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Thousands Of Jobs In Ohio Are Left Unfilled Because People Can’t ‘Pass A Drug Test’

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This is the sad state of many unemployed Americans they are so dope smacked they can not pass a preemployment drug test.

The manufacturing industry in Ohio is expanding under the Trump administration, but growth is stunted because many potential employees are also addicted to drugs.

Steve Staub, who runs Staub Manufacturing Solutions in Ohio, attended the State of the Union address Tuesday as a special guest to President Donald Trump. While there, aside from participating in the pageantry, Staub discussed problems in the manufacturing industry and business in general with the president.

Staub mentioned to Trump the toll the opioid crisis has had on business’ ability to fill jobs. About two million Americans nationwide are addicted to the drug. The crisis has been particularly hard on Staub’s home state of Ohio, were thousands of job applicants are turned away because of substance abuse.

“In Ohio alone, they have about 20,000 available jobs in manufacturing. In Dayton, Ohio, where I’m from, we have about 4,000 jobs available today in manufacturing that we can’t fill,” Staub told TheDCNF. “We can’t get people to pass a drug test.”

Other area’s on Staub’s list of concerns are taxes, regulations, health care, and infrastructure.

The Trump administration has made significant, direct strides in two of those areas. At the end of 2017, Trump signed into law the GOP tax plan and unleashed a torrent of investment in the form of raised wages and bonuses. The Trump administration has also reversed the expansion of the regulatory state, which increases the costs of doing business.

Republicans punted on health care, however, as they could not build the support needed to reform or repeal the Affordable Care Act, known widely as Obamacare.

The fate of Trump’s infrastructure plan remains to be seen. Trump championed a $1.5 trillion infrastructure investment plan during his address to Congress last week.

“Together, we can reclaim our building heritage,” Trump said. “We will build gleaming new roads, bridges, highways, railways, and waterways all across our land. And we will do it with American heart, American hands, and American grit.”

More than anything, Staub believes the Trump administration has had the greatest impact on the “overall optimism” of the manufacturing industry and business in general as companies adopt plans for growth and expansion. The National Association of Manufacturers, in their Manufacturers’ Outlook Survey taken every quarter for two decades, found optimism to be at an all-time high in the last quarter of 2017.

Along with the financial boost from the GOP tax plan, companies began implementing their strategies  for growth almost immediately.

“We’ve gave a much larger Christmas bonus than we were going to when [tax reform] passed,” Staub told TheDCNF of his own company. “We are giving raises to everybody, and we went ahead and expanded and bought the building next door to us that was for sale as part of our future growth.”

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California Is Shuttering The Last Nuclear Power Plant In The State

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Many more Californians will be in the dark when the last nuclear plant shuts down in 2025 because their fairy tale renewable energy will not be able to meet power demands.

California regulators voted unanimously Thursday to shutter the state’s last nuclear power plant by 2025.

The Diablo Canyon nuclear facility is scheduled for an incremental shutdown, phasing out Unit One in 2024 and Unit Two in 2025. The plant produces about 18,000 gigawatt-hours of electricity annually, enough to power 1.7 million homes and nearly 10 percent of California’s energy mix.

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) voted to close the nuclear plant as the federal licenses for each unit expire, and move the state toward 100 percent renewable energy.

“With this decision, we chart a new energy future by phasing out nuclear power here in California,” CPUC President Michael Picker said, according to The San Francisco Chronicle. “We’ve looked hard at all the arguments, and we agree the time has come.”

Expecting to close the plants when the federal leases ran out, the PGEC had brought together environmental groups and local officials in 2016 to construct a plan for the CPUC to review and approve. The PGEC plan requested $85 million in mitigation funding for communities reliant on nuclear power and $363.4 million for PGEC staff retention and retraining.

The plan passed by the CPUC gave PGEC a reduced $222.6 million and did not include any of the community mitigation money, most of which was for cities and school districts. The commission said the mitigation money was best awarded through the legislature, not forced onto ratepayers.

“We’re disappointed. The County worked with a broad community and business coalition to develop a program that would help us protect local public health, safety and economic stability,” County Administrative Officer Wade Horton said in a press release sent to The Daily Caller News Foundation.

Local officials are now exploring avenues to secure the mitigation funding through the California legislature, Assistant County Administrative Officer Guy Savage told TheDCNF.

Diablo Canyon employs 1,500 workers as the county’s fourth largest employer. It adds about $1 billion into the local economy annually.

Here’s The Companies Giving 1 Million Employees Up To $3000 Of Trump Tax Cut Bonuses

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These people getting their bonus will spend that money and further stimulate the economy.

 

About 1 millions American employees are set to receive up to  $3,000 in bonuses in light of President Donald Trump’s tax cut, according to an analysis done by Americans for Tax Reform.

Various businesses across the country announced special bonuses in light of Trump’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, ATR reported Friday. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act slashed the corporate tax rate to 21 percent, prompting a slew of businesses to announce their efforts to invest in American workers.

Companies like AT&T and AccuWeather announced to their employees that they would be receiving special bonuses due to the new tax act. About 200,000 employees with AT&T received $1,000 bonus checks, while every employee with AccuWeather got a year-end bonus.

“Congress, working closely with the President, took a monumental step to bring taxes paid by U.S. businesses in line with the rest of the industrialized world. Tax reform will drive economic growth and create good-paying jobs. In fact, we will increase our U.S. investment and pay a special bonus to our U.S. employees,” Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson said in a statement.

Other companies have also announced similar actions: American Airlines is set to give their employees $1,000 bonuses while 60 employees at American Bank are about to get $1,000 bonuses as well. Boeing plans to give $100 million in charitable donations and JetBlue plans $1,000 bonuses for their 21,000 employees.

‘Not Silent At All’: Firearm Suppressor Makers Reject Hollywood Depictions

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Only in Hollyweird will a snub nosed .38 shoot a bad guy off the roof of a four story building and shoot 18 times before reloading.

Only in Hollyweird will a sound suppressor make weapon totally silent.

Hollywood isn’t too concerned with accuracy when it comes to depicting firearm use on the big screen.

Action stars taking precision shots from speeding cars, bad guys blasting away one-handed with fully automatic rifles — realism rarely figures in the picture.

Perhaps nowhere has the entertainment industry more thoroughly distorted how firearms really work than in the use of suppressors, or “silencers,” as they’re more menacingly called in popular culture. In the typical action flick, only government spies or contract killers use suppressed guns, their deadly shots muffled to near total silence.

“For every movie that shows it right, there are a dozen that don’t,” Lee Thompson, the product design director at Daniel Defense, told The Daily Caller News Foundation.

Thompson and other gun industry representatives were at Elite Shooting Sports in Manassas, Va. Monday to demonstrate their products and, they hoped, dispel what they see as widespread misconceptions about the use of suppressors.

The event, hosted by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), gave members of the media and public relations firms an opportunity to see for themselves what effects suppressors have on firearms handling, accuracy and, most importantly, volume.

The author shoots an integrally suppressed rifle made by Daniel Defense at Elite Shooting Sports in Manassas, Va. on May 22, 2017. (PHOTO: Will Racke/TheDCNF)

The author shoots an integrally suppressed rifle made by Daniel Defense at Elite Shooting Sports in Manassas, Va. on May 22, 2017. (PHOTO: Will Racke/TheDCNF)

As it turns out, a “silencer” doesn’t make a gun all that silent.

A suppressor allows a shooter to safely forego extra hearing protection in an outdoor environment such as an open-air shooting range or a hunting field. Indoors, though, the gunshot is still uncomfortably loud without hearing protection and unmistakable to those with shooting experience.

As Thompson explained, there is a physical limit to how quiet a suppressor can make a gun. The fact that a cartridge is exploding inside the chamber means that even suppressed firearms are quite loud, contrary to Hollywood depictions.

“The supersonic crack of a gunshot is always going to be at least 130 decibels,” Thompson told TheDCNF. “The closing of the action [on an AR-15] is going to be 100.”

By comparison, a commercial airline jet generates 130 decibels during takeoff, measured from 200 feet away. Most suppressors reduce gunshot volume to below 140 decibels, which is the threshold for immediate damage that can lead to long-term hearing loss.

Gun industry professionals prefer to use the term “suppressor” rather than “silencer,” because the latter doesn’t accurately describe what the devices do, and as a result, the reasons a gun owner would buy one.

Suppressors dampen the report of a gunshot in much the same way a muffler reduces a car’s engine noise. Affixed to the end of a gun barrel, a suppressor contains and re-directs the gasses generated by a gun blast, reducing the noise heard by the shooter and others in the vicinity.

A suppressed SigSauer rifle rests on a bench at Elite Shooting Sports in Manassas, Va. Bobby Cox, director of government strategy at SigSauer, says the company makes suppressors for all its commercially available firearms. (PHOTO: Will Racke/TheDCNF)

A suppressed Sig Sauer rifle rests on a bench at Elite Shooting Sports in Manassas, Va. Bobby Cox, director of government strategy at Sig Sauer, says the company makes suppressors for all of its commercially available firearms. (PHOTO: Will Racke/TheDCNF)

The controversial accessory is one of the most heavily regulated pieces of equipment in the firearms industry, even more than most guns themselves. Suppressors fall under the National Firearms Act of 1934, which was originally enacted to police the manufacture and sale of weapons such as short-barreled shotguns and machine guns.

Although they are approved for civilian use in 42 states, buying a suppressor is more complicated — and takes a lot longer — than a standard firearm purchase.

To buy one, an individual must register with the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and pay a $200 transfer tax, in addition to the standard FBI background checks required in all firearm purchases from federally licensed dealers.

Due to the extra paperwork and surging demand for suppressors, the ATF has an extensive backlog of applications that has pushed the average wait time for approval to 8 months, according to an agency memo obtained by TheDCNF.

Suppressor makers and shooting sports groups aim to change the situation through legislation. They are supporting the Hearing Protection Act of 2017 (HR 367), a proposal from Republican Reps. Jeff Duncan and John Carter that would remove suppressors from the purview of the National Firearm Act and make the buying process comparable to that of a handgun.

As the bill’s name suggests, suppressor advocates are couching their support for lighter regulation in terms of shooter safety. Many hunters don’t wear external hearing protection while in the field, for example, leading to long-term hearing damage.

“As demonstrated by the 40 states that have legalized suppressor use for hunting, suppressors are also useful for hunting where it is not practical to wear ear plugs all day in anticipation of shooting,” the NSSF wrote in a fact sheet. “Hunters very rarely, if ever, use hearing protection because listening to one’s surroundings is an important strategy in tracking prey.”

Industry groups also claim that suppressors make firearms instruction safer, especially when dealing with first-time shooters who need to clearly hear commands from instructors. Tom Collins, the general manager of the suppressor division at Sig Sauer, says children especially benefit when they learn to shoot using suppressed firearms.

“For kids, what you want them to do is listen,” he told the TheDCNF. “It’s not always a safe environment with big earmuffs.”

Tom Collins, right, the general manager of the suppressor division at SigSauer, explains how suppressors work to a journalist at Elite Shooting Sports in Manassas, Va. on May 22, 2017. (PHOTO: Will Racke/TheDCNF)

Tom Collins, right, the general manager of the suppressor division at SigSauer, explains how suppressors work to a journalist at Elite Shooting Sports in Manassas, Va. on May 22, 2017. (PHOTO: Will Racke/TheDCNF)

Opponents of suppressor deregulation don’t buy that argument, claiming that easier access to suppressors will increase the likelihood that they’ll be used in mass shootings or attacks on law enforcement. David Chipman, a senior policy adviser at Americans for Responsible Solutions and a retired 25-year veteran of the ATF, called HR367 an “extreme” proposal that is “a threat to public safety.”

“Right now the system seems to be working,” Chipman told NPR in March. “It’s allowing for [suppressor] sales to go up and we’re rarely seeing cops killed with these things, so why fix what’s not broke?”

The NSSF, which backs HR367, is lobbying for bipartisan support in the House. No Democrats have publicly supported the measure, but NSSF will seek out Democrats from gun-friendly states in the upcoming legislative session, says Patrick Rothwell, the group’s legislative affairs director.

One point in the firearms industry’s favor is that current ATF leadership appears sympathetic to the idea of removing suppressors from the National Firearms Act. Ronald Turk, the agency’s associate deputy director, said in January that including suppressors in the law is “archaic” and should be “reevaluated.”

Turk also noted that suppressors are almost never used in illegal shootings, despite the 1.3 million registered products currently held by American gun owners.

“Silencers are very rarely used in criminal shootings,” he wrote in a memo. “Given the lack of criminality associated with silencers, it is reasonable to conclude that they should not be viewed as a threat to public safety … and should be considered for reclassification under the [Gun Control Act].”

Hollywood portrayals aside, bad guys have little use for suppressors because their added length and extra expense make them inconvenient for criminal use, says Daniel Defense’s Thompson.

“In terms of concealability, they are not good,” he said. “There’s nothing about the product that is tailored toward criminal activity.”

 

 

ANALYSIS: Border Wall Only Needs To Stop 9-12% Of Illegal Crossings To Pay For Itself

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When the wall gets built it will stop more than 9-12% so the repayment for the wall will be faster than expected.

We know Slow Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton and Bathhouse Barry when they were Senators in 2006 vote for the original wall to be built.

We also know the DemocRat torpedoed the wall with a amendment to the 2008 spending bill.

FILE PHOTO -- A general view shows a newly built section of the U.S.-Mexico border wall at Sunland Park, U.S. opposite the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, November 9, 2016. Picture taken from the Mexico side of the U.S.-Mexico border. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez/File Photo Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2017/02/16/analysis-border-wall-only-needs-to-stop-9-12-of-illegal-crossings-to-pay-for-itself/#ixzz4YzOAWpNh

FILE PHOTO — A general view shows a newly built section of the U.S.-Mexico border wall at Sunland Park, U.S. opposite the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, November 9, 2016. Picture taken from the Mexico side of the U.S.-Mexico border. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez/File Photo

President Donald Trump’s border wall only needs to stop about 10 percent of illegal crossing in order to pay for itself, according to an analysis by the Center for Immigration Studies.

The estimated $12 to $15 billion cost of the wall would quickly be offset by the savings to the government if fewer illegal immigrants arrive in the country over the next decade, CIS found. Only a small portion of the population of people who are expected to attempt an illegal crossing in the next decade — between 9 and 12 percent — would have to be stopped for the wall to totally pay for itself.

The analysis from CIS, a group that advocates for moderating immigration levels, relies on fiscal estimates from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NAS) for the average cost to taxpayers of illegal immigrants. NAS estimates one illegal immigrant costs state and local governments approximately $75,000 in a lifetime, taking into account taxes paid and the cost of providing benefits such as education and health care.

If Trump’s border wall stopped between 160,000 and 200,000 people from entering the country illegally, CIS finds, the savings would offset the expected cost of the wall.

Estimates on the cost of the wall have ranged from as low as $8 billion to as high as $20 billion. Opponents of its construction argue the wall will not be effective in stopping all immigrants, and use that argument in conjunction with the price tag to assert building the wall is a waste of resources. While CIS finds it would quickly pay for itself, the analysis does note most of the fiscal burden for illegal immigrants falls on state and local governments, while the cost of the wall will fall on the federal government.

Nevertheless, the cost estimates are somewhat conservative, as they do not take into account the cost to the government of the children of illegal immigrants. If those costs are included as estimated by NAS, the fiscal drain increases to about $95,000 per illegal immigrant. CIS also notes the wall could save taxpayers nearly $64 billion over the next decade if half of the crossings are stopped — more than three times the expected cost of the wall.

Trump was able to order construction of a substantial wall on the Mexico border shortly after taking office, because of a 2006 law passed with the help of Democrats — including then-Sens. Barack Obama, Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton. The law authorized the construction of 700 miles of fencing along the southern border, as well as additional lights, cameras and sensors to enhance security.

Although former President George W. Bush signed the measure into law, the Democrat-controlled Congress that took over a few months later ensured it would never be completed by means of an amendment to a 2008 spending bill.

The amendment removed an explicit requirement the wall be made of double-layer fencing, and gave the Department of Homeland Security authority to put in place less effective barriers, such as simple vehicle barriers that do not keep pedestrians out. As a result, Democrats were able to avoid a politically unpopular vote against the wall, and then turn around and quietly gut its construction. But Trump and Republicans in Congress are now using that law to ensure a proper wall is constructed.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2017/02/16/analysis-border-wall-only-needs-to-stop-9-12-of-illegal-crossings-to-pay-for-itself/#ixzz4YzOztc4D

Democratic Senators Line Up To Support Gorsuch Vote

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I see that Senator Joe Donnelly(D-IN) has said he will support the nomination of Neil Gorsuch for Supreme Court Justice.

Obama Joe Donnelly is very afraid of losing his job in 2018.

I doubt if Obama Joe gets re elected in 2018.

Nine Democratic senators have publicly committed to holding a floor vote on Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court, almost assuring his confirmation.

Though Gorsuch will almost certainly be confirmed on a floor vote by the strength of the Republican majority alone, the GOP must attract a handful of Democratic senators to their side in the event of a filibuster.

There are, for the moment, 52 Republicans in the chamber. That number will, if only for a short time, fall to 51 when Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions is installed as U.S. attorney general. Unlike other federal judicial nominees, Supreme Court nominees are subject to filibuster, which can only be ended with the support of 60 senators.

However, the prospect that Gorsuch will surpass the 60-vote threshold now appears to be certain, as nine Democrats have committed to voting for cloture.

Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin told The State Journal Register that he will support a hearing and a vote for Gorsuch on Jan 31.

That same day, Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal made a similar commitment on MSNBC.

Durbin and Blumenthal are both members of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary. Gorsuch will give testimony and answer questions before the panel in the coming weeks.

“I will support having a hearing and a vote because I think the President’s nominee deserves that consideration,” he said.

Democratic Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill made similar remarks on Twitter.ys3bb7vz_normal

We should have a full confirmation hearing process and a vote on ANY nominee for the Supreme Court.

Other Senate Democrats who have committed to holding a vote on Gorsuch’s nomination include Sens. Chris Coons, Joe Manchin, Heidi Heitkamp, Jon Tester, Joe Donnelly and Jeanne Shaheen.

In advance of his hearing, Gorsuch has launched a charm offensive on Capitol Hill, meeting with over a dozen senators in private meetings. As is typical of Supreme Court nominations, Gorsuch will meet with most members of the Senate before the floor vote.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2017/02/08/democratic-senators-line-up-to-support-gorsuch-vote/#ixzz4YF9VlVhN

The Star Witness On Sessions’ ‘Racism’ Has Deeply Troubled History

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Trash and liars are the superstars of the DemocRat party when they are used to assassinate the character of honorable men like Jeff Sessions and Robert Bork. 

Thomas Figures, an assistant U.S. attorney whose accusations of racial bias torpedoed Sen. Jeff Sessions’ nomination to the federal bench in 1986, had a history of erratic and disturbed behavior, colleagues and estranged family say.

New sworn statements obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation given by former colleagues allege Figures, who died in 2015, was a paranoid figure who, among other things, believed “CBS Evening News” anchor Dan Rather was communicating with him through his television. An office loner with a flair for confrontation, Figures was later indicted by federal authorities for attempting to bribe a witness.

30 years later, his testimony continues to shape press coverage of Sessions’ nomination to serve as attorney general in the Trump administration.

The Star Witness

A Democrat who joined the U.S. attorney’s office during the Jimmy Carter administration, Figures was the first black man to serve as a federal prosecutor in Mobile, Ala. Though a stalwart of local Democratic politics — he was vice chair of the Mobile County Democratic Conference and his brother was a state senator — Figures chose to remain on the staff of the district’s new conservative U.S. attorney, one Jeff Sessions, following the election of former President Ronald Reagan. The pair worked together for five years.

Sessions and Figures would part ways, if only for a moment, in 1985. One year later, Sessions was preparing for the exchange of platitudes typical of a committee hearing for a district judgeship, when Figures scuttled his nomination with crippling allegations of racist sympathies.

Invited by Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee to give testimony to his character, Figures alleged Sessions regularly called him “boy” in private and admonished him to watch his mouth around the office’s white employees. His allegations were not corroborated by any member of Sessions’ staff. He also falsely claimed that Sessions ordered him to close his investigation of the lynching of a young black man named Michael Donald. Democrats on the panel peppered Sessions with biting questions and comments in the ensuing days. (RELATED: Leading Democrats Liked Jeff Sessions Before They Hated Him)

“Mr. Sessions is a throwback to a shameful era, which I know both black and white Americans thought was in our past,” Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy said during the proceedings. “It is inconceivable to me that a person of this attitude is qualified to be a U.S. attorney, let alone a U.S. federal judge.”

Figures was one of two witnesses who expressed concerns about Sessions’ racial politics. The other witness, a civil rights attorney named J. Gerald Hebert, testified that Sessions had made disparaging remarks about the ACLU and the NAACP. He went on to tell the committee he did not believe Sessions to be a racist.

Sessions’ appointment floundered, and the White House withdrew the nomination on July 31.

A Paranoid Streak

Federal investigators and former colleagues say Figures routinely displayed a pattern of erratic and paranoid behavior.

TheDCNF exclusively obtained an affidavit Monday given by former FBI special agent John Brennan, who worked with Figures while he was a federal prosecutor, that claims Figures often made strange claims. In the sworn statement, Brennan says Figures once told him he believed CBS News anchor Dan Rather was signaling to him during his nightly news broadcasts, and relaying information he wanted Figures to use.

“Mr. Figures told me that CBS News anchor Dan Rather and other news anchors would glance off camera and were signaled when he was watching television,” Brennan’s affidavit reads. “Mr. Figures claimed that, once signaled, Mr. Rather, or the other news anchors, would speak directly to him from the television and tell him things they wanted him to do or would give him information they wanted him to have.”

On another occasion, Figures allegedly told Brennan he believed his home was bugged and asked him to execute a search of the house. The ensuing search did not turn up listening devices. In a related instance, Brennan says Figures told him he terminated a road trip from Mobile, Ala. to Dallas, Texas because he believed a truck with a satellite antennae was following him.

Brennan’s statements correspond to a second affidavit obtained by TheDCNF given by Cheryl Crisona, an assistant U.S. attorney who worked with Figures from 1981 to 1985. Crisona alleges Figures was confrontational with colleagues, and often made a secretary she shared with him cry. The affidavit mirrors claims Figures’ ex-wife Janice made during divorce proceedings in 1991. (RELATED: Democrats Face Uphill Battle Blocking Sessions)

Crisona says Figures was suspicious of group conversations in the office, for fear he was the subject of discussion.

“He was very paranoid about any group in the office talking, always assuming that we were talking about him,” the affidavit reads.

“In a nutshell, every one of us in that office was afraid of Thomas Figures,” she added.

Figures Indicted

Six years later in 1992, Figures was indicted by federal prosecutors for attempting to bribe a convicted drug dealer.

The kingpin, John Christopher, was preparing to take the stand against Figures’ client, Noble Beasley, who was accused of attempting to distribute 11 pounds of crack cocaine. A letter written by Christopher’s lawyer, Joseph Kulakowski, that was obtained by TheDCNF, claims Figures presented himself as Christopher’s lawyer in the docket room of a county jail and gained access to Christopher in a private meeting room. During that meeting, federal authorities alleged Figures offered Christopher $50,000 not to testify against his client.

At trial, when confronted with recordings of his meeting at the county jail, Figures testified that he was attempting to lure Christopher into a criminal scheme so he could report him for attempted bribery. He was acquitted of all charges, though Beasley would go on to serve a life sentence.

A Narrative Forged

Figures has since died, further calcifying a legacy of strained race relations. Accounts of Figures’ testimony have appeared, without reference to his dubious credibility, on CNN and CBS broadcasts, as well as in print through the Associated Press, Vanity Fair, and The Daily Beast, among others.

It is a matter of public record that Sessions supported the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, the Defense of Marriage Act, and the Supreme Court’s ruling in Shelby County v. Holder, which invalidated key provisions of the Voting Rights Act. However, remarks Sessions is alleged to have made behind closed doors, while widely disseminated in media, appear to rest on increasingly untenable grounds.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2017/01/10/the-star-witness-on-sessions-racism-has-deeply-troubled-history/#ixzz4VWYScqom

‘Knives Sticking Out Of My Back’: Global Warming Skeptic Tells Tucker Carlson Why She Left Academia [VIDEO]

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If you do not bow down and worship at the altar of Globull Warming if you are a member of the scientific community the left will try to assassinate your reputation and character. 

Climatologist Dr. Judith Curry told Fox News host Tucker Carlson she was so sick of politicization of global warming in academia she resigned from her tenured position at Georgia Tech.

“I’ve been vilified by some of my colleagues who are activists and don’t like anybody challenging their big story,” Curry told Carlson Friday night.

“I walk around with knives sticking out of my back,” she said. “In the university environment I felt like I was just beating my head against the wall.”

Curry, a skeptic that humans are causing catastrophic global warming, announced Tuesday she was retiring from academic life to focus more on her own climate analytics business and blogging. A big reason she decided to leave, though, had to do with the “craziness” of climate science.

 “A deciding factor was that I no longer know what to say to students and postdocs regarding how to navigate the CRAZINESS in the field of climate science,” she wrote in her blog.“Research and other professional activities are professionally rewarded only if they are channeled in certain directions approved by a politicized academic establishment — funding, ease of getting your papers published, getting hired in prestigious positions, appointments to prestigious committees and boards, professional recognition, etc,” she wrote. “How young scientists are to navigate all this is beyond me, and it often becomes a battle of scientific integrity versus career suicide.”

Curry has been attacked by colleagues for questioning claims made by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and other scientists who use climate models to claim humans are the main cause of recent global warming.

“There’s far too little funding and effort going into studying natural climate variability,” Curry told Carlson.

“It’s clearly warming, and it’s been warming overall for several hundred years. The key question is how much of the warming, say for the last 50 years, is caused by humans,” she said. “I don’t see a clear signal that it is being caused by humans predominantly.”

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31 Retired Mil Officers Urge Trump Not To Roll Back Progressive And Inclusive Policies

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I disagree with the progressive officers these so called inclusive policies are a disaster for the military.

They are destroying the moral and fighting spirit of of men and women in uniform.

Women have no business in combat arms positions.

As the reality of a Trump administration sets in, 31 retired military officers have come out of the woodwork to urge Trump not to roll back progressive and inclusive policies in the military.

The statement, published by the Palm Center, is an attempt to consolidate and maintain progressive military policies introduced during the Obama administration, namely the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in 2011, the end of the ban on transgenders serving openly, the opening of all combat roles to women and the pioneering of aggressive diversity policies to drive up the rate of minorities serving in the military.

“As retired Flag and General Officers, we believe the incoming administration must firmly commit to ensuring steady leadership of our armed forces based on proven principles of military readiness,” the retired officers said in a statement. “More than half a century of history and research has made clear that an inclusive military that prioritizes talent and ability over social judgment and personal prejudice is an essential ingredient of an effective fighting force.”

“This is especially true in a diverse nation like ours, which molds millions of individuals from countless different backgrounds into a unified whole capable of defending our nation and its interests,” the officers added. “For generations, women and LGBT service members have been a crucial part of the most effective military in the world, and their service has shown that they are highly capable warriors and that their peers are capable of serving alongside them. No action should be taken to denigrate their honorable service, or to deprive the armed forces of their indispensable contributions.”

Despite fear from these retired officers, openly gay Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning said Wednesday he’s skeptical the incoming administration will bother reversing progressive policies in the military, partly because it’s “very hard” to do so.

Fanning also argued that the Obama administration’s policies do not represent the “high point” of social progress and emphasized that there’s much more work left to be done to foster inclusion in the military.

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter also tried to reaffirm the importance of allowing women access to all combat roles in advance of the Trump administration taking over.

But since Congress has passed no laws on the issue, it would actually be fairly easy for a Trump administration to roll back women in combat.

The American Military Partner Association, the largest organization in the country dedicated to representing LGBT families in the military, applauded the statement as pushback to calls to roll back alleged social progress in the services.

“We applaud these 31 retired military officers for speaking out against any attempts to undermine the incredibly important progress we’ve made for LGBT service members and their families,” said AMPA President Ashley Broadway-Mack in a statement.  “Many of our LGBT military families are on edge over comments that have been made by potential new administration officials, and it’s a distraction from the mission that no military family should have to face. All of our nation’s heroes, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. It’s crucially important that any efforts by anti-LGBT activists to target minority service members be stopped.”

GOP Rep. Duncan Hunter, an early supporter of Trump, advocated for the Trump administration to remove social engineering policies that have polluted the warrior mindset. Hunter wants an end to transgenders serving openly and an end to women in combat. He also wants a return to the word “man” in Navy and Marine Corps job titles.

EXCLUSIVE: John Kerry’s State Department Funneled MILLIONS To His Daughter’s Nonprofit

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DemocRats stealing from the taxpayers since Andrew Jackson.

More than $9 million of Department of State money has been funneled through the Peace Corps to a nonprofit foundation started and run by Secretary of State John Kerry’s daughter, documents obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation show.

The Department of State funded a Peace Corps program created by Dr. Vanessa Kerry and officials from both agencies, records show. The Peace Corps then awarded the money without competition to a nonprofit Kerry created for the program.

Initially, the Peace Corps awarded Kerry’s group — now called Seed Global Health — with a three-year contract worth $2 million of State Department money on Sept. 10, 2012, documents show. Her father was then the chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, which oversees both the Department of State and the Peace Corps.

Seed secured a four-year extension in September 2015, again without competition. This time, the Peace Corps gave the nonprofit $6.4 million provided by the Department of State while John Kerry was secretary of state.

Seed also received almost $1 million from a modification to the first award, as well as from Department of State funds the group secured outside the Peace Corps.

The Peace Corps program — called the Global Health Service Partnership (GHSP) — sends volunteer physicians and nurses to medical and nursing schools in Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda and Liberia, according to Seed’s website. More than 40 clinical educators worked at 13 sites in the 2014-2015 program.

Kerry and government officials colluded to launch the program and ensure that Seed would get the contract.

“Vanessa, Buck, and Sarah are meeting with Ambassador Goosby on the morning of 9/16/11 to discuss next steps for the GHSP,” said a memo from September 16, 2011 — one year before Seed received its first award. “Conversations with OGAC leadership confirm that Ambassador Goosby is very supportive of the initial proposal.”
The memo was referring to Peace Corps Directors Buck Buckingham and Sarah Morgenthau and Ambassador Eric Goosby, who then headed the Office of the US Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC) — the State Department office that later funded GHSP.

A meeting one month later unveiled the strategy to send tax dollars to Seed.

“The public funding to start the GHSP is secured, it will come from OGAC through [Peace Corps] to support core HQ and field based activities, and to develop a sub-agreement to provide support to the foundation for contributions for their work in this partnership,” minutes from a Nov. 18, 2011, meeting said. The “foundation” refers to Seed, which was then called the Foundation for Global Health Service.

Officials in that meeting also assured Kerry that she would not have to compete with other groups for Department of State funds.

“Buck obtained clarity of the mechanism by which federal money will be provided to” Seed, the minutes said. “The process can be fast tracked and non-competed through a specific grant mechanism.”

Meanwhile, the State Department buried its intent to transfer funds to the Peace Corps in its required congressional notification.

“The GHSP is a smaller line item in a multi-page document with multi-million dollar programs,” minutes from the November 2011 meeting said.

Seed received its first award less than one year later. Peace Corps later provided another nearly $900,000, noting it underestimated the program’s expenses, especially travel and salary costs.

It’s unclear when that modification was added, but Kerry drew a salary from Seed for the first time in 2014. She was the only officer listed on the nonprofit’s 990 tax form to receive compensation — some $140,000 for a reported 30 hours per week.

Discussion about the $6.4 million extension also provides questionable details. Peace Corps officials noted that contracts could not extend beyond five years and considered competing the next award, but decided they would “go forward with sole-source option if mandated by OGAC,” minutes from a July 17, 2014 meeting said.

Ultimately, the extension was awarded without competition on Sept. 10, 2015. It’s unclear why the Peace Corps violated its five-year policy by giving Seed seven years of non-competitively awarded funding.

Peace Corps justified the decision to forgo competition by arguing Seed was already burrowed into the program, and that replacing it out would cause problems.

“As such, if a cooperative agreement were to be awarded to a new partner, applicants that were recruited and vetted by Seed may be unable to be placed in the field,” a Sept. 10 2015 document stated. The document further noted that “Peace Corps has been unable to identify any potential partners which satisfy the needs of the GHSP program” other than Seed, which was created based around the program’s needs.

Seed spokesman Mark Marino denied any conflicts of interest, telling TheDCNF:

No conflict of interest exists in our partnership with Peace Corps and the US government. Dr. Vanessa Kerry is primarily employed by and paid through Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Kerry receives no financial compensation from the Peace Corps or US government. Funding from the Peace Corps, an independent agency in the federal government, represents about 27% of Seed’s total $6.3 million budget this fiscal year.

 

Marino also claimed that “Seed is the only organization that provides debt repayment for US doctors, nurses, and midwives to serve internationally, something Seed does entirely through private philanthropy. Seed specifically works in the areas of medical, nursing and midwifery education focused on human resource capacity building, making it different than many other non-government organizations.”

A Peace Corps spokesman who demanded anonymity told TheDCNF that the “Peace Corps is proud of the continued work we have done in collaboration with Seed Global Health and the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) to send qualified health professionals abroad to teach and expand clinical capacity.”

“Since the agency’s early years, Peace Corps has sought to improve health outcomes in the countries it serves. The Global Health Service Partnership is an innovative continuation of the Peace Corps’ commitment to global health.”

Department of State spokesman John Kirby told TheDCNF that “there is absolutely no conflict of interest here. Secretary Kerry played no role in this decision making while in the Senate or subsequently while at the State Department.”

Kirby said “Kerry’s work on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee allotted funding to PEPFAR generally — not directly to this program. Using funds appropriated by Congress for PEPFAR, the State Department directs funds through an interagency process to seven implementing agencies.”

“The Peace Corps recommended the GHSP for funding support, and approval of that support went through the standard interagency budgeting and review process. The GHSP was one element supporting PEPFAR’s Human Resources for Health Strategy, which was developed in part to meet the goal set by the U.S. Congress of 140,000 new health care workers trained by PEPFAR under its fiscal year 2009-2013 reauthorization.”

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2016/09/12/exclusive-john-kerrys-state-department-funneled-millions-to-his-daughters-nonprofit/#ixzz4KCEOJtEF

 

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