Monthly Archives: August 2018

CHATTER AWAY: Overnight Open Thread

This time Florida Couple makes an appearance: A Florida couple was arrested last week after they were caught allegedly selling drugs out of a drive-thru window they constructed out of the side of their mobile home. William Parrish Jr. and McKenzee Dobbs of Ocala, Florida, were arrested on August 23 after investigators raided their mobile home following reports of four …

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Trump Hints At Flip-Flop On Federal Pay Raises

CNN reports: President Donald Trump said he’s planning to spend the weekend studying up on the issue of government compensation a day after alerting lawmakers he was moving to freeze pay for federal employees. “I’m going to be doing a little work over the weekend,” Trump said in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he was touting a new administration initiative on …

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Roger Stone Issues Legal Defense Money Beg

NBC News reports: Days after he predicted the president’s eldest son would soon be indicted, longtime Donald Trump associate Roger Stone is appealing for contributions to a legal defense fund, saying he expects to be charged with a crime. Stone, whose history with Trump goes back nearly four decades, says in a letter to supporters that special counsel Robert Mueller’s …

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FLORIDA: Nazis Make Racist Robocalls Against Gillum

The Tallahassee Democrat reports: Robocalls against Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andrew Gillum that say they were paid for by a neo-Nazi group in Idaho are going out to voters in Tallahassee. The automated calls are narrated by someone pretending to be Gillum and using an exaggerated minstrel dialect with jungle noises in the background. The calls end with a disclaimer that …

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CALIFORNIA: Lawmaker Pulls Ex-Gay “Fraud” Bill

The Sacramento Bee reports: The author of a California bill to declare gay conversion therapy a fraudulent business practice has abandoned his effort for this year after a fierce outcry from the state’s religious community. Assembly Bill 2943 would have made it illegal to sell any service intended to change an individual’s sexuality or gender identity. The measure had already …

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Ford Cancels China-Made Import Because Trump

Bloomberg News reports: Ford Motor Co. is canceling plans to import a new crossover model from a plant in China after President Donald Trump’s tariffs undermined the business case for bringing the vehicle to the U.S. market. Trump’s move to slap China-built autos with an additional 25 percent levy in July undermined the profitability of the Focus Active that Ford …

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New York City’s Legendary Village Voice Shutters

Gothamist reports: Three years after buying The Village Voice, and a year after the paper shut down its print edition, owner Peter Barbey told the remaining staff today that the publication will no longer be posting any new stories. “Today is kind of a sucky day,” Barbey told the staff, according to audio obtained by Gothamist. “Due to, basically, business …

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Trump Explodes Over Leak To Canadian Press

The Hill reports: President Trump blasted the news media on Friday after apparently off-the-record comments he made about Canada were leaked, calling it another example of “dishonest reporting.” Trump’s attack on the media came only hours after The Toronto Sun reported that Trump privately said he wouldn’t compromise in regards to trade with Canada. It is unclear how The Sun …

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PLEA DEAL: Manafort Crony Illegally Funneled Foreign Donor Money To Trump’s Inauguration Committee

Bloomberg reports: A former Paul Manafort associate who pleaded guilty to a lobbying crime admitted that he helped foreign donors give money to President Donald Trump’s Inaugural Committee. In a plea agreement made public Friday, prosecutors outlined other crimes that the lobbyist, Sam Patten, admitted to but wouldn’t be charged with. Among them was “causing foreign money” to be paid …

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Bombshell Trump Leak Upends Canadian Trade Deal

The Toronto Star reports: High-stakes trade negotiations between Canada and the U.S. were dramatically upended on Friday morning by inflammatory secret remarks from President Donald Trump, after the remarks were obtained by the Toronto Star. In remarks Trump wanted to be “off the record,” Trump told Bloomberg News reporters on Thursday, according to a source, that he is not making …

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Trump Announces “Major Rally” For Ted Cruz To Be Held In The “Biggest Stadium In Texas That We Can Find”

The Texas Tribune reports: In a tweet Friday, President Donald Trump announced that he’d be coming to Texas in October to participate in “a major rally” for U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, a Republican incumbent facing a tougher-than-usual challenge this year against Democratic U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke of El Paso. Cruz previously said he hoped the president would make a trip …

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Glorious Leader’s Disapproval Rating Spikes To 60%

Politico reports: Sixty percent of those polled in a new survey disapprove of President Donald Trump’s job performance, a new high for the president in polling conducted by The Washington Post and ABC News. The poll, released Friday and conducted just days after special counsel Robert Mueller delivered a one-two punch to the Trump administration in federal court, found a …

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Trump Foundation: The Former New York AG Only Sued Us Because He Personally Hates Donald Trump

The New York Daily News reports: Former state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman sued President Trump’s family foundation out of personal hatred and used the litigation as a prop to boost his own campaign fund-raising, according to the lawyer for the charity. Alan Futerfas, the attorney defending the Donald J. Trump Foundation against the AG’s lawsuit, filed a motion on Thursday …

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Fox News Host Brags: We Radicalized Donald Trump

“You know what it is? Trump was radicalized by something. OK? Because he was a Democrat for a long time. He was fairly – he was pro-choice, liberal and many things. He was radicalized. What was he radicalized by? Us. Fox News. Fox News. When Fox News happened, the world starts to make sense to him. So all he’s doing …

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Franklin Graham Blames Rise In STD Cases On “Sexual Immorality,” Gave Trump Mulligans For Serial Adultery

Posted to Franklin Graham’s Facebook page: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced this week that our nation has set another record, but it’s not one to celebrate. Last year nearly 2.3 million cases of sexually transmitted diseases were diagnosed in this country. That broke the record set in 2016 by nearly 200,000 cases. An STD expert says …

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LOUISIANA: Red-Caped Catholic Loons Protest Library Hosting “Satanic” Drag Queen Story Hour [VIDEO]

From the red-caped Catholic loons at Tradition, Family, and Property: When “gender fluid” story books replace Little Red Riding Hood, we should ask ourselves: Has society sunk lower than Sodom and Gomorrah? Endorsed by the American Library Association, the “Drag Queen Story Hour” has spread to twenty-one states, targeting preschool and grade school children with homosexuality and transgenderism in public …

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CALIFORNIA: Governor Gets Bill Allowing Some Cities To Decide If Bars Can Stay Open Until 4AM [VIDEO]

The San Francisco Chronicle reports: Gov. Jerry Brown will decide whether San Francisco, Oakland and five other California cities should be allowed to keep their bars open until 4 a.m. Under a bill the state Legislature approved Thursday, the cities could participate in a five-year pilot program that extends the time alcohol can be served at bars, nightclubs and restaurants …

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Trump Self-Owns In Rant Against Media: “When You Get Good Ratings, You Can Say Anything” [VIDEO]

The Hill reports: President Trump leaned into his attacks against the news media Thursday night at a rally in Indiana, blasting news outlets for what he said was unfair coverage driven by ratings. After mocking a protester who was escorted out at the beginning of his rally, the president predicted that “terrible” people in the press would report that the …

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