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Authorities prepared for up to 40 death
in Oakland warehouse fire

Horrible. Authorities may have worse news by morning.
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10-Alarm Fire in Cambridge, Massachusetts,
Multiple Buildings Involved

The third huge fire this week.
Is there something we don't know?
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Trump is mapping out his plan to put ‘America first’
Trump's exuberant "thank you" speech holds the clues.
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Comey’s FBI Needs to Investigate
Violent Democratic Tantrums

There's a big story here if the MSM
isn't too weepy to go get it.
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David Petraeus Make Final
Push for Secretary of State
New York Post, by Aaron Short    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 12/4/2016 8:54:26 AM     Post Reply
Former CIA director David Petraeus is going “All In” to try to join the Trump administration. The Secretary of State hopeful will tangle with ABC This Week’s George Stephanopolous Sunday morning as the president-elect narrows down candidates for the most coveted position in his cabinet. Petraeus, one of four finalists in the running to be the nation’s next top diplomat, is trying to resurrect his reputation after an FBI investigation found he gave classified notebooks to his biographer and mistress, “All In” author Paula Broadwell, four years ago.

Trump is mapping out his
plan to put ‘America first’
New York Post, by Michael Goodwin    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 12/4/2016 7:35:49 AM     Post Reply
With his Thursday journey to Indianapolis, Donald Trump made history as a president-elect by forging a deal to save over 1,000 jobs headed to Mexico. And he was just getting started.That night in Cincinnati, Trump began a “thank you” tour in front of a jubilant crowd of 15,000 people. Imagine that — any politician, let alone a president-elect, using his first appearance to thank voters instead of privately thanking donors. That’s populism for you.Surprises are routine with Trump, and his speech didn’t disappoint. For nearly 50 manic minutes, he was at turns joyous, boastful and policy specific in a performance

War on Denmark's Streets:
Migrant chaos sparks clashes
between police and protestors
Daily Express [UK], by Harry Walker    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/4/2016 6:25:11 AM     Post Reply
VIOLENT clashes over immigration have erupted between police and opposing protest groups in Copenhagen, leading to the arrests of 11 people. Police scrambled to contain confrontations between the “Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West” group, PEGIDA, and pro-immigration counter-protestors. A video of the dramatic encounter caputures the moment where riot police form ranks to stop pro-immigration protestors reaching the nationalist group, founded in 2014. The open-borders hooligans – who held banners saying “make racists afraid again” – set bins and pieces of wood ablaze and lit a bonfire in the middle of the road before physically barging the police.

  


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Will Obama pardon Clinton
and cement his legacy?
Chicago Tribune, by John Kass    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/4/2016 5:04:55 AM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama cares deeply about his legacy. So will he dare pardon Hillary Clinton? Before there´s any more talk of carving out a chunk of Mt. Rushmore for him, or more talk of statues or temples in his name, there is that Hillary Clinton pardon issue. Would Obama give his former secretary of state a preemptory get-out-of-jail card before he leaves office and turns the White House over to Donald Trump? And if he does pardon Clinton, what of all the promises he and his operatives made to the nation, that he would "transcend" the cynical, broken politics of

Hillary’s Hair, Part Two
Commentary Magazine, by Adam J. White    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/4/2016 4:57:01 AM     Post Reply
Nearly a month after Hillary Clinton lost the presidential election, her advisors still refuse to concede that the candidate herself, and her advisors, bear responsibility for the loss. Instead, they blame on James Comey, the Russians, and the millions of people who voted against Hillary for deplorable reasons unrelated to the candidate’s own merits. It requires—to borrow one of Hillary’s own old lines—the willing suspension of disbelief. Team Clinton’s blame-shifting reached new heights this week at Harvard’s post-election forum. Hillary’s top advisors—Robby Mook, Mandy Grunwald, and Jen Palmieri—turned the quadrennial event into a shouting match. They also steadfastly refused to admit any

Dancing with insanity
Washington Examiner, by Saleno Zito    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/4/2016 4:50:47 AM     Post Reply
One-hundred and thirty-four House Democrats collectively lost their minds last week. That is how many of Nancy Pelosi´s colleagues it took to vote her back into power despite having lost her third consecutive chance at winning back the majority from the Republicans. Her win over Youngstown Ohio Democrat Tim Ryan for Minority Leader proved two-thirds of those House Democrats have more interest in someone who is a deep-pocket fundraiser than someone who perhaps could have made the party more competitive in swing districts or more cohesive in their message to the voters. Or perhaps both. Their decision was arrogant, tone deaf and a smack

Green Party will switch to federal
court for Penn. recount bid
CBS News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/4/2016 4:24:36 AM     Post Reply
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- A Green Party-backed campaign changed its strategy to force a statewide recount of Pennsylvania’s Nov. 8 presidential election, won by Republican Donald Trump, and said late Saturday night that it will seek help in the federal courts, rather than the state courts. The announcement that it would seek an emergency federal court order on Monday for a recount came hours after it dropped a case in the state courts. “Make no mistake - the Stein campaign will continue to fight for a statewide recount in Pennsylvania,” recount campaign lawyer Jonathan Abady said in a statement issued around 11:30 p.m.

  


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1 dead, 7 injured after bus full of cheerleaders,
18-wheeler crash in West Texas
Dallas Morning News, by Liz Farmer    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/4/2016 4:21:23 AM     Post Reply
An adult sponsor for a West Texas high school cheer team has died and seven people were injured after a crash involving an 18-wheeler and a school bus carrying cheerleaders late Friday. The cause of the crash is unclear, but roads were wet and visibility was limited, CBS7.com reports. Footage showed the vehicles crumpled against each other. The incident occurred on Interstate 20 in Big Spring as the Iraan High School cheerleaders headed back to Iraan after a playoff game against Munday High School in Colorado City, about 40 miles east of the scene, YourBasin.com reports. The bus had about 120

Trump, Baldwin trade
jabs after latest ´SNL´ skit
Washington Examiner, by Daniel Chaitin    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/4/2016 3:19:29 AM     Post Reply
President-elect Trump wasted little time to denounce the latest "Saturday Night Live" cold opening, which featured the return of Alec Baldwin portraying Trump during a national security briefing retweeting random people across the United States. "Just tried watching Saturday Night Live - unwatchable! Totally biased, not funny and the Baldwin impersonation just can´t get any worse. Sad," Trump tweeted early Sunday morning. (Tweet) The tweet elicited a near-immediate response from Baldwin, who tweeted back, "Release your tax returns and I´ll stop." (Tweet) Periodically over several months, Trump has expressed his disapproval of Baldwin´s mainly unflattering portrayal of him, dating back

The future’s calling for our Mr. Secretary
Boston Herald, by Howie Carr    Original Article
Posted By: John c- 12/4/2016 3:16:06 AM     Post Reply
In case you missed it, John Forbes Kerry went before some women’s group in Washington last week and said: “I am not going to go quietly into the night.” Quietly, loudly, nobody cares how you go, Liveshot, just as long as you go. He spoke for an hour — talk about cruel and unusual punishment for an audience. During the course of those 60 interminable minutes, Kerry claimed he hasn’t decided exactly what he’s going to do next, so let’s help him out with some suggestions. How about opening an Iranian restaurant?

For 10 years, a fake U.S. embassy in
Ghana sold illegal visas and ID papers
McClatchy (Washington DC), by Greg Hadley    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/4/2016 3:09:30 AM     Post Reply
Every Monday, Tuesday and Friday for the past decade, a pink building in Accra, the capital city of Ghana, flew an American flag from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. Inside, a portrait of President Barack Obama hung on the wall, and people claiming to be consulate workers speaking English sold visas to the U.S., India and other countries to rural Ghanaians for $6,000 apiece. It was all a fraud, a scheme of organized crime rings and a Ghanaian lawyer to defraud people of tens of thousands of dollars, according to the U.S. State Department, which recently raided and shut down

  


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The end of the road: Hillary´s dream of sneaking
into the White House on the back of recount in
three key states ends after Jill Stein drops
crucial Pennsylvania challenge
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff and Associated Press    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/4/2016 3:05:16 AM     Post Reply
Green Party candidate Jill Stein has abruptly dropped her bid to seek a recount of the presidential election vote in Pennsylvania, it was revealed Saturday. Stein said the decision was made after a court ruling ordered that voters who requested the recount to pay a $1million bond. ´The judge´s outrageous demand that voters pay such an exorbitant figure is a shameful, unacceptable barrier to democratic participation,´ she said in statement. ´This is yet another sign that Pennsylvania´s antiquated election law is stacked against voters. ´By demanding a $1million bond from voters yesterday, the court made clear it has no interest in giving a

What’s Donald Trump planning?
1987 advertisement offers clues
South China Morning Post [Hong Kong], by Liu Zhen    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 12/4/2016 2:45:16 AM     Post Reply
With a confused world speculating about Donald Trump’s foreign policy intentions, past statements by the US president-elect are being scrutinised for clues as to which of his radical pledges might come true. Despite having no track record in diplomacy, Trump has repeatedly made his world view clear, starting long before he entered the presidential race as a political outsider last year. In the past 30 years, some things about Trump have never changed, according to Nicholas Burns, a former undersecretary of state for political affairs under George W. Bush: his denigration of Japan, Saudi Arabia and Nato allies and his praise

How lewd military slang
gave rise to ‘chitty bang bangs’
South China Morning Post [Hong Kong], by Lisa Lim    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 12/4/2016 2:42:03 AM     Post Reply
In offices across Hong Kong, staff are writing out chits – of appointments, deliveries, food or drink consumed – to record payment due. The word “chit” and the earlier but now obsolete term “chitty” come from the Hindi chitthi, meaning note or letter, which comes from the Sanskrit chitra (“spot”, “mark”). This was how notes delivered by servants in British India were referred to; the Anglo-Indian term entered British usage in the mid-18th century, and is still commonly heard. In India, its greatest frequency occurs as “chit fund” – a savings scheme involving several subscribers, each of whom, in turn,

San Francisco city officials to ask
Kate Steinle’s family to dismiss lawsuit
KRON 4 [San Francisco, CA], by Emily Kirschenheuter    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 12/4/2016 2:05:29 AM     Post Reply
SAN FRANCISCO — The U.S. government and the City of San Francisco are asking Kate Steinle’s family to dismiss the wrongful death lawsuit in a hearing on Friday. Kate Steinle was shot and killed in July of 2015 on Pier 14 along San Francisco’s waterfront. Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, an undocumented immigrant, has been charged in the murder. Lopez-Sanchez was released from the San Francisco City Jail in Apil. The family of Kate Steinle filed the federal lawsuit in May of 2016 against former San Francisco sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, Immigration and Custom’s Enforcement, and the Bureau of Land Management.

  


  

Comey’s FBI Needs to Investigate
Violent Democratic Tantrums
New York Observer, by Austin Bay    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/4/2016 1:58:32 AM     Post Reply
It’s time for the FBI to conduct a detailed investigation into the violence and political thuggery that continue to mar the presidential election’s aftermath. A thorough probe of the protests—to include possible ties to organizations demanding vote recounts—will give the Bureau’s integrity-challenged director, James Comey, a chance to sandblast his sullied badge. Director Comey must also include “elector intimidation” on his post-election investigation list. Reports that members of the Electoral College are being harassed and threatened by angry, vicious (and likely Democratic Party) malcontents require Comey’s quick and systematic attention. Michael Banerian, one of Michigan’s 16 electors, told CNN: “Obviously,

Anti-Semite charge bounces off Trump
and sticks to Democrats
Daily Inter Lake [Kalispell MT], by Frank Miele    Original Article
Posted By: davesenior- 12/4/2016 1:54:34 AM     Post Reply
For months, Democrats have been taking shots at Donald Trump and his chief strategist, Steve Bannon, formerly the CEO of Breitbart.com, as notorious anti-Semites, people who hate Jews. This is so bizarre that it needs to be confronted publicly rather than ignored. Anti-Semite Trump has a daughter, Ivanka Trump, who is an orthodox Jew; he has grandchildren who are orthodox Jews[SNIP]But consider the strange case of U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., who has been whitewashed by his fellow Democrats as some kind of pure progressive who is going to rescue the country from the evil Trump and Bannon.

The mystery hero who saved lives
at Oakland fire: Hunt for man who
stayed by door screaming ´this is
the exit!´ so that partygoers
could find escape
Daily Mail [U.K.], by Anneta Konstantinides*    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 12/4/2016 1:51:57 AM     Post Reply
As flames engulfed an Oakland warehouse where partygoers had been happily dancing on Friday night, one hero stayed by the door and screamed to help people find the exit through the thick smoke - saving their lives. A Reddit user revealed he would not have made it out of the Oakland Ghost Ship alive if it weren´t for one man, who had already gotten himself safely outside, repeatedly yelling "This is the exit!"  The user described his harrowing escape as thick smoke began to fill the warehouse, making it almost impossible to locate the door outside.  ´I was down there

15,000lb cedar sculpture at the FBI makes
more than a dozen employees seriously ill
including the office nurse
Daily Mail (UK), by James Gordon    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/4/2016 1:32:16 AM     Post Reply
An enormous sculpture in the FBI´s Miami field office is being blamed for sickening a number of the bureau´s workers including the office nurse who had an extreme allergic reaction. The 17-feet tall red cedar wood sculpture known as ´Cedrus´ was installed early last year in the lobby, but soon after the unveiling employees began to feel ill. Politico reports at least a dozen workers had to go to hospital with most suffering allergic reactions to the cedar dust from the sculpture. (Photos) The office nurse had one of the most frightening reaction and developed ´rhinitis, difficulty swallowing, sinus pressure,

Illegal artist enclave that was a tinder
box waiting to happen: Oakland warehouse
where up to 40 died in fire had NO
living or party permits and city officials*
Daily Mail (UK), by Regina F. Graham    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/4/2016 1:12:33 AM     Post Reply
The Oakland warehouse where up to 40 people died in a massive fire early Saturday morning had no permits that allowed for a party to be held or for residential occupation, as city officials revealed that an attempt to inspect the building two weeks ago failed. Fire Chief Teresa Deloche-Reed said that nine people are dead and at least another 24 people are unaccounted for after the deadly blaze started around 11.30pm Friday in the 1300 block of 31st Avenue during an event featuring musician Golden Donna´s 100% Silk West Coast tour. ´We still have to do a more thorough

  



´Life is not going to be the same´:
Slaying of beloved USC professor
leaves colleagues and friends crestfallen
Los Angeles Times, by James Queally and Amina Khan    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 12/4/2016 12:21:40 AM     Post Reply
When students enrolled in USC’s daunting neuroscience graduate program needed help cracking a tough project, they all went to Bosco Tjan. It didn’t hurt that his advice often came with a free cappuccino. Mara Mather, a professor of gerontology and psychology at USC, described Tjan as an affable, caring presence on campus. He always found time to aid students and professors despite a breathless schedule. In many ways, she said, Tjan was the center’s heartbeat. “One of my students, who is now a faculty member, was describing how he would take the time to really explain things to her,” Mather

Oakland warehouse was a cluttered
‘death trap’ filled with pianos, RVs, but
no fire sprinklers, former residents say
Los Angeles Times, by Liam Dillon*    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 12/4/2016 12:08:18 AM     Post Reply
The Oakland warehouse where at least nine people were killed at a late-night concert was a deadly blaze waiting to happen. People who previously lived there recalled a building that lacked fire sprinklers and had a staircase partly made of wooden pallets. Partygoers recalled a rabbit warren of rooms crammed with belongings — pianos, organs, antique furniture, doors and half-finished sculptures. "It was a tinderbox," said Brooke Rollo, 30, who did not attend Friday’s event but had gone to parties there previously.

How Trump Could Create Millions Of Energy Jobs
Daily Caller, by Andrew Follett    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 12/3/2016 11:54:01 PM     Post Reply
President-elect Donald Trump wants to create millions of jobs by removing restrictions on American energy development, and the numbers seem to add up. Trump pledged in late November to “cancel job-killing restrictions on the production of American energy — including shale energy and clean coal — creating many millions of high-paying jobs.” A study found that the removal of drilling restrictions on federal lands and water could create 2.7 million energy jobs, while another 1.8 million could be created by encouraging hydraulic fracturing or fracking. Since most of the damage to the coal industry has already been done, coal jobs are less

With Trump Threatening Nafta,
Canada Opens Its Doors to Mexicans
Bloomberg, by Josh Wingrove    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 12/3/2016 11:51:11 PM     Post Reply
Canada has lifted visa requirements for visitors from Mexico in a bid to boost tourism and investment -- with a caveat that could see the barrier reimposed as Donald Trump’s election threatens to shake up North America. The visa rule was imposed in 2009 to stem a spike in refugee claims, becoming a thorn in bilateral ties and cutting the number of total Mexican visitors to Canada by two thirds. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a resolution during President Enrique Pena Nieto’s visit to Ottawa in June, and details have since emerged ahead of Thursday’s implementation date. Mexico will help weed out

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