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Texas Gov.'s Campaign Still Holding Shotgun Giveaway After Santa Fe School Shooting


Texas Gov.’s Campaign Still Holding Shotgun Giveaway After Santa Fe School Shooting
Gov. Greg Abbott himself noted that a shotgun was used in the massacre.

By Hayley Miller

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/greg-abbott-texas-shotgun_us_5b01a23ee4b0463cdba37d6c

The re-election campaign of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) is continuing to promote a shotgun giveaway days after a shooter, armed with a shotgun and a pistol, opened fire at a Texas high school.

Abbott, a staunch pro-gun advocate, said Friday that lawmakers needed to “do more than just pray for victims and their families” following the Santa Fe High School massacre, in which authorities say a 17-year-old student killed 10 people and wounded 13.

“It’s time in Texas that we take action to step up and make sure this tragedy is never repeated ever again,” Abbott said at a press conference, where he noted that the suspected shooter used a shotgun and .38-caliber revolver he had obtained from his father.

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Participants must be Texas residents of at least 18 years of age, according to the fine print, and must be legally able to purchase a pump-action shotgun. The drawing is to be held June 1 and the winner will receive a $250 gift certificate redeemable at a Central Texas licensed gun dealer, according to the website.

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Some Twitter users, including the Austin chapter of March for Our Lives, took notice of the seemingly tone-deaf giveaway:

.@GregAbbott_TX

We are disgusted by your “Win a Texas-Made Shotgun” raffle, especially in wake of the #SantaFe #SchoolShooting.

Please read attached image for our message.

-#MarchForOurLives #Austin Team#NeverAgain #EnoughIsEnough #SantaFeHighSchool pic.twitter.com/iQjpuGsWXO
— March For Our Lives - Austin (@march4rlivesatx) May 20, 2018

If politicians like Greg Abbott spent as much time talking about safe storage and risks of easily accessible guns in the home as they did pandering to the NRA, we might actually save some lives. Elect leaders who put kids first. #USAoverNRA @Bradybuzz https://t.co/5ym7hySPZq
— Kris Brown (@KrisB_Brown) May 20, 2018

Saw this as sort of a meme and thought ‘there is no way he’s actually doing this’.
I thought wrong. @GregAbbott_TX should be ashamed of himself. #txlege https://t.co/XFjFBO26vh
— James Hamric (@HokieinSA) May 20, 2018

This is VILE. A gut-punch to everyone affected by losing 10 members of their community - by a kid with daddy’s SHOTGUN - in Santa Fe, TX.

I’m voting for @LupeValdez on Tuesday. But no matter who wins the run-off, I’m voting for ANYONE BUT @GregAbbott_TX.https://t.co/9ofgK61e8H
— Fab Miss Em, Be Best™️-erer (@fabmissem) May 20, 2018

Democratic Lawmaker Gives Scott Pruitt Brutal Reality Check During Senate Hearing Burn.

Source: Huffpo


Democratic Lawmaker Gives Scott Pruitt Brutal Reality Check During Senate Hearing
Burn.

By Rebecca Shapiro

Sen. Leahy to EPA Admin. Pruitt on claims of flying first class for security reasons:

“What a silly reason you had to fly first class ... Nobody even knows who you are.” pic.twitter.com/rAWKEwyQEO
— NBC News (@NBCNews) May 16, 2018

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In response to one of his lavish habits ― he flies only first or business class because of security concerns, according to Pasquale Perrotta, who recently resigned as Pruitt’s head of security ― Leahy mocked Pruitt.

“What a silly reason you had to fly first class,” Leahy said. “Because of a danger to you, you had to fly first class ... Nobody even knows who you are.”

Pruitt’s office maintained that he received death threats, but details on those claims are murky at best. Perrotta wrote in a memo last year that disapproving passengers were “lashing out” at Pruitt and that first or business class accommodations would prevent such encounters.

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Pruitt’s flying habits and 24/7 security detail have cost taxpayers since he began leading the EPA. A weeklong trip to Italy last summer cost taxpayers $120,000.




Read more: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/patrick-leahy-scott-pruitt-epa_us_5afc81d4e4b06a3fb50d14f0

FBI Search Of CIA Leak Suspect Turned Up Photos Of Sex Assault On Unconscious Friend

FBI Search Of CIA Leak Suspect Turned Up Photos Of Sex Assault On Unconscious Friend
The government suspects that Joshua Adam Schulte gave documents to WikiLeaks, but they’re holding him on child pornography charges.


By Ryan J. Reilly
Toru Hanai / Reuters

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/joshua-schulte-wikileaks-cia-hack_us_5afb56fce4b06a3fb50b8e79

WASHINGTON ― A 30-year-old former CIA employee the federal government suspects ― but has not charged with ― giving a massive trove of agency documents to WikiLeaks is also facing charges in Virginia, where he’s accused of snapping photos as he sexually assaulted a passed-out friend as she lay on the floor of his bathroom.

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The FBI also sent along photos they obtained from one of Schulte’s phones to prosecutors in Loudoun County, where he lived when he worked for the CIA. The photos, taken in April 2015, show a woman “passed out on the floor” of his bathroom and being sexually assaulted. The unnamed woman has been referred to as Schulte’s friend and former roommate.

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“The victim remembers the night in question. It was one of the few nights that she passed out and didn’t remember what occurred. She could also, apparently, identify the bathroom, which was the bathroom where she was staying as a roommate of Mr. Schulte’s,” a federal prosecutor said at a hearing in January. The government told the judge that the woman was unconscious at the time, and was unable to identify Schulte as assaulting her. But prosecutors in Virginia, the federal government told the court, were evidently able to confirm that the pair of hands depicted assaulting the woman belonged to Schulte.

But even if it wasn’t Schulte who assaulted the victim, the federal prosecutor said it was “outrageous that Mr. Schulte would keep these types of images of someone who is supposed to be his friend on his phone” and contended it “shows more than just someone who wants to look at things; it shows someone who cannot control their impulses.”

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Schulte was recently assigned a federal public defender after his private attorney dropped out. The Times reported that Schulte’s family had spent most of their savings on legal fees.

Meanwhile, Schulte remains in federal custody. Evidently a fan of Ayn Rand, he’s also begun writing lengthy, pseudonymous essays about the injustices of the federal criminal system for “John Galt’s Legal Defense Fund,” according to the Post and the Times. The Facebook page, a reference to the hero of Atlas Shrugged, had just two likes as of Tuesday.

Ryan Reilly is HuffPost’s senior justice reporter, covering the Justice Department, federal law enforcement, criminal justice and legal affairs. Have a tip? Reach him at ryan.reilly@huffpost.com or on Signal at 202-527-9261.

Longtime Trump Lawyer Slams Giuliani As 'Polarizing Figure' Who Shouldn't Deal With Mueller


Longtime Trump Lawyer Slams Giuliani As ‘Polarizing Figure’ Who Shouldn’t Deal With Mueller
Giuliani may also be trying to “aggrandize himself,” Jay Goldberg said.

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/former-trump-lawyer-giuliani-polarizing_us_5afc093de4b06a3fb50c3c8a

By Willa Frej

Jay Goldberg, the attorney who represented President Donald Trump for almost two decades, doesn’t think Rudy Giuliani is fit to be handling the legal team tasked with handling special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. Not only is Giuliani not sufficiently experienced, Goldberg said, but he also may be in it for his own gain.

“I think he’s a polarizing figure,” Goldberg said of the former New York City mayor on MSNBC’s “The Beat With Ari Melber” on Tuesday. “There are those people who think he was a wonderful prosecutor but he has no record managing a defense of someone who’s accused of wrongdoing. I told him that I didn’t think that Giuliani was the right person for him to select. I thought there were much better people that he could use in terms of negotiating with Mueller.”

Giuliani is misguided if he thinks he can scare Mueller into winding down the investigation, Goldberg added.

Jay Goldberg on why he told Trump that Giuliani was not “the right person for him to select”

“I thought that there were much better people that he could use” to negotiate with Mueller pic.twitter.com/qDSq9OEAq1
— TheBeat w/Ari Melber (@TheBeatWithAri) May 15, 2018

And to go on cable television and make revelations ― he was referring to Giuliani telling Fox News’ Sean Hannity that the $130,000 that Trump’s current lawyer Michael Cohen paid to adult film star Stormy Daniels came from Trump himself ― without fully debriefing the client points to “the height of unpreparedness,” Goldberg said.

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“There has been no evidence presented of collusion or obstruction, and it is about time for them to end the investigation,” Giuliani told Bloomberg News on Tuesday. “We don’t want to signal our action if this doesn’t work ― we are going to hope they listen to us ― but obviously we have a Plan B and C.”

Fox's Tucker Carlson Abruptly Ends Contentious Interview After Dem Calls Him Out


Fox's Tucker Carlson Abruptly Ends Contentious Interview After Dem Calls Him Out for Being More Bothered by Cursing Than Kids Being Shot

In a new campaign ad, New Mexico Democratic congressional candidate Pat Davis—a former cop—bluntly declared "F*ck the NRA."
By Tana Ganeva / Raw Story
May 15, 2018, 8:53 PM GMT

https://www.alternet.org/foxs-tucker-carlson-abruptly-ends-contentious-interview-after-dem-calls-him-out-being-more-bothered

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In a new campaign ad, New Mexico Democratic congressional candidate Pat Davis—a former cop—bluntly declares "Fuck the NRA. Fuck the NRA. Fuck the NRA."

On Tuesday night, he appeared on Tucker Carlson Tonight.
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"So that's the ad? 'F' the NRA? kind of moronic, no?" Tucker asked Davis.

"It started a whole other conversation about guns and I'm grateful for that," Davis replied.

"But ... doesn't it degrade you? You used the 'F-word' in an ad!?" Carson incredulously wondered.

"Being polite has not made our schools any safer ... it hasn't protected police officers like I used to be," Davis said, in reference to the fact that many officers are trained to fear that any suspect they approach might be armed.

"If a curse word on TV offends you more than pictures of dead children in Parkland or Newtown ... then your priorities are all wrong," Davis concludes.

The interview promptly disintegrated.

Melania Trump had major surgery today and Trump is not by her bedside at the hospital


Melania Trump had major surgery today and Trump is not by her bedside at the hospital

By Vinnie Longobardo
Published on May 14, 2018

https://washingtonpress.com/2018/05/14/melania-trump-had-major-surgery-today-and-trump-is-not-by-her-bedside-at-the-hospital/

It almost goes without saying that Donald Trump is the worst husband imaginable. His first two wives got more than their fair share of his despicable behavior, and his current spouse Melania has had to suffer through the revelations of his serial infidelities with porn stars and Playboy models.

Trump didn’t mention the mother of his youngest son Baron at all in his Mother’s Day message yesterday, focusing instead on his own mother, and has admitted that he was too busy to get her a birthday present, despite having a huge White House staff at his disposal that could have been delegated to buy something on his behalf.

Even worse, as it was disclosed today by the first lady’s office that Melania Trump was admitted to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center near Washington, DC for kidney surgery, she went to the hospital alone with her husband nowhere near her side.

The first lady was experiencing a kidney problem that her spokespeople described as benign but that required medical attention, according to CNN. She is expected to be staying in the hospital for several days following the surgery.

With Trump sitting in the White House while his wife undergoes a major operation, one would imagine that the only excuse he could give for not accompanying his wife to the hospital would be a schedule so packed with crucial agenda items of global importance that he simply could not be torn away or the world would fall apart.

As The List author Amy Siskind reports on Twitter, however, Trump’s day today mostly consisted of “executive time,” according to his officially published schedule.

First Lady Melania Trump had surgery today, but @realDonaldTrump didn’t come with her because of his busy Monday schedule. pic.twitter.com/dvSs3akNjO

— Amy Siskind (@Amy_Siskind) May 14, 2018

The tensions in the presidential marriage have been obvious for quite a while, particularly since the Stormy Daniels affair became public knowledge, with Melania obviously slapping Trump’s hand away any time he tried to reach for it.

Of course, one could make the excuse that with daily revelations of the massive corruption within his administration and the twin threats of the Mueller probe and the Stormy Daniels case, Trump needs to spend any free time he has in consultation with his attorneys. Perhaps a consultation with a new divorce lawyer would be useful as well.

Gina Haspel Now Says CIA Shouldn't Have Conducted Its Interrogation Program

Source: NYT


Gina Haspel Now Says CIA Shouldn’t Have Conducted Its Interrogation Program
She repeatedly refused to weigh in on its morality at her confirmation hearing.

By Igor Bobic
Aaron Bernstein / Reuters

WASHINGTON ― Gina Haspel, President Donald Trump’s nominee to head the CIA, says the agency shouldn’t have used its infamous enhanced interrogation techniques, a week after she repeatedly refused to take a stand on the program’s morality at her Senate confirmation hearing.

In a letter sent on Monday to Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, Haspel said that the controversial methods that sought to gain information from terrorism suspects in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks “did damage to our officers and our standing in the world.”

“While I won’t condemn those that made these hard calls, and I have noted the valuable intelligence collected, the program ultimately did damage to our officers and our standing in the world,” Haspel said in the letter, first obtained by CNN. “With the benefit of hindsight and my experience as a senior agency leader, the enhanced interrogation program is not one the CIA should have undertaken.”

At her confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill, Haspel told lawmakers she would not restart the agency’s torture program ― which included waterboarding ― if confirmed as the CIA’s director. But she repeatedly dodged the question of whether it was appropriate.


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?ops=scalefit_720_noupscale for her letter.

Read more: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/gina-haspel-torture-warner_us_5afaf308e4b0200bcab90391



She finally found religion.

A Mysterious Group Is Threatening to Publicly Shame Pennsylvanians Who Don't Vote

A Mysterious Group Is Threatening to Publicly Shame Pennsylvanians Who Don’t Vote

By Alana Abramson 10:12 AM EDT

Pennsylvania voters are reportedly receiving e-mails and letters with threats of public condemnation if they don’t head to the polls in Tuesday’s primary elections.

http://time.com/5277651/pennsylvania-letters-threaten-non-voters/

According to the local Pennsylvania news site Lancaster Online, some voters in the Keystone state have recently been sent letters that lists whether they and their neighbors voted in past elections.

“Why do so many people fail to vote? We’ve been talking about the problem for years, but it only seems to get worse. This year we’re taking a new approach,” reads the letter, a copy of which was obtained by Lancaster Online. “We’re sending this mailing to you, your friends, your neighbors, your colleagues at work, and your community members, to publicize who does and does not vote.”

The letter subsequently states that additional information will be provided after Tuesday’s primary.

The group sending the letters is called the Pennsylvania State Voter Program. Randall Wenger, the Chief Clerk of the Lancaster County Board of Elections, told Lancaster Online that the letters had surfaced in seven counties, including Lancaster, and that his office had been “inundated” with calls after people received them.

While some recipients have said the letters feel invasive, voter rolls – including who voted – are a matter of public record in Pennsylvania and many other states.

The Pennsylvania Department of State said voters in other states have received similar letters, according to Lancaster Online, leading them to think this is a nationwide effort.

Tuesday’s primaries in Pennsylvania are the first state-wide elections with a new Congressional map, which was reworked by the state’s Supreme Court following a gerrymandering lawsuit.





I am almost tempted to think this might be a good idea. Too many voters do stay home.

Ted Cruz Staff, USAID Met With Group That Called Apartheid A 'So-Called' Injustice

Ted Cruz Staff, USAID Met With Group That Called Apartheid A ‘So-Called’ Injustice

Leaders of AfriForum, an Afrikaner rights group, also posed for a picture with national security adviser John Bolton.

By Jessica Schulberg and Akbar Shahid Ahmed


WASHINGTON — The leaders of a South African group that has referred to apartheid as a “so-called” historical injustice recently toured Washington and met with top members of the U.S. government, including officials at the U.S. Agency for International Development and staffers for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas). They even bumped into national security adviser John Bolton.

AfriForum, an Afrikaner rights organization, promotes the idea that white people in South Africa are under attack by that country’s government. It has been trying to spread its message internationally.

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Also on Wednesday, Kriel and Roets posed for a photo with Bolton at a Fox News studio, according to National Security Council spokesman Robert Palladino. Bolton did not know the AfriForum leaders, Palladino added. But the duo tried their best to make an impression: They gave Bolton a copy of Roets’ book and posted the picture on Twitter.

AfriForum, which describes itself as a civil rights group, was formed in 2006 as an outgrowth of a white trade union. It focuses on the rights of Afrikaners, a South African ethnic group largely descended from Dutch and French Huguenot settlers. The organization has 280,000 dues-paying members, according to Roets.

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A quarter-century after the end of white-minority rule in South Africa, the country’s white population still owns 72 percent of privately held farmland and a mere 10 percent of South Africans own 90 percent of the nation’s wealth. The post-apartheid government has bought up land for redistribution and assigned it to new owners, on the grounds that many were descended from black South Africans who unjustly lost their property during the colonial era and white rule.

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Roets has also referred to apartheid as a “woolly concept,” a comment he stands by. “What I mean by that is that it is a term that everyone is talking about, but if you ask people what it means, everyone would give a different answer,” he said. “Racism is also a woolly concept, democracy is also a woolly concept, reconciliation is a woolly concept.”

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Far-right groups in South Africa are working hard to win support abroad. They’ve received help from U.S. and Canadian commentators like Alex Jones, Ann Coulter, Mike Cernovich and Lauren Southern who have pushed their narrative of white persecution.

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He appeared happily surprised by his group’s ability to land meetings with American government officials. “We achieved much more than we thought we would — in terms of how we were received, in terms of the people we met with, who we were able to get in touch with,” he said.

The Heritage Foundation, the International Republican Institute and Cruz’s office did not respond to requests for comment.



For some interesting photos while they were in Washington:
https://twitter.com/kalliekriel

This an info dense article and well worth the longer read. See how many US officials do not believe apartheid was real or if it were, a good thing. Racism is growing, not dying.

Trump seems confused about military pay, claims troops received no raises for a decade

Trump seems confused about military pay, claims troops received no raises for a decade

By: Leo Shane III   2 days ago

https://www.militarytimes.com/pay-benefits/2018/05/09/trump-confused-about-military-pay-claims-troops-saw-no-raises-for-a-decade/

President Donald Trump speaks during a cabinet meeting at the White House, Wednesday, May 9, 2018, in Washington. Later in the day, the president claimed that troops have not seen a military pay raise in 10 years. (Evan Vucci/AP)

WASHINGTON — Speaking to a crowd of military spouses on Wednesday, President Donald Trump incorrectly claimed that his administration gave service members their first pay raise in 10 years, a moment he was “proud” to oversee.

In fact, troops have seen a pay raise of at least 1 percent every year for more than 30 years. The 2018 military pay raise — which was 2.4 percent — was the largest for the armed forces in eight years.

On Wednesday, at the signing of an executive order to increase military spouse hiring among federal agencies, Trump called the raise this January the “first time in 10 years” that troops had seen a paycheck boost.

President Trump earlier this month called for a 2.6 percent pay increase for fiscal 2019 as part of his budget request to Congress.
By: Ken Chamberlain

“Today, I’m here to tell you that my administration is totally committed to every family that serves in the United States armed forces,” Trump said. “That is why, earlier this year, I was proud to sign that big pay raise that I’ve already spoken about. And I am proud of it.

“And I guess there will be others, too. Would you like one sooner, or do you want to wait another 10 years? I don’t know.”

White House officials did not respond to questions seeking clarification on the remarks. Trump’s comments came as House Armed Services Committee members debated their annual defense authorization legislation, which includes the 2019 military pay raise provisions.

In recent months, Trump and Republican congressional officials have repeatedly referenced both the 2018 and proposed 2019 military pay hike (which is 2.6 percent) as evidence that their party is working to recognize the sacrifices of service members.

In March, in a speech in front of troops in California, Trump received a loud ovation when he spoke about the recently passed budget that “includes the largest pay raise you have received in more than eight years.”

Trump’s comments on Wednesday drew laughter from the crowd but confusion from military advocates who have pushed for consistent military pay raises each year.

At the event, Trump said that moves like the pay hikes and improving employment opportunities for military spouses are critical to keeping military families safe and stable.

“When you are strong, your families are strong, and America thrives,” he said.


About Leo Shane III

Leo covers Congress, Veterans Affairs and the White House for Military Times. He has covered Washington, D.C. since 2004, focusing on military personnel and veterans policies.
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