Missouri Republicans has really gone off-the-rails in recent years. One after another, the so-called party of “family values” were engulfed a series of sexual harassment and frat party-like stories emerging from the state legislature. Rising Republican and Speaker of the House John Diehl resigned in 2015 after it was revealed the then married 49-year-old sent “sexually charged” text messages to a college freshman working as an intern in the legislature. And now in 2018 we have controversial Republican Governor Eric Greitens. Yesterday St. Louis City Grand Jury indicted him on a felony invasion of privacy charge stemming from an extramarital affair he had with a woman who claimed that during their first sexual encounter, he coaxed her to his basement and with her consent, he tied her up and blindfolded her. He then photographed her nude in the compromising position, something she says she did not consent to and it took her by surprise. Greitens then allegedly blackmailed her with the photo sayin that if she ever told anyone of their affair, he would release the photo publicly. Nice guy, eh? He denied it, but apparently a grand jury found enough credible evidence to charge him with a felony. So, how did the “family values” Republicans of Missouri react to the felony charge? The blackmail? The extramarital affair? George Soros, the billionaire Democratic donor and favorite longtime boogeyman of Republicans everywhere is to blame! xHereÃ¢ÂÂs our full statement on the recent news re: Governor Greitens Ã¢Â¬ÂÃ¯Â¸Â pic.twitter.com/QlsRmlgEivÃ¢ÂÂ Missouri GOP (@MissouriGOP) February 23, 2018
Democrats released a heavily censored memorandum Saturday that was crafted by Rep. Adam Schiff in response to one written by Intelligence Committee Chair Rep. Devin Nunes that alleged federal agents had exceeded their authority in obtaining a special warrant to spy on former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page as part of its Trump-Russian probe. Trump ordered the release of the Nunes memo two weeks ago even though many in law enforcement and intelligence circles opposed this. At the same time, he stood in the way of releasing the Schiff response memo on the grounds it contained sensitive classified material: House Democrats released a heavily redacted memorandum on Saturday that was drafted to counter Republican claims that top F.B.I. and Justice Department officials had abused their powers in spying on a former Trump campaign aide. President Trump blocked the memo’s outright release two weeks ago, with the White House counsel warning that the document “contains numerous properly classified and especially sensitive passages.” Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee had since been haggling with the F.B.I. over redactions. Democrats have insisted that Mr. Trump’s deference to national security concerns in the case was hypocritical and politically motivated. Just a week before blocking their memo’s release, the president had ignored similar objections from the Justice Department and the F.B.I. to declassify the contents of a rival Republican memo, which was based on the same underlying documents. Mr. Trump asserted, incorrectly, that the Republican document vindicated him in the special counsel investigation into Russian election interference. Here is a copy of Schiff’s 10-page memo.
Actor Marcus Scribner addresses the changing landscape of Hollywood and black creatives telling their own stories
This week at progressive state blogs is designed specifically to focus attention on the writing and analysis of people focused on their home turf. Here is the Feb. 17 edition. Inclusion of a blog post does not necessarily indicate my agreement with—or endorsement of—its contents. At Blue Jersey, Rosi Efthim writes—Socialism, socialism, blah blah blah: NRA’s Wayne LaPierre at CPAC blaming everybody but himself: Defiant and probably scared witless by the determination, resolve and impact of a bunch of high school kids who escaped getting shot up by one of the guns he fetishes, NRA’s Wayne LaPierre took to the stage this morning to toss some red meat to the MAGA-hatters convened at CPAC. He was introduced by NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch, who all by herself is a font of irresponsible statements – trash-talking white nationalists (as though they’re not NRA’s market), a cheap shot at the late Sen. Robert Byrd (who evolved in his lifetime even as the party the NRA owns has devolved), aping Parkland survivor Emma Gonzalez’ “we call BS” (which frankly only shows how badly she scared them) and the traditional shot at the media, because they “love mass shootings.” Well, that one has some truth. Then Wayne LaPierre came on: Gun laws are just about “more control over people.” Schools are easy targets because gun-free zones. No wonder: That’s a whole new market for the gun industry. Democrats are the problem, because we “politicize” school shootings, we “exploit tragedy.” Socialism, socialism, blah blah blah. Saul Alinsky. Trump cheered LaPierre via Twitter, because Trump. But also this: There must have been some real question at NRA HQ how to handle the righteous anger of rising students, because Washington Examiner reports CPAC organizers left LaPierre’s name off the speakers list after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas HS, and that speaking slot wasn’t finalized, at least publicly, as of yesterday late-day.
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Ministry sources said that future course of action will be taken on the advice of the investigation agencies
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Some founders toil for years to secure a meager seed round. Others seem to go from launch to a massive fundraise in no time. Why is that, and how does one get into that second group? There’s no single formula, of course. But data indicates it helps to be famous, involved in a hot technology sector or working to cure cancer. Read More
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BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - Yellowstone National Park plans to increase security after fences were damaged at a bison capturing facility outside the park, in one case undoing efforts to certify the bison hadn't been exposed to a wildlife disease and could be transferred to an Indian reservation. The bison are ...
A relentless drive combined with a thoughtfully cultivated humanness—according to the sought-after photographer Nadav Kander, that is what it takes to make your mark in our age of visual glut.
SCHUYLER, Va. (AP) - Owners of the childhood home of the late Earl Hamner Jr. are planning to build a replica of the two-story home made famous in «The Waltons,» Hamner's signature television creation. The house will have a similar porch and first floor as the home portrayed in the ...
BALTIMORE (AP) - The Swingobot 2000 was showing off, navigating a busy hallway at Sinai Hospital to scrub the floor. Then Tug, a smaller robot, glided up unexpectedly from behind, returning to the pharmacy after delivering medication to nurses. Tug was programmed to detect people and other obstacles in its ...
The Jets are planning to aggressively pursue Kirk Cousins in free agency, but their intentions don’t appear to include changing the way NFL contracts work. Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports the Jets are not planning a history-making contract offer that would include $60M in the first year. This was recently suggested, but Mehta reports the franchise is not prepared to wildly overspend to land the 29-year-old quarterback.However, sources informed Mehta the Jets would “absolutely love” to add Cousins. But they won’t be radically changing the NFL landscape by offering the passer a fully guaranteed deal.Another recent report indicated Gang Green was willing to spend “whatever it takes” to land Cousins, and while the Jets are in position to outmuscle the Broncos or Cardinals or Vikings or other possible suitors that aren’t the Browns (who are projected to hold $110M-plus in cap space), Mehta reports the Jets are not planning to wildly overspend for Cousins. The Jets could have more than $90M in space
An explosive report by ESPN late Friday evening claims that an FBI wiretap caught Arizona head basketball coach Sean Miller discussing paying then recruit DeAndre Ayton $100,000 to commit to the program.The report itself is about as shocking as it gets.“According to people with knowledge of the FBI investigation, Miller and Dawkins, a runner working for ASM Sports agent Andy Miller, had multiple conversations about Ayton. When Dawkins asked Sean Miller if he should work with assistant coach Emanuel “Book” Richardson to finalize their agreement, Miller told Dawkins he should deal directly with him when it came to money, the sources said,” ESPN’s Mark Schlabach reported.It now looks like this most-recent report will force Miller from coaching the Wildcats — at least for now. Miller has apparently informed his players that he will not be on the bench for Saturday’s game against Oregon. At this point, that’s probably the least of Miller’s worries.It’s too early to tell whether Miller will be fired for cause. But
We’re really starting to wonder what type of science some colleges around the United States are teaching. Duke University already has us questioning its science department after Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving proved himself to be a flat Earth truther. It was one of the craziest stories of the time, one that led to Irving getting ridiculed on an never-ending loop.Joining Irving in this weird truther movement is none other than New York Giants quarterback Geno Smith. Really. He even took to Twitter to question logic, science and common sense. Before you judge, do some homework? Hate to tell you this, Geno. You’re not the modern version of Nicolaus Copernicus, somehow going away from the grain to introduce the heliocentric theory of the universe. But fret not, we won’t imprison you for this belief. We’ll just go ahead and mock you to no end.Really. What is even the point of debating the possibility of the flat Earth theory? It’s not like we have visual evidence that this isn’t true. Oh wait, we do.For Smith,
The San Jose Sharks are playing both buyer and seller at this year’s trade deadline. The Sharks are currently second in the Pacific Division, looking to hold off the Ducks, Kings, and Flames, and are known to be looking for scoring help up front. They have been attached to names like Evander Kane, Rick Nash, and really most high-profile forwards on the market. At the same time, TSN’s Darren Dreger reports that the team has requested a no-trade list from veteran forward Joel Ward. Ward, 37, is an impending free agent who has fallen out of favor in the San Jose lineup. He has a six-team no-trade list that he can use to slightly reduce the number of possible destinations, should he be traded. Ward has played in only 46 games this season, with just 11 points to show for it, but more importantly, has seen his once-valued penalty kill role diminished, along with his even strength ice time. Ward can still be an asset for many teams as both an experienced locker room presence and reliable two-way depth option, but he
NEW YORK (AP) - NBC can count on making a profit for its 18 days of telecasting the Winter Olympics from South Korea. The network's ratings started strong and slipped a bit as the games went on, and executives say it will end up about where they expected. Young viewers ...
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Samir Sehic scored 17 points with seven rebounds off the bench and Melvin Frazier added 16 points and five assists to lead Tulane over South Florida 79-68 on Saturday to snap a six-game losing streak.