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what is Pence's purpose?

The CDC keeps warning people not to eat raw cookie dough -- even though it's delicious

The Christmas cookies are in the oven; the mixing bowl, which is still coated with the sugary sweet dough, is calling your name.

Don’t listen to it, health experts warn.

With holiday baking season underway, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is once again urging people not to eat unbaked cookie dough — not even a tiny taste — because “unbaked products that are intended to be cooked, such as dough or batter, can make you sick.”

“Say No to Raw Dough!” the CDC warns.

The potential problem is with two primary ingredients.

Raw flour can be contaminated with Escherichia coli (E. coli), and raw eggs have been a known carrier of salmonella bacteria.

Both bacteria are killed in the cooking process, but contaminated food that is not cooked or is undercooked has been known to make people ill, according to the CDC.

French Christmas Market shooting, 2 dead, 11 injured. Gunman not captured

Two people have been killed and 11 others wounded in a shooting in the eastern French city of Strasbourg.

The gunman, known to security services, is on the run and is being hunted by police. He had been injured in an exchange of gunfire with a soldier, police said.

The shooting happened close to a Christmas market in one of the central squares, Place Kléber.

France's counter terrorism prosecutor has opened an investigation.

Confirming the death toll had risen to two, the French interior minister, Christophe Castaner, who is on his way to the city, called it a "serious public security incident".

Seven of the injured are said to be in a serious condition.

Police said the suspect was already known to the security services as a possible terrorist threat.


GOP Confirms Another Trump Judge Who Was Rated 'Not Qualified' To Serve to lifetime seat

GOP Confirms Another Trump Judge Who Was Rated ‘Not Qualified’ To Serve
Jonathan Kobes, 44, just got a lifetime seat on a U.S. circuit court. No big deal!

WASHINGTON ― Senate Republicans voted Tuesday to confirm one of President Donald Trump’s judicial nominees, Jonathan Kobes, even though Kobes has earned an abysmal “not qualified” rating from the American Bar Association.

Vice President Mike Pence broke the tie vote on Kobes, who will now be a lifetime judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit. Every Republican except Sen. Jeff Flake (Ariz.) voted for Kobes. No Democrats voted for him.

The ABA concluded in September that Kobes, a 44-year-old attorney who is general counsel to Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), “has neither the requisite experience nor evidence of his ability to fulfill the scholarly writing required of a United States Circuit Court Judge.”

Members of the ABA standing committee that reviewed Kobes’ nomination said they had difficulty analyzing his professional competence because “he was unable to provide sufficient writing samples of the caliber required” of a circuit judge. Lacking sufficient proof that Kobes is capable of “an especially high degree of legal scholarship and excellent analytical and writing experience,” the panel voted to rate him “not qualified.”

It is incredibly rare for the Senate to confirm a judge with such a terrible rating from the national legal organization. A big part of the problem is that Trump is flying through judicial nominations without much vetting, and he’s not submitting his potential court picks to the ABA before he announces their nominations. Traditionally, presidents have waited for the ABA rating to come out before officially announcing a nominee, in part to save face in the event one of their nominees gets a particularly bad rating.

no jail for Baylor frat president rapist (warning, trigger)


Even though Jacob Walter Anderson was indicted on four counts of sexual assault, the ex-fraternity president won't spend a single day in prison.

Instead, a plea agreement allowed the former Baylor University student to plead no contest to a lesser charge of unlawful restraint.
If the 24-year-old successfully completes three years of deferred probation and pays a $400 fine, his criminal record will be wiped clean of the charge, and he won't have to register as a sex offender, CNN affiliate KWKT said.


In her victim impact statement, the woman said Anderson "repeatedly raped me orally and (vaginally)."

"When he forcefully picked me up and shoved me into a wall to rape me vaginally from behind he calmly and coldly said, 'It's fine. You're fine.' When I tried to pull up my pants or sit he shoved me to the ground and shoved his penis back down my throat and continued to choke me," the woman said.

"When he forced me up again and started to rape me vaginally again I blacked out permanently. When I was completely unconscious he dumped me face down in the dirt and left me there to die. He had taken what he wanted, had proven his power over my body. He then walked home and went to bed without a second thought to the ravaged, half dead woman he had left behind."
As he walked out of the courtroom Monday, Anderson declined to comment to the media.
CNN reached out to Anderson's defense team and the victim's attorney Tuesday, but has not received responses.

Kudos to Time mag for their choice for Person of the Year: Journalists under attack in war on truth


Trump administration hid report revealing Wells Fargo charged high fees to students


Trump administration hid report revealing Wells Fargo charged high fees to students
By MICHAEL STRATFORD 12/10/2018 06:39 PM EST
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The Trump administration for months concealed a report that showed Wells Fargo charged college students fees that were on average several times higher than some of its competitors.

The “unpublished” report was obtained by POLITICO through a Freedom of Information Act request. It was produced by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau office previously led by Seth Frotman, who quit as the bureau’s top student loan official in protest of Trump administration policies. Frotman said in his resignation letter that CFPB leaders had “suppressed the publication” of the report.

The previously unseen analysis examined the fees associated with debit cards and other financial products provided by 14 companies through agreements with more than 500 colleges across the country.

Wells Fargo provided roughly one-quarter of those accounts but the bank collected more than half of all fees paid by students, according to the report data. The bank’s average annual fee per account was nearly $50, the highest of any provider.


A spokesperson for the CFPB did not comment on why the bureau did not make the report public. “The Bureau shared this information directly with the Department of Education," the spokesperson, who declined to be named, said in a statement.

The Education Department did not comment on whether it took any action based on the report, which it did not make public, either.

Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.), who is poised to become chairman of the House education committee, said earlier this year that the allegation that the CFPB had concealed the report on fees charged to students warranted an “immediate investigation” and called for congressional hearings.

Study: Only two-thirds of Millennials fully believe the Earth is round


According to a study conducted by British firm YouGov, only two-thirds of Millennials fully believe that the Earth is round.

The survey asked 8,215 American Millennials the question, "Do you believe that the world is round or flat," then offered them the following set of answers:

- I have always believed the world is round

- I always thought the world is round, but more recently I am skeptical/have doubts

- I always thought the world is flat, but more recently I am skeptical/have doubts

- I have always believed the world is flat

- Other/Not sure

66 percent of the study's participants chose "I have always believed the world is round," nine percent chose "I always thought the world is round, but more recently I am skeptical/have doubts," five percent chose "I always thought the world is flat, but more recently I am skeptical/have doubts," four percent chose "I have always believed the world is flat," and 16 percent chose "Other/Not sure."

Fox News Talked More About Migrant 'Invasion' Just Before Election Than In Past 3 Years Total


Ahead of his party’s shellacking in the 2018 midterm elections, Republican President Donald Trump spent weeks warning his supporters that a caravan of Central American migrants headed for the U.S border constituted an “invasion.”

Trump’s favorite television channel was his most important ally in that effort. Prime-time Fox News programs used the words “invasion” or “invaders” to describe migrants and asylum-seekers more times in the 30 days leading up to the Nov. 6 election than they did during all of 2015, 2016 and 2017 combined.

I used transcripts to analyze the use of the terms “invasion” or “invaders” to refer to immigrants or asylum seekers on Fox News prime-time programming from Jan. 1, 2015, to Nov. 30, 2018. The analysis shows that, although the network was pushing anti-immigrant rhetoric before Trump announced his candidacy, a noticeable uptick occurred in the months around the 2018 midterm election. Prime-time Fox News hosts and guests used the words to refer to migrants 33 times in the 30 days ahead of the election, up from 25 times in all of 2015, 2016 and 2017. Fox has kept up the attacks in the weeks after the Republicans lost the U.S. House: Prime-time hosts and guests used the terms 48 times between Election Day and the end of November. Most of the mentions came from Fox hosts Laura Ingraham and Tucker Carlson.

where is the "Smocking Gun"?

Donald J. Trump

“Democrats can’t find a Smocking Gun tying the Trump campaign to Russia after James Comey’s testimony. No Smocking Gun...No Collusion.” @FoxNews That’s because there was NO COLLUSION. So now the Dems go to a simple private transaction, wrongly call it a campaign contribution,...

3:46 AM - Dec 10, 2018
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