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Ridiculous Bay Area housing costs may
be reflected in a large drop in births
San Francisco Chronicle, by Michelle Robertson    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 6/13/2018 1:41:20 PM     Post Reply
A harbinger of the absurdly high cost of housing in the San Francisco Bay Area may be visible in the region´s maternity wings. San Francisco is a city of few children. You´re more likely to see a French bulldog roaming Alamo Square Park than packs of kids frolicking among the Victorians. The lack of youngsters is indicative of a larger issue in the city: the absurdly high cost of housing. According to a new study, when housing prices go up, the birth rate goes down. It's a trend economists noticed during the 2008 recession — the number of babies being born in the U.S. plummeted after millions of people lost their homes and

Russia May Hack Any World Cup
Traveler´s Electronics, Top U.S. Spy Says
Newsweek Magazine, by Jason Lemon    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 6/13/2018 1:40:56 PM     Post Reply
The top U.S. counterintelligence agent has warned Americans traveling to Russia for the 2018 World Cup against taking any electronics with them, saying soccer fans could be targeted by hackers. William Evanina, an FBI agent and the director of the U.S. National Counterintelligence and Security Center, said in a Tuesday statement that even those who see themselves as insignificant could become victims of Russian spying. “If you’re planning on taking a mobile phone, laptop, PDA, or another electronic device with you—make no mistake—any data on those devices (especially your personally identifiable information) may

If Obama had talked to Kim Jong-un,
MSM would´ve swooned
Washington Times, by Joseph Curl    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 6/13/2018 1:28:14 PM     Post Reply
Just hours after President Trump had concluded his historic summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, the consensus from the mainstream media was that the whole event was a big nothingburger. Mr. Trump won no hard concessions, the MSM said — nothing concrete on denuclearization, on human rights violations. In fact, said the talking heads and political pundits, the things Mr. Kim pledged to undertake in a multipoint agreement signed by both leaders have all been agreed to before. What’s more, said the MSM, Mr. Trump had just legitimized Mr. Kim by deigning to meet with him, elevating his status to that of a world

  



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VW fined one billion euros by German
prosecutors over emissions cheating
Reuters, by Andreas Cremer, Jan Schwartz    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 6/13/2018 1:06:46 PM     Post Reply
Berlin - Volkswagen was fined 1 billion euros ($1.18 billion) over diesel emissions cheating in what amounts to one of the highest ever fines imposed by German authorities against a company, public prosecutors said on Wednesday. The German fine follows a U.S. plea agreement from January 2017 when VW agreed to pay $4.3 billion to resolve criminal and civil penalties for installing illegal software in diesel engines to cheat strict U.S. anti-pollution tests. “Following thorough examination, Volkswagen AG accepted the fine and it will not lodge an appeal against it. Volkswagen AG, by doing so, admits its responsibility for

Watch a British Teen´s Golden
Buzzer-Winning Performance
of ´Hard to Handle´
on ´America´s Got Talent´
MSN Entertainment, by Lars Brandle    Original Article
Posted By: greggojo- 6/13/2018 1:05:47 PM     Post Reply
Nerves can wreck any performer’s day. Not Courtney Hadwin. When the British teen auditioned on America’s Got Talent, she confessed to her battle with nerves right from the start. Nerves of steel, more like. Hadwin surprised everyone in the room as she wheeled around the stage and belted out Otis Redding’s “Hard to Handle,” covered in the ´90s by the Black Crowes. "Bloody hell Courtney,” enthused judge Simon Cowell. “You were this shy little thing when you came out. Then you sing and you’re like a lion. I mean, genuinely incredible.”

Larry Kudlow released from hospital
after treatment for heart attack
Washington Times, by Dave Boyer    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 6/13/2018 1:02:20 PM     Post Reply
White House economic director Larry Kudlow was released from the hospital Wednesday, two days after suffering a mild heart attack. The White House said Mr. Kudlow, 70, was discharged from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. “Doctors say Larry’s recovery is going very well,” said White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. “The president and the administration are happy Larry is back home and look forward to seeing him back to work soon.” Mr. Kudlow, who joined the White House this spring as a replacement for chief economic adviser Gary Cohn, suffered the heart attack on Monday.

It now takes a $22.10 hourly wage
to afford the typical modest two-
bedroom rental
Washington Examiner, by Joseph Lawler    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 6/13/2018 12:52:38 PM     Post Reply
An hourly wage of $22.10 is now what´s needed to afford a typical, modest two-bedroom rental nationwide, according to a new report released Wednesday, and most renters don’t earn nearly that much. In its report, the National Low Income Housing Coalition estimated that the typical renter instead earns just $16.88, meaning that for most the average “affordable” rental housing, as defined by the government, is not within financial reach. The new estimate of $22.10 is up almost $1 from the $21.21 estimate a year earlier. In many big cities, the gap between what people earn and what would be needed

  


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GOP pols slam Rosenstein, say
staff ´shaking´ in fear over ´threats´
Fox News, by Adam Shaw    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 6/13/2018 12:42:44 PM     Post Reply
GOP lawmakers accused the Justice Department of "intimidation" on the heels of a Fox News report that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein once threatened to "subpoena" House committee members, with one lawmaker now claiming staffers have been left “physically shaking” over Rosenstein´s tactics. Fox News’ Catherine Herridge reported Tuesday on emails that described a tense closed-door meeting in January. Written by commitee staffers, they said Rosenstein threatened to subpoena emails, phone records and other documents from lawmakers and aides on the House Intelligence Committee -- in response to inquiries regarding the Russia probe. One staffer said Rosenstein launched a “sustained

Let the games begin: Beltway buckles
up for IG report on Clinton probe
Hot Air, by Ed Morrisey    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 6/13/2018 12:24:56 PM     Post Reply
It’s not exactly Fitzmas, and it isn’t even Michael Horowitz’ most anticipated report. However, tomorrow’s release of the Inspector General’s review of the Department of Justice’s conduct in the Hillary Clinton investigation has Congress and the Washington political world on edge. Horowitz is expected to have plenty of criticism for the conduct of top officials in the DoJ and the FBI, up to and including former director James Comey. The Hill prepares its “conservatives pounce” narrative: Conservatives on Capitol Hill are anxiously awaiting the imminent release of a report from the Department of Justice (DOJ) inspector general scrutinizing the law

Poll shows Mueller’s public
image at all-time low
Politico, by Darren Samuelsohn    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 6/13/2018 11:23:59 AM     Post Reply
Special counsel Robert Mueller’s public image has sunk to an all-time low since he began his probe into possible collusion between the Trump 2016 presidential campaign and Russia, according to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll. (Snip) Mueller’s unfavorable numbers have hit highs among both Democrats and independents, at 24 percent and 33 percent, respectively. Thirty-six percent of all registered voters are also seeing Mueller unfavorably, which represents the highest level since the polling first raised the topic 11 months ago. Back then, 23 percent of all voters said they viewed Mueller negatively. "Robert Mueller’s disapproval rating is at its highest

Bienvenido to America! Donald Trump will
host Spain´s King Felipe at the White House
next week-with Melania on hand to welcome
his Very glamorous former news anchor Queen
Daily Mail (UK), by Siofra Brennan    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 6/13/2018 11:19:32 AM     Post Reply
It´s not yet clear if Donald Trump will meet the Queen when he visits the UK in a few weeks, but he is set for an encounter with royalty later this month when he hosts Queen Letizia and King Felipe of Spain in Washington, D.C. The President and First Lady will welcome the Spanish monarchs to the White House on June 19, at the end of an official visit that will also take in New Orleans, and San Antonio.The cities, which have close historical ties with Spain, are this year celebrating the 300th anniversary of their foundation. A statement confirmed the

  



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Man at center of Nobel Prize
scandal charged with rape
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 6/13/2018 11:15:57 AM     Post Reply
Copenhagen, Denmark — The man at the center of a sex-abuse and financial crimes scandal that is tarnishing the academy that awards the Nobel Prize in Literature was charged on Tuesday with two counts of rape of a woman in 2011. Swedish prosecutor Christina Voigt said the evidence “is robust and sufficient for prosecution.” Jean-Claude Arnault, a well-known figure in Sweden who ran a cultural center, is married to Katarina Frostenson, a poet and member of the Swedish Academy. He has denied this and other sex abuse allegations. In April, the Swedish Academy said an internal investigation into sexual misconduct allegations found that

North Koreans ´see Trump pictured for the
First time´ as state-run media lauds Kim
Jong-un´s meeting with the president as a
resounding success and highlights concessions*
Daily Mail (UK), by Tariq Tahir    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 6/13/2018 11:11:00 AM     Post Reply
Donald Trump´s has appeared on the front page of North Korea´s main state newspaper, the first time the overwhelming majority of the country´s citizens will have seen his picture. Rodong Sinmun, the official paper of the Central Committee of the ruling Workers´ Party of Korea, featured 33 photos of the country´s leader Kim Jong-un and the US President. The appearance of the US president in the North Korean media comes after he appeared to pave the way for more meetings with Kim, including a possible visit to the White House by the dictator. (Photos/Video)

Michelle Malkin: NYC´s War on Academic Excellence
Cybercast News Service, by Michelle Malkin    Original Article
Posted By: M2- 6/13/2018 11:03:14 AM     Post Reply
"I also have a dream." This rallying cry, handwritten on a simple white placard held up by an Asian-American mom at a protest this week against liberal New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio´s plan to radically transform New York City´s public schools, says it all. A new civil rights struggle in education has exploded — yet the national media and the usual celebrity voices for equality and justice are nowhere to be found. While student "Dreamers" here illegally from south of the border garner bleeding-heart front-page stories and nightly news dispatches, the high-achieving sons and daughters of legal immigrants from Asia

Feds Collect Record Individual Income Taxes
Through May; Still Run $532.2B Deficit
Cybercast News Service, by Terrence P. Jeffrey    Original Article
Posted By: M2- 6/13/2018 11:00:48 AM     Post Reply
The federal government collected a record $1,143,141,000,000 in individual income taxes through the first eight months of fiscal 2018 (Oct. 1, 2017 through the end of May), according to the Monthly Treasury Statement released today. Despite the record individual income tax collections, the federal government still ran a deficit of $532,241,000,000 over those same eight months, according to the Treasury statement. The approximately $1,143,141,000,000 in individual income taxes that the Treasury collected in October through May of this fiscal year was $56,273,800,000 more (in constant May 2018 dollars) than the $1,086,867,200,000 (in constant May 2018 dollars) in individual income taxes that the

  



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Trump Calls Sen. Kaine ´A Total Stiff,´
Backs Conservatives in Va. and S.C.
Cybercast News Service, by Susan Jones    Original Article
Posted By: M2- 6/13/2018 10:58:50 AM     Post Reply
The Tweeter-in-Chief is back in the USA, Air Force One landing in the Washington area shortly before 6 a.m. Wednesday. As the president flew in, the tweets flew out, including Mr. Trump´s political picks and pans: "My political representatives didn’t want me to get involved in the Mark Sanford primary thinking that Sanford would easily win - but with a few hours left I felt that Katie was such a good candidate, and Sanford was so bad, I had to give it a shot. Congrats to Katie Arrington!," Trump tweeted. Arrington, a staunch Trump supporter, defeated never-Trumpist Rep. Mark Sanford in South Carolina´s

Referendum To Split California Into 3
States Gets On Ballot. Here´s What The
New Californias Would Look Like.
Daily Wire, by James Barrett    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 6/13/2018 10:57:19 AM     Post Reply
A new proposal to break up California into three states received enough signatures on Tuesday to make it onto the November 6 ballot. Now all it takes is a majority of California voters supporting it to start dismantling the country´s most populous, wealthy and radical state. The Los Angeles Times provides some more details on what would be "the first division of an existing U.S. state since the creation of West Virginia in 1863": If a majority of voters who cast ballots agree, a long and contentious process would begin for three separate states to take the place of California,

Rubio: Media ‘Attacked Trump for Leading Us
Towards War,’ Then ‘Being Too Quick for Peace’
Cybercast News Service, by Craig Bannister    Original Article
Posted By: M2- 6/13/2018 10:56:58 AM     Post Reply
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) blasted the liberal media’s “incredible hypocrisy” by contrasting their treatment of President Barack Obama’s meetings with hostile world leaders with their coverage of President Donald Trump’s denuclearization meeting with the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong Un. First, media accused Trump of provoking war, then then they attacked him for pursuing peace, Rubio said in a Tuesday Twitter post: “Presidents meeting with #KJU exposed incredible hypocrisy of many in media. When Obama did these things he was described as enlightened. When Trump does it he is reckless & foolish. 1 yr ago they attacked Trump for leading us

NYT columnist attacks
Trump for fulfilling his wish
Donsurber.com, by Don Surber    Original Article
Posted By: M2- 6/13/2018 10:54:23 AM     Post Reply
Last fall, the New York Times sent columnist Nicholas Kristof and three others to North Korea. His October 5 column was ominous, "Inside North Korea, and Feeling the Drums of War." Nuclear war is near, he warned, blaming Kim Jong Un and President Trump equally. "Far more than when I previously visited, North Korea is galvanizing its people to expect a nuclear war with the United States. High school students march in the streets in military uniform every day to denounce America. Posters and billboards along the public roads show missiles destroying the U.S. Capitol and shredding the American flag.

Bush official: "Trump and Kim Have Just
Walked Us Back From the Brink of War"
Donsurber.com, by Don Surber    Original Article
Posted By: M2- 6/13/2018 10:52:05 AM     Post Reply
Victor Cha was the National Security Council director for Asia for President George W. Bush. Cha´s parents are Korean, and one of his classmates at Columbia was Barack Obama. Cha´s doctoral thesis was "Alignment despite antagonism: Japan and Korea as quasi-allies." Cha is pleased with the Trump-Kim summit. "Despite the many warts in President Trump’s unconventional diplomacy toward North Korea, we have to give him credit. Only five months ago, based on my conversations with this administration, I thought we were headed down an inexorable path toward a devastating war," Cha wrote for the New York Times. "A military attack would not have

  



Macron Lashes Out at Italy over ‘Sickening’
Efforts to Curb Mass Immigration
Breitbart London, by Thomas P. Williams, Ph.D    Original Article
Posted By: M2- 6/13/2018 10:50:29 AM     Post Reply
French President Emmanuel Macron has censured Italy’s decision to refuse debarkation to a migrant-laden NGO vessel as “sickening,” while scolding Italy for its supposed “cynicism and irresponsibility” in dealing with migrants. Early this week, the Italian government turned away the ship Aquarius, operated by the French-German NGO SOS Méditerranée, which has been conducting search-and-rescue missions in North African waters since 2015. The League’s Matteo Salvini, now Italy’s Interior Minister, repeatedly accused NGO vessels such as the Aquarius of providing an illegal shuttle service for African migrants to Italy. On more than one occasion, Salvini has denounced the NGOs for accepting financing from billionaire

Show Us the Money: Iran Demands EU
Compensation to Stay in Nuclear Deal
Breitbart Jerusalem, by Simon Kent    Original Article
Posted By: M2- 6/13/2018 10:46:23 AM     Post Reply
Iran is looking to EU nations to provide funds to help it honour the 2015 nuclear accord, President Hassan Rouhani has warned. In a phone conversation with French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday, Rouhani said Europeans must financially compensate Iran if they want to preserve the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), following President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the deal and restore sanctions. Rouhani’s website quoted him as saying: “We must not let this great achievement of diplomacy be destroyed by others’ unilateral actions, which are unfaithful to their promises.” Co-signers France, Britain, Germany, Russia and China want to preserve the

Homeland Security will strip citizenship
from naturalized Americans who lied on
their applications
Washington Examiner, by Anna Giaritelli    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 6/13/2018 10:43:53 AM     Post Reply
The Trump administration is creating an office within the Homeland Security Department to strip immigrants of their naturalized citizenship or green card status if they are discovered to have lied on formal applications about their immigration status. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services spokesman Michael Bars told the Washington Examiner the agency has begun hiring dozens of lawyers and immigration officers to staff the forthcoming USCIS office in Los Angeles with the intent of possibly prosecuting some of those who committed fraud. “The new USCIS office in southern California will serve as a centralized location to review and initiate the civil

Exclusive — McCarthy: Conservatives Will
Not Be Silent About Online Censorship
Breitbart Big Government, by Rep: Kevin McCarthy    Original Article
Posted By: M2- 6/13/2018 10:43:11 AM     Post Reply
Last week, millions of Californians performed their civic duty by voting in primary elections. If these Americans did their homework in the days before the elections, they might have encountered a disturbing piece of fake news: Google search results listed the ideology of the California Republican Party as “Nazism.” This reprehensible smear was an insult to millions of California Republicans, living and dead — especially those who, like Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan, worked to free the world from totalitarianism during World War II and the Cold War. But this incident was not merely an insult. It was the latest in a trend

Thank You President Trump! US Households
on Food Stamps Drops Below 20 Million
Gateway Pundit, by Jim Hoft    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 6/13/2018 10:41:04 AM     Post Reply
Under Barack Obama one in five US households, or twenty percent of US households, were on food stamps in 2013. The Obama administration paid recruiters to sign up people on food stamps. At the same time, the Obama administration also pursued a “partnership” with the Mexican government to “raise awareness” about food stamps. The administration used a Spanish soap opera format to push food stamps on illegal immigrants and Spanish-speaking Americans. (Video) But those days are over, The number of US households on food stamps dropped to below 20 million for the first time in eight years! Thank you President Trump!

A Philosophy of Expedience
City Journal, by John O. McGinnis    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 6/13/2018 10:13:14 AM     Post Reply
Judicial appointments have proved the most successful aspect of the Trump presidency. Neil Gorsuch has begun where Antonin Scalia left off—as a committed originalist and eloquent textualist. Twenty-one appellate justices have been confirmed, a record at this point in a modern President’s term. And, like Gorsuch, these appointees have been schooled in formalist methodologies of judging. Confident of and committed to their judicial philosophy, they will not shift leftward, as have many Republican appointees in the past. These judges are the fruit of institutions like the Federalist Society and of the work of scholars who have carefully formulated the ideas

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