Teachers in West Virginia Plan State-Wide Walkout Tomorrow, Effectively Shutting Down State’s Schools

Teachers in West Virginia Plan State-Wide Walkout Tomorrow, Effectively Shutting Down State’s Schools

School teachers and service personnel from all fifty-five counties of West Virginia are taking part in a walkout tomorrow, effectively shutting down the state’s school system.  The move comes after weeks of protests by teachers and public employees over lawmakers’ reluctance to fully fund the Public Employees Insurance Agency as well as increase pay. Governor Jim Justice proposed freezing PEIA, which would delay previously approved cost increases for employees for one year.  Justice wants to use that time to work…

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White House Signals Support for Strengthening Background Check System for Gun Purchases

White House Signals Support for Strengthening Background Check System for Gun Purchases

The White House has signaled President Trump’s openness to strengthening federal background checks in the wake of the deadly school shooting in Parkland, FL, this week.  “While discussions are ongoing and revisions are being considered, the president is supportive of efforts to improve the Federal background check system,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said today. Sanders revealed that President Trump spoke with Republican Senator John Cornyn of Texas on Friday about a bill he introduced in the Senate…

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Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Interest in President’s Son-In-Law, Jared Kushner, Said to be Increasing

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Interest in President’s Son-In-Law, Jared Kushner, Said to be Increasing

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s interest in President Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has grown to include the presidential family member’s efforts to secure financing for his company for foreign investors, according to sources.  The efforts took place during the presidential transition and included discussions with non-Russian foreign investors, including in China. Mueller’s team has been asking questions about Kushner’s conversations with foreign investors during the presidential transition.  Those conversations apparently revolved around 666 Fifth Avenue, a billion-dollar office building property in…

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Russian Operatives Instructed to Criticize Hillary Clinton, Ted Cruz, Not Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump – “We Support Them” They’re Reportedly Told

Russian Operatives Instructed to Criticize Hillary Clinton, Ted Cruz, Not Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump – “We Support Them” They’re Reportedly Told

Special Counsel Robert Mueller alleged in his indictment of thirteen Russian citizens for meddling in the 2016 presidential election, that the goal of the operation was to denigrate candidates like Hillary Clinton, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, and support candidates like Bernie Sanders, Jill Stein and Donald Trump. In February of 2016 operatives working for the Internet Research Agency, the cyber agency responsible for executing Russian interference campaigns into foreign political processes, created guidelines for future content that was to…

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Pence to Convene Meeting of Space Council to Discuss U.S. Plans to Go to “Moon Mars and Worlds Beyond”

Pence to Convene Meeting of Space Council to Discuss U.S. Plans to Go to “Moon Mars and Worlds Beyond”

Vice President Mike Pence will convene a meeting of the National Space Council at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, FL, this week to discuss plans for the U.S. to once again to travel to the moon.  Leaders from the civil, private and national security sectors will brief the Vice President on NASA’s plans to travel to the “moon, Mars and worlds beyond.” The White House’s space council held its first meeting last October.  President Trump resuscitated the body…

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National Taxpayers Union Calls Trump Administration’s Pre-Packed Food Stamp Boxes a “Solution Without a Problem”

National Taxpayers Union Calls Trump Administration’s Pre-Packed Food Stamp Boxes a “Solution Without a Problem”

The Trump administration’s idea of sending pre-packed boxes of food to food stamp recipients in lieu of funds credited to their accounts, is drawing the criticism of the National Taxpayers Union Foundation, an organization dedicating to showing how taxes and government spending affect Americans. Andrew Wilford, as associate policy analyst with the NTUF called the proposed reform a “solution without a problem.”  It would create a “bureaucratic nightmare that would increase costs and force-feed Americans in a one-size-fits-all system,” he…

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Red Flag Laws, Allowing Gun Seizures, Receive Renewed Attention in the Wake of the Parkland Shooting

Red Flag Laws, Allowing Gun Seizures, Receive Renewed Attention in the Wake of the Parkland Shooting

Renewed calls have been made for the Florida state legislature to pass a “red flag” law in the wake of the deadly Parkland school shooting that left seventeen dead and wounded fourteen others last week.  Red Flag laws allow family members, guardians or the police to ask judges to strip gun rights from people showing warning signs of violence.  They also allow law enforcement to seize any firearms any individual may already own. Florida Governor Rick Scott has vowed to…

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Dismisses Rumors of Trouble Between He and the President – “Only I Know When I’ll Be Leaving”

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Dismisses Rumors of Trouble Between He and the President – “Only I Know When I’ll Be Leaving”

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson reaffirmed his commitment to his role as chief U.S. diplomat in a 60 Minutes interview that aired last night, saying he is the only one who knows when he will step away from the role. “I’m here to serve my country. I committed to this president. My word is my bond. I ride for this brand. That’s why I’m here. And nothing anybody else says is going to change that,” Tillerson said. The one-time ExxonMobil…

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Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson: “13 people intervened in the elections in the US?!”

Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson: “13 people intervened in the elections in the US?!”

A spokesperson for the Russian Foreign Ministry has heavily criticized the United States for their indictments of thirteen Russian citizens for interfering in the presidential election.  The statement was one of incredulity at the accusation that a small group of people could have such an effect on the U.S. political process. “13 people intervened in the elections in the US?! 13 against billion-dollar budgets of special services? Against intelligence and counterintelligence, against the latest developments and technologies?” wrote Maria Zakharova,…

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Former Trump Campaign Adviser to Strike Plea Deal with Mueller, Testify Against Former Campaign Manager Paul Manafort

Former Trump Campaign Adviser to Strike Plea Deal with Mueller, Testify Against Former Campaign Manager Paul Manafort

A former top Trump campaign adviser has pleaded guilty to charges brought by special counsel Robert Mueller in the Russia scandal and has made clear he will now testify against his former boss, and campaign manager Paul Manafort.  Rick Gates, along with Manafort was indicted in October on charges of money laundering and lying to the FBI. Gates reportedly had what’s known as a “Queen for a Day” interview last week in which a defendant answers any questions from prosecutors…

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