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Senate Democrats ended a nearly 15-hour filibuster early Thursday after Republican Party leaders reportedly agreed to allow votes on two proposed gun control measures.
Sen. Chris Murphy, a Democrat from Connecticut, said that a compromise had been reached. Votes would be held on whether to ban people on the government’s terrorist watch list from obtaining gun licenses and whether to expand background checks to gun shows and internet sales, he added.
“We did not have that commitment when we started today,” Murphy said.
The nonstop series of speeches stretched 14 hours and 50 minutes. It followed the shooting massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando.
“I’ve had enough. I’ve had enough of the ongoing slaughter of innocents, and I’ve had enough of inaction in this body,” Murphy said during the filibuster which he launched at around 11:21 a.m. Wednesday. He vowed to remain on the Senate floor “until we get some signal, some sign that we can come together.”
A new Bloomberg poll has Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton with a 12-point lead over presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump.
The national poll shows Clinton leading Trump 49 percent to 37 percent among likely voters in November’s general election. Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson was the choice for 9 percent of responders; 4 percent said they weren’t sure; and 1 percent said they didn’t plan to vote.
The percentage of people who said they would never vote for Clinton was 43 percent as compared to 55 percent who said the same thing for Trump.
The news wasn’t all bad for the Trump camp, however.
The business mogul-turned-politician edged out Clinton 45 percent to 41 percent when those surveyed were asked which candidate they would have more confidence in if a similar attack to the one in Orlando, Florida took place a year from now under a new administration. Trump is also viewed as stronger among likely voters in combating terrorist threats at home and abroad, beating out Clinton 50 percent to 45 percent.
I guess a few more terror attacks and Trump wins.
The Baldwin County Commission has decided not to lower its flags following a mass shooting at an Orlando nightclub, Chairman Tucker Dorsey said.
President Barack Obama and Gov. Robert Bentley ordered flags to be lowered at all federal and state buildings. Dorsey said the shooting that left 49 dead and 53 wounded wasn’t a “valid circumstance” for the action. He cited section 175, paragraph M of the U.S. Flag Code, which said the flag will be lowered during Memorial Day and following the deaths of certain governmental leaders.
Dorsey said the commission did the same thing after the San Bernardino and Paris attacks. Although his heart goes out to those affected by the shooting, he said keeping the flags raised high sends a symbolic message.
“When the flag is at half-staff, our country’s head is figuratively held low, and quite frankly, I am not willing to hang my head down because of a terrorist attack against our people and our allies,” Dorsey said on Facebook. “I am not willing to hang my head down because evil shoots up a church, school, or movie theater…I want us, as Americans, to stand tall, courageously, and fight back against the forces of evil, and let’s fight like we intend to win.”
Baldwin County is studying a rural Virginia county’s story to learn ways to defeat federal efforts to relocate unaccompanied immigrant minors in its midst.
“It’s a good precedent to look at,” explained Baldwin County Commissioner Chris Elliott.
But that same Virginia county – 17,000-population Brunswick hugging the North Carolina line – also had to fend off allegations of racial discrimination and violations to the federal Fair Housing Act after swatting away the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The situation in Virginia occurred almost exactly two years ago, and culminated over Father’s Day weekend.
Things happened fast. Only seven days separated the date that federal representatives signed a lease agreement to house up to 500 teens from Central America and Mexico at an empty college, and the date that HHS withdrew, beaten back by worried locals.
Allegedly, this is the GOOD stuff…
In a Chicago Tribune article from 1989 (which Buzzfeed actually discoveredjust under a week ago), Donald Trump reveals that he “doesn’t believe in reincarnation, heaven, or hell.” As far as the DNC is concerned, though, it’s Trump’s apparent lack of faith in God’s eternal kingdom, specifically, that’s damning enough for use as
This, of course, would go against the official beliefs of the Presbyterian church, a church that Donald Trump insists he belongs to. As the one-time denier of heavenly rewards said back in October, “I’m Presbyterian. Can you believe it? Nobody believes I’m Presbyterian. I’m Presbyterian. I’m Presbyterian. I’m Presbyterian.”
The dossier also nails Trump for flip-flopping on his heaven-related beliefs since entering the Presidential race. In November, when asked if Trump believed in such a place, Trump offered a definitive “yes” before adding that he hopes to go there.
One thing the DNC fails to note, however, is that America has been down this road before, with Alex Malarkey, the little sinner who lied to the world about dying and going to heaven—and from whose downfall Donald Trump has apparently learned nothing.
There’s still always the possibility that the DNC has some deeper, darker dirt hidden away (and god knows there has to be something out there), but judging from what we’ve seen so far, this is about as good as it gets.
The Alabama House Judiciary Committee plans to appoint a special counsel and subpoena witnesses in its impeachment proceedings against Gov. Robert Bentley.
The committee met on the impeachment issue for the first time today and adopted a set of rules for the process.
Adopting rules was necessary because the House of Representatives last held impeachment proceedings in 1915.
“This means we are treading on mostly uncharted ground,” committee Chairman Mike Jones, R-Andalusia, said.
Bentley’s attorneys have called for three members of the 15-member Judiciary Committee to recuse themselves because they were among 23 House members who signed the impeachment articles against the governor in April.
A minimum of 21 House members was required to refer the articles to the Judiciary Committee.
“We were very concerned from the beginning that the process is tainted,” Bentley attorney Joe Espy said after today’s meeting.
Espy said that was not a personal criticism of the three committee members who signed the impeachment articles —Reps. Mike Ball, R-Madison; Allen Farley, R-McCalla; and Mike Holmes, R-Wetumpka.
“You must have an independent body that is not biased,” Espy said. “Three members of this committee signed the articles that are charged. You can’t be a charger and a determiner of the facts.”
Ball and Farley indicated today they did not plan to recuse themselves.
How do you not get fired for supporting Al Queda?
You could get fired today for posting an unpopular opinion on Facebook but not this?
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