Rep. Gwen Moore wants to drug-test ‘top 1%’ before approving tax deductions

Rep. Gwen Moore of Wisconsin is so fed up by Republicans “criminalizing” poverty that she has proposed drug-testing the “top 1%” earners before they can receive tax deductions. The Democrat introduced Thursday the Top 1% Accountability Act, in response to “several nationwide efforts by Republicans to drug test social welfare recipients,” according to a press …

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No conflict in Obama’s endorsement of Clinton amid email scandal, says AG Loretta Lynch

I’m still expecting a full Executive pardon from Obama for Hillary if the investigation endangers her becoming president. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Sunday that President Obama’s endorsement of Hillary Clinton for president does not create a conflict of interest in the FBI’s ongoing investigation of her State Department email. Ms. Lynch insisted that the …

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Donald Trump proposes religious, ethnic profiling to find ‘red flags’ of terrorism

Donald Trump said Sunday that too many “red flags” were missed that could have stopped the Orlando shooter, and he proposed the use of ethnic and religious profiling to prevent terrorism. The presumptive Republican presidential nominee said members of Muslim communities need to alert law enforcement when their neighbors or family members act suspiciously. “People …

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FBI partial transcript of 911 calls: Omar Mateen claimed he had more explosives

FBI investigators released on Monday a partial transcript of phone conversations that 911 call takers and crisis negotiators had with gunman who stormed Pulse nightclub while he remained holed up inside an the Orlando club. A dispatcher received the first call from the gunman about 30 minutes into the mass shooting. Later calls with crisis …

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House panel turns up heat after states clam up on climate dissent probes

The 17 attorneys general pursuing climate change dissenters for accusations of “fraud” want House Republicans to mind their own business. That’s not going to happen. Seventeen Republicans on the House Science, Space and Technology Committee reasserted their right in a Friday letter to conduct oversight on state investigations that represent a threat to the First …

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Donald Trump fires campaign manager Corey Lewandowski

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is parting ways with campaign manager Corey Lewandowski about a month before the GOP convention in Cleveland, the campaign announced Monday. “The Donald J. Trump Campaign for President, which has set a historic record in the Republican Primary having received almost 14 million votes, has today announced that Corey …

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House reverses course, upholds NSA phone snooping as terrorist attacks shift debate

With the terrorist-inspired Orlando shooting fresh in their minds, House lawmakers reversed course last week and voted to uphold the government’s ability to snoop through its data when it believes American citizens are involved in terrorism — suggesting the post-Snowden wariness of the NSA has dissipated. The Thursday vote marked a defeat for civil libertarians, …

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Rubio Senate re-election campaign would require several about-faces

Sen. Marco Rubio was so over the Senate that he missed more than half of the chamber’s votes in late 2015 and repeatedly mocked his colleagues for being useless. Now, the Florida Republican is giving serious thought to revoking his retirement and running to rejoin his fellow senators for another term. The erstwhile presidential candidate …

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Donald Trump, NRA agree on gun-control scrutiny for terrorist watch list

The words of Rahm Emanuel ring in my ears: “You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.” Donald Trump and the National Rifle Association smoothed over a hiccup in their alliance Sunday, agreeing that the …

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Ex-Calif. State Sen. Leland Yee, gun control champion, heading to prison for weapons trafficking

From the Washington Post:  This Wednesday, Yee received a five-year prison sentence for accepting bribes and trafficking in arms. After initially denying culpability, Yee pleaded guilty to the charges last summer. “I hope that in your sentencing of me, you will look at my entire life and not just these crimes I have committed,” the …

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BLM has become the Westboro Baptist Church of the left

Via Breitbart:  A Black Lives Matter activist hijacked the Orlando vigil held on Monday, using the microphone opportunity to lambast the white attendees who were mourning the terrorist attack that took place last Sunday in Florida. “I was really nervous to get up here because there’s a lot of white people in the crowd” said …

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The ACLU rightly rejects the No Fly List for gun control

Via the Alabama Media Group:  Even the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) thinks there’s a problem using the No Fly List to prohibit gun purchases. According to ACLU National Security Project director Hina Shamsi, “The standards for inclusion on the No Fly List are unconstitutionally vague, and innocent people are blacklisted without a fair process …

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Idaho Capitol Alight with Rainbow Hues for Boise Pridefest

Via Betsy Russell’s An Eye on Boise: Idaho’s state Capitol was illuminated in bright rainbow colors over the weekend for Boise Pridefest, thanks to private sponsors and fundraising that’s still ongoing, as shown in this photo by Hank Nystrom. This came after the state Department of Administration said it couldn’t do it. Here’s what state Rep. Melissa …

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Idaho Dems Consider Dropping Caucuses for Primary

Via Betsy Russell’s blog An Eye on Boise at the Spokesman Review : At the Idaho Democratic Party’s three day state convention, which wrapped up over the weekend, delegates approved a resolution calling for changing the party’s current caucus system for presidential nominee selection to something more inclusive – something “at least as inclusive” as a primary …

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Eighteen state lawmakers are ‘double dipping,’ receiving state pension at same time as legislative salary

Eighteen current Idaho lawmakers are “double dipping” – receiving a state retirement pension while also receiving their legislative salaries, the Associated Press reports. The practice is both legal and private – their names aren’t disclosed. The highest state pension a current lawmaker is receiving is $4,300 a month; the lowest is $280 per month. Idaho …

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Apple pulls GOP convention support over Trump

They are not publicly saying it’s because of Trump, but… Apple has pulled its funding and support for the Republican National Convention next month because of presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, Politico reported on Saturday. The tech giant reportedly told GOP leaders it was opposed to Trump, who has singled the company out over …

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