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Loose Definition of Terrorism Upends a Syrian Asylum Seeker's Life (Somini Sengupta/New York Times)

Memeorandum - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 17:40

Somini Sengupta / New York Times:
Loose Definition of Terrorism Upends a Syrian Asylum Seeker's Life  —  A prominent Syrian dissident has been told he cannot get political asylum in the United States because he organized a conference with Syrian opposition groups — even though the American government has supported members of those same groups in the Syrian civil war.

Lorenzo Baldassarri and Francesco Bagnaia in Moto2 crashes

Daily Mail - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 17:29
Moto2 qualifying was rocked by two big crashes ahead of Sunday's Dutch TT following high side incidents involving Lorenzo Baldassarri and Francesco Bagnaia.

‘Boom!’ Larry Elder DESTROYS lefty talking point about gun ‘loophole’

Twitchy - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 17:28

As politicians and gun control advocates on the left have demonstrated time and time again, they’re big fans of pushing the “gun show loophole” narrative. Larry Elder, using information learned in the wake of an attack on a police officer at an airport in Flint, Michigan this week, pulled the rug out from under that particular myth:

Flint airport knife terrorist tried to buy a gun at a flea market–got declined for not being a citizen. Where was the "gun show loophole"?

— Larry Elder (@larryelder) June 24, 2017

GREAT question!

Stop harshing the narrative

— Jim Hanson (@Uncle_Jimbo) June 24, 2017

Boom! #Truth

— Dread Pirate Darin (@ddogsbbq) June 24, 2017

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RNC chief: Time for Democrats to admit ObamaCare fails Americans (Ronna Romney McDaniel/The Hill)

Memeorandum - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 17:25

Ronna Romney McDaniel / The Hill:
RNC chief: Time for Democrats to admit ObamaCare fails Americans  —  This week, thousands of people in Indiana and Wisconsin were devastated to learn that Anthem would be pulling out of the ObamaCare exchanges in their states.  And just weeks ago, people in Ohio were met with the same terrible news …

Instagram model caught on camera insulting security guards

Daily Mail - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 17:18
Instagram model Christian Burns was caught on video hurling insults and berating security guards at an annual social media conference in Anaheim, California.

Very Fake News CNN Deletes Story Linking Trump Transition Team to Russia

GatewayPundit - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 17:17

Very fake news CNN deleted a story from its website Friday evening about congressional investigators allegedly focusing on a Russian investment fund whose top executive met with a Trump transition team member, the Washington Examiner reports.

Via Washington Examiner:

“On June 22, 2017, published a story connecting Anthony Scaramucci with investigations into the Russian Direct Investment Fund,” The retraction reads. “That story did not meet CNN’s editorial standards and been retracted. Links to the story have been disabled. CNN apologized to Mr. Scaramucci.”

According to the original report, CNN claimed the Senate Intelligence Committee was investigating a Russian fund and its connections to discussions between the bank’s head and White House adviser Jared Kushner.

The story, which is based on information from one unnamed source, also linked Treasure Secretary Steven Mnuchin to investigations surrounding Trump transition team executive committee member Anthony Scaramucci and the Russian fund’s chief executive.

The story disappeared without any further information. BuzzFeed News contacted CNN after they noticed the story’s disappearance on Friday evening, an hour later a retraction appeared on the site.

This is exactly how the fake news media operates. They run one fake story after another with anonymous sources only to retract or delete the story later after millions of people have seen it. Very few people see the retraction which is usually buried anyway. The fake news media is radicalizing liberals with their incessant Trump-Russia chatter. Liberal lunatics actually believe that Trump is a traitor and an agent for Putin which is why they are calling for his death.

You can see CNN’s fake news story archived here.

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Trump's latest spelling fail implies child labor revival

Daily Mail - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 17:17
Captions to a video of Trump's Friday speech in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, said that he was 'putting minors back to work', implying a return to underage labor rather than a boost to coal miners.

Firefighters tackle 'huge' flat blaze in Bethnal Green

Daily Mail - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 17:15
Dozens of firefighters are tackling a huge blaze at a block of flats in London. Flames were seen shooting from the windows with thick black smoke billowing into the sky.

Illinois Catholic bishop decrees no Holy Communion, funerals for same-sex couples (Susan Hogan/Washington Post)

Memeorandum - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 17:15

Susan Hogan / Washington Post:
Illinois Catholic bishop decrees no Holy Communion, funerals for same-sex couples  —  The bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Springfield, Ill., is calling on priests there to deny Holy Communion and even funeral rites to people in same-sex unions unless they show “some signs of repentance” for their relationships before death.

Kennedy considering retiring from Supreme Court: reports (Max Greenwood/The Hill)

Memeorandum - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 17:15

Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Kennedy considering retiring from Supreme Court: reports  —  Speculation is swirling that Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy could announce his retirement as early as this term, The Associated Press and CNN reported Saturday.  —  Kennedy is considered the most pivotal justice on the Supreme Court …

Anthony Kennedy retirement watch at a fever pitch (Ariane de Vogue/CNN)

Memeorandum - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 17:15

Ariane de Vogue / CNN:
Anthony Kennedy retirement watch at a fever pitch  —  Washington (CNN)Justice Anthony Kennedy, the man who so often determines the outcome of the most controversial Supreme Court cases, is himself the center of brewing speculation.  —  Will he stay or will he go?

Airline passenger posts racist Snapchat images of Sikh man

Daily Mail - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 17:02
Social media users were outraged on Thursday after a series of racist Snapchat posts by an airline passenger who mistakenly believed a Sikh man was a Muslim terrorist went viral.

In Murr V. Wisconsin, SCOTUS deals another blow to the Fifth Amendment

Hot Air - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 17:01

A number of sane people around the commentariat have been up in arms over the recent decision handed down by the Supreme Court in Murr v. Wisconsin. And with very, very good reason. We’ve dealt with this case here before as it’s played out through the lower courts, but as a refresher it deals with the situation encountered by Donna Murr and her siblings in Wisconsin. The family owned two small parcels of land along the St. Croix River. They had a cabin on one of the lots and the adjoining property was left vacant as an investment. But when they attempted to finally sell the vacant lot in 2004 they learned that the state had changed the rules on them, making it impossible to sell the land to anyone other than the county unless they combined the properties and relinquished the entire package.

The property in question had been valued at $400K. The county – the only entity legally entitled to buy it – offered them $40K.

Because the state, through changes in laws which did not apply when the family acquired the land, had completely gutted its worth, the Murr family sued to be properly compensated under the Takings Clause. With this week’s decision, those hopes are dashed. Eric Boehm at Reason explains what this is doing to the rights of property owners.

When governments issue regulations that undermine the value of property, bureaucrats don’t necessarily have to compensate property holders, the Supreme Court ruled Friday…

The ruling could have implications that go well beyond the 2.5 acres of land in Wisconsin.

Several western states filed amicus briefs in the case on behalf of the Murr family (as did the Reason Foundation, which publishes this blog). Though states like Nevada and Arizona did not have a direct interest in the Murrs’ ability to sell their vacant land, they saw the case as having important implications for conflicts over federal lands.

Many state governments own contiguous lots and large bodies of water near areas owned by the federal government (military bases, national parks, etc). If those government bodies are allowed to merge contiguous lots for regulatory purposes, the federal government could impose severe restrictions on state land and wouldn’t have to pay consequences, warned Ilya Somin, a professor of law at George Mason University who authored the amicus brief on behalf of those western states.

What we are seeing here is a continuation of what I still maintain is possible the worst ruling from the Supreme Court in the history of the nation, Kelo v. City of New London. That was the dark day when the Supremes ruled that the idea of “public use” in the Takings Clause could be reinterpreted into a Reverse Robin Hood scenario by defining it as the far more ambiguous “public benefit.” When that case was decided in 2005 the principal dissent was written by O’Connor, but in a separate dissent, Associate Justice Clarence Thomas wrote the following:

Something has gone seriously awry with this Court’s interpretation of the Constitution. Though citizens are safe from the government in their homes, the homes themselves are not.

This ruling is yet another weakening of the Takings Clause. And the reason I say this is a continuation of Kelo is that you need only look at who is voting on these rulings. In Kelo, the 5-4 decision was delivered by Stevens, Souter, Ginsburg and Breyer with the tie-breaking vote cast by Kennedy. Now, In Murr, the 5-3 decision came from Breyer, Ginsberg, Kagan, (who replaced Stevens under Obama) and Sotomayor (who replaced Souter under Obama) with both the tie-breaking decision and the written opinion coming once again from Kennedy. Anyone seeing a pattern here?

It was 5-3 because Gorsuch wasn’t involved with the original hearing and didn’t vote. But even if he had, the Fifth Amendment still would have lost 5-4 yet again. It’s not enough just to keep hold of the seat that Justice Scalia occupied. Kennedy is unreliable in too many instances when given a choice between more power for the government over the individual or less. The other four liberals are lost causes, apparently never having seen a case of bigger government which they couldn’t celebrate. We need a real majority on the Supreme Court with conservative, small government principles in their hearts or these erosions of fundamental rights will continue.

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Qatar Receives List Of Demands It Must Meet To End Sanctions

Newsy - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 16:58

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Qatar is reviewing a list of demands it must meet to end sanctions against it — but the country says the demands aren't fair.

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates wrote the 13-point list of demands, originally obtained by The Associated Press. Those four countries were among those that imposed unprecedented sanctions against Qatar earlier this month over the country's alleged support of terrorism.

Yemen, Libya and the Maldives also imposed sanctions on Qatar.

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Those countries want Qatar to cut ties with any terrorist organization or political opposition groups, "hand over" fugitives living within their borders, remove a Turkish military base, curb diplomatic ties with Iran, pay a fine and even shut down news outlets funded by the country, including Al Jazeera and a handful of others.

Qatar was given 10 days to meet those demands, or the sanctions would continue indefinitely. But Qatar has pushed back, claiming the sanctions are aimed at "limiting Qatar's sovereignty, and outsourcing our foreign policy," rather than fighting terrorism.

Qatar has repeatedly denied it funds or supports extremism.

Here Are The Fraud Accusations Against Bernie And Jane Sanders

Newsy - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 16:57

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Jane Sanders, wife of Bernie Sanders, is under federal investigation for possible fraud.

Investigators are looking into claims that Jane Sanders misrepresented donor numbers to get a loan for the now-closed Burlington College. She was the institution's president from 2004 to 2011.

In 2010, Sanders was trying to get a $10 million loan to expand the school's grounds. To get the loan, the college had to have a minimum of $2.27 million in grants and donations to pay the loan back.

Documents show she claimed to have $2.6 million in donations.

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But according to Brady Toensing — the chairman of President Donald Trump's Vermont campaign and the man who filed the complaint in January 2016 — those numbers were inflated.

Now, Politico reports the Sanders have hired two high-profile attorneys to defend them against the allegations.

Politico also reports feds may be looking into claims that Bernie Sanders used his political influence to urge the bank to approve the loan. Sanders has called all of the allegations "nonsense."

Parliament is hit by 'sustained' cyber attack 

Daily Mail - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 16:52
Lib Dem peer Lord Renard tweeted: 'Cyber security attack on Westminster Parliamentary e-mails may not work remotely text urgent messages.'

Senate GOP expected to add new penalties for the uninsured into their health bill (Sarah Kliff/Vox)

Memeorandum - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 16:50

Sarah Kliff / Vox:
Senate GOP expected to add new penalties for the uninsured into their health bill  —  Senate Republicans are expected to revise their health bill early next week, adding in a provision that could lock Americans out of the individual market for six months if they fail to maintain continuous insurance coverage.

Anti-Semitism Protected by Canadian Police at Al Quds Day Rally in Calgary (VIDEO)

GatewayPundit - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 16:48

Police promise to protect anti-Semitic Muslim protesters at Al Quds Day rally at Calgary City Hall in Canada. Jewish counter- protesters arrived to stand for Israel and against terrorism, as they do each year.

The Canadian police were concerned that this Jewish presence at the event would make Al Quds day celebrators uncomfortable.   

Al Quds Day is a global Muslim call to destroy the state of Israel, founded by the Iranian Ayatollah Khomeini. Every year, anti-Semitic Muslims gather at Calgary City Hall to rally for the fall of Israel and are met by a Jewish protesters.

The Calgary police have expressed concern with the Jewish presence at the Al Quds Day rally, stating: “this has caused angst among our Muslim community and really I want to assure them that we will have a presence there and they will be safe.” Interestingly, the group being threatened with genocide aren’t the ones getting the police protection. Calgary police actually seem to be blaming the Jewish protesters for standing up for themselves against those who hate their existence.

The Rebel Media reported directly from the rally:

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‘Priceless’! This shot & chaser makes Hillary Clinton a LOCK for the Hypocrisy Hall of Fame

Twitchy - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 16:46

As we told you yesterday, Hillary Clinton really cranked up the rhetoric in criticizing the GOP “repeal and replace” effort to undo Obamacare:

SHAMEFUL: Hillary Clinton turns VIOLENT rhetoric up full blast, calls Repubs the DEATH PARTY

— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) June 23, 2017

As Clinton has proven, the Left allow themselves to play by a different set of rules that the ones they try to set for everybody else:

Your operating system vs. the operating system your programmers told you not to worry about.

— Jimmy (@JimmyPrinceton) June 23, 2017

Way to lead by example, Hillary!

Our children aren't watching anymore

— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) June 23, 2017

Apparently not.

Forgive her, for she knows not what she says.

(Actually she does, she just hopes that WE don't.)

— Spencer Petersen (@spensen) June 24, 2017


— Independent Stinker (@beauxtx1) June 23, 2017

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Single-payer health care put on hold in California as leader calls bill 'woefully incomplete' (Katy Murphy/Mercury News)

Memeorandum - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 16:45

Katy Murphy / Mercury News:
Single-payer health care put on hold in California as leader calls bill ‘woefully incomplete’  —  SACRAMENTO — A proposal to bring universal health care to California — replacing the private insurance market with a government-run single-payer plan — was abruptly put on hold Friday …


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