…

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Trump Selects David Shulkin As VA Secretary – Daily Caller

GOP President-elect Donald Trump has selected current Department of Veterans Affairs official David Shulkin to serve as head of the agency.

In his first press conference since July, Trump announced Wednesday that he was picking Shulkin, current under secretary for health, to serve as secretary of the VA.

Such a move is monumental, as Shulkin, if confirmed, would be the first non-veteran to ever serve in the position, which may come off as odd to some observers.

Trump emphasized during his campaign how highly he thinks of veterans, and so has tapped top generals for positions, namely retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis for secretary of defense, retired Marine Corps Gen. John Kelly for secretary of Homeland Security and former Army Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn for national security adviser.

Shulkin was picked for his current position by President Barack Obama in 2015 and has testified numerous times before Congress about VA scandals, meaning he will be somewhat of a familiar face to legislators and also personally familiar with the process of being endlessly questioned.

The selection process for the position of VA secretary was much lengthier than initially anticipated and involved many candidates dropping out of the running and gaining favor, losing it and gaining it again. Several times, Pete Hegseth, former CEO of Concerned Veterans for America, was believed to be a top candidate for the post, just like former GOP Sen. Scott Brown, but at the end of the day, the two fell out of favor…

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Donald Trump Holds First Press Conference As President-Elect – Real Radio
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Donald Trump is facing the media for the first time since he was elected President of the United States. The press conference started with Trump transition spokesman Sean Spicer denying the claims in recently released intelligence report that claim Russia had damaging information on Trump and was using it to blackmail the President-Elect.

In his opening remarks to the press Trump addressed the report and praised the media, which had seen the report over the summer but could not verify the claims and did not report on it. He questioned whether the intelligence agencies leaked the document to the media and said it would be a “tremendous blot” on them if they did.

He also spoke about how he will be great for the economy and touted recent news of auto companies changing plans to build factories in Mexico and instead keep those jobs in the US. He said he will “the greatest job producer God ever created.”…

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NYT Accuses CNN, BuzzFeed Of Peddling “Fake News” Over Russia Report – Zero Hedge

In a fascinating retort by the left-leaning NYT to the story of the day, namely the CNN-BuzzFeed narrative based on an unverified 35-page memo allegedly prepared by a UK intelligence officer, even “the paper of record” takes the two media outlets to town, and in an article titled “BuzzFeed Posts Unverified Claims on Trump, Stirring Debate” essentially accuses them of doing what CNN has accused so much of the ‘alternative media’ in doing when distributing “fake news.”

Here are the key excerpts:

The reports by CNN and Buzzfeed sent other news organizations, including The New York Times and The Washington Post, scrambling to publish their own articles, some of which included generalized descriptions of the unverified allegations about Mr. Trump. By late Tuesday, though, only BuzzFeed had published the full document.

BuzzFeed’s decision, besides its immediate political ramifications for a president-elect who is to be inaugurated in 10 days, was sure to accelerate a roiling debate about the role and credibility of the traditional media in today’s frenetic, polarized information age.

And the punchline, where the NYT essentially accuses both CNN and BuzzFeed of stooping to the level of “fake news” disseminators:

Of particular interest was the use of unsubstantiated information from anonymous sources, a practice that fueled some of the so-called fake news – false rumors passed off as legitimate journalism – that proliferated during the presidential election…

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Mother Accused Of Murdering, Dismembering Adopted Daughter Was Child Welfare Worker – The Independent
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A woman charged with murdering and dismembering her adopted daughter in a shared rape and murder fantasy with her boyfriend was a child welfare worker, it has been revealed.

Sara Packer, 41, allegedly watched as 14-year-old Grace Packer was raped by Jacob Sullivan, beaten and strangled. Grace’s body was later dumped in a forest in Pennsylvania.

Mr Sullivan, 44, was arrested by Bucks County detectives and formally charged with rape and murder on Sunday morning over the death, while Ms Packer was arraigned on charges including criminal homicide, rape and abuse of a corpse.

Now authorities have said Ms Packer worked as an adoption supervisor for seven years at the Northampton County Children, Youth and Families Division, WKBN said…

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Shocker: Intelligence Report Shows Released GITMO Terrorists Are Returning To Terrorism – WFB

A senior House Republican urged President Obama on Tuesday to “immediately halt” the transfer of Guantanamo Bay detainees, citing a new intelligence report that found recently released prisoners were returning to terrorism.

House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce wrote in a letter to Obama that his administration was knowingly transferring detainees to countries that lack the ability to prevent terrorists from returning to the “battlefield,” the Hill reported.

“The committee has just received a troubling new report from the intelligence community indicating that former detainees recently transferred out of Guantanamo Bay by your administration are attempting to return to terrorism,” Royce wrote.

“Your efforts to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay cannot come at the expense of U.S. national security,” he continued.

The Defense Department last week transferred four detainees to Saudi Arabia and another one to Cabo Verde in December. It is unclear from Royce’s letter whether these prisoners had attempted to return to terrorism.

The White House told Congress last month it intended to transfer 17 or 18 detainees from the military prison before the close of the Obama administration on Jan. 20. If the administration is successful, 41 or 42 prisoners would remain in Guantanamo under President-elect Donald Trump.

Trump warned the president against pursuing additional transfers before he takes office.

“There should be no further releases from Gitmo. These are extremely dangerous people and should not be allowed back onto the battlefield,” Trump recently wrote on Twitter…

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President Asshat Approves 130 Tons Of Uranium Shipped To Iran Via Russia – Daily Wire
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Unsatisfied with stoking the fiery cauldrons of Islamic fundamentalism with his weak-kneed response during his eight-year tenure, Barack Obama has now enabled Iran, the world’s leading sponsor of terrorism, to speed ever-closer toward successful attainment of nuclear weapons, approving a secret delivery of roughly 130 tons of uranium for the fundamentalist Iranian regime.

As AP reports, the move to send Iran the uranium from Russia is supposedly to curry favor with Iran so it will remain committed to the nuclear deal it negotiated with the West:

Iran is to receive a huge shipment of natural uranium from Russia to compensate it for exporting tons of reactor coolant, diplomats say, in a move approved by the outgoing U.S. administration and other governments seeking to keep Tehran committed to a landmark nuclear pact…

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Screeching Leftist Douchebags Crawl Out Of Woodwork During Sessions’ Confirmation Hearing – Zero Hedge

With opening comments barely underway, several protesters have already been escorted out of Senator Jeff Sessions’ confirmation hearing.

The first interruption came from these lovely gentemen who, dressed in KKK garb, shouted “White people don’t get arrested… white people own this country” as they were quickly escorted by police off the premises.

“You can’t arrest me, I’m white. White people don’t get arrested. What do we have to do, wait for the inauguration?”

“You can not take me out of here. White people own this country.”

And here is another angle of the madness, where one protester attributes his interruption to the Black Lives Matter movement.

“Senator Sessions is a racist and he will only continue racist policies. We need to listen to Black Lives Matter.”

Meanwhile, this young lady insists that you just “say no to the Trump fascist regime.”

“Say no to the Trump fascist regime. We have to stop these motherfucking pigs from getting into power.”

“You’re a pig! Stop these fascist pigs from getting into power.”…

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Bar In Bristol Manages To Pull Off A Stunning 10-Table Pool And Golf Shot – Daily Mail
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Imagine a trick shot involving two flights of stairs, 10 tables and a roll along a bar.

It sounds impossible, right? It would require unerring accuracy, pinpoint precision and a dash of good luck.

But that is what All Stars Bar in Bristol have managed, pulling off a trick shot that would put the vast majority of professionals in both golf and pool to shame.

Not only that, but the video, which has gone viral on Facebook, demonstrates an understanding of the two distinct skill sets and sports.

It begins with a put down a flight of stairs, perfectly aimed to knock on a succession of balls. Those feed into more on the same staircase, before a ball flies across the floor.

Next comes a series of precise rolls across pool cues placed strategically between tables…

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Black Pastors Say Trump’s AG Pick Jeff Sessions Is Not Racist – Christian Post

Black pastors have denounced “baseless” accusations that Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., who is President-elect Donald Trump’s choice to be the next attorney general of the United States, is a racist.

“Americans are living in a toxic climate where the serious charge of racism is carelessly leveled against anyone with whom the Left disagrees,” the Rev. Dean Nelson, board chairman of the Frederick Douglass Foundation and minister at Salem Baptist Church in Virginia, told the media Monday. “We are here today to make it perfectly clear that this against Senator Jeff Sessions is baseless and that he is more than qualified to be the next attorney general.”

Some in the mainstream media have been accused of trying to paint Sessions as a racist, even before the announcement of 70-year-old Sessions as Trump’s attorney general pick…

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Schmucky Schumer To Hold Pro-Obamacare Senate Sleepover – Daily Caller
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I hope ol’ Chuck packed his blankie and his bah-bah and his teddy bear. Somebody help him into his footie jammies. It’s time for the Democrats to hold a pajama bash and save whatever is left of their legacy!

The Dems are making sure we all know that Obamacare was entirely their doing and their responsibility in the first place, and that they have absolutely nothing to do with repealing it. The Republicans own everything that happens after it’s gone. That’s Schumer’s message, and we should all bookmark it.

Jordain Carney, The Hill:

Senate Democrats are planning to hold a late-night talkathon Monday protesting Republicans’ push to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (N.Y.) said Democrats will use the Senate floor and Facebook Live to denounce the GOP plan and accuse them of causing “chaos” by moving forward without a replacement plan…

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Wastebook: Taxpayers Billed For Computers To Binge Watch ‘Desperate Housewives’, Fish On Treadmills – Washington Free Beacon

The federal government spent millions of taxpayer dollars studying if women can pick Barbie out of a lineup, creating robot flowers, and building a computer that binge watches Desperate Housewives, according to a new report on wasteful spending.

Sen. Jeff Flake (R., Ariz.) on Tuesday released Wastebook: PORKémon Go, the latest chronicle of waste in a series started by former Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn (R.). The report covers 50 items and over $5 billion in spending on outrageous government programs and frivolous projects.

“Within mere days, the national debt will top $20 trillion, the largest amount ever owed by any nation in history, and the federal government’s authority to borrow expires in March,” Flake wrote in the introduction to the report. “But rather than making a long overdue resolution to be fiscally responsible, the promises from Washington are to spend even more.”

The report revealed countless examples of questionable science spending, including $300,000 from the National Eye Institute and National Science Foundation studying whether women or men spent more time playing with Barbie dolls when they were children.

“The researchers’ intuition was that men may have played more with Transformers then [sic] Barbies when they were younger, and vice versa for women,” according to the report.

Researchers at Vanderbilt University also studied whether women were able to identify the real Barbie in a lineup of other dolls, challenging the “popular misconception that all Barbie dolls have the same face,” a researcher said…

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Clemson Topples The Tide, Wins First Title Since 1981 – KWES
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The Clemson Tigers have won their first National Championship since 1981 and handed Alabama coach Nick Saban his first National Championship loss.

Clemson scored the go-ahead touchdown with one second left on the clock, beating Alabama 35-31 in a rematch of last year’s championship game.

The Tigers entered the game 13-1, ranked No. 2 in the country. The Tide had not lost a game all season and came in the favorite.

“Tonight, at the top of the mountain, that Clemson flag is flying,” Coach Dabo Swinney said. “Hopefully before they put me out to pasture, we can do this a few more times.”

Bo Scarbrough put Bama on the board first, busting out a 25-yard run for a touchdown in the first quarter. He again powered through Clemson’s defense with a 37-yard run for a touchdown in the second quarter…

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Alibaba’s Jack Ma Chats With Trump About How To Create 1 Million U.S. Jobs Over 5 Years – CNBC

President-elect Donald Trump said he had a “great meeting” with Alibaba executive chairman Jack Ma on Monday, when they discussed 1 million new U.S. jobs.

Ma said that Alibaba’s expansion would focus on products like garments, wine and fruits, with a special focus on trade between the American midwest and southeast Asia.

“We’re focused on small business,” Ma told reporters. “We specifically talked about… supporting 1 million small businesses, especially in the Midwest of America. Small businesses on the platform selling products – agriculture products and America services – to China and Asia, because we’re pretty big in Asia.”

Where those jobs would come from is unclear. While an Alibaba spokesperson told CNBC before the meeting that the Chinese online retail giant company would create 1 million jobs over five years, Ma’s comments focused on supporting small businesses.

“Alibaba will create 1 million U.S. jobs by enabling 1 million American small businesses and farmers to sell American goods to China and Asian consumers on the Alibaba platform,” the company said in a statement.

Like Etsy or eBay, Alibaba enables third-party sellers in China to take their own businesses to the web. The company only had 36,446 full-time employees, almost all in China, as of March 31, according to SEC filings. But with more than 10 million active sellers as of 2015, Alibaba estimates its China retail marketplaces “contributed to the creation of over 15 million job opportunities.”…

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After Trump’s Warning, Toyota Announces Plans To Invest 10 Billion Into U.S. – Truthfeed
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Chalk up another win for the president-elect?

Toyota is set to make a $10 billion capital investment in the U.S. over the next five years, Toyota Motor North America chief executive Jim Lentz said during an interview at the Detroit auto show, Reuters reported.

The $10 billion figure matches Toyota’s investments from the previous five years.

The move follows similar commitments to U.S. production made by competitors Ford and Fiat Chrysler.

Donald Trump on Thursday specifically targeted Toyota in a tweet.

“Toyota Motor said will build a new plant in Baja, Mexico, to build Corolla cars for U.S. NO WAY! Build plant in U.S. or pay big border tax,” Trump tweeted…

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Thousands Of U.S. Troops Arrive In Europe In “One Of Largest Deployments Since The Cold War” – Zero Hedge

Just days after we reported that the US had begun deploying some 2,800 tanks, trucks and other military equipment to Germany, from where they would be transported by rail and road to Eastern Europe as part of a buildup of NATO reinforcements against “Russian expansion”, the next U.S. deployment has made its way to Europe over the weekend, when some 4,000 U.S. troops arrived in the German port of Bremerheven, on their way to Wroclaw, Poland under a planned NATO operation to “reassure the alliance’s Eastern European allies” in the face of what NATO has dubbed mounting Russian aggression.

The American soldiers landed in Wroclaw, home to a key Nato and Polish air base in south-west Poland. The troops will be followed by the roughly 2,800 tanks and other pieces of military equipment which are currently en route from Germany.

The delivery of U.S. Abrams tanks, Paladin artillery, and Bradley fighting vehicles, as well as supporting troops, marks a new phase of America’s continuous presence in Europe, which will now be based on a nine-month rotation.

Why provoke Russia with yet another mass deployment? Because as NATO Major General Timothy McGuire told reporters, last week, when asked if the large deployment was meant to send a message to Russia, “The best way to maintain the peace is through preparation.” And while we are quoting, here is another good line from the movie Spice Like Us: “A weapon unused is a useless weapon.” The U.S. military industrial complex is doing everything in its power to make sure a lot of weapons are used in the future…

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Julian Assange Holds Press Conference To Discuss CIA Report On U.S. Election – Sputnik News
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On Monday, WikiLeaks held its presser in response to the CIA report on the U.S. presidential election.

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange said that the so-called report by the US Intelligence Community on the alleged Russian interference in the U.S. election is not an intelligence report, but a press release “designed for a political effect.”

“The report, which was released on Friday, whose principal author is the CIA, and its current head John Brennan, is not an intelligence report. It does not have the structure of an intelligence report, it does not have the structure of a presidential daily briefing. It is frankly quite embarrassing, I think, to the reputation of the US intelligence services to be putting out something that claims to be a report like that,” Assange said…

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Whiny, Leftist Celebrities Call For ‘Total Hollywood Strike’ Until Trump Resigns – Your News Wire

A group of liberal Hollywood celebrities are threatening a “massive, all-round Hollywood strike” unless Donald Trump resigns. Describing Hollywood as “the base of the entire modern American culture“, the group also claims to be speaking on behalf of “all of humanity.”

“It’s about time people understood that we’re the ones with the power and that the president is there to serve us, not the other way around“, a spokesperson for the group told The New York Times.

“We’re calling for a general strike that would include every single person involved in making motion pictures in Hollywood, starting with the actors and celebrities themselves and encompassing companies in charge of making props, movie memorabilia and even souvenir shops.”

Spinzon reports: Rosie O’Donnell, Debra Messing, Ed Asner and Michael Shannon are among the dozens of artists, entertainers, and activists who have attached their names to an effort calling for a month-long protest to stop President-elect Donald Trump.

“No! In the Name of Humanity We Refuse to Accept a Fascist America!” reads a full-page ad placed in the New York Times on Wednesday by the group Refuse Racism. “Donald Trump, the President-elect, is assembling a regime of grave danger,” the ad says.

“Millions of people in the US and around the world are filled with deep anxiety, fear and disgust. Our anguish is right and just. Our anger must now become massive resistance – before Donald Trump is inaugurated and has the full reins of power in his hands.”…

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Breitbart News #45 Most Trafficked U.S. Website, Beats HuffPo, WaPo, FoxNews; 2 Billion Page Views In 2016 – Breitbart
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Breitbart News is the #45th most trafficked website in the United Sates, according to rankings from Amazon’s analytics company, Alexa.com.

With over two billion pageviews generated in 2016 and 45 million unique monthly visitors, Breitbart News has now surpassed Fox News (#47), Huffington Post (#50), Washington Post (#53), and Buzzfeed (#64) in traffic.

“The numbers speak for themselves,” said Breitbart News President and CEO Larry Solov. “Our 2017 global expansion strategy is hands down the most aggressive growth initiative in the history of the company. We’re making major capital investments to execute a series of new offerings – one of which Breitbart will announce this week.”…

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Feds Still Don’t Know If Their Energy Data Is Reliable After 21 Years – Daily Caller

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) officials refused to fix a major management flaw that allowed data manipulation to plague a federal lab for nearly two decades.

A USGS lab in Lakewood, Colo. never created an adequate system to prevent data manipulation, allowing the systemic problem to persist for 18 out of 19 years in existence, according to records reviewed by The Daily Caller News Foundation (DCNF) Investigative Group.

USGS could have resolved the issue as early as 2008 when the manipulation of data was first observed, a highly critical internal memo obtained by TheDCNF reveals.

“This should have been the laboratory’s first priority,” the October, 2015, memo stated.

Lab data was misrepresented for another six years, until 2014, when it was again flagged. The facility was closed in 2016 following several investigations.

Cosmetic in nature, the lab’s closure doesn’t actually solve the issue, since other USGS labs also lack a system that ensures data quality. The manipulated data impacted a variety of energy-related categories, such as the quality of coal reserves and uranium deposits. Affected projects represent $108 million in funding and the effects of the bad data could be “serious and far ranging,” a 2016 inspector general (IG) report said.

A so-called “quality management system” is necessary to ensure “quality standards” and ensure “that issued products are scientifically reliable,” according to a 2015 IG report.

Reviewers were surprised that data quality protocols “took so long to be drawn-up and implemented” given “the previous history of data manipulation,” the October, 2015, memo said…

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Trump Effect: Fiat-Chrysler To Invest $1 Billion In Michigan And Ohio, Plus 2,000 U.S. Jobs – Townhall
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Another major car manufacturing company announced plans to invest a billions of dollars in the U.S. economy and provide jobs to thousands of Americans.

FCA, the U.S. automaker of Fiat-Chrysler, announced on Sunday that it would invest a total $1 billion in plants in Michigan and Ohio, and will add 2000 new jobs in the United States.

The announcement came days after Ford Motor Company decided to cancel plans in Mexico and instead build a plant in Michigan. Ford’s CEO cited demand, rather than the policies of President-elect Donald Trump, who has vowed to impose a “border tax” on companies that send jobs abroad.

The move “is a continuation of the efforts already underway to increase production capacity in the U.S.on trucks and SUVs to match demand,” the company said, adding that it would help solidify the U.S. as “a global manufacturing hub.”…

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Berkeley Murder Suspect Is Trans/Queer, Pro-Palestine, BLM-Supporting Social Justice Warrior – GotNews

Pablo Gomez, Jr., the first murder suspect of 2017 in the city of Berkeley, California, is a transsexual or “queer”, pro-Palestine, #BlackLivesMatter-supporting UC Berkeley student and “social justice warrior” (SJW), who is apparently studying “Chicanx/Latinx Studies.”

According to Berkeleyside:

Police are looking for a person described as armed and dangerous who authorities say is responsible for Berkeley’s first homicide of 2017.

After a seriously wounded woman flagged someone down for help just north of the UC Berkeley campus shortly before noon Friday, police ultimately located a “violent crime” scene and discovered the body of a person they say has not been identified in the 2400 block of Ashby Avenue.

Berkeleyside’s article was corrected to say that Gomez uses the pronoun “they” instead of “he” or “she”.

Gomez’ Facebook profile shows clear support for Palestine. He is also a #BlackLivesMatter supporter and protester, and his Tumblr account is full of far-left “social justice”-style content.

Gomez also posted arguments in favor of looting on his (her? their? xir? who knows!) Tumblr account.

Gomez would not be the only violent #BlackLivesMatter supporter to emerge in 2017, as the now-infamous #BLMKidnapping, which GotNews exclusively tied to the criminal Chicago Pooh Bear Gang here and here, showed…

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4 Israeli Soldiers Killed, 15 Wounded In Terrorist Truck Attack In Jerusalem – MJS
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A truck slammed into a group of Israeli soldiers at a Jerusalem bus stop Sunday, killing four soldiers and wounding 17 other people before the Palestinian driver was fatally shot, police said about the latest round of deadly violence in more than a year.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, while visiting the scene, said the attacker had been identified and “according to all the signs he was a supporter of the Islamic State.”

He said there “definitely could be a connection” between Sunday’s incident and recent truck attacks into crowds in Berlin and in Nice, France, but did not offer any proof, the Associated Press reported.

Police chief Roni Alsheich described the crash as a terror attack. He said the truck driver was from an Arab neighborhood in East Jerusalem. Police did not release the driver’s name…

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British Government Will Not Request Prison Sentence For “Child Migrant” Who Raped 5-Year-Old Boy – Breitbart

The Attorney-General’s Office (AGO) will not request a prison sentence for a “child migrant” who raped a 5-year-old boy in late 2015, Breitbart London has established.

The migrant, who told the boy he would “break him into pieces” if he told anyone about the attack, was handed a non-custodial, three-year rehabilitation order by Judge Jonathan Bennett. Defence lawyer Alwyn Jones welcomed the ruling, saying he hoped it would “address the underlying issues this young man has.”

Any member of the public can request that the Law Officers of England and Wales appeal sentences of this nature under the Unduly Lenient Sentence scheme. Breitbart London reported last November that at least one unknown member of the public had done so in this case.

However, the AGO has since told Breitbart London that Tory MP Robert Buckland, the Solicitor-General, has “carefully reviewed the papers” and “concluded that if the sentence imposed on the offender was referred to the Court of Appeal, the Court would not increase the sentence”.

It was on this basis that Buckland “decided not the refer the case”. The AGO gave Breitbart London no indication as to its own assessment of the sentence’s suitability.

The original sentence was just one of a series of rulings which have encouraged accusations that the judiciary are “out of touch” with the ordinary public, with some calling for judges to be subject to retention elections, as in Japan and several American states…

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Marilyn Mosby’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day – Legal Insurrection
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A Federal judge has ruled that Baltimore State Attorney Marilyn Mosby may be civilly sued for malicious prosecution by the police officers she targeted following the in-custody death of Freddie Gray, reports the Baltimore Sun.

Gray’s demise was followed by days of rioting, looting, and arson in the City of Baltimore. While the riots were ongoing Prosecutor Mosby announced a wide array of charges against six Baltimore officers involved in Gray’s arrest, including charges as serious as murder, based largely on the flimsiest of evidence or no evidence whatever.

We covered the Freddie Gray cases extensively right here at Legal Insurrection.

Five of these six officers prosecuted by Mosby are in the process of suing her in Federal court (the exception is van driver Officer Goodson)…

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Six Months After Brexit Vote, UK ‘Has World’s Top Economy’ – Newsbusters

In June, when UK voters decided to leave the European Union in the “Brexit” referendum, the U.S. press told the American people that the UK economy would suffer greatly as a result. Moody’s economist and max Hillary Clinton contributor Mark Zandi predicted that it would be “going down the rabbit hole.” At CBS News, Mellody Hobson said that “they’re acting as if a recession is a foregone conclusion.”

It’s one thing to predict a disaster that doesn’t happen. It’s quite another to predict bad news and have things turn out pretty darned well, which is thus far what has occurred. You’d never know it from reading U.S.-based establishment press coverage, but the UK economy, as reported in the UK Times, “ended last year as the strongest of the world’s advanced economies with growth accelerating in the six months after the Brexit vote.”

The result is so completely the opposite of what was predicted that the chief economist at England’s central bank, in a moment of refreshing candor that folks in the U.S. can only wish they would see coming from our Federal Reserve, has admitted that economists committed historically serious forecasting errors.

In another development we can only dream about here in the U.S., thanks to our partisan academic establishment, a British university has assessed forecasts of how the UK economy would perform outside of the EU, which were used to try to sway voters to remain in it, as “flawed and partisan.”…

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5,000 National Guardsmen To Be Deployed At Trump Inauguration – Washington Examiner
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Washington is beefing up security in the run up to President-elect Trump’s Jan. 20 inauguration, including the deployment of 5,000 National Guard troops downtown amid security concerns.

Mayor Muriel Bowser said despite increased security concerns, the city is prepared and ready for the event, she said Friday at a press conference with U.S. Secret Service and other security forces.

“We prepare for the biggest number possible,” Bowser said. Secret Service special agent Brian Ebert said the Washington field office is “well-prepared and ready for this inauguration.”

In addition to the 5,000 National Guard troops being deployed in the city, 3,000 security officers from multiple jurisdiction will also be on the ground, according to security officials…

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Riots, Looting In Mexico Over Spiking Gas Prices – Breitbart

Authorities arrested 48 men in connection with a protest that evolved into a large scale riot and the looting of numerous downtown stores. The protest appeared to be connected to Mexico’s most recent spike in gasoline prices.

Nuevo León Authorities confirmed the arrests of 48 rioters on Thursday night. The suspects allegedly assaulted other citizens, journalists, and caused widespread damage to private property as well as state, local and federal buildings.

Aldo Fasci, spokesman for Nuevo León’s security services, said the government supported the citizen’s right to peacefully protest but the government would go after the agitators who sparked the violence.

Much like in the rest of Mexico, the protests began in a peaceful manner. However, a team of agitators reportedly traveled to Nuevo Leon from the central part of Mexico and infiltrated the protest sparking the violence.

“The provocation was evident,” Fasci said. He stated that the individuals currently being interviewed by state officials speak with accents that are particular to the central part of Mexico.

In Monterrey, the looters struck at three separate shopping centers. as well as vandalizing. They also vandalized the Mayor’s Office, the Governor’s Office and other federal buildings.

The civil unrest began late last year when Mexico’s federal government announced a new gasoline price increase that took effect in early 2017…

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At Least 43 Killed After Fuel Truck Bomb Explodes In Syria/Turkey Border Town – Daily Express
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At least 43 people have died after a fuel truck exploded in the busy centre of a rebel-held town near Syria’s border with Turkey.

The explosion, which left dozens more injured, took place outside a courthouse in the town of Azaz this afternoon.

Reports suggest a car bomb planted by an ISIS jihadist was behind the blast, but the militant group has yet to claim responsibility.

Local media quoted a doctor in Azaz as saying at least 60 people had been killed and more than 50 wounded.

The explosion was heard was heard across the border in the Turkish town of Kilis, according to news agency Dogan.

Azaz is a major stronghold of the Free Syrian Army (FSA), an alliance of moderate rebel groups…

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The Sessions Smear – Rich Lowry

NAACP officials have already been arrested in an anti-Jeff Sessions protest. The Alabama senator’s confirmation battle as attorney general is sure to generate lots of heat and very little light. He will likely prevail, but not before his name is dragged through the gutter in an execrable exercise in contemporary racial politics.

At least Sessions is familiar with how this works. He went through the experience in 1986 when his nomination to a federal judgeship was rejected by a U.S. Senate committee on spurious grounds.

The outcome of that kangaroo trial is practically the first sentence in every article and petition opposing Sessions, and has become an endless warrant for calling him a racist, usually without his accusers even seriously trying to back up their allegations. Didn’t the Senate reject Sessions for racial insensitivity in 1986? What else is there to know?

The legend of the 1986 hearings lives on every time a media organization or a Democrat refers to Sessions speaking favorably of the KKK. The Sessions statement came in the course of an investigation into a hideous Klan murder of a black man whose throat was slit and corpse hung from a tree.

Barry Kowalski was a trial lawyer from the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department at the time. He recalled in 1986 Senate testimony that he was explaining to Sessions how it was difficult to nail down what the Klansmen were doing one night because they had smoked marijuana and their memories were fuzzy. It was then that Sessions said he used to support the Klan until he learned they smoked pot.

It never pays to try to explain a joke to people who are humorless out of professional obligation, but the point of the mordant comment was that Sessions was referring to the very least of the Klan’s sins…

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Winston Churchill Bust Set For Oval Office Return By Donald Trump – Daily Telegraph
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Donald Trump has made no secret of the fact that he intends to rip up Barack Obama’s legacy when he takes office – ending the Trans-Pacific Partnership, redrawing Obamacare and loading up Guantanamo with “some bad dudes”.

However, one expected action is likely to be less controversial, certainly in Britain: that of restoring the bust of Winston Churchill to the Oval Office.

Mr Trump, who has frequently professed his admiration for Britain’s wartime leader, was asked earlier this week whether he was considering returning the bust, sculpted by Jacob Epstein, to the White House.

“I am, indeed, I am,” he said, during an interview at the New York Times, at which he was sitting in front of a picture of Churchill…

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Arkansas State Employee Gets 9 Years In Prison For Swindling 6.1M From Program Designed To Feed Hungry Kids – Real Strategy

A 16-year veteran Arkansas state employee has been sentenced to 9 years in prison after admitting taking bribes to allow two women to steal millions of dollars in federal funds intended to feed hungry children.

Tonique Hatton admitted in September that while working at the Arkansas Department of Human Services she took bribes in 2012, 2013 and 2014 to enabling the two women to fraudulently illegally obtain $6.1 million of Department of Agriculture funds, according to Arkansas Democratic Gazette.

Federal prosecutors said Hatton accepted $30,770 in bribe checks made out to her, and another $62,700 in bribe checks made out to a relative, to approve the applications.

She pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit wire fraud.

In addition to her prison term, Hatton is jointly responsible for repaying more than $7.6 million in stolen federal funds intended to feed hungry children.

Federal prosecutors said Jacqueline Mills, Gladys King, Tonique Hatton, and Kittie Jordan worked together to overstate the number of children served in its feeding program and then pocketed their ill-gotten gains.

The DHS started noticing irregularities in 2014, just as the after-school and summer program had grown as the state aggressively tried to combat child hunger. Agency officials suspected an employee may have been involved but took no action. Instead they notified federal officials, who began an investigation, according to KARK…

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What Explains The Idiocy Of The Liberal Elite? It’s Their Education – James Batholomew
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Enough! Enough! For months, the so-called liberal elite has been writing articles, having radio and TV discussions, giving sermons (literally) and making speeches in which it has struggled to understand those strange creatures: ordinary people.

The elite is bemused by what drives these people to make perverse decisions about Brexit and Trump. Are they racist, narrow-minded or just stupid? Whatever the reason, ordinary people have frankly been a disappointment.

Time, ladies and gentlemen, please! Instead, let’s do the opposite. Let’s try to explain to ordinary people what drives the liberal elite. The elite persists with some very strange and disturbing views. Are its members brainwashed, snobbish or just so remote from real life that they do not understand how things work? What is the pathology of liberal eliteness?..

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Prisoner Serving Life For Murdering Wife During Conjugal Visit Stabs New Girlfriend To Death During Conjugal Visit – Daily Mail

A prisoner already serving time for killing his wife on a conjugal visit took advantage of his continued private visiting rights to also murder his new girlfriend in front of their baby.

Gabriel ‘Chirete’ Herrera, 39, stabbed Andrea Neri, 20, in a private visiting room in a prison in the city of Villa de las Rosas, in the north-western Argentine province of Salta.

Their two-month-old child was in the room at the time.

Just minutes after Ms Neri went inside with her baby, Herrera emerged holding the child and confessed to a prison guard that he had killed his girlfriend.

The baby was not reported to have been injured and is being taken care of by the victim’s mother.

It is the second time Herrera has killed his partner on a private prison visit.

Arrested in 2003 for robbery and murder, in 2006 he killed his former wife Veronica Castro, 29, strangling her with a shirt.

Then held in Metan Prison, Herrera came out of the visiting room and told his victim’s mother: ‘I have just killed your daughter.’

Veronica Castro’s mother came to the Villa de las Rosas prison to support the family of Herrera’s latest victim.

She told local media: ‘I told Andrea when she was about to give birth that she should be careful of him because he is a murderer.’

Local director of prisons Cesar Rodriguez said that all prisoners had the right to private visits from spouses or partners…

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Congress Certifies Trump Victory, Despite Last-Minute Objections By Whiny, Leftist Bitches – Fox News
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A joint session of Congress on Friday formally certified President-elect Donald Trump’s Electoral College victory, over the last-minute objections of several Democratic lawmakers who tried to contest the outcome – and were instructed by Vice President Biden, “It is over.”

The certification clears away any final hurdles for Trump’s road to the inauguration in two weeks.

Trump was certified as winning the White House race with 304 electoral votes to Hillary Clinton’s 227. Mike Pence was certified as the next vice president.

But as with other formalities in this election that normally would proceed without much ado, Friday’s certification was marked by moments of drama.

Several Democratic lawmakers tried to sideline the proceedings, objecting to the validity of the vote on the basis of what they called “voter suppression,” Russian interference in the election, and other factors…

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5 Killed, 8 Wounded At Fort Lauderdale Airport By Gunman Identified As Esteban Santiago – Orlando Sentinel

An arriving airline passenger with a gun in his checked luggage opened fire in the baggage claim area at the Fort Lauderdale airport Friday, killing five people and wounding eight before throwing his weapon down and lying spread-eagle on the ground, authorities and witnesses said.

The gunman – identified by authorities as 26-year-old Esteban Santiago, an Army National Guard veteran who served in Iraq but was discharged last year for unsatisfactory performance – was immediately taken into custody. His brother said he had been receiving psychological treatment recently.

An authority says Santiago flew out of Anchorage, Alaska. Jesse Davis, chief of police at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, told The Associated Press that a firearm was his only piece of checked luggage. He says Santiago flew from Anchorage to Minneapolis-St. Paul and on to Fort Lauderdale.

Davis said Santiago didn’t call attention to himself and “as far as we can tell” traveled alone, but he said the investigation is ongoing. Authorities are trying to track Santiago’s movements through Alaska’s largest commercial airport using video footage.

Davis noted that it’s not usual for travelers at the Alaska airport to check firearms because many people hunt.

One witness said the gunman apparently opened fire without a word and kept shooting until he ran out of ammunition, sending panicked travelers running out of the terminal and spilling onto the tarmac, baggage in hand.

Others crouched behind cars or anything else they could find to shield themselves as police and paramedics rushed in to help the wounded and establish whether there were any other attackers…

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20 To 1, Columbia University Students Defend Female Genital Mutilation – American Mirror
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A disturbing video is exposing what students at Columbia University think of the gruesome practice of female genital mutilation, which is illegal in the United States but common in Islamic countries.

The American Freedom Defense Initiative, an anti-Islamic human rights organization, posted a video to YouTube Tuesday featuring responses from students at the New York school who were asked whether Planned Parenthood should support female genital mutilation.

“FGM involves partial or total removal of the clitoris causing injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons,” AFDI President Pamela Geller said. “It has no health benefits for girls and women, and removes all possibility of sexual pleasure. It is the worst kind of misogyny…

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Stanley Black & Decker To Build New $35 Million U.S. Plant Thanks To Trump – USA Today

One of the nation’s best-known toolmakers, Stanley Black & Decker, said Thursday that it will move more manufacturing back to the U.S. from overseas, including construction of a new $35 million factory after acquiring the Craftsman brand from ailing retailer Sears Holdings.

Expanding American manufacturing makes “business sense” amid “pervasive” uncertainty regarding the future of U.S. trade with China and Mexico, Stanley Black & Decker CEO James Loree told investors Thursday in a conference call.

Although he did not mention Donald Trump by name in his remarks to investors, Loree hinted that the move has the side benefit of inoculating his company from the possible effects of the president-elect’s threatened “border tax,” a tariff on imports.

“It’s going to be advisable to have more manufacturing in the U.S.,” Loree said.

The sale of Craftsman marks another big move by Sears Holdings to stem losses. It also announced the closing of another 150 stores, including 108 Kmart locations.

Stanley Black & Decker is buying Craftsman for about $900 million, including future royalty payments. The move came several months after Sears put the Craftsman, Kenmore and DieHard brands up for sale as it seeks an elusive turnaround. Including the closing of 108 Kmart and 42 Sears stores, the company said the moves are “a difficult but necessary step as we take actions to strengthen the company’s operations and fund its transformation.”

Stanley Black & Decker has about 3,000 U.S. manufacturing jobs today, up 800 from three years ago, according to the toolmaker. It was not immediately clear how many jobs the company plans to add…

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President Asshat To Release At Least 18 More Gitmo Detainees On His Way Out The Door – Daily Mail
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President Obama is planning to transfer at least 18 more Guantanamo Bay detainees within days after announcing that four prisoners are being sent to Saudi Arabia, DailyMail.com has learned.

The group being released will be drawn from those held at Guantanamo – who include an accused senior al Qaeda bomb-maker, the terror group’s top financial manager, and two intended 9/11 hijackers, who have all been held in the Cuba-based U.S. detention facility for more than a decade.

According to a military source briefed on the process, as total of 22 detainees are being prepared for transfer out of the camp, also known as Gitmo, before January 20.

On Thursday afternoon, the Pentagon announced the ‘transfer’ of four detainees to Saudi Arabia – Yemenis Salem Ahmed Hadi, Mohammed Ghanim, Mohammed Bawazir, and Abdullah al Shabli…

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Record 95,102,000 Americans Not Participating In Labor Force – Washington Free Beacon

The number of Americans not participating in the labor force hit a record 95,102,000 in December 2016, according to the latest numbers released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Last month, the number exceeded 95 million for the first time, with 95,084,000 Americans not participating.

The bureau counts those not in the labor force as people who do not have a job and did not actively seek one in the past four weeks.

The labor force participation rate, which is the percentage of the population that has a job or actively looked for one in the past month, increased from 62.6 percent in November to 62.7 percent in December.

The unemployment rate for all Americans increased from 4.6 percent in November to 4.7 percent in December. This measure does not account for those individuals who have dropped out of the labor force and simply measures the percentage of those who did not have a job but actively sought one over the month.

The “real” unemployment rate, otherwise known as the U-6 measure, was 9.2 percent in December.

Democrats such as Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) and Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen have said this measure accounts for discouraged workers and those working part time instead of full time for economic reasons and is more representative of the labor market.

There were 5,598,000 Americans working part-time in December who would rather have a full-time job but cited economic reasons for not having such employment…

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President Asshat Awards Himself Distinguished Public Service Medal – Breitbart
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On Wednesday, President Obama added another prestigious medal to his Nobel Prize collection when he had Defense Secretary Ash Carter award him with the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service.

Secretary Carter awarded his boss with the medal on January 4 during the Armed Forces Full Honor Farewell Review for the President held at Conmy Hall, Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in Virginia.

Carter insisted that the medal was a token of appreciation for Obama’s service as commander in chief, the Associated Press reported.

After spending the last few weeks throwing roadblocks in the path of President-elect Donald Trump and his transition team, Obama nonetheless claimed in his remarks to the members of the military in attendance that “We’ve got to make sure that during this transition period that there is a seamless passing of the baton, that there’s continuity.”…

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FBI Apparently Never Asked For Access To Hacked DNC Servers – New York Post

The FBI never bothered to inspect the Democratic National Committee’s infiltrated servers – despite claiming that the Russians were responsible for hacking the group’s servers, the according to a new report.

“The DNC had several meetings with representatives of the FBI’s Cyber Division and its Washington (DC) Field Office, the Department of Justice’s National Security Division, and U.S. Attorney’s Offices, and it responded to a variety of requests for cooperation, but the FBI never requested access to the DNC’s computer servers,” DNC deputy communications director Eric Walker said in a statement to BuzzFeed News.

Instead, the feds relied on an assessment by private tech company CrowdStrike, which was hired by the DNC to investigate the intrusion.

“Beginning at the time the intrusion was discovered by the DNC, the DNC cooperated fully with the FBI and its investigation, providing access to all of the information uncovered by CrowdStrike – without any limits,” Walker said.

An intel official told BuzzFeed: “CrowdStrike is pretty good. There’s no reason to believe that anything that they have concluded is not accurate.”

The revelation comes as the Obama administration has settled on the conclusion that the Russians were behind the election-interference maneuvers – while the incoming Trump administration has rejected that conclusion.

“Julian Assange said ‘a 14-year-old could have hacked Podesta’ – why was DNC so careless? Also said Russians did not give him the info!” the president-elect said in a Wednesday tweet…

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Shocker! Osama Bin Laden’s Son Designated A Terrorist By U.S. State Department – Daily Mail
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One of Osama bin Laden’s sons has been designated a terrorist by the United States.

On Thursday, the U.S. State Department added Hamza bin Laden, believed to be in his mid 20s, to its list of global terrorists after confirming he had followed in his father’s footsteps to join al Qaeda.

Al Qaeda senior leader Ayman al-Zawahiri released a tape in August 2015, claiming that Hamza had joined the group. In the audio message, Hamza himself spoke and called for lone wolf attacks in Washington, DC, Paris and Tel Aviv.

He issued another audio message this past July, calling for ‘revenge against the United States’. The message specifically called on ‘Saudi Arabian-based tribes to unite with al Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen to wage war against the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’ – an ally of the U.S.

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Donald Trump Blasts ‘Head Clown’ Chuck Schumer For Continuing To Support Obamacare – Breitbart

President-elect Donald Trump is mocking Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer for his press conference supporting Obamacare on Wednesday.

“The Democrats, lead [sic] by head clown Chuck Schumer, know how bad ObamaCare is and what a mess they are in,” Trump wrote on Twitter this morning. “Instead of working to fix it, they do the typical political thing and BLAME.”

Trump called Obamacare “a lie from the beginning,” specifically citing Democrat promises that people could keep their doctors and keep their existing health care plans.

“It is time for Republicans & Democrats to get together and come up with a healthcare plan that really works – much less expensive & FAR BETTER!” he concluded.

Schumer and congressional Democrats met with President Barack Obama on Capitol Hill on Wednesday to discuss the importance of blocking Republican efforts to repeal the law. During a press conference, Schumer denounced Republicans for trying to repeal the law and vowed that they would not help them replace it.

“The Republican plan to cut health care wouldn’t make America great again, it would make America sick again and lead to chaos instead of affordable care,” Schumer said…

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CNN’s Psychopathic Leftists Refuse To Call Torture Of White Man By Black Thugs A Hate Crime – Mediaite
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Tonight, CNN’s Don Lemon gathered a panel to discuss the story of a disturbing Facebook Live video out of Chicago in which a group of young black adults broadcast their torture of a young white mentally disabled man. While holding their victim hostage, they cut his scalp, burned him with cigarettes and kicked him, all while shouting “fuck Donald Trump! Fuck white people!”

At the beginning of the conversation, Lemon turned to CNN political commentator and Democratic strategist Symone Sanders. Stating that he can’t say it’s a hate crime because police are still investigating, he asked the former Bernie Sanders campaign spox her thoughts.

After calling it “sickening,” Sanders gave the following observation: “But I’m gonna say something that’s probably not very popular – we cannot callously go about classifying things as a hate crime.”…

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DNC Chair Candidate Forum To Be Held At Anti-Israel Restaurant – Washington Free Beacon

The Democratic party’s slate of nominees have agreed to participate in a candidate forum hosted at a restaurant owned by a fierce critic of the Jewish State in the face of widespread criticism that one of the leading candidates to chair the Democratic National Committee is anti-Israel.

Candidates for the top DNC post will participate in a candidate forum later this month at Busboys and Poets in Washington, D.C., according to a Politico report. All the major candidates for the chairmanship except Labor Secretary Tom Perez have confirmed they will attend the forum, which is being hosted by Democratic advocacy group Democracy in Color.

Andy Shallal, an Iraqi-born political activist who uses his venue to advance a far-left political agenda, owns the restaurant.

Shallal is a vocal anti-Israel activist, stating that Israel is an “occupation” force guilty of “terrorizing” the Middle East. He has said the United States receives its “marching orders from Tel Aviv.”

“Israel continues to violate international law… while the U.S. and its allies sit on the side, getting its marching orders from Tel Aviv,” Shallal said during the World Says No to the Israel Occupation rally in 2007. “Folks, this is not an accident – this is a plan to create a new American-Israeli century, and those who dare to speak out will be squashed.”

“A century where the military will continue to call the shots, and where Israel, America’s largest arms depot, will continue to control and terrorize the region,” Shallal said…

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Tucker Carlson To Replace Megyn Kelly At Fox News – Market Watch
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Fox News has tapped Tucker Carlson to replace Megyn Kelly in the 9 p.m. anchor slot on Fox News, elevating the veteran conservative journalist to a more powerful perch on the top-rated cable news channel.

Kelly, who had become a sensation at Fox News FOXA, -0.43% after a 12-year career, announced this week she is leaving for NBC News, where she will host a weekly news program and a daytime show. Her last Fox News show is Friday evening.

Carlson, 47 years old, recently joined Fox News to take over the 7 p.m. slot vacated by Greta Van Susteren. He has written for a variety of media outlets over the years and gained national prominence as one of the hosts of CNN’s “Crossfire,” representing the political right. In recent years, he co-founded the conservative site the Daily Caller…

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Lawyer: Afghan Murderer Attacked Cops With Claw Hammer Because Left-Hand Drive Britain Is Too Stressful – Breitbart

An Afghan migrant, who was convicted of beheading a woman in the Netherlands, walked unchecked into the UK where he went on to brutally attack two police officers with a claw hammer.

Jamshid Piruz’s lawyer defended his actions by insisting the “offence was committed at a time of stress for my client” as he “was in a foreign country” and was “very confused by the vehicles driving on a different side of the road,” reports to the Daily Mail.

He had been sentenced to 12 years in jail for slaughtering a female tenant in the Netherlands in 2006. The judge rejected his insanity plea, and court documents said he was “inspired by Taliban movies” and had acted “intentionally and with premeditation”.

However, no alarm was raised when he entered the UK because Mr. Piruz was a permanent resident of the Netherlands and could take advantage of European Union (EU) open borders.

Furthermore, under EU rules, other member states have no compulsion to inform the UK about convicts and dangerous persons who could enter the country, and some nations do not even keep such records.

When inside the UK, the unemployed 34-year-old began his crime spree within days by assaulting a member of staff at Gatwick Airport. Yet, he was back on the streets days later after being released by local magistrates.

He then, on January 7 2016 attacked two police officers with a claw hammer, hospitalising one with head injuries…

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Democrat Representative Tells Tucker Carlson His Son Can Get Out Of Obamacare If He Never Has Kids – Daily Caller
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A heated debate between Tucker Carlson and Rep. Jim Himes on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Wednesday night ended with the Connecticut Democrat telling the Fox News host his son doesn’t have to pay for maternity care as long as he agrees to never have children.

“Your argument is disingenuous,” Himes shot at Carlson, prompting the Daily Caller founder to laugh and respond, “no it’s not.”

Why can’t they just buy catastrophic plans that suite their needs,” Carlson shot back at Himes. “Because they’re subsidizing other people who lobbied you and every other member of Congress, the Democrats, with money to include all of this stuff they don’t need.”

“You know that’s true.”.

“How about this,” Himes conceded. “Let’s say your 22-year-old son should not have to pay for maternity care or the possibility that he may have a child someday.”…

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Sore Loser Faces 53 Charges For Harassing And Threatening State Lottery Office Because She Hasn’t Won The Jackpot – Real Strategy

Some people just can’t lose gracefully. Then again, in this particular instance I’m talking about the state loterry, which has also been referred to as, “a tax on people who flunked math”.

One Philadelphia, Pennsylvania woman, 47-year-old Towanda Shields, isn’t just frustrated that she keeps losing that big jackpot on her scratch off tickets. She’s outright pissed. She’s so pissed, in fact, that she has called the state lotto office dozens of times and threatened the lives of pretty much everyone there.

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“From the calls and stuff I’ve listened to, she’s basically completely obsessed with the lottery and the fact that she doesn’t win upsets her very much,” Detective Robert Appleby said. “She would get really sexually explicit with her insults.”

Appleby said that in late October, Shields said someone would die at the retail store where she buys tickets. He said she has also told lottery employees she had searched for them online, knew where they lived and had hired someone to hurt their family members…

“She basically taunted me the one time when I spoke to her as well – ‘I switch phones. Y’all will never figure out where I am,’” Appleby said.

She likes to end some of her threats with the lottery tagline “Keep on scratchin’”.

Shields claims the First Amendment gives her the right to make the threatening calls, so she keeps buying cheap burner cell phones to continue making threatening phone calls to the lotto office. Due to some of the information she provided in her over 21 voicemails the office retained, the cops were able to determine her identity easily enough, so the burner phones aren’t really helping her all that much…

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Black Thugs Kidnap, Torture White, Special Needs Man Live On Facebook – Daily Caller
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Graphic footage captured on Facebook Live showed a white man with special needs being tortured in Chicago by African-American assailants as they laughed and expressed their disgust for white people and President-elect Donald Trump.

Chicago police announced on Wednesday evening that they had arrested four people in connection with the crime, according to Fox 32.

The video, taken by a woman identified on Facebook as “Brittany Herring,” shows a white man tied up with tape across his mouth. The victim is shown being repeatedly hit, sliced at with a knife, berated and his clothes ripped off.

At one point in the video, the primary assailant shouts at the bound man, “Fuck Donald Trump, nigga! Fuck white people, boy! Fuck white people, boy!” while he kicks him…

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Israel’s ‘Flying Car’ Passenger Drone Moves Closer To Delivery – Reuters

After 15 years of development, an Israeli tech firm is optimistic it will finally get its 1,500 kg (1.5 tonne) passenger carrying drone off the ground and into the market by 2020.

The Cormorant, billed as a flying car, is capable of transporting 500kg (around half a tonne) of weight and traveling at 185 km (115 miles) per hour. It completed its first automated solo flight over terrain in November. Its total price is estimated at $14 million.

Developers Urban Aeronautics believe the dark green drone, which uses internal rotors rather than helicopter propellers, could evacuate people from hostile environments and/or allow military forces safe access.

“Just imagine a dirty bomb in a city and chemical substance of something else and this vehicle can come in robotically, remotely piloted, come into a street and decontaminate an area,” Urban Aeronautics founder and CEO Rafi Yoeli told Reuters.

Yoeli set up the company, based in a large hanger in Yavne, central Israel, in 2001 to create the drone, which he says is safer than a helicopter as it can fly in between buildings and below power lines without the risk of blade strikes.

There is still plenty of work required before the autonomous vehicle hits the market.

The Cormorant, about the size of a family car and previously called the ‘Air Mule’, is yet to meet all Federal Aviation Administration standards and a test in November saw small issues with conflicting data sent by on board sensors…

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Mike Pence Heads To Capitol Hill To Help Fix Obamacare’s “Broken Promises” – IJR
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Vice President-elect Mike Pence met with Republican lawmakers Wednesday to discuss the path to repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act.

Pence addressed the House Republican Conference during their morning meeting in the Capitol, where he laid out messaging and how the repeal process will take shape in the coming weeks.

Pence revealed that upon being sworn in as president, Donald Trump will use the powers of his office to repeal and implement new executive orders, which will coincide with legislation from Congress.

Pence then joined the House Republican leadership in their weekly press conference, where he said, “We are 16 days away from the end of business as usual in Washington, D.C.,” adding:

“Today our message is very simple. Working with the leadership here in the House and in the Senate, we’re gonna be in the promise-keeping business.”..

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Ignorant Masses Shocked By Philly Beveage Tax Impact – Burning Platform

Check out the receipt pictured below and you realize why the country just elected Donald Trump. Liberal Democrat scumbag mayor Jim Kenney and his entirely Democrat city council thought it was a brilliant idea to ram a beverage tax down the throats of Philadelphians last year. They were doing it for the chilruns. It’s always for the chilrun. The ignorant masses bought the load of bullshit because they don’t understand maff. They understand it now. The tax went into effect on January 1 and the sticker shock is infuriating the ignorant masses.

This receipt for a 10 pack of flavored water shows a 51% beverage tax. It gets even better. PA has a sales tax of 6%. Philly already charges another 2% (for the chilruns) to make the sales tax 8%. These bastards now charge the 8% on the original price plus the beverage tax. Last week this purchase came to $6.47. Today it is $9.75.

Now ask yourself, who drinks the most sugary drinks? That’s right. Obese uneducated poor people who are likely to be scraping by on food stamps or very low incomes. Kenney and his liberal minions have fucked over their main voters. This tax is going to drive grocery purchases outside the city and hurt small restaurant owners. It isn’t benefiting kids. It’s funding the bloated pensions of teachers and government employees. Overall tax revenue will decline. Democrats are complete idiots when it comes to economics. Taxing their people to death is destroying Philly.

As a side note, PA, which already had the highest gas tax in the country, increased it by another 8 cents per gallon on January 1…

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Liberals Lose It Over Hilarious New Show ‘The Real Housewives Of ISIS’ – Mad World News
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A new BBC comedy, depicting brides of terrorists in a spoof reality show-style sketch, has been criticized for being “insensitive.” The skit is called, “The Real Housewives of ISIS,” which is based upon the popular reality television show from the U.S. that was recently exported to Britain. Of course, the “tolerant” left is losing it.

In one clip, actresses dressed as the brides of jihadists snap selfies for Instagram, model suicide vests and pine over the fact that their husbands fantasize about the slew of virgins they will receive after killing in the name of Allah.

Many have reacted unfavorably to “The Real Housewives of ISIS,” with one critic writing on Facebook, “The humor is only funny if you look down on someone else and enjoy seeing them unhappy because they are not white and Christian.”…

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Julian Assange Reveals Podesta’s Password Was ‘Password’, Says A Child Could Have Hacked His Emails – Fox News

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange told Fox News’ Sean Hannity in an exclusive interview that a teenager could have hacked into Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta’s computer and retrieved damaging email messages that the website published during last year’s election campaign.

“We published several… emails which show Podesta responding to a phishing email,” Assange said during the first part of the interview, which aired on “Hannity” Tuesday night. “Podesta gave out that his password was the word ‘password’. His own staff said this email that you’ve received, this is totally legitimate. So, this is something… a 14-year-old kid could have hacked Podesta that way.”

Assange also claimed that Clinton herself made “almost no attempt” to keep her private emails safe from potentially hostile states during her tenure as secretary of state.

“Now, was she trying to keep them secure from Republicans? Probably,” Assange said. “But in terms of [nation-] states, almost no attempt.”

Hannity interviewed Assange at the Ecuadorean Embassy in London. The Australia native has been holed up there for five years battling extradition to Sweden on sexual assault charges, which Assange denies.

WikiLeaks published more than 50,000 emails detailing dubious practices at the Clinton Foundation, top journalists working closely with the Clinton campaign, key Clinton aides speaking derisively of Catholics and a top Democratic National Committee (DNC) official providing debate questions to Clinton in advance…

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At Least 100 Injured As Long Island Rail Road Train Derails At Rush Hour In Brooklyn – Daily Mail
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At least 100 people have been injured after a Long Island Rail Road train derailed at Brooklyn’s Atlantic Terminal on Wednesday.

It’s not yet clear what caused the train to jump its tracks at around 8.20am.

Photographs showed smoke billowing from the train which plowed through a bumper on the platform, shattering a glass door.

Several passengers remained slumped on the floor as they were treated by paramedics shortly before 9am.

Others told how they were standing at the doors ready to disembark when the train suddenly came to a ‘screeching’ crash.

‘The train suddenly slammed. We were standing and waiting to get off.

‘One of the doors shattered and we all fell on top of each other,’ one woman, who was in the front car, told The New York Post…

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Trump Nominates Jay Clayton Chairman Of The SEC – Fox Business

President-elect Donald Trump said on Wednesday he intends to nominate Walter “Jay” Clayton, an attorney who advises clients on major Wall Street deals, to lead the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

“Jay Clayton is a highly talented expert on many aspects of financial and regulatory law, and he will ensure our financial institutions can thrive and create jobs while playing by the rules at the same time,” Trump in a statement.

“We need to undo many regulations which have stifled investment in American businesses, and restore oversight of the financial industry in a way that does not harm American workers.”

Clayton is a partner in the New York office of law firm Sullivan & Cromwell who specializes in advising clients on public and private mergers and acquisitions and capital-raising efforts. He also helps companies navigate regulatory and enforcement actions, including a number of cases that involved mortgage securities.

Clayton has worked for high-profile clients, including the initial public offerings of Alibaba Group Holding Company and Oaktree Capital Group.

During the height of the 2008 financial crisis, Clayton also worked on major deals involving big banks, including Barclays Capital’s acquisition of Lehman Brothers’ assets, the sale of Bear Stearns to JP Morgan Chase, and the U.S. Treasury Department’s capital investment in Goldman Sachs , according to his law firm’s website…

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Trump Tells DHS To Prepare For Border Wall Construction – Zero Hedge
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A memo from the Department of Homeland Security, which was recently reviewed by Reuters, suggest that the Trump administration plans to hit the ground running on the construction of that U.S.-Mexico border wall when they move into the White House later this month.

The memo apparently summarized a meeting held between DHS officials and Trump’s transition team on December 5th in which requests were made for an assessment of “all assets available for border wall and barrier construction.”

In a wide=ranging request for documents and analysis, President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team asked the Department of Homeland Security last month to assess all assets available for border wall and barrier construction…

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Suspected Rebels Storm Philippine Jail, 132 Inmates Escape – Daily Mail

Nearly 160 inmates escaped after suspected Muslim rebels attacked a jail in the southern Philippines before dawn Wednesday, and at least six people were shot dead as pursuing government forces traded fire with gunmen, officials said.

Acting Provincial Jail Warden Supt. Peter John Bongngat Jr. said a guard was killed and an inmate was wounded in an initial gunbattle when dozens of gunmen stormed the North Cotabato District Jail in Kidapawan in one of the country’s largest jailbreaks in recent years. Kidapawan city in Cotabato Province is about 930 kilometers (580 miles) southeast of the capital Manila.

Bongngat and Kidapawan police chief Supt. Leo Ajero said gunfire continued for hours after the attack as army troops and police, some in armored tanks, hunted through the surrounding forests for the 158 escaped inmates and the gunmen who freed them.

Bongat said the heavily armed attackers were suspected to include members of the outlawed Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters and guerrillas who broke away from the main Moro Islamic Liberation Front, which has signed a peace deal with the government.

Of the six killed in the shootout, at least five were escapees, while another six were recaptured, officials said.

The jail held more than 1,500 inmates, including Bangsamoro members facing murder charges for a series of bombings in the province, officials said. It was the third attack in the provincial jail facility since 2007.

Local village leader Alexander Austria told The Associated Press by telephone that he and his men captured one escaped man…

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France Claims ‘No Incident’ After 1,000 Cars Torched On New Year’s Eve – Breitbart
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French authorities have been accused of a cover-up after claiming New Year’s Eve “went off without any major incident” despite more than 1,000 cars being torched in arson attacks.

Police also arrested 454 people during the night, 301 of whom were taken into custody.

The phenomenon of torching cars at the end of the year is a “tradition” in France, with different departments and suburbs of the capital, Paris, competing to cause the most destruction.

The practice is thought to have begun in the 1990s in Strasbourg’s deprived, high-immigrant districts, which quickly spread to other poor areas.

According to the French interior ministry, a total of 945 cars were either “totally destroyed” or “more lightly affected” by the attacks, amounting to a 17 per cent rise on last year…

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Senate Republicans Introduce Obamacare Repeal Resolution – Washington Free Beacon

Sen. Mike Enzi (R., Wyo.), chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, introduced a budget resolution on Tuesday that would repeal the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare.

The resolution utilizes the reconciliation process to repeal elements of the health care law, since Republicans do not have a 60-seat majority that would allow them to overcome a Democratic filibuster. Reconciliation could be used to repeal parts of Obamacare with only 51 votes, similar to how Democrats used the reconciliation process to amend tax and spending provisions contained in Obamacare in 2010.

Republicans can use reconciliation to “fast-track” repeal and send legislation to President-elect Donald Trump’s desk as soon as possible.

Enzi’s resolution directs relevant House and Senate committees to achieve $1 billion in deficit reductions over the next decade.

The resolution would also reserve funds so Republicans can replace the Affordable Care Act with a patient-centered health care reform.

“Americans face skyrocketing premiums and soaring deductibles,” Enzi said. “Insurers are withdrawing from markets across the country, leaving many families with fewer choices and less access to care than they had before – the opposite of what the law promised.”

“Today, we take steps to repair the nation’s broken health care system, removing Washington from the equation and putting control back where it belongs: with patients, their families, and their doctors,” he said…

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Maine Governor Signs Measure Allowing Recreational Marijuana Use – OAN
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Maine Governor Paul LePage on Tuesday said he had signed a measure legalizing the recreational usage of marijuana in his state after voters approved the move in a November ballot initiative.

With the signature, the country’s northeastern-most state becomes the ninth to legalize recreational use of the drug.

LePage, a Republican who had opposed the idea, expressed reservations about how legalization would be implemented in a regular weekly interview with WMOV radio, in which he confirmed signing the legalization proclamation.

“There is nothing I can do until the legislature gives me money to set up the infrastructure,” LePage said.

The law will allow adults aged 21 and older to use the drug in private, but not public places, and to possess up to 2.5 ounces (70.9 grams) of marijuana…

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Moroccan Woman Caught Smuggling “Refugee” Into Spain In A Suitcase – Evening Standard

A young woman has been caught trying to smuggle an African refugee into Spain inside her suitcase.

The 22-year-old Moroccan woman was stopped by Spanish border control in Ceuta, a Spanish city in north Africa.

She could face up to seven years in prison for human trafficking if found guilty

Police said they grew suspicious when the woman looked unnecessarily nervous after passing through a third control point to enter the city, one of Europe’s two land borders with Africa.

On stopping the woman, border guards found a 19-year-old man from Gabon curled up inside her case.

He was conscious and unharmed but was taken to hospital for a routine check.

It is not the first time police have found migrants hiding in the luggage of travellers entering Spanish territory from north Africa.

In May 2015 police found an eight-year-old boy hiding in the suitcase of a different Moroccan woman.

His father, who was suspected of having paid the woman to smuggle his son into the country, was later arrested on the Spanish border.

Many migrants desperate to make it to Europe from north Africa are being increasingly inventive with the way in which they try and reach European territory, where they can claim asylum…

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Kurdish Family In Iraq Names Their Newborn Trump – American Mirror
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There’s at least one Middle East family that isn’t buying into Barack Obama’s fear mongering over what Donald Trump will do to America’s foreign relations.

A Kurdish family in Iraq named their baby after Trump. The boy’s name is Trump Hassan Jamil, to be exact.

“I called him Trump because Trump is charismatic and has clear policies,” the boy’s father tells CNN. “That’s why he won the election.”

A Kurdish business owner named his new restaurant after The Donald. Trump Fish recently opened in Dahouk, Iraq – the sign even includes the president-elect’s likeness.

“What I admire the most about Trump’s personality is that he’s decisive, he’s tough,” the restaurateur says. “And with that toughness, he’ll finish off ISIS.”…

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Leftist Governor Of New York Proposes “Free Tuition” For Public Universities – Zero Hedge

There is little doubt that easy access to federally subsidized student loans has contributed to the astronomical increase in the cost of attending college in the United States. After all, what 18 year old would turn down $200,000 in free money to party for 4 years? As an added bonus, when you figure out upon graduation that your degree in anthropology if fairly worthless, you can always just move back in with mom and force taxpayers to pick up your debt burden. Anything less would be a substantial “triggering” event and we just can’t have that.

As we noted roughly a year ago, the amount of student debt outstanding is on track to reach nearly $17 trillion by 2030… which is clearly enough artificial demand to send the price of almost any commodity product soaring.

Well, apparently New York’s Governor doesn’t think that misinformed government policies are doing nearly enough to drive up college tuition costs. As a result, he has decided to jump on the Bernie Sanders bandwagon with a new proposal that would provide free tuition at public state and city colleges to any student whose parents earn less than $125,000.

As the New York Times notes, Cuomo’s plan could apply to as many as 1 million New York families though it was not “immediately clear how the program would be paid for”… which is just a minor detail anyway.

Mr. Cuomo hopes for a quick start for his idea, with a three-year rollout beginning in the fall, though it will require legislative approval, a potential snag when the governor and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have been at odds over a pay raise and other issues…

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Man Rings In New Year By Doing Drunken Belly Flop On Police Cruiser – Smoking Gun
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25-year-old Wisconsin resident, James Romano, rang in the New Year by performing an exquisite belly flop atop the windshield of a police cruiser, as seen in the above dashcam footage.

Romano, for some reason, charged the stationary squad car shortly after midnight Sunday. As he reached the vehicle’s front end, Romano launched himself into the air. Upon landing, Romano smashed the windshield of the cruiser (pictured below), which was occupied by a Menasha Police Department officer.

After a scuffle with cops, Romano was taken into custody and transported to a local hospital for treatment. He was then booked into the county jail on multiple charges, including battery to a law enforcement officer, disorderly conduct, and criminal damage to property…

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Pit Bull Attacks Owner For Trying To Put A Sweater On Him – American Mirror

A Florida family learned the hard way that their dog “Scarface” doesn’t do sweaters.

Police responded to the Tampa home of Brenda Guerrero around 2:30 p.m. Friday after the 52 year old went outside to put a sweater on Scarface and the pit bull mix attacked her, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Guerrero’s husband, 46-year-old Ismael Guerrero, attempted to pull the dog off his wife but was also attacked. The couple’s son, Antoine Harris, 22, stabbed Scarface in the head and neck to break up the melee and was also attacked.

“The son tried to save them as well,” Tampa Police Spokesman Eddy Durkin said. “Grabbed the knife and stabbed the dog trying to help them out.”

All three family members eventually retreated to their home and called police, who tried unsuccessfully to get the animal under control before calling in reinforcements, Durkin told WTFS.

“Officers responding said the dog was pretty aggressive,” Durkin said. “When they Tased the dog the dog was still pulling away and was able to release the prongs from the Taser.”

According to WTFS:

When Animal Control and Tampa Police arrived to the home, the dog was shot with a tranquilizer gun. After the dog got into the house, where there were two children in the back room, TPD officers deployed a bean bag gun and Taser to subdue the dog. Eventually, the dog was captured by Animal Control by using a “catch pole.”

Both Brenda and Ismael Guerrero were rushed to the hospital and treated for injuries. Brenda Guerrero sustained a serious injury to her arm that is not life threatening, Fox 59 reports…

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Texas Veteran Uses Firearm To Save Woman From Savage Beating – UFP
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There aren’t many people nowadays who would take it upon themselves to stop a crime in process. But when Aaron Kreag saw a woman getting beat up by her boyfriend, he wasn’t going to mind his own business. Thankfully, Kreag is a concealed handgun license holder in Texas, and he was armed.

“My first gut reaction was oh my God this guy’s going to kill this lady,” Kreag said. “I went around the backside of the car, drew my handgun and traffic came to a stop.”

He went on to describe the incident,

“This large gentleman just pounding on this lady, closed fist you know multiple times and heavy heavy elbows to the face and neck,” says Kreag. “I was yelling commands at him to stop assaulting her, stop assaulting her.”

Kreag said the man stopped attacking her when he pulled his weapon, and she was screaming, yelling for help…

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Trump To Name Robert Lighthizer U.S. Trade Representative – Wall Street Journal

Donald Trump will name Robert Lighthizer, a former trade official under President Ronald Reagan, to head the U.S. Trade Representative office, the first in a final push of appointments anticipated this week as Mr. Trump fills the remaining senior government vacancies in the run-up to his inauguration, the transition team said Tuesday.

The president-elect is also still considering ways to try to bring into his administration two family members, daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner, who were close advisers to his campaign.

With a nominee for trade czar position, Mr. Trump has four major positions to fill: the secretaries of Agriculture and Veterans Affairs, the Director of National Intelligence and the head of the Council of Economic Advisers.

A top candidate for agriculture secretary is Sonny Perdue, a former Republican governor of Georgia, two people close to the transition said. Toby Cosgrove, chief executive of the Cleveland Clinic, had been in the running for the VA job but has withdrawn his name.

The appointments would mark the final steps in a transition process that took on a fast clip after a reorganization by Vice President-elect Mike Pence shortly after the November election.

Since then, Mr. Trump has assembled an eclectic group of prospective cabinet members and chief aides, some of whom disagree with each other on such issues as Russia and global warming, setting the stage for a potentially fragmented policy approach…

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