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California won't be passing a single-payer healthcare system any time soon - the plan is dead for this year (Melanie Mason/Los Angeles Times)

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

Melanie Mason / Los Angeles Times:
California won't be passing a single-payer healthcare system any time soon — the plan is dead for this year  —  A high-profile effort to establish a single-payer healthcare system in California sputtered on Friday when Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) decided to shelve the proposal.

Big cases, retirement rumors as Supreme Court nears finish (AP Story/Associated Press)

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

AP Story / Associated Press:
Big cases, retirement rumors as Supreme Court nears finish … WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court enters its final week of work before a long summer hiatus with action expected on the Trump administration's travel ban and a decision due in a separation of church and state case that arises from a Missouri church playground.

Lamar Odom is seen with glass of orange juice in Florida

Daily Mail - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 16:44
On Friday the former husband of Khloe Kardashian was seen holding a glass of orange juice as he left his hotel in Miami, Florida.

Police Consider Manslaughter Charges in Deadly Grenfell Tower Fire

GatewayPundit - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 16:38

London police are considering linking manslaughter charges to those potentially guilty for the fire that killed around 79 people in the west London apartment recently.

The Metropolitan Police confirmed on Friday that the June 14 blaze was a byproduct of a refrigerator fire. The exterior cladding that was attached to the building was noted for having failed safety tests conducted by investigators. Police also seized documents from numerous organizations related to the incident.

Breitbart London:

“We are looking at every criminal offense from manslaughter onwards,” Detective Superintendent Fiona McCormack told reporters. “We are looking at all health and safety and fire safety offenses, and we are reviewing every company at the moment involved in the building and refurbishment of Grenfell Tower.”

The government has ordered an immediate examination of the refrigerator model that started the blaze. McCormack said the Hotpoint model FF175BP refrigerator-freezer had not been subject to any product recalls before the fire.

Hotpoint said Friday that “words cannot express our sorrow at this terrible tragedy” and added it was working with authorities to examine the appliance.

The overnight fire rapidly engulfed Grenfell Tower, with flames shooting up the outside of the building, raising concerns that the cladding material attached to the concrete block didn’t comply with fire-safety rules.

Police are looking at all parts of the cladding system and its installation, McCormack said.

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Number of refugees drops in Trump's first three months

Daily Mail - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 16:37
While 25,000 refugees were approved to enter the country in the last three months of Obama's presidency, 13,000 were approved in the early months of Trump's administration.

Bernie and Jane Sanders Hire Lawyers Amid FBI Investigation Into Bank Fraud

GatewayPundit - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 16:28

Socialist crackpot Bernie Sanders and his wife Jane Sanders have lawyered up amid an FBI investigation into potential bank fraud.

TGP previously reported the FBI was investigating Jane Sanders over a sketchy land deal she spearheaded while she was president of Burlington College, ultimately bankrupting the school.

 

CBS News reports

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and his wife, Jane Sanders have hired prominent defense attorneys amid an FBI investigation into a loan Jane Sanders obtained to expand Burlington College while she was its president, CBS News confirms.

Sanders’ top adviser Jeff Weaver told CBS News the couple has sought legal protection over federal agents’ allegations from a January 2016 complaint accusing then-President of Burlington College, Ms. Sanders, of distorting donor levels in a 2010 loan application for $10 million from People’s United Bank to purchase 33 acres of land for the institution.

According to Politico, prosecutors might also be looking into allegations that Sen. Sanders’ office inappropriately urged the bank to approve the loan.

.Sen. Sanders, formerly mayor of Burlington, Vermont’s largest city, regards the claims as a political game levied against him after his run for president in the 2016 primary election, a platform which has transformed the small-state senator into an influential voice in American liberal politics.

Jane Sanders denied any wrongdoing because let’s face it, Socialists see nothing wrong with wasting other people’s money. Sanders also agreed to a settlement after her resignation in which she collected approximately a $200,000 severance package. No worries, though, she is enjoying her new beach house.

This school was founded in 1972 and was humming along until this brilliant Socialist came up with an elaborate bank scheme, ran it into the ground and walked away with cash in hand. Typical leftist; they destroy everything they touch.

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U.S. charges Guantanamo inmate Hambali in Bali and Jakarta attacks

UPI - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 16:24
The U.S. war court has filed charges against Indonesian Guantanamo bay inmate, Hambali, accusing him of directing terrorist attacks in Bali and Jakarta.

Why Trump Made It Easier To Fire VA Employees

Newsy - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 16:22

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The president just made it easier for the Department of Veterans Affairs to fire "failing" employees and protect whistleblowers.

On Friday, President Donald Trump signed the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act in an effort to improve the administration of the department — specifically in response to a series of scandals from 2014.

"We all remember the nightmare that veterans suffered during the VA scandals that were exposed a few years ago," Trump said.

In a yearlong investigation, CNN found that up to 40 veterans had died waiting for care in the Phoenix VA Health Care System.

CNN's report led the FBI to open a criminal investigation of the department.

Employees responsible for the faulty system — which involved a "secret waiting list" that left veterans with no care — stayed on the government payroll even after they were removed from their positions.

The VA accountability law will increase the powers of the department secretary, currently David Shulkin, to fire employees for misconduct and reduce benefits for hires "convicted of certain crimes."

SEE MORE: Ivanka Trump Leads White House Discussion For Workforce Policy Week

Before the signing, Shulkin claimed that the department had to take in employees convicted of multiple DUIs, as well as employees who watched pornography while caring for veterans.

"A system that allows this is clearly broken," Shulkin said.

The law also mandates improved training for whistleblower disclosures and procedures.

Despite heavy support in Congress, the AFL-CIO called it a "destructive piece of legislation." The union argues the law hurts VA employees — many of whom are veterans themselves — and won't actually solve systemic issues of the department.

Dallas officer charged with aggravated assault for killing of 21-year-old woman (Tom Dart/The Guardian)

Memeorandum - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 16:00

Tom Dart / The Guardian:
Dallas officer charged with aggravated assault for killing of 21-year-old woman  —  Genevive Dawes was shot and killed in January when police officer Christopher Hess fired into her moving vehicle  —  A grand jury has indicted a Dallas police officer on a charge of aggravated assault …

Bernie and Jane Sanders, under FBI investigation for bank fraud, hire lawyers (CBS News)

Memeorandum - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 16:00

CBS News:
Bernie and Jane Sanders, under FBI investigation for bank fraud, hire lawyers  —  Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and his wife, Jane Sanders have hired prominent defense attorneys amid an FBI investigation into a loan Jane Sanders obtained to expand Burlington College while she was its president, CBS News confirms.

California Has Its Own Travel Ban, And It's Expanding

Newsy - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 16:00

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President Donald Trump isn't the only one pushing for travel restrictions. The state of California has its own travel ban, but instead of blocking people from coming in, it blocks state-funded travel to certain places.

The state just announced it won't pay to send its employees to Alabama, Kentucky, South Dakota or Texas anymore. The measure is part of a law that curbs travel to states with laws that target people due to sexual orientation or gender identity.

That law was passed in September in response to North Carolina's now-defunct House Bill 2. The so-called "bathroom bill" mandated people use the bathroom that matched the gender listed on their birth certificate.

House Bill 2 also blocked local governments from passing ordinances that banned discrimination against LGBTQ individuals.

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Three of the new additions — Texas, Alabama and South Dakota — were added because of laws that could prevent LGBTQ parents from adopting or fostering children. Kentucky was added to the list for a new law that lets student organizations discriminate against LGBTQ classmates.

California's Attorney General Xavier Becerra said he added the four to the Golden State's blacklist because of the "discriminatory nature of laws enacted by those states."

They join a growing list. Aside from North Carolina, California also bans state-funded travel to Kansas, Mississippi and Tennessee.

Number of refugees admitted to U.S. drops by almost half (Tracy Wilkinson/Los Angeles Times)

Memeorandum - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 15:55

Tracy Wilkinson / Los Angeles Times:
Number of refugees admitted to U.S. drops by almost half  —  The number of refugees admitted to the United States was cut by nearly half in the first three months of the Trump administration compared with the final three months of the Obama presidency, reflecting the new president's skepticism toward immigration.

Health and US Politics

Bing - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 15:51
White working-class voters without a college education are most vulnerable to diseases of despair — suicide, drug overdoses, and alcohol-related liver disease — and they are also most likely to have voted for President Trump. This population is deeply ...

Senate Judiciary Chairman Grassley: Chuck Schumer Knew Trump Wasn't Under Investigation but Said He Was Anyway (Kristina Wong/Breitbart)

Memeorandum - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 15:50

Kristina Wong / Breitbart:
Senate Judiciary Chairman Grassley: Chuck Schumer Knew Trump Wasn't Under Investigation but Said He Was Anyway  —  Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) blasted Democrats on Thursday — particularly Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) — for fueling media hysteria …

FAIL: CNN’s admission of #FakeNews makes journo’s pinned tweet look ridiculous

Twitchy - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 15:35

Front page story is retracted – at midnight on a Friday. #FakeNews #CNNisISIS https://t.co/TcJ7fVEfBo

— Will Chamberlain (@willchamberlain) June 24, 2017

In mid-January, Donald Trump had a back-and-forth with CNN’s Jim Acosta during which the then president-elect accused Acosta of representing a “fake news” organization as Acosta defended his network:

After that, Acosta tweeted a defense of CNN that is still currently pinned on his page:

We are real news Mr. President. #realnews

— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) February 18, 2017

That tweet might need replacing in light of a recent CNN story by investigative reporter Tom Frank that was suppose to have shown collusion between a member of the Trump transition team and Russia — a report that has been pulled:

An editor's note from CNN https://t.co/5bHxUVnHHt pic.twitter.com/W3IjT5FPN8

— CNN (@CNN) June 24, 2017

The story at the link has been pulled and now just displays the retraction:

Congress investigating Russian investment fund with ties to Trump officials @CNNPolitics https://t.co/69TXFbxq30

— Tom Frank (@ByTomFrank) June 22, 2017

Here’s an interesting question:

If it didn't meet CNN standards why was it published in the first place?

— Carl Gottlieb (@c_cgottlieb) June 24, 2017

In any case, Anthony Scaramucci defended himself when the CNN report was published but later accepted their retraction:

It's ok. I did nothing wrong. They like hitting friends of @potus who are loyal advocates on his behalf. https://t.co/58LdPff6bV

— Anthony Scaramucci (@Scaramucci) June 22, 2017

.@CNN did the right thing. Classy move. Apology accepted. Everyone makes mistakes. Moving on. https://t.co/lyVajCKNHx

— Anthony Scaramucci (@Scaramucci) June 24, 2017

Meanwhile, others see it as further evidence that CNN has earned the “fake news” label:

So in other words: We are Really, Very Fake News. @Acosta https://t.co/9ww8tFtkXp

— Based Brickman (@DanH805) June 24, 2017

CNN has "Editorial Standards?" SINCE WHEN? pic.twitter.com/VY1bOt8nNs

— Jon Douglas (@Diteaux) June 24, 2017

This is an admission. Not a retraction. https://t.co/V2dN8LCiY2

— Arthur Schwartz (@ArthurSchwartz) June 24, 2017

Caught lying again, eh @CNN? https://t.co/rPiL2eMnuV

— Pulse (@ExplosivePulse) June 24, 2017

You're going to be posting a lot of these before it's all over.

— RightWired (@_donaldson) June 24, 2017

Stay tuned.

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Dems push leaders to talk less about Russia (Mike Lillis/The Hill)

Memeorandum - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 15:35

Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Dems push leaders to talk less about Russia  —  Frustrated Democrats hoping to elevate their election fortunes have a resounding message for party leaders: Stop talking so much about Russia.  —  Democratic leaders have been beating the drum this year over the ongoing probes …

California “bans” state travel to even more states over LGBT issues

Hot Air - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 15:31

Ah, California. Is there nothing you can’t make more ideological with every passing week? In the Golden State’s latest effort to prove that they’re really not interested in being part of the rest of the nation, California’s state government – which viciously opposes President Trump’s travel ban – has expanded their own travel ban. Of course, it only applies to state funded travel, and rather than restricting traffic with terrorist hot spots, it blocks airline tickets to states which it deems insufficiently “woke.” In this case, that would be Texas, Alabama, Kentucky and South Dakota. (Fox News)

California’s attorney general blocked state-funded travel to Texas and three other states on Thursday in response to what he considers anti-LGBT rights laws enacted this year.

Democratic Attorney General Xavier Becerra added Texas, Alabama, South Dakota and Kentucky to the list of places where state employee travel is restricted. Lawmakers passed legislation last year banning non-essential travel to states with laws that discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. North Carolina, Kansas, Mississippi and Tennessee are already on the list.

California taxpayers’ money “will not be used to let people travel to states who chose to discriminate,” Becerra said.

California didn’t invent this idea, though they’re clearly working on being a leader in the travel ban field. New York enacted a ban on “non-essential” state funded travel to North Carolina in 2015 in response to their so-called bathroom bill. Of course, we later learned that was mostly a stunt, and any travel, be it for SUNY school purposes, “fact finding” trips or most anything else was quickly deemed to be “essential” and little actually changed.

That will likely be the case in California as well. As the linked article indicates, state law already provides immediate exceptions for a variety of reasons, including any and all contracts which were signed prior to 2017. Also, Fresno State is scheduled to play the Crimson Tide this fall. Anybody think they’re going to forfeit that game over this bill? Color me skeptical.

Hey, here’s an idea. How about if everyone gets in on this game? Maybe all of the states with a more sensible approach to immigration and law enforcement can ban state funded travel to all of the states that have sanctuary cities in them. States with no state income tax can ban travel to those which levy such taxes because of their anti-freedom agenda. And why stop there? Hell, let’s just have all of the states that voted for Trump ban travel to states that voted for Hillary and vice versa. Wouldn’t that be great?

No.. that would be stupid. The states have various reasons to do business with each other which sometimes require travel. (Though in the era of internet technology and video conferencing, voters in all states would be justified in asking why people are still taking so many trips in person and running up all those bills.) We have different states which each make their own rules because that’s how the founders planned it. They even insisted that the states respect each other’s individual choices, giving us a good hint in that direction by including the Full Faith and Credit Clause. We were never intended to be uniform nor to start these pissing contests over differences between state laws. If any of those laws are unconstitutional they will be struck down in due order through the normal process. If they hold up under challenge then the states are doing as they wish within the limits of the law and it’s not California’s job to reprimand them.

Of course, there’s a quicker solution available which could probably satisfy everyone. Calexit anyone? We allow California to secede and also split off New York City as their own state at the same time (separate from the upstate region) and then we won’t even have to change the flags. Let’s get this ball rolling, people!

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Trump 2020 Is No Joke (Roger Cohen/New York Times)

Memeorandum - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 15:20

Roger Cohen / New York Times:
Trump 2020 Is No Joke  —  President Trump is holding the first fundraiser of his 2020 re-election campaign later this month at the Trump International Hotel near the White House.  —  That is now a normal sort of sentence.  It may be true or it may not (in fact it is).  There's no enormity about it.

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