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Video: A chorus of local news reporters reading, word-for-word, from the same Sinclair script...

to attack the media and defend the President. This is not what an independent media looks like.


Louie Gohmert files resolution to declare Cesar Chavez's B-Day "National Border Control Day"


Despicable Chris Collins Slams Louise Slaughter as a Despicable Human Being Over Ethics Review

Republican Rep. Chris Collins has slammed fellow New Yorker Louise M. Slaughter as a “despicable human being” over the ethics charges the Democratic congresswoman filed against him.

“She’s on a witch hunt, she’s a despicable human,” Collins said of his colleague, Fox News reported. “You don’t go after another member.”

Collins’ remarks come after Slaughter filed charges with the Office of Congressional Ethics in response to reports he shared nonpublic information about an Australian biotech company.

Collins is an investor and board member of the company called Innate Immunotherapeutics Limited.

On Thursday, the House Ethics Committee announced that the OCE recommended that it extend its review into the allegations that Collins shared nonpublic information in the purchase of Innate stock.

The Ethics panel released a 29-page report from the OCE detailing the allegations against Collins.

[Report: Ethics Office Investigating Chris Collins Investments]

The OCE also recommended that the committee conduct additional review into the allegation that Collins discussed clinical trials for Innate with an employee at the National Institutes of Health.

But the office also recommended that the Ethics panel dismiss allegations that Collins purchased discounted stock that was not available to the public.

more: https://www.rollcall.com/news/politics/collins-slams-slaughter-as-a-despicable-human-being-for-ethics-review

In Montana race, Green Party candidate was on GOPs payroll

The Green Party: Getting Republicans Elected Every November

The Associated Press ran an interesting report late yesterday.

A man who registered as a Green Party candidate for Montana’s U.S. Senate race was on the state Republican Party’s payroll and heads a newly formed anti-tax group, according to a review of election documents.

Timothy Adams filed as a challenger Monday against Democratic Sen. Jon Tester, who faces a tough re-election campaign, in a race where a Green Party candidate could siphon votes from the Democrat.

Now, I suppose it’s possible that this guy, who was paid by the Montana Republican State Central Committee as recently as 2015, underwent a dramatic reevaluation of his political beliefs, and somehow went from the far-right to the far-left quite quickly.

But it seems more likely that the GOP is engaged in some unfortunate electoral mischief.

In the hopes of preempting angry emails, let me acknowledge that the Green Party is an actual entity, with plenty of sincere activists who care about the party’s platform and vision.

That said, we’re occasionally reminded that while the Republican Party rejects everything the Green Party stands for, the GOP nevertheless sees the Green Party as incredibly useful in moving the country to the right. Indeed, we know just as a matter of arithmetic that if Green Party voters had backed the Democratic ticket in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin in 2016, Donald Trump would not be president today.

more: http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/montana-race-green-party-candidate-was-gops-payroll

Ohio Republican tries to own his opponent by claiming teens should be able to bring guns to school

Antani told the Dayton Daily News Thursday that he was not advocating the arming of students, but rather that “students should have the option of carrying long guns in school if they meet the legal criteria to do so.”

“The law is anybody above 21 can have a handgun and anybody above 18 can have a long gun, and so anyone who complies with the law should be able to carry and protect themselves,” Antani said.

He added that “many decades ago, people brought their firearms to school,” but usually left them in their cars.


The argument started when Dickerson said that unlike his opponents, he intends to listen to students calling for safer schools. To do so, Dickerson called on his opponent to renounce House Bill 233, a bill that would, the Daily News reported, “allow a concealed handgun licensee or military member to carry a deadly weapon into a gun-free zone, and avoid punishment, so long as the person leaves upon request and doesn’t return with the weapon within 30 days.”

In response, Antani accused Dickerson of lying, and then doubled down his support for the bill, saying “students deserve a chance to stand their ground and defend themselves.






A Princeton sociologist spent 8 years asking rural Americans why theyre so pissed off

Hint: it’s not about the economy.

Robert Wuthnow, a sociologist at Princeton University, spent eight years interviewing Americans in small towns across the country. He had one goal: to understand why rural America is so angry with Washington.

Sean Illing
In the book, you argue that the anger we’re seeing in rural America is less about economic concerns and more about the perception that Washington is threatening the way of life in small towns. How, specifically, is Washington doing this?

Robert Wuthnow
I’m not sure that Washington is doing anything to harm these communities. To be honest, a lot of it is just scapegoating. And that’s why you see more xenophobia and racism in these communities. There’s a sense that things are going badly, and the impulse is to blame “others.”

They believe that Washington really does have power over their lives. They recognize that the federal government controls vast resources, and they feel threatened if they perceive Washington’s interest being directed more toward urban areas than rural areas, or toward immigrants more than non-immigrants, or toward minority populations instead of the traditional white Anglo population.

Sean Illing
But that’s just racism and cultural resentment, and calling it a manifestation of some deeper anxiety doesn’t alter that fact.

Robert Wuthnow
I don’t disagree with that. I’m just explaining what I heard from people on the ground in these communities. This is what they believe, what they say, not what I believe.

Sean Illing
I’m still struggling to understand what exactly these people mean when they complain about the “moral decline” of America. At one point, you interview a woman who complains about the country’s “moral decline” and then cites, as evidence, the fact that she can’t spank her children without “the government” intervening. Am I supposed to take this seriously?

Robert Wuthnow
It’s an interesting question. What does it mean for us to take that seriously? I guess my point is that she takes it seriously, even if we don’t or shouldn’t. Does she still spank her children? Probably. Is she just using that as an example of how the country is changing and how Washington is driving that change? Probably.

Now, I doubt she made this us up herself. She likely heard it at church or from her neighbors or from Fox News or talk radio. Again, what I kept hearing from people is a general fear that traditional moral rules were being wiped out by a government and a culture that doesn’t understand the people who still believe in these things.

Sean Illing
I guess I just don’t know how to respond to these sorts of complaints. Yes, the world has changed; it’s always changing. And I understand the sense of loss some people feel because of that, but at some point, we have to acknowledge that culture evolves and stop trying to unwind the historical clock.

Robert Wuthnow
I grew up in rural America; I still have a great deal of affection for rural America. But I find a lot of this quite depressing. Part of me wants to take some of these people, shake them up, and tell them to “move on.” This is the 21st century, after all. Quit listening to Rush Limbaugh and try to think as clearly as you can about what’s going on.

But another part of me says it’s important to understand where they’re coming from and not simply dismiss them as disconnected or out of touch with reality. If they feel threatened by racial diversity or homosexuality or abortion or whatever it might be, I want to understand why they feel that way. As a scholar, that’s the only way I’m going to learn anything.

more: https://www.vox.com/2018/3/13/17053886/trump-rural-america-populism-racial-resentment

Betsy DeVos on 60 Minutes has Leslie Stahl's jaw stuck on floor.


Fyre Festival Promoter Billy McFarland Pleads Guilty To Fraud

Concert promoter Billy McFarland, who promised to stage a "life-changing" Caribbean music festival in the Bahamas last year and instead presided over a fiasco, pleaded guilty to two counts of wire fraud and faces up to a decade behind bars.

A contrite McFarland admitted in a Manhattan federal court that he had defrauded 80 investors and falsified documents to secure more funds to put on the 2017 Fyre Festival.

"I deeply regret my actions, and I apologize to my investors, team, family and supporters who I let down," he said as quoted by The Associated Press.

The two counts of wire fraud each carry a maximum of 20 years in prison. But under the plea agreement, McFarland likely would face a sentence of eight to 10 years and a fine of up to $300,000.


McFarland also pleaded guilty to lying to an unnamed ticket broker to persuade him to buy $2 million for a block of advance tickets to Fyre festivals that would be staged in the future.

"In addition to prison time, McFarland and Fyre Media face more than a dozen civil suits and an ongoing bankruptcy liquidation of the company, as investors and ticket buyers try to recover some of their losses," Bloomberg reports.

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