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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Hundreds Of Non-Citizens Registered To Vote In Ohio, Investigation Finds
[DAILYCALLER] Hundreds of non-citizens are registered to vote in Ohio and some have even cast ballots, a state investigation of its voter rolls reveals.
Ah ha! So THAT'S how Trump won Ohio!
According to Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, his office has identified a total of 821 non-citizens registered to vote in the Buckeye State since 2011 -- 126 of whom voted in at least one election.

"In light of the national discussion about illegal voting it is important to inform our discussions with facts," Husted said in a statement. "The fact is voter fraud happens, it is rare and when it happens, we hold people accountable."

Husted’s office has conducted reviews of Ohio’s Statewide Registered Voter Database (SWRVD) three times. The 821 non-citizens registered to vote and the 126 non-citizen voters represent the most recent total of the three reviews.

The secretary of state announced Monday that this year his office discovered 385 non-citizens registered to vote in Ohio, 82 of whom have cast at least one ballot. In 2013, Husted’s office uncovered 291 non-citizens registered to vote and found another 145 in 2015. Of those non-citizens registered to vote, the office found 17 had voted in 2013 and 27 voted in 2015.
Very good. Prosecute them, convict them, jail them, expel them -- the Justice Department won't get in your way anymore. While doing that, review the database for imaginary Ohioans, multiply registered Ohioans, and dead Ohioans, and after clearing them out of the database, go after those who put them there and voted in their names.
Posted by: Fred || 03/01/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [100 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Kay-sick voters, no doubt...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 03/01/2017 9:28 Comments || Top||

#2  Keep looking. This is only the tip of the iceberg, I'm sure.
Posted by: gorb || 03/01/2017 11:56 Comments || Top||

-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
Donald Trump Lunches with Jake Tapper, George Stephanopoulos, Chuck Todd
[BREITBART] President Donald Trump had lunch with the top television anchors in the mainstream media — a presidential tradition before a major address to Congress. CNN’s Jake Tapper, ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, Wolf Blitzer of CNN, and MSNBC’s Chuck Todd were spotted going into the White House for the lunch, as well as Fox News hosts Bret Baier and Chris Wallace.

Posted by: Fred || 03/01/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [117 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Everybody's gotta eat.
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/01/2017 11:28 Comments || Top||

#2  Interesting how they gravitate towards power, even though it burns.
Posted by: gorb || 03/01/2017 12:12 Comments || Top||

#3  It's hard to keep up the negativity on someone when they've invited you for lunch.

Classic investment strategy.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 03/01/2017 13:28 Comments || Top||

#4  Everybody's got to eat but then again, why ruin a perfectly good lunch?
Posted by: JohnQC || 03/01/2017 13:44 Comments || Top||

#5  "try the fugu"
Posted by: Frank G || 03/01/2017 14:02 Comments || Top||

Trump Pushes For Massive Budget, Staff Cuts At EPA
[DAILYCALLER] President Donald Trump
...New York real estate developer, described by Dems as illiterate, racist, misogynistic, and what ever other unpleasant descriptions they can think of, elected by the rest of us as 45th President of the United States...
will ask Congress to cut the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) budget 24 percent, or nearly $2 billion, according to sources familiar with the budget plans.

The White House sent draft budget plans to agency heads Monday, detailing billions of dollars in cuts to a wide range of federal programs. Cuts to EPA and other agencies will fund a $54 billion increase in defense spending.

A source informed of the budget plans told E&E News Trump will push for a nearly $2 billion cut to EPA’s $8.1 billion budget. A source told Politico Trump also "proposed reducing EPA’s 15,000-strong workforce to 12,000, a level not seen since the mid-1980s."

"You’re going to have to make reductions," Myron Ebell, director of global warming and energy policy at the libertarian Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), told The Daily Caller News Foundation.

"There’s going to have to be some serious thought here," said Ebell, who headed Trump’s EPA transition team. "They’re going to have to figure out to make these cuts."

Trump’s plan to cut EPA’ budget 24 percent mirrors recommendations given to him by the agency transition team. That plan advised cuts outside of state and tribal grants, which make up about 43 percent of EPA’s budget.
Posted by: Fred || 03/01/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [97 views] Top|| File under:

#1  good, build the wall or donate it to fusion research

fusion will take us to the stars
Posted by: anon1 || 03/01/2017 7:11 Comments || Top||

#2  Cuts to the EPA and other agencies will fund a 54 billion spending increase in defense spending.

Ah, the Ole 'waste, fraud, and abuse' scheme eh? Who knows maybe President Trump will be the first to actually it off. We'll see.
Posted by: DepotGuy || 03/01/2017 11:45 Comments || Top||

Senate confirms Wilbur Ross as commerce secretary
[UPI] The Senate confirmed billionaire Wilbur Ross Jr., a former investor who aims to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, as secretary of commerce. The Senate confirmed Ross with a 72-27 vote Monday. His top priority is expected be renegotiating NAFTA -- a Trump campaign pledge. During his confirmation hearings in January, he said "all aspects" of NAFTA could be renegotiated.
Posted by: Fred || 03/01/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [47 views] Top|| File under:

McConnell: Trump's State Dept. cuts 'probably' can't pass Senate
[THEHILL] Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Tuesday that a budget that slashes State Department funding likely wouldn't clear the Senate.

Asked if a budget that cuts the agency’s funding by roughly a third could pass the upper chamber, McConnell told news hounds "probably not."

"When we get to funding the government, obviously it will be done on a bipartisan basis," he said.
Protecting the phony-baloney jobs is always a bipartisan job...
The Wall Street Journal reported that the Trump administration’s budget would cut the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development by roughly 37 percent.

Stressing that he was speaking for himself and not the caucus, McConnell added that the "diplomatic portion of the federal budget is very important."
"I'm not in favor of cutting what we call the 150 account by that amount," he said.

The 150 account includes international affairs funding.

Trump's first budget is coming under fire from several GOP politicians.

Sen. Lindsey Graham
... the endangered South Carolina RINO...
(R-S.C.) told NBC News that it was "dead on arrival." Meanwhile,
...back at the wreckage, Captain Poindexter wished he had a cup of coffee. Even instant would do...
Sen. John Maverick McCain
... the Senator-for-Life from Arizona, former presidential candidate and even more former foot soldier in the Reagan Revolution. As an ordinary citizen he greased the infamous hookers peeing on the Obamabed in Moscow dossier in an attempt to smear President Trump...
(R-Ariz.) has knocked it over its level of defense spending.
Posted by: Fred || 03/01/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [119 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "When we get to funding the government are feeding at the trough, obviously it will be done on a bipartisan basis," he said.

Posted by: SteveS || 03/01/2017 8:24 Comments || Top||

#2  Fine, let em choose: diplomat salaries or diplomat travel and accommodation budgets. But not both.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 03/01/2017 10:16 Comments || Top||

#3  Lindsey Graham and John McCain were sitting next to each other at Trump's speech last night. They weren't holding hands, as far as I could tell, but they were sitting together.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 03/01/2017 12:09 Comments || Top||

#4  Are we talking staffing and such or foreign aid?
Posted by: rjschwarz || 03/01/2017 12:27 Comments || Top||

#5  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), the Harry Reid of the Republican Party. Give a try at passing these budget cuts in the Senate; you won't know whether they will pass if you don't put it to the vote. So McConnell really doesn't want to drain the swamp. He can be replaced when he comes up again for election.
Posted by: JohnQC || 03/01/2017 13:48 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Culture Wars
Hitler Game Sent to Senators Because Trump is Fascist or Something [VIDEO]
Gamers who love playing esoteric card games are a pretty geeky bunch. They enjoy wrapping their brain cells around games which come with actual booklets to explain byzantine rules.
I know this because I’m married to one.

One card game is gaining a certain amount of notoriety because the game designers just sent a copy to all 100 U.S. Senators.

It’s called "Secret Hitler," a game that "models the rise of fascism in a democracy."

Here’s a brief explanation of how the game is played.
Posted by: Blossom Unains5562 || 03/01/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [112 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The irony of this is that the folks who think that Trump is Hitler would have been the first in line to congratulate Neville Chamberlain for bringing back "peace in our time", would have called Munich a great diplomatic achievement, and would have derided Churchill as a washed-up warmonger.
Posted by: Matt || 03/01/2017 9:22 Comments || Top||

#2  One imagines Satan fuming: "Look! He's laughing over there!! This is Hell!!! Only I get to laugh around here!!!!"
Posted by: M. Murcek || 03/01/2017 9:27 Comments || Top||

#3  good game - helped out with the Kickstarter
Posted by: Rex Mundi || 03/01/2017 9:49 Comments || Top||

#4  I recall an email in the trove of Podesta emails which said the following in reference to Obama's secret agreement with Iran:

On Jul 15, 2015 5:21 PM, "John Anzalone" wrote:

> “This agreement condemns the next generation to cleaning up a nuclear
> war in the Persian Gulf… This is the greatest appeasement since Chamberlain
> gave Czechoslovakia to Hitler.”

Podesta: "Yup"

Who are the Fascists again?
Posted by: JohnQC || 03/01/2017 14:11 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Politix
McAuliffe Vetoes Bill to Investigate Virginia Voter Rolls With More Registered Than Eligible Voters
[FREEBEACON] Democratic Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe vetoed a bill that would require investigations of jurisdictions in the state whose voter rolls contain more registered voters than citizens who are eligible to vote.

The bill, first introduced by Republican state Sen. Mark D. Obenshain, was prompted by a report that shed light on eight Virginia counties that had more registered voters on their voter rolls than eligible voters.

Obenshain's bill would require "the local electoral boards to direct the general registrars to investigate the list of persons voting at an election whenever the number of persons voting at any election in a county or city exceeds the number of persons registered to vote in that county or city," according to its summary. "The Department of Elections is required to provide certain data to any general registrar conducting such an investigation for the registrar's use during the investigation. The local electoral boards are required to make reports of the findings to the State Board. These reports are public documents."

McAuliffe, who vetoed the bill on Friday, claimed that the bill "would increase the administrative burden on local election officials" in his veto statement.

"By requiring 133 individual general registrars to conduct an investigation of voters under undefined standards, this bill raises serious constitutional questions," McAuliffe said in a statement. "It could expose eligible and properly registered Virginians to the risk of improper disenfranchisement."
Posted by: Fred || 03/01/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [158 views] Top|| File under:

#1  McAuliffe, who vetoed the bill on Friday, claimed that the bill "would increase the administrative burden on local election officials" in his veto statement.

Then set a date late this year to wipe all voter rolls and start from zero, before the next years election cycle.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 03/01/2017 3:47 Comments || Top||

#2  Wants to get reelected, eh?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/01/2017 5:20 Comments || Top||

#3  Dunno if the Virginia congress can override, but either way a serious investigation into McAuliffe's campaign sources is needed.
Posted by: DarthVader || 03/01/2017 9:23 Comments || Top||

#4  McAuliffe can't be re-elected; the governor's position in Virginia is a one-term job.
Posted by: Steve White || 03/01/2017 9:53 Comments || Top||

#5  Steve, fortunately that is true.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 03/01/2017 10:04 Comments || Top||

#6  McAuliffe can't be re-elected; the governor's position in Virginia is a one-term job
Ah, a good Party man caring for the future electoral success of the Party.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/01/2017 10:06 Comments || Top||

#7  And the Dems want the Trunks to investigate Russia's meddling with the election, right?
Posted by: gorb || 03/01/2017 12:02 Comments || Top||

#8  Can Virginia voters recall him?
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 03/01/2017 12:26 Comments || Top||

#9  Perhaps FBI probes should be looked into more deeply involving McCauliffe's dealings such as the Clinton Foundation, campaign financing, pizzagate and Dr. Melgen and Casa de Campo relationships.
Posted by: JohnQC || 03/01/2017 14:03 Comments || Top||

House Democrat says he will refuse to shake Trump's hand at joint session
[WASHINGTONEXAMINER] President Trump will not receive a handshake from at least one senior House Democrat, the politician announced hours before Trump's first speech before a joint session of Congress.

"The president needs to work with all people and therefore I will listen to what he has to say today, but I will not greet him and shake his hand," New York Rep. Eliot Engel, the top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said during a brief speech on the House floor.

Engel, like several other politicians, has a long history of taking a seat on the aisle during State of the Union addresses; the positioning ensures that they are seen on television greeting the president as he enters and exits the joint session. But Engel intends the snub as a a rebuke of Trump's attacks on the media, lack of support for investigating the Russia-linked cyberattacks against the Democratic party during the 2016 elections, and other policy disagreements, he said.

Posted by: Fred || 03/01/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [195 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Yeah,that will do it; that's really making a statement.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 03/01/2017 0:20 Comments || Top||

#2  I watched the SoU this evening. One of the best presidential addresses I've ever seen, if not the best. I didn't notice this bozeau.
Posted by: Fred || 03/01/2017 0:30 Comments || Top||

#3  Yeah... I'm sure Trump is all broken up about it.

Children have better manners.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 03/01/2017 0:57 Comments || Top||

#4  DJT did an absolutely splendid job. Not certain how he could have done better. The dems appeared churlish and inconsequential.

Thank you Trump team. Mission accomplished.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/01/2017 5:10 Comments || Top||

#5  He had a really good speech. Offered to work with the demoncrats, but then smacked them for being twits.

Trust fund babies and snowflakes hardest hit while Nancy had a stroke or something...

Posted by: DarthVader || 03/01/2017 8:54 Comments || Top||

#6  Yeah, the strait jacket look was a wonderful idea.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 03/01/2017 10:44 Comments || Top||

#7  Re #5: Pelosi has that "Eight drinks weren't enough!" look.
Posted by: PBMcL || 03/01/2017 11:03 Comments || Top||

#8  Crazy Fool is exactly right. Where were these people's parents when they were 3 or 4 or so? That's about when my mother drummed manners into me in no uncertain terms. (Thanks, Mom!)
Posted by: Tom || 03/01/2017 11:09 Comments || Top||

#9  Apparently the Dems weren't even listening because it looked like they had to be reminded to clap about stuff they normally approve of.
Posted by: gorb || 03/01/2017 12:04 Comments || Top||

#10  She looks like a mummy.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 03/01/2017 13:05 Comments || Top||

#11  In a morbid way, that picture reminds me of a song...
Posted by: Raj || 03/01/2017 13:11 Comments || Top||

#12  Eliot Engel sounds like a grand-stander. Why should Trump or anyone else care.
Posted by: JohnQC || 03/01/2017 15:06 Comments || Top||

Feinstein seeks to slow Gorsuch Supreme Court nomination
[WASHINGTONTIMES] Sen. Dianne Feinstein
...Dem Senator-for-Life from Caliphornica. She has been a politician since about the time she was weaned. Feinstein was the author of the 1994 Federal Assault Weapons Ban, and tried it a second time in 2012. Feinstein has chaired the Select Committee on Intelligence since 2009. At age 80, Feinstein is the oldest currently serving United States Senator....
, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said Tuesday she’s lodged a number of requests for more information from Judge Neil Gorsuch before the panel considers his Supreme Court nomination.

Ms. Feinstein sent Judge Gorsuch a letter last Wednesday asking whether he played a role during his time in the Justice Department on ten high-profile cases, including Guantanamo Bay detainees, U.S. torture policy, partial birth abortion and warrantless wiretapping.

Judge Gorsuch was principal deputy associate attorney general from 2005 to 2006.

Mrs. Feinstein also asked Judge Gorsuch to list significant cases, policies and initiatives where he "assisted in the development and implementation." And she sent a separate letter asking about his involvement with the Republican National Lawyers Association and the association’s Judicial Confirmation Task Force.

Judge Gorsuch is expected to appear before the committee for his confirmation hearing on March 20.
Posted by: Fred || 03/01/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [98 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Di has a problem with judges who are not down with killing babies and incarcerating terrorists.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 03/01/2017 12:30 Comments || Top||

#2  Mrs. Feinstein also asked Judge Gorsuch to list significant cases, policies and initiatives where he "assisted in the development and implementation."

I'm not in the legal field, but that doesn't sound like the sort of thing that's the purview of a judge.
Posted by: Raj || 03/01/2017 13:03 Comments || Top||

#3  Justice Ginsburg approves of him.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 03/01/2017 13:06 Comments || Top||

#4  Apparently Dianne isn't either, Raj.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 03/01/2017 13:29 Comments || Top||

#5  Feinstein along with all other Senate Dems voted for Judge Gorsuch for the 10th Circuit Appeals Court? Are they just being obstructionists now?
Posted by: JohnQC || 03/01/2017 14:35 Comments || Top||

Holder: Obama is 'ready to roll'
[POLITICO] Barack Obama
I inhaled. That was the point...
is getting closer to making his public reappearance in politics, his friend and former Attorney General Eric Inaction Jackson Holder
... aka Mister Fast and Furious...
said on Tuesday.
The land of the eternal campaign...
Holder said he’s been talking to the former president about ways -- including fundraising and interacting with state politicians -- that could help the new National Democratic Redistricting Committee, which Obama asked Holder to chair last year.

"It’s coming. He’s coming," Holder said, speaking to news hounds at a briefing for the new group. "And he’s ready to roll."

Throughout, Holder said, Obama "will be a more visible part of the effort."

Holder also predicted that the usual pattern of the party in the White House losing state legislative seats in off-year elections would hold next year, but "I expect we’ll see that on steroids with President Trump."

The NDRC is looking to be an intensified central force for Democrats to tackle their disadvantage in gerrymandering. The mission is to direct resources into winning targeted state elections, push ballot initiatives for nonpartisan district-drawing commissions and wage legal challenges to existing maps. The hope is that this would put Democrats in a stronger position in state houses, but also in the U.S. House of Representatives, if districts are drawn that more accurately represent the distribution of the popular vote, citing statistics that showed Republicans winning 49 percent of the vote in those elections but getting 55 percent of the seats in the 2016 elections.

Posted by: Fred || 03/01/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [134 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Roll...like what...a doobie?
Posted by: DepotGuy || 03/01/2017 9:46 Comments || Top||

#2  Judging by Dem losses in 2017 I'm not sure they'll want him for anything other than fundraising, photo ops, and of course golf.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 03/01/2017 12:26 Comments || Top||

Maxine Waters boycotting Trump's address to Congress
[THEHILL] Rep. Comrade Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) says she will skip President Trump’s address to Congress Tuesday night, according to ABC News.

Waters's office confirmed to The Hill that she will not attend the speech, but denied that she has encouraged other members to skip as well.

The Caliphornia, an impregnable bastion of the Democratic Party, Democrat similarly refused to attend Trump’s inauguration in January, saying she "never contemplated even going near any of those activities." Nearly 70 other Democratic politicians also skipped the ceremony.

"I don’t honor him, I don’t respect him and I don’t want to be involved with him," Waters said at the time.

Waters has positioned herself as a staunch opponent of the president. She said earlier this month that her "greatest desire is to lead [Trump] right into impeachment."
Posted by: Fred || 03/01/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [140 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Better Headline:
Maxine Waters Boycotting Trump's Address to Congress...and Nobody Noticed
Posted by: jvalentour || 03/01/2017 7:44 Comments || Top||

#2  And I was so looking forward to seeing her smiling face.
Posted by: Vast Right Wing Conspiracy || 03/01/2017 9:02 Comments || Top||

#3  if Senator Warren is a fake Indian, Rep Waters is a genuine nutcase.

We should try to get her to be the keynote speaker for the Dems in 2020 at their POTUS nomination convention
Posted by: lord garth || 03/01/2017 10:21 Comments || Top||

#4  Putin invaded Korea, the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor, and Maxine's mother marched because, unfortunately, she couldn't get an abortion.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 03/01/2017 13:08 Comments || Top||

#5  I thought Maxine marched because her mother didn't get an abortion?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/01/2017 13:18 Comments || Top||

#6  "I don’t honor him, I don’t respect him and I don’t want to be involved with him," Waters said at the time.

You might consider resigning your seat.
Posted by: JohnQC || 03/01/2017 13:42 Comments || Top||

#7  Democrats Said Melania's White Dress Was Racist, Then Wore White to Trump's Speech
Posted by: Vast Right Wing Conspiracy || 03/01/2017 13:43 Comments || Top||

#8  You are right, grom. My bad.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 03/01/2017 14:17 Comments || Top||

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