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Friday, March 23, 2018

Rules That Clear Up Spousal Benefits Confusion

Social Security spousal benefits are confusing, and among the most common thing readers ask about.

The most frequent cause for confusion comes from one small difference between benefits for a spouse versus an ex-spouse. Additional confusion comes from trying to decipher what happens with spousal benefits if you claim before versus after full retirement age (FRA).

Most of the time the confusion can be cleared up by understanding the following 3 rules that affect spousal benefits.

1. Spousal benefits for spouses verses ex-spouses
To be eligible for a spousal benefit, your spouse must have filed for their own benefits.
This rule that your spouse must have filed for benefits does NOT apply to ex-spouses.

This difference between spousal benefits for a current versus ex-spouse is often where the confusion comes in.


White Privilege Conference' funded by Michigan tax dollars

Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Mich., is sponsoring a "White Privilege Conference" next month where students, educators, and others will be empowered and equipped “to work for equity and justice through self and social transformations.”

Conference participants will discuss “how white privilege, white supremacy, and oppression affects daily life while giving strategies for addressing issues of privilege and oppression and advancing social and economic justice.”

According to the event's website, examples of white privilege include: “Being able to … assume that most of the people you or your children study in history classes and textbooks will be of the same race, gender, or sexual orientation as you are; assume that your failures will not be attributed to your race, or your gender; not have to think about your race, or your gender, or your sexual orientation, or disabilities, on a daily basis …”


Wicomico States Attorney Press Releases

Rand Paul Admits "Absolutely, The Deep State Exists"

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said Tuesday during an appearance on The Laura Ingraham Show podcast that the term “deep state” accurately describes how an unelected bureaucracy of national security officials in positions of power exert influence without Congressional oversight.

“Absolutely, there is a deep state, because the deep state is the intelligence agencies that do not have oversight,” he said.

“Only eight people in Congress know what they’re doing, and traditionally, those eight people have been a rubber stamp to let the intelligence communities do whatever they want. There is no skeptic among the eight people that are supposedly overseeing the intelligence community.”



GOP Leaders Expand H-2B Visa-Worker Program

The GOP’s business-first leadership has expanded the H-2B visa-worker program, so reducing marketplace pressure on companies to offer higher wages to Americans just months before the November election.

The pre-election giveaway is buried on page 1760 of the 2232-page 2018 omnibus bill, where language allows the Department of Homeland Security to greatly expand the size of the H-2B visa-worker program up to roughly 100,000 imported workers:

SEC. 205. Notwithstanding the [66,000] numerical limitation set forth in section 214(g)(1)(B) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1184(g)(1)(B)), the Secretary of Homeland Security, after consultation with the Secretary of Labor, and upon the determination that the needs of American businesses cannot be satisfied in fiscal year 2018 with United States workers who are willing, qualified, and able to perform temporary nonagricultural labor, may increase the total number of aliens who may receive a visa under section 101(a)(15)(H)(ii)(b) of such Act (8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(15)(H)(ii)(b)) in such fiscal year above such limitation by not more than the highest number of H–2B nonimmigrants who participated in the H–2B returning worker program in any fiscal year in which returning workers were exempt from such numerical limitation.

The jargon gives the green light to Senators and Representatives to pressure DHS leaders to hand out more H-2B visas to the politicians’ local employers.


A Viewer Writes: Worwic Programs

Hey Joe,

Just found out that WorWic has decided to discontinue the Construction Technology / Computer-Aided Drafting program without telling any of the current program students. My son is 2 semesters into the program and found out by getting the fall class schedule and having no classes to take.

He was told that similar classes will be available under their continuing ed program, however they will not lead to a certificate, degree, or be able to transfer to other schools. Basically, we paid for classes toward a now defunct degree. A degree for which they gladly took our money (we paid full costs, no grant) without informing us of their intentions.

I don't know how many students are in the program, but I'm pretty sure none were told they were wasting their money.

A concerned, and angry, parent

House Intel Shuts Down Russia Probe

The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence voted along party lines on Thursday to formally end the panel’s Russia investigation and to release a report about the probe to the rest of Congress.

The 150-page report will now undergo a classification review by the intelligence community to determine what information must be redacted in the document. After it goes to Congress, the report will be made public. That is expected to happen within the next several weeks.

Committee Republicans announced last week that they had drafted the report and were planning on shutting down the Russia investigation.

After 73 witness interviews and a review of more than 300,000 documents, Republicans found no evidence that President Donald Trump’s campaign colluded with the Russian government during the 2016 presidential campaign.


Indiana students stage walkout, prayer circle

Exactly one month after the tragic school shooting in Parkland, Fla., students across the nation walked out of their classrooms at 10 a.m. on March 14 and stayed out for at least 17 minutes—one minute for every victim. Some students walked out to raise their voices for greater gun regulation and increasing campus safety, while others simply wanted to honor the memories of their fallen peers.

The 20 Union County High School students who participated were a part of the latter group, collaborating with school administrators to conduct the walkout as safely as possible. The students convened in the gymnasium at the school and interlocked arms for 17 minutes of silence. They stood still, silent and solemn for the entire time, with no phones or distractions. Officers from the Union County Sheriff's Office stood by to make sure no one misused the time or caused any issues.

Since the Parkland shooting and the copycat threats that rippled from it in the following weeks, police and sheriff presence has increased at Union County schools. The school board is looking into hiring a part-time resource officer to ensure student safety in all schools in the district.

The UCHS students were vehement that for them, the walkout was not political, even if the national movement is.

“The point of this for us wasn't to make a political statement or take a side on an issue,” said sophomore class president Carson Eversole. “This was to show our support and give our condolences to the families of those who were lost.”

More here

Nancy Pelosi Gloats over Omnibus: 'Democrats Won'; No Wall

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi trumpeted her party’s successes in the negotiations over the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill in a statement released late Wednesday.

While Democrats had not managed to secure a solution for the so-called “Dreamers” — a major demand of the progressive activist base of the party — she boasted that she had funded many Democratic spending priorities.

Crucially, she said, Democrats had prevented Trump from building his wall, restricting new spending on border security to secondary fencing.

Pelosi’s full statement follows:


Police: Woman raped, forced to jump naked into frigid Anacostia River

WASHINGTON - A woman says she was forced to take off her clothes and sexually assaulted before being told to jump into the frigid waters of the Anacostia River Tuesday night.

According to a D.C. police report, a woman told police she was in her car in the 3200 block of Buena Vista Terrace SE at around 10 p.m., just blocks away from D.C. police Seventh District Station.

Police say a man with a gun opened the rear passenger door, got inside and forced the woman to drive to the rear of that area, where she was sexually assaulted and raped.


House Judiciary subpoenas Justice Department for Hillary Clinton email investigation documents

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., sent a subpoena Thursday evening to the Department of Justice to gain access to documents related to the agency’s investigation of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email server in 2016.

Goodlatte and House Oversight Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., requested the documents four months ago.

“To date, the Department has only produced a fraction of the documents that have been requested,” Goodlatte said in a letter Thursday.

“Given the Department’s ongoing delays in producing these documents, I am left with no choice but to issue the enclosed subpoena to compel production of these documents,” Goodlatte added.

The subpoena also seeks documents on possible abuses pertaining to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Goodlatte said the agency has not provided any documents per a request in February.


Maryland Woman Suing Facebook Over Personal Information Being Released

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — There is a new development in the Facebook data case.

A Maryland woman is now suing Facebook over the release of personal information that made her a target for political advertisements.

Marylander Lauren Price is taking Facebook to court with what she hopes will become a class action lawsuit over privacy data that ended up in the hands of political advertisers trying to influence votes.

It’s a hefty piece of litigation, as Price is suing on behalf of herself and all others similarly situated.

All others are the 50 million Facebook users who had information they did not give, used to target them for ads they did not want about candidates to influence their vote.


Rep. Harris Votes Against Fiscally Irresponsible Spending Bill

WASHINGTON, DC: On March 22, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1625, the Consolidated Appropriations Act. Congressman Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) issued the following statement after voting against this legislation:

“The Omnibus bill was 2,232 pages long, and we had fewer than 14 hours to read it before voting on it. This $1.3 trillion spending bill will balloon our deficit and will continue to fund unlawful sanctuary cities. This bill also fails to provide adequate funding for border security and fails to address the need for temporary workers in industries critical to the economy of Maryland’s First District, so I voted against this bill.”

Free Tree Seedlings Available for Lower Eastern Shore Landowners

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is offering free trees to help improve water quality in targeted Lower Eastern Shore communities.

Dorchester and Wicomico County landowners who have a creek, drainage ditch, stream or other waterway on or near their property are eligible for free tree seedlings through the department’s Backyard Buffers program.

Trees planted along waterways help enhance and improve water quality by absorbing excess nutrients, reducing sediment, stabilizing stream banks and lowering water temperatures.

Each “buffer in a bag” contains 25 native, bare-root tree seedlings suited for planting in wet soil conditions. The bundle will include five of each species: buttonbush, hazel alder, red osier dogwood, willow oak and white oak. All seedlings are 1-year-old and approximately 8 to 10 inches tall.

Maryland Forest Service staff will provide information on tree maintenance and planting techniques, in addition to suggestions on other good native species, at pick up which will take place April 21 for both counties. The Dorchester pick up location is the Spocott Windmill on Route 343 near Cambridge from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Wicomico pick up location is the University of Maryland Extension Office at 28674 Old Quantico Road in Salisbury from 10 a.m. to noon.

The deadline for placing orders is April 20. Dorchester residents should contact Scott Daniels at 410-228-1861, and Wicomico residents should contact Matthew Hurd at 410-543-1950. Quantities are limited so reservations will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Citigroup Enforces Gun Control Restrictions On Customers

Citigroup is setting restrictions on the sale of firearms by its business customers.

As a reminder, Andrew Ross Sorkin wrote in the NY Times that banks could control guns, if Washington won't.

Liberty Blitzkrieg's Mike Krieger exclaimed that even in today’s world replete with plutocrat public relations masquerading as journalism,it’s rare to encounter an article simultaneously pandering, authoritarian, childish and dumb. Nevertheless, I found one, and it was unsurprisingly published in The New York Times.

The title of the piece more or less says it all, How Banks Could Control Gun Sales if Washington Won’t, but let’s go ahead and examine some of the author’s suggestions in greater detail. For instance:

Here’s an idea.

What if the finance industry — credit card companies like Visa, Mastercard and American Express; credit card processors like First Data; and banks like JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo — were to effectively set new rules for the sales of guns in America?

Collectively, they have more leverage over the gun industry than any lawmaker. And it wouldn’t be hard for them to take a stand.

PayPal, Square, Stripe and Apple Pay announced years ago that they would not allow their services to be used for the sale of firearms.

If Visa and Mastercard are unwilling to act on this issue, the credit card processors and banks that issue credit cards could try. Jamie Dimon, chief executive of JPMorgan Chase, which issues credit cards and owns a payment processor, has talked about how he and his bank have “a moral obligation but also a deeply vested interest” in helping “solve pressing societal challenges.” This is your chance, Mr. Dimon.

That was followed by Dick's Sporting Goods, who said they would no longer sell high-capacity magazines and that they would not sell any gun to anyone under 21 years of age, regardless of local laws.


Be Very Careful Of Local News Channels Promoting BS Car Maintenance Policies

Your local news channels are promoting, (selling) commercials that seem to be bogus. The above image is from one of these commercials in which I contacted local mechanics and even car dealerships in which this program suggests will participate with this policy, they do not. 

I strongly suggest before you ever consider sending any kind of payment to these bogus companies you contact your dealer or mechanic and ask if they do in fact accept these policies.

Shame on these news stations for allowing such crap to be published as they are desperate for any kind of possible income.

Hillary Clinton: Trump 'Undermined' Presidency to Enrich Family, His 'Erratic' Behavior Undermining Global Order

Last week on Dutch public broadcasting’s KRO-NCRV, Hillary Clinton accused President Donald Trump of undermining the office of the presidency to “enrich himself and his family.”

Clinton said, “He has undermined the office and used it to enrich himself and his family. Disregarded laws, ethical standards, has been undermining the institutions from the free press to the judiciary.”


Oregon Initiative Requires Gun Owners To Surrender ‘Assault Weapons'

‘This explicitly comes for your guns,’ says congressman

Oregon has submitted a proposal to ban assault weapons and high capacity magazines in a ballot initiative petition meant to prevent mass shootings.

The proposal, called Initiative Petition 42, would require legal gun owners “to surrender or register their assault weapons or face felony charges.”

“The proposal defines an assault weapon as any semiautomatic rifle that has the capacity to accept a detachable magazine, and any feature like folding or telescoping stock, or that can accept more than 10 rounds of ammunition,” reported KGW News.

The initiative petition states that “a reduction in the availability of assault weapons and large capacity ammunition magazines will promote the public health and safety of the residents of this state.”


What Liberal Bias? ESPN Plans Brand New Social Justice Morning Show

Despite claiming that it isn’t a “political” sports network, ESPN has announced that it plans to launch a brand new morning show geared to push a far left, social justice agenda.

The new show, to be called Get Up!, will air from 7 to 10 AM and will feature hosts Mike Greenberg, Michelle Beadle, and Jalen Rose, The Hollywood Reporter reported.

Apparently, ESPN is sinking big cash into this new “woke” morning show, too.

THR notes: “It’s a big, costly swing for the network, including leasing a 21,000-square-foot studio and office complex in Manhattan’s South Street Seaport and nearly $15 million in talent salaries ($6.5 million for Greenberg, 50; $5 million for Beadle, 42; and $3 million for Rose, 45, sources say).”


A Viewer Writes: School Safety


I tried to get these points as a response to one of your articles and it would not allow me to submit it. This is not the first time.

I sent this to our Eastern Shore Republican Delegation along with Miller and Busch. This is real school safety / security.

I am expressing my concerns about school safety. Gun control / restrictions on weapons and accessories is not the answer. Why do I not here of proposals for long lasting solutions for school safety / security.

As a Retired Correctional Officer I have yet to understand why security measures from the Correctional System has never been proposed instead of ignored. What I hear is not / never school security / safety. Following procedures are examples of school safety / security:

1) Electronic doors dividing schools into sectors

2) Security at all outside entrances into the buildings

3) Security cameras in all areas including classrooms monitored by a Resource Office

4) Panic buttons in all areas including classrooms that would seal all outside doors and all sectors

5) Override in Main Office for complete system with a code

6) When system is activated it will also contact Police, EMS and other 1st responders automatically

There should be a savings in manpower for Resource Officers per year, since Resource Officers will have to be increased to at least 2-3 per school per day as it stands now for increased security. The cost alone would be a savings after the initial installation.

Politians need to get off the gun control and think about real security and school safety. These ideas need to be investigated so it will, I hope, be presented so Politians will understand this is real school safety / security and not gun control.

Quit attempting to punish law abiding citizens / gun owners. Common sense needs to be used.

Concerned Retiree

Trump: "Crazy Joe Biden" Would "Go Down Fast" In A Fight

As former Vice President Joe Biden struggles to stay relevant as he quietly pursues the 2020 Democratic nomination, he told a crowd of people at an anti-sexual assault rally in Florida that "if I were in high school, I'd take him behind the gym and beat the hell out of him," adding that he's "a pretty damn good athlete."

In an early morning tweet on Thursday, the president slammed the former VP for "trying to act like a tough guy", saying "actually, he is weak, both mentally and physical, and yet he threatens me, for the second time, with physical assault. He doesn't know me, but he would go down fast and hard."

Crazy Joe Biden is trying to act like a tough guy. Actually, he is weak, both mentally and physically, and yet he threatens me, for the second time, with physical assault. He doesn’t know me, but he would go down fast and hard, crying all the way. Don’t threaten people Joe!

Biden and Trump were involved in an almost identical spat back in October 2016, when Biden, using similar language, first said he would rather "take him behind the gym" than debate the president.



Wicomico County Teachers Displayed Their Stupidity Last Night

Last night a group of teachers confronted County Executive Bob Culver demanding more money. So get this. One MATH Teacher stated that beginner teachers get $60,000.00 a year in Anne Arundel County while beginner teachers only get $43,000.00 a year in Wicomico County. She went on to say Wicomico County only gets HALF of what Anne Arundel County gets! IDIOT ALERT!!!
It always seems strange to me how the BOE treats every County Executive like CRAP until it comes to budget time. While those Idiots are out spending tens of thousands of dollars on gift cards, (until they were caught by SBYNews), signing multi decade leases outside county owned properties supporting the Good Ol' Boys, now they want more money and act like Culver is the Anti Christ.

Let us make this at a Special Education level for you Teachers. THERE IS NO MONEY! You pissed it all away. Now you want Culver to raise taxes so you can live the lives of those Teachers in Anne Arundel County. Well, guess what, I'M FROM Anne Arundel County and the cost of living, (accurately) is more than twice what Wicomico County is. A $150,000.00 home here is easily a $300,000.00 home there. $1,000.00 property taxes here are at least $3,000.00 there. Shall I go on?

Executive Culver has always had the backs of the taxpayers and will NOT raise taxes. The BOE is already more than 50% of the entire County Budget. Go out and sell some cookies OR move to Anne Arundel County and I'm confident we can find PLENTY of Teachers who are in it for all the right reasons (not money) to replace each and every one of you. Enough Is Enough! Thank you Executive Culver!

Army Major: "Unmitigated Failure" - Operation Iraqi Freedom, 15 Years Later

After waging an ill-advised war of choice in Iraq, the U.S. military remains ensnared in Greater Mesopotamia...

We were always caught in the middle. We still are.

As a young man, a new lieutenant, and a true believer, I once led a US Army scout platoon just south of Baghdad. It was autumn 2006, and my platoon patrolled – mainly aimlessly – through the streets and surrounding fields of Salman Pak. To our north lay the vast Shia heartland of East Baghdad, to our south and east, the disgruntled and recently disempowered Sunnis of the rural hinterlands. Both sides executed teenagers caught on the wrong side of town, leaving the bodies for us to find. Each side sought to win American favor; both tried to kill us.

It was a battle of attrition; a war for land, yes, but more importantly a war for the mind. Each day, the platoon had the distinct honor to drive our HMMWVs past the impressive ruins of an ancient Persian (Iranian) empire – the Sassanid. Some 1500 years earlier, Salman Pak was known as Ctesiphon and was the populous capital of a powerful civilization. The Iraqi Shia were proud of this past; the local Sunnis were not. Sunni insurgents still called the Shia "Sassanids," or "Persians," and they meant it as a pejorative. History was present and alive in Iraq. Still, few of my young soldiers knew – or cared – about any of this. They merely sought survival.

The Sunni fighters, once ascendant under Saddam Hussein’s regime, were backed by Saudi Arabia and other sympathetic Gulf states.

In nighttime raids and daytime searches, we found Saudi "Wahhabi" Islamist propaganda on the floor of car bomb factories.Back then, the local Sunni insurgents called themselves TWJ (Tawhid al Jihad – Monotheism and Holy War). This group, a nonfactor at the time of the 9/11 attacks, would rebrand several times in the ensuing years: Al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI), the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI), and, finally, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).


Thank God Its Friday 3-23-18

What will you be doing this weekend?

Violent Intruder Preparedness and Response Seminars

Sussex County - The Delaware State Police has partnered with the Delaware Department of Education in hosting Violent Intruder Preparedness and Response (VIPR) seminars. The first two seminars are scheduled to take place at district schools in Sussex County.

The first session will be held on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at Sussex Central High School located at 26026 Patriots Way, Georgetown. The second session will take place on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at Indian River High School located at 29772 Armory Road, Dagsboro. Both seminars will run from 6:00 8:00 p.m.

These free training sessions will include topics related to active shooter threats, emergency preparedness, suspicious activity reporting, and hometown security threats. Future seminars are currently being scheduled to incorporate other high schools throughout the entire state. The seminars are open to the public and all are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Last "Teach Them To Fish" Real Estate & Financial Literacy Seminar is on Saturday April 14th! Register today!

Edward S. Lee, Realtor with Exit Shore Realty in Salisbury, MD and Founder Teach Them To Fish (TTTF) announced that the organization’s final “Financial Literacy Home Buyer’s Seminar” will take place on April 14th, 2018, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., at the First Baptist Church of Salisbury. Lee said that the early registrations indicate that the Seminar and Classes will be filled to capacity enrolment for this the final class, of 2018.

The program has been very successful in placing families in homes by working with them and industry financial professionals (Nations Lending) to help them improve their credit scores.

This along with Exit Shore Realty, which specializes in servicing First Time Home Buyers, has provided the foundation for TTTF’s success. “But there is much more to the story than that…during the six week class period, participants are given required readings and tapes to listen to that are discussed in class…we believe that creating the proper mental attitude, grounding and centering are important to achieving success”, Lee said.

We believe that, “If you can pay your monthly rent, you can pay a monthly mortgage”.

Go on line at and register to attend the April 14th, free Seminar and free brunch for the first 125 people registered!

The Seminar, Home Buying and Financial Literacy classes are free. The public is invited; and all are welcome. But, you must be registered (WWW.TTTFDELMARVA.COM) to attend!

For additional information contact: Realtor Edward S. Lee, 443-783-1623 or Exit Shore Realty 410-912-0310 or

It Could Always Be Worse

We dodged a big one.


16-year-old girl shot at Md. high school taken off life support, family says

WASHINGTON — A 16-year-old girl has been in critical condition after she was shot in the head Tuesday at a high school in St. Mary’s County, Maryland. Now, Jaelynn Willey’s family is taking her off life support Thursday night.

“She will not make it,” Jaelynn’s mother, Melissa Willey, said Thursday, her voice shaking. “We will be taking her off life support this evening. She is brain dead and has nothing — no life left in her.”

Jaelynn was shot Tuesday morning at Great Mills High School; another student, 17-year-old Austin Rollins, entered the school with a semi-automatic handgun and fired at her in the school hallway. Rollins also shot a 14-year-old boy, but that student was discharged from the hospital Wednesday.


Traffic Advisory

Event: Easter Parade / Egg Hunt

Date: March 24, 2018

Time: 9:45-11:00 (approximately)

Parade Route / Areas Affected: North Division Street from the Roundabout South to Main Street. Main Street East to South Brown Street.

The Fruitland Police Department would like to warn motorists and citizens to expect travel delays, due to road closures for the annual Easter Parade. The parade route will be closed to traffic no less than 15 minutes before the 10:00 AM start time and will open to traffic immediately following (approximately 11:00 AM). Roads will be blocked with barricades for the safety of parade participants. Police and Fire Police will be on hand to direct traffic and provide alternate routes of travel.

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DNC Takes Out $2 Million Loan

Nine months before critical midterms where Democrats are defending a record number of Senate seats, the national party is falling deeper into debt.

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) took out a $1.7 million loan in February, pushing their total debt to more than $6 million, according to recent Federal Election Commission filings.

Meanwhile, the party’s fundraising efforts yielded around half the total amount as the Republican National Committee (RNC). The DNC brought in $6.9 million in February, while the RNC raised $12.8 million.

The national Democratic arm has just over $10 million cash on hand, The Republican’s will likely need the vast amounts of cash heading into the midterms, which are historically unfavorable to a new president’s party.


Thursday, March 22, 2018

Knitting May Boost Health and Happiness

New research suggests that working with our hands has measurable advantages for body and mind

“Idle hands are the devil’s workshop.”

That biblical proverb may have more scientific truth to it than we previously recognized.

Recent scientific research suggests that working with our hands — through knitting, washing dishes, painting, metal craft, woodworking — can provide marked physical and psychological benefits.

“I made up this term called ‘behaviorceuticals,’ instead of pharmaceuticals, in the sense that when we move and when we engage in activities, we change the neurochemistry of our brain in ways that a drug can change the neurochemistry of our brain,” said Dr. Kelly Lambert, a University of Richmond professor of behavioral neuroscience, on CBS News this week.

In her research with rats, Lambert found that rats that must work with their paws to uncover a treat fare much better than “trust-fund” rats, which are given treats freely. The animals that received rewards without working for them had elevated levels of stress hormones, for example. They were also less emotionally resilient.

More here

Stop Making Children Into Moral Authorities

On March 14, high school students from Parkland, Florida, led a school walkout in favor of gun control. The media have already appointed student witnesses of the horror at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School untouchable moral authorities; their opinions are not to be questioned.

But now, the Left has found even more sympathetic faces for its agenda: kindergartners. According to The Wall Street Journal, “Schools are grappling with how to address the event with children as young as 5 years old and with finding ways for children who are too little to be told about school shootings to take part.” Children in pre-K at Manhattan Country School will sing “If I Had a Hammer” and “Paz y Libertad.” Public schools like PS 321 in Brooklyn allowed children to do activities linked with the protests.

There is something deeply perverse about using children to promote a political agenda. Children simply don’t know anything about politics. Sometimes children ask questions that help us rethink the world because they’ve had little experience with it — when my four-year-old daughter asks questions about the universe, that prompts me to further learning and research. But she doesn’t have answers, because she’s a child.


The Mentally Crippling Effects of the PC Crusade

A college drops its "Knight" mascot and "Crusader" moniker, while standing for science offends elsewhere.

Fear of offense does not good policy make. It is deceitful sentiment masquerading as compassion that capitulates to the dogma of political correctness rather than embracing truth. An example of this compromising mentality was seen at the College of the Holy Cross. The Catholic school has decided to drop its “Crusaders” nickname and “Knight” mascot over concerns that they may be offensive to certain folks, specifically Muslims. The school’s president, Rev. Philip Boroughs, released a statement explaining, “The visual depiction of a knight, in conjunction with the moniker Crusader, inevitably ties us directly to the reality of the religious wars and the violence of the Crusades. This imagery stands in contrast to our stated values. Over the coming months, the College will gradually phase out the use of all knight-related imagery.”

The question now is how long before those “woke” folks at Holy Cross realize that not just the school’s name but its entire reason for existing is “offensive” to Muslims and certainly a few vocal atheists? And the other obvious fact seemingly lost on these academics is the reality that their decision to change the school’s nickname and drop its mascot is itself offensive. By assuming that the term “crusader” is, as Barack Obama once lectured, a pejorative, they have insinuated that anyone who would favor the name is guilty of promoting “Islamophobia.” On the contrary, those offended by the term “crusader” are likely ignorant of history.


Installation Failed

"It Wasn't Russia," It Was Obama-Based Social Media Mining That Beat Hillary

Just over a year ago I wrote, “Did Donald Trump Use Artificial Intelligence To Win The Election?”, which was an article about Cambridge Analytica.

If you haven’t been paying attention lately, Facebook just banned Cambridge Analytica from their platform, including the whistleblower that blew the whistle on how Cambridge Analytica was potentially misusing data. Meanwhile, the mainstream media has gone into a frenzy,crashing Facebook’s stock, forcing executives out of the company, and calling for social media reform.

This story is seriously a year old, and although I was not the first journalist to write about this, I did bring it to the attention of about 6,300+ readers. While it is new that we have a whistleblower, and the number “50 million accounts”, what the media isn’t telling you is how Cambridge Analytica actually pulled this off.


Biden says he would have 'beat the hell out' of Trump in high school for disrespecting women

Former Vice President Joe Biden took fresh jabs at President Donald Trump on Tuesday while speaking at an anti-sexual assault rally, telling students at the University of Miami that he probably would have "beat the hell out" of Trump if they'd attended school together.

"A guy who ended up becoming our national leader said, 'I can grab a woman anywhere and she likes it,'" Biden said. "They asked me if I’d like to debate this gentleman, and I said 'no.' I said, 'If we were in high school, I’d take him behind the gym and beat the hell out of him.'"

"I've been in a lot of locker rooms my whole life," Biden continued. "I'm a pretty damn good athlete. Any guy that talked that way was usually the fattest, ugliest S.O.B. in the room."


Every Five Days, Murderers Kill a White Farmer in South Africa

Cruel torture, rape rampant in nation

Every five days, a white farmer is murdered in South Africa and authorities are doing nothing about it. Authorities are giving tacit approval and police are turning a blind eye according to activists.

There have been 109 murders this year, 15 farm murders. In other words, one farmer is murdered every five days. There have been 90 recorded attacks against white farmers in 2018.

Lawmakers passed a motion last month approving the seizure of white farmers’ land without compensation. Activists say it has been a catalyst for the murders.

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Swamp Psychopath

What prompted former CIA Director John Brennan on Saturday to accuse President Donald Trump of “moral turpitude” and to predict, with an alliterative flourish, that Trump will end up “as a disgraced demagogue in the dustbin of history”? The answer shines through the next sentence in Brennan’s threatening tweet: “You may scapegoat Andy McCabe [former FBI Deputy Director fired Friday night] but you will not destroy America…America will triumph over you.”

It is easy to see why Brennan lost it. The Attorney General fired McCabe, denying him full retirement benefits, because McCabe “had made an unauthorized disclosure to the news media and lacked candor — including under oath — on multiple occasions.” There but for the grace of God go I, Brennan must have thought, whose stock in trade has been unauthorized disclosures.

In fact, Brennan can take but small, short-lived consolation in the fact that he succeeded in leaving with a full government pension. His own unauthorized disclosures and leaks probably dwarf in number, importance, and sensitivity those of McCabe. And many of those leaks appear to have been based on sensitive intercepted conversations from which the names of American citizens were unmasked for political purposes. Not to mention the leaks of faux intelligence like that contained in the dubious “dossier” cobbled together for the Democrats by British ex-spy Christopher Steele.


A Viewer Writes: Daily Rag screws up again

Today's front page says Shane Faucette killed is baby. The subject says "18 year old son"... reading the article however, indicates the son was 18 DAYS old. Little Luke was in fact 18 DAYS old.... dumbasses.

Worcester County Sheriff’s Office Press Release

On March 13th, 2018, members of the Worcester County Criminal Enforcement Team conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle on RT. 113 in the Berlin, Maryland. During the course of this traffic stop the operator and passenger were identified as Danielle Robinson (Age 27) of Labelle, Florida and Antwan Bass (Age 41) of Lakeland, Florida. A probable cause search was conducted of this vehicle which revealed 2,328 grams of cocaine and 1,070 grams of heroin, along with approximately 12 grams of marijuana. Both Robinson and Bass were placed under arrest and charged with the following offenses:

· CDS Possession Large Amount – Heroin

· CDS Possession Large Amount – Cocaine

· CDS Importation of Heroin

· CDS Importation of Cocaine

· CDS Possession with Intent to Distribute - Cocaine

· CDS Possession with Intent to Distribute - Heroin

· CDS Possession - Heroin

· CDS Possession - Cocaine

· CDS Possession - Marijuana

Robinson and Bass were subsequently committed and held without bond at the Worcester County Jail. It was also revealed that Bass was wanted on a Violation of Probation Arrest Warrant issued by the Worcester County Circuit Court stemming from his arrest in 2008. On March 20th, 2018, The Grand Jury returned indictments to The Office of The State’s Attorney with respect to all of the aforementioned charges. Trial dates in Circuit Court have not yet been set. This investigation is still on going.

Breaking News: President Trump's national security adviser is out. H. R. McMaster will be replaced by John R. Bolton, a hard-line former U.S. ambassador.

Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster, the battle-tested Army officer tapped as President Trump’s national security adviser last year to stabilize a turbulent foreign policy operation, will resign and be replaced by John R. Bolton, a hard-line former United States ambassador to the United Nations, White House officials said Thursday.

Walkout fallout: Districts hit with backlash over political activism

The gun control movement notched a public relations coup with last week’s massive school walkouts, but now school districts that pitched in to ensure the protest’s success are stuck with the rising political and legal fallout.

A week after the March 14 walkout, school officials are grappling with complaints from parents outraged by the specter of their kids engaged in political protesting on school time, as well as reports of criminal mischief committed by teens who treated the event as a get-out-of-class-free card.

What’s more, the students get to do it all again next month. A substantially identical event, also called the National School Walkout, is scheduled for April 20, the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre.

Chris Cleveland, chairman of the Chicago Republican Party, said he worried that the walkouts, aimed at pushing for tougher gun restrictions in the wake of the deadly Parkland shooting, have provided the template for advocacy groups eager to co-opt the public schools for progressive activism.

“If they get away with this, they’ll be free to engage in any kind of political activity in the schools that they wish,” said Mr. Cleveland, who has a third-grader in the Chicago Public Schools.

The party is moving to avert that scenario by preparing a lawsuit against the school system, arguing that the district violated state and federal law as well as its own policies by organizing a political demonstration — and pressuring students to attend — on the taxpayers’ dime.

The district has yet to comment, but it has other problems. About 60 students from Simeon Career Academy trashed a Walmart “while they were supposed to be protesting guns,” an incident under investigation by police, according to Fox32 in Chicago.

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Shoplifting Suspects Unintentionally Surrender

Wilmington - Delaware State Police have arrested a pair of suspects on outstanding shoplifting charges after they unintentionally turn themselves in at Troop 1.

The investigation began at approximately 12:22 p.m., Monday, February 22, when Troopers responded to the Kohl's department store, located at 401 Concord Pike, Wilmington, in reference to a shoplifting incident. It was determined that initially, a male suspect attempted to make a fraudulent return, but was refused based on prior suspicious return activity. Immediately after that denied transaction, a female who was accompanying the male, removed merchandise from the display and exited the store without rendering payment, despite an attempt by store security to detain the pair. The suspects were last seen fleeing the in a silver, Hyundai Tucson.

Through various investigative leads, Troopers were able to positively identify the pair as Christopher R. McDowell, 34, and April J. Wright, 48, both of Wilmington. Shoplifting warrants were obtained and kept on file as the suspects remained at large.

On Tuesday, March 20, 2018, a white male, who appeared to be intoxicated, voluntarily walked in to Troop 1 and requested a ride home. Troopers immediately recognized the subject as McDowell and took him in to custody without incident.

After being processed on one count each of Shoplifting and Conspiracy 3rd Degree charges, McDowell was arraigned in Justice of the Peace Court #11 and released on $1000.00 unsecured bail. After being released McDowell phoned an acquaintance for a ride home.

When the female subject who was supposed to drive McDowell home arrived at Troop 1, Troopers recognized her as April Wright, at which time she was taken in to custody without incident.

Wright was processed on one count each of Shoplifting and Conspiracy 3rd Degree charges, in reference to the Kohl's incident, as well as a Shoplifting charge from an unrelated incident. Wright was arraigned and released on $1500.00 unsecured bail.

Germany Selling Iran Chemical Weapons Technology as U.S. Dems Block Trump Ambassador

U.S. officials are increasingly alarmed by a congressional block on President Donald Trump's pick to be the next ambassador to Germany, a holdup that comes as Berlin pursues a host of anti-Israel measures and is growing closer to Iran, according to multiple administration insiders who spoke to the Washington Free Beacon.

As Democrats in Congress continue to hold the nomination of Richard Grenell, a veteran Republican diplomat who was tapped by Trump to serve as the next U.S. ambassador to Germany, the post remains vacant, sparking concerns the United States is ceding leverage amid sensitive discussions regarding the future of the landmark Iran nuclear deal.

The vacancy also has left the United States with little voice to combat a series of anti-Israel efforts being pursued by the German government. Trump administration insiders are becoming increasingly fed-up with the block on Grenell, telling the Free Beacon that U.S. diplomats currently helming the post have been bungling critical national security priorities, including the Iran portfolio and recent efforts by Germany to sell Tehran sensitive equipment used by the Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria to produce chemical weapons.

"The current leader of the embassy is not an ambassador," said one senior U.S. official with direct knowledge of the situation, referring to Kent Logsdon, a former Obama administration official..

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Student Planning Abortion Protest After School Shooting Walkout

Last week they protested gun violence.

This week, Rocklin High School students are using social media to organize a pro-life walkout using the hashtag #life.

“To honor all the lives of aborted babies pretty much. All the millions of aborted babies every year,” said organizer Brandon Gillespie.

He says his history teacher inspired the idea.

As thousands of students across the country walked out of class demanding strict gun laws, in honor of the Parkland shooting victims, teacher Julianne Benzel was placed on paid administrative leave when she asked students to consider whether there’s a double standard in the national school walkout.

“I would like a conversation about when is too much? And are we going allow this on the other side?” said Benzel.

The principal at Rocklin High declined to meet with us for an on-camera interview, but a district spokeswoman tells us, he does plan to sit down with the student about the possible abortion walkout, and that’s not going over well with some of his peers.

“Abortions aren’t really anything that has to do with school or students here,” said Naeirika Neev, editor of the school newspaper. In her posts, she’s using the hashtag “enough is enough” to promote peace, and take a stance against anything anti-abortion on campus.

“They have their First Amendment, they can go protest about that anytime anywhere,” she said.


'The double-standard couldn't be more clear'

Gina McCarthy and Lisa Jackson spent roughly eight times more than Scott Pruitt has on international travel.

Internal EPA documents provided to the Washington Free Beacon reveal Obama administration EPA administrators jet setting cost taxpayers roughly $1 million. The EPA has spent $124,000 for Pruitt and his security detail to travel to the G-7 summit in Italy and a trip to Morocco.

McCarthy took 10 international trips in three years, including trips to Paris, Florence, Dubai, and Tokyo.

Pruitt has come under scrutiny from the media for the travel costs, which include $84,000 for the G-7 summit in Italy last summer in airfare for Pruitt and security.

The New York Daily News reported Pruitt is "burning through taxpayer money like an SUV guzzles gas, new documents show."

A search for articles on McCarthy's international travel costs turned up zero results.

"The double-standard couldn't be more clear: Under Barack Obama's EPA the media chose not to report on expenditures to protect the EPA administrator for international travel or the costs of their trips," said Jahan Wilcox, EPA spokesman.

"But under the Trump administration the costs to protect our government officials is somehow scandalous," he said.

Pruitt has received an unprecedented amount of threats since becoming EPA administrator..


Rubio Angry Over White House Leak

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.) told reporters in a hallway interview on Wednesday that he was outraged someone so close to the president was able to leak sensitive information about President Donald Trump's call with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Rubio's response comes amid controversy over the content and the existence of a leak about Trump being briefed not to congratulate Putin on his reelection victory. The leaked information came after the president revealed this week he did in fact offer his congratulations to Putin in a phone call.

"If you don't like working for the president, you should resign your job," Rubio said as he left reporters.


‘March For Our Lives’ Now Operating Under Dark Money Nonprofit Advocacy Group

March For Our Lives, a demonstration involving survivors of the Parkland school shooting that will take place Saturday in Washington, D.C., and across the country, registered a 501(c)(4) nonprofit advocacy organization that is not required to disclose its donors.

The March for Our Lives Action Fund, a 501(c)(4) "social welfare" nonprofit organization, was registered on March 8 with the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, records show. The action fund lists its business address in Encino, Calif., and its agent as CT Corporation System, a D.C.-based firm that offers agent, incorporation, and corporate business compliance services.

Jeri Rhodes, an associate executive secretary for finance and administration at the Friends Committee on National Legislation, a group that "lobbies Congress and the administration to advance peace, justice, opportunity, and environmental stewardship," is also listed as the action fund's executing officer and governor on its registration. Rhodes previously served as chief financial officer for Greenpeace.

While the organization said on its website it is "for kids and by kids" and the "March For Our Lives organizers are the kids themselves," it also said the kids "have brought in support to help ensure it is a success." A coalition of liberal advocacy groups are currently involved in organizing and planning the march. In addition to support from leading gun-control groups like Everytown for Gun Safety, the Brady Campaign, and Giffords, organizers from the Women's March, Planned Parenthood, and Move On are involved with the permitting for the event as well as promoting it.

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Reporter Points Out Huge Disparity Between Pro-Life Dem Voters and Reps

Pro-life Democrats constitute 22 percent of the party but only 1.6 percent of the House Democratic Caucus, and that number may be set to drop further on Tuesday.

NBC News correspondent Steve Kornacki tweeted statistics from the group Democrats for Life showing the gaps between voters and representatives on abortion, noting pro-life Illinois Rep. Dan Lipinski (D.) is one of only three pro-life Democratic House members. Lipinski is running to retain his seat against pro-choice primary challenger Marie Newman, who has racked up endorsements from such left-wing stars as Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.).

"3 of 193 (1.6%) of House Dems are now anti-abortion, while according to Pew 22% of Democratic voters are," Kornacki said.

Kornacki also pointed out how the Democratic Party has shifted toward a unified hard line in favor of abortion. When Democrats last retook the House in 2007, they had 32 representatives who were against abortion, a far cry from the three now in office.


CNN: Trump, Kelly furious after leak that Trump was not to congratulate Putin

President Trump and his chief of staff John Kelly are furious that details of the president's national security briefing materials telling him not to congratulate Russian President Vladimir Putin were leaked to the press, according to a CNN report Wednesday.

Trump was reportedly “fuming” on Tuesday night after The Washington Post reported that Trump’s national security advisers specifically instructed him not to congratulate Putin on his electoral victory. The Post reported that the materials read "DO NOT CONGRATULATE."

Only a small group of staffers would have access to those briefing materials and would have known what his advisers would suggest before the phone call to Putin on Tuesday morning, CNN reported.

The network, citing an unnamed source, reported that the president was asking allies and outside advisers who they thought was responsible for the leak.

The source told CNN that the incident has again given air to Trump's long-held belief that members of his administration are actively working against him.

A White House official told the network that Kelly is furious that a confidential presidential briefing was made public just hours after the president’s phone call with Putin.

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NY Times Hawks Tickets for Evening with Resistance Leader

The New York Times is selling tickets for a night with resistance leader Sally Yates.

The Times is charging $30—and half-price tickets for subscribers—for a "rare conversation" with the former Obama Justice Department holdover who refused to enforce President Trump's executive order restricting travel from terrorist hot bed countries.

"Join us for a rare conversation with Sally Yates, the former acting attorney general who was dismissed by President Trump last year after refusing to defend his first travel ban," the Times writes.

Topics include prison reform, civil rights, and "the fine points of constitutional law." Yates herself refused to comply with the travel ban, which the Supreme Court ultimately ruled constitutional by a 7-2 vote. Yates said rejecting the president's first order was a matter of principle.

"The Times is committed to helping people understand the world. Live journalism enables an audience the unique opportunity to view an interview in person," a Times spokesperson told the Washington Free Beacon.

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Hawkins: Maryland School Shooting Shows that Trump and NRA's Solution Saves Lives

President Trump and the NRA have both voiced support for being sure good guys with guns are present in schools to fend off bad guys who enter the building to do harm.

On February 16, 2018—two days after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting—Breitbart News reported Trump spoke repeatedly in support of arming teachers during the presidential campaign. He first raised the topic after the October 1, 2015, attack on Umpqua Community College (UCC), an attack in which an armed man entered a gun-free campus and killed nine people. Trump responded to the attack by saying, “I’ll tell you, if you had a couple of the teachers or someone with guns in that room, you would have been a hell of a lot better off.”


Weekly Fishing Report

Photo of Lefty Kreh by John BildahlMost everyone in the fishing community has heard the news by now: an iconic figure has passed to what he referred to his “spirit spring.”

The world will not be the same without Lefty Kreh, the Maryland hometown boy who shook up the fly-fishing world like nobody else ever has or possibly ever will. Lefty was one of kindest guys you could ever meet, with a heart of gold and a country-boy sense of humor that never left him throughout his life.

Last Sunday as I sat at Tampa airport waiting for a flight back to Maryland, I could not help but reflect on my last private time with Lefty several years ago.

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Gohmert on Omnibus: 'This Is Really Tragic,' 'A Rather Dark Day'

On Wednesday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Fox News @ Night,” House Freedom Caucus Member Louie Gohmert (R-TX) reacted to the omnibus bill by stating “This is really tragic,” and “This is a rather dark day.”

Gohmert said, “This is really tragic, a massive spending bill. And the truth is, the House did our job. We passed 12 appropriations bills. We had a budget. And the Senate didn’t do their job. It doesn’t appear they’re ever going to until number one, we get rid of the cloture, the 60 vote requirement and go with 51. … President Trump’s been great on that. And then — and by the way, the Constitution only requires a majority. That was a super-imposition by the Senate.”


Californians in mass exodus to lower cost states to escape high tax

A growing number of Californians are leaving the state to go to lower-cost states such as Arizona, Texas and Nevada, figures show.

They are doing so to escape the state's housing crunch and high taxes, Census Bureau data shows.

The figures show that California lost just over 138,000 people to domestic migration in the 12 months ended in July 2017 - with even better off middle class residents making the move.


Population Decline in Russia

Russia's Population Set to Decline From 143 Million Today to 111 Million in 2050

Russian President Vladimir Putin recently directed his nation's parliament to develop a plan to reduce the country's falling birthrate. In a speech to parliament on May 10, 2006, Putin called the problem of Russia's dramatically declining population, "The most acute problem of contemporary Russia."

The president called on parliament to provide incentives for couples to have a second child to increase the birth rate in order to stop the country's plummeting population.

Russia's population peaked in the early 1990s (at the time of the end of the Soviet Union) with about 148 million people in the country. Today, Russia's population is approximately 143 million. The United States Census Bureau estimates that Russia's population will decline from the current 143 million to a mere 111 million by 2050, a loss of more than 30 million people and a decrease of more than 20%.


'Mork & Mindy' co-star Pam Dawber says he 'flashed,' 'grabbed' her on set but she 'never took offense'

Pam Dawber, who co-starred with Robin Williams on the hit sitcom “Mork & Mindy,” says in an upcoming book that the late comedian loved to joke around on set and there were no shortage of sexual antics while filming.

Dawber said Williams was “such a nice person who had a gigantic heart."

“I really loved Robin and Robin really loved me. We just clicked,” Dawber told Itzkoff per the Daily Mail.

Dawber also revealed Williams’ alleged sexual antics while they filmed the popular late-1970s sitcom.

“I had the grossest things done to me by him. And I never took offense,” she allegedly said. “I mean I was flashed, humped, bumped, grabbed. I think he probably did it to a lot of people … but it was so much fun.”

“Somehow he had that magic. If you put it on paper you would be appalled,” she said. “But somehow he had this guileless little thing that he would do – those sparkly eyes. He’d look at you, really playful, like a puppy, all of a sudden. And then he’d grab your t--s and then run away. And somehow he could get away with it. It was the '70s, after all.”

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Ivanka Trump's visit to Iowa salon sparks social media backlash

An Iowa salon received major social media backlash this week after posting a photo of Ivanka Trump when she visited the store to get her hair styled before an event.

Salon Spa W, in Des Moines’ East Village, posted a picture Monday on its Facebook page of the first daughter, who was in town to tour Waukee school district's Aspiring Professional Experience program (APEX), with Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, the Des Moines Register reported. Reynolds was standing next to Trump in the photograph.

“Our Monday kicked off with styling Ivanka Trump for her visit to Iowa! We [love] supporting women in politics,” the salon wrote in a caption on Facebook, which has since been edited.

Despite the salon’s excitement, hundreds of followers lambasted the business for styling the White House adviser and threatened to never return. Some people said the photo was “f---ing gross” and vowed to unfollow the page.

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Jim Jordan on Omnibus Spending Bill: ‘I Hope the White House’ Vetoes It

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) said at a press conference on Wednesday that the Freedom Caucus will vote against the omnibus spending bill and he hopes the White House will veto the bill.

Congressional leadership reportedly will reveal the omnibus spending bill on Wednesday. Conservatives, including the majority of the House Freedom Caucus, will oppose the Omnibus.

Congress must pass the omnibus spending bill or a short-term continuing resolution (CR) by Friday to avoid a government shutdown.

Jordan suggested that a number of liberal policies will be included in the omnibus, without any substantial border wall funding.


Is Your County Elections Clerk Ready for Russian Hackers?

The head of every U.S. intelligence agency says Russia attempted to penetrate elections systems nationwide during the 2016 presidential election, and will try again during this year’s midterm elections.

In a decentralized election system with more than 10,000 separate jurisdictions, the onus for security is on local officials.

“That keeps me awake at night,” said Nancy Blankenship, the clerk for Deschutes County, Oregon.

Blankenship, like thousands of other county clerks, is the chief elections official for her area. It’s not so much the threat of foreign hackers changing votes that concerns Blankenship — Oregon is not only a vote-by-mail state, but also does its ballot counting without an internet connection — it’s the possibility that hacking could undermine public confidence in the system.

There are three major local cybersecurity threats during elections, said Maurice Turner, a senior technologist at the nonprofit Center for Democracy and Technology in Washington, D.C.:

Hackers could break into statewide, online voter registration databases to either steal personal information or change names, addresses or party affiliation to create confusion and discourage participation on Election Day.


Both Illinois Candidates for Governor Avoid the State’s Most Pressing Issue

Neither Gov. Bruce Rauner nor his Democratic opponent, J.B. Pritzker, are keen on talking about a topic both wealthy men purportedly know a lot about: money. At least not as it relates to the state's perennial budget problems.

If there’s something you'd think two super-rich candidates for Illinois governor would know about, it’s money. But neither Bruce Rauner, the Republican incumbent, nor J.B. Pritzker, his newly nominated Democratic opponent, spend much time talking about how to fix Illinois’ notorious budget mess.

Admittedly, the budget isn’t likely to rile up partisans for a primary election like attacks on President Donald Trump or the Chicago political machine. But without some fiscal plan, almost all of the candidates’ other promises could evaporate.

Setting a budget will be one of the first tasks for the governor who gets sworn in next January, and given the size of Illinois’ fiscal problems, it's a task that will likely consume a huge amount of his time. After all, the three major credit agencies all rate Illinois’ bonds just one notch above junk status. At this point even a small economic downturn or some other hiccup could trigger a downgrade, which would cause a big sell-off of Illinois debt and undoubtedly require the state to pay higher interest rates on it.


Eating well-done grilled meat and fish raises blood pressure

We know red meat isn't the best thing for your blood pressure, and fish or chicken would be a 'leaner' option at a barbecue.

But a new Harvard study warns that they are all as bad as each other when grilled.

The alarming new research, released just months before cook-out season begins, found grilling meat triggers the release of dangerous chemicals that inflame the arteries and increase hypertension risk by 17 percent.

While the study could not prove a direct cause-and-effect, they said the link is strong enough to warn people to think twice about getting their meat well-done and grilled, and to consider rare, raw or boiled dishes more often.


Grant Redmond beaten unconscious by man who 'dined and dashed'

An Indiana restaurateur was left with life-threatening injuries after he was beaten by a man who attempted to pay with a stolen credit card that had been declined.

Latin American restaurant Acapulco Joe owner Grant Redmond, 57, was brutally attacked at his downtown Indianapolis eatery when suspect Maurice Marcel Dunlap, 40, allegedly attempted to dine and dash before he was stopped on March 13.

Police say Dunlap was on a date at the time of the violent incident. Redmond was left unconscious and barely able to remember what happened last Tuesday.

The restaurant owner spoke out for the first time in Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital, where he was seen with severe bruising and large staples in his head.


Today's Biggest Winner: Banks To Get An Extra $5 Billion In Interest From The Fed

Today's 25bps hike in rates to 1.75% will have little impact on how much interest is paid to the trillions of dollars held in checking and savings accounts across the US (simply because banks continue to drown in over $2 trillion in excess reserves and thus do not really need all those deposits). It will, however, have a notable impact on how much cash the Fed pays out to banks in the form of interest on excess reserves (just don't call it a subsidy).

As the chart below shows, after today's rate hike, the Fed will be paying $37 billion in annualized interest to banks, an increase of $5 billion from the last rate hike.