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The Secretive, Taxpayer-Financed Settlement Fund Used by Lawmakers Accused of Sexual Harassment

Transparency needed!!”Staffers who are the targets of unwanted sex advances on Capitol Hill should not have to endure a lengthy mediation process and pay the legal bills as lawmakers secretly draw on a slush fund to settle the accusations against them.In the event of a monetary settlement of sex harassment complaints, members of Congress can draw on a taxpayer-funded acct set up within the Treasury Dept to cover their legal expenses and settle cases.The account has paid out $17 million in the past 10 years.. The Taxpayers Protection Alliance focuses on educating the public about the effects..spending at all levels of government. Morgan, the organization’s director said the fund appears to be used to insulate Congress from much-needed accountability and transparency.“I would like to see a system where members of Congress themselves have to pay the settlement..,”

Fl. Congressman Introduces Great Education Bill

Great! “Ron DeSantis (R-FL) has introduced the HERO act that, if enacted into law, will both improve higher education outcomes and sharply reduce the influence of the Left on curricula and accreditation. It is not well known that accrediting organizations are highly politically charged that have dragged education to the left and undermined the First Amendment and freedom of inquiry on campuses nationwide. The accreditation agencies and the Dept of Education have formed an unholy alliance and monopoly that reinforces only one side of the argument-that of the left. Prof Ellis writing in the WSJ said:“Colleges need to be accredited; state universities answer to governing boards. Accrediting agencies and governing boards are created through a political process. What if voters were to insist that those agencies demand answers to some elementary questions? ”

Terry McAuliffe And Tony Rodham Sued Over Green Card Investment ‘Scam’

What crooks!! “A group of Chinese investors is suing VA Gov. McAuliffe and the brother of Hillary, saying they were defrauded of $17 million in a cash-for-green card “scam.”The investors filed suit in Fairfax circuit court.The suit alleges that McAuliffe and Clinton’s youngest brother, Anthony Rodham, “exploited” the 32 investors by promising to “leverage…political connections” to ensure that their visa applications “will get to the top of the pile, and then be approved.”The green cards were to be granted as part of the federal government’s EB-5 visa prog. The program grants legal immigration status to foreign nationals who invest at least $500,000 in American companies. Companies must meet certain criteria regarding job creation in order for their investors to qualify for immigration benefits.”

Republicans Say Dems in Trouble Without John Morgan in the Mix

Good! “What is the Democratic Party without John Morgan?That’s the question Republicans were asking Tues, pondering how the Democrats move forward when their best shot at taking back the governor’s mansion left them high and dry…Both the Republican and the Democratic parties, Morgan said, didn’t offer much to keep him affiliated with any party…Morgan then announced he planned to register with the Independent Party instead…“Morgan’s decision to abandon the Democratic Party does not bode well for the its chances of winning the Sunshine State’s highest office next year,” the Republican Governors Association(RGA) said Tues. Democratic gubernatorial candidates, on the whole, have had less success in raising money for their campaigns than their Republican counterparts.”

Tampa police arrest possible serial killer in Seminole Heights murders

Great News! “A dragnet in the city of Tampa came to an end late Tues after police arrested a man who will face murder charges in connection with four killings that terrorized the neighborhood of Seminole Heights and sparked fears of a serial killer.Howell Donaldson III was arrested at a McDonald’s restaurant in Ybor City, based on a tip given to Tampa police, FOX 13 Tampa reported. He will face murder charges in connection with all four killings, Stephen Hegarty, the Tampa Police Department’s public safety information coordinator, told Fox News.Police believe Donaldson acted alone, Hegarty said.”

The Latest Tax Cut Lie: The Senate Bill Will Hurt The Poor

Excellent! “The Senate tax bill would reduce income taxes for people at every income level — even those who don’t pay taxes. That’s the official conclusion of the Joint Committee on Taxation. So why are Mon’s headlines screaming that the tax cuts would make the poor much worse off?”Senate GOP tax bill hurts the poor more than originally thought, Congressional Budget Office (CBO) finds.” That’s the headline in the Wash Post describing a CBO report released Sun.The story claims that the “Republican tax plan gives substantial tax cuts and benefits to Americans earning more than $100,000 a year, while the nation’s poorest would be worse off.” Later, the Post story talks about the bill’s “harsh impact on the poor.”This conveniently fits with the Democrats’ talking point on tax cuts – that they benefit the rich at the expense of the poor. But is it true?Not. At. All.”

In Draining The CFPB Swamp, Trump Finds Monsters

Powerful! “After CFPB chief Cordray submitted his resignation, Trump picked a temporary director to replace him: Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget. The swamp didn’t like it.It turns out that Cordray, quite illegally, on his way out named his deputy, Leandra English, as the temporary director. When Mulvaney arrived at work Mon, he was forced to issue a memo saying “Please disregard any instructions you receive from Ms. English in her presumed capacity as acting director. He was being polite. This was nothing more than an attempt at a bureaucratic coup d’etat, or “resistance” in the popular phrase of the far left.The fact is, Trump has every right by law to name a temp acting director of a federal agency.”

As he investigates Trump’s aides, Robert Mueller’s record shows surprising flaws

Interesting! “When he was named special counsel in May, Mueller was hailed as the ideal lawman – deeply experienced, strait-laced and nonpartisan – to investigate whether Trump’s campaign had helped with Russian meddling in the 2016 election.The accolades squared with Mueller’s valor as a Marine rifle platoon commander in Vietnam and his integrity as a federal prosecutor, Justice Dept official and FBI director from 2001 to 2013. He was praised by courtroom allies and opponents, and by Democrats and Republicans. But Mueller has a record that shows a man of fallible judgment who can be slow to alter his chosen course. At times, he has intimidated or provoked resentment among subordinates. And his tenacious yet linear approach to evaluating evidence led him to fumble the biggest U.S. terrorism investigation since 9/11.”

New Florida law expected to increase conflict over textbooks

A bureaucratic nightmare?”A parent in Fl is citing profanity and violence in trying to get the local school to ban Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451” — itself a cautionary tale on the banning of books. Another wants to remove Walter Myers’ “Bad Boy” for using the word “penis” and a homophobic slur. Elsewhere in Fl, some say global warming and evolution are a hoax and should not be taught in textbooks unopposed. Others say their local school’s textbooks shortchange Islam’s role in the world, while their opponents argue it’s the danger by Muslim terrorists that’s underexposed. Under a bill passed by the Fl Legislature this year, any district resident – regardless of whether they have a child in school – can now challenge material as pornographic, biased, inaccurate or a violation of state law and get a hearing before an outside mediator.”

In June 2010 Bill Clinton Met with Putin – In July 2010 Ten Russian Agents Were Released by Obama Without Charges and Given a Russian Heroes Welcome

Wow! “In June 2010 Bill Clinton Met with Russia leader Putin – In July 2010 10 Russian Agents Were Released by Obama Without Charges and Given Back to Russia. Putin Praised the Russian Spies as Heroes.It has been widely reported that Bill Clinton flew to Russia in 2010 and was paid $500,000 for giving one speech. It is also known that during his trip to Russia, Clinton petitioned the State Dept to allow him to meet with a key member of the Russia state owned uranium company Rosatom…The Hill continued in noting that:Bill Clinton instead got together with Putin at the Russian leader’s private homestead. A short time later the Obama’s Administration approved the sale of 20% of US uranium to Russia…We also now know that the FBI uncovered Russian bribery of the Clintons in 2009 and the Dept. of Justice and the FBI sat on this for 4 more years. ”

Yale Claims To Have Cured Conservatives By Turning Them Into Liberals

Oh Brother!”Enter the brain trust at Yale. They’ve been hard at work figuring out the mysteries of the human brain. One result is the discovery that they were able to turn conservatives into liberals using nothing more than a simple experiment involving, “an intense imaginary exercise” prior to answering some basic questions about social issues including gay rights, abortion, feminism and immigration. This pseudoscience doesn’t require a post-graduate degree to pick apart. Yale’s starting premise is that people who feel “unsafe”are more likely to adopt conservative viewpoints. They base this on a belief that people who dwell on, “the dangers of terrorism and immigration” are most likely to be afraid of immigrants and thereby adopt conservative positions on immigration and border security.”

The Tea Party settlement

Yeah! “Finally, after 41/2 years, harassment of conservative groups by the Obama IRS is put to rest, with the media downplaying the story. A column in the WSJ, Nov 21, stated that IRS-Tea Party litigation had been settled. A NYT story on Oct 27 reported that the government, in one lawsuit involving 428 groups, “agreed to a multimillion-dollar settlement,” and that, in a 2nd lawsuit comprising 41 groups, damages will not be paid, “but the I.R.S. acknowledged its conduct was wrong.” The original Times report on May 14, 2013 quoted Obama stating that revelations “that the IRS has singled out conservative groups for special scrutiny” were “outrageous” and “contrary to our traditions.” .. if Obama was indeed so outraged, why didn’t he order an end to the practice, and compensation to the aggrieved? But it is the Trump administration that settled the lawsuits.”

The Taming of The Shrewd – Change Agent Rex Tillerson Takes Rusted State Dept. Down To Frame – “Career Diplomats” Apoplectic…

Good! “Walking in a Winner Wonderland. Oh yeah, the NYT writes about the bloated bureaucracy and career diplomats being removed from the State Dept as if it’s a bad thing. The condescending DC elites cannot fathom why they are unable to stop Sec Tillerson from cutting the rust out of the enterprise and streamlining the mission.No-one could have pulled off what T-Rex is accomplishing except T-Rex himself; with the full support of Trump, of course. The former leader of the worlds largest private business, Exxon-Mobil, is now bringing efficiency and effectiveness to the worlds largest public institution, the State Dept. One question: “what is your specific and quantifiable value to the core Dept. of State mission; and how do we measure your effectiveness therein”? The lack of reasonable answers within the ranks is leading to massive downsizing.”

Girls Scouts of America tells parents not to make daughters hug relatives at Christmas

Really?” A row over political correctness erupted as the The Girl Scouts of America warned parents not to encourage their daughters to hug relatives who give them presents at Christmas.The organisation suggested that, if young girls were told to hug aunts and uncles, they might later in life feel they “owed” physical affection to someone who bought them dinner.One expert accused the group, which has 1.8 million members, of risking “a mass hysteria about physical contact with loved ones”.The Girl Scouts’ advice to parents was titled “Reminder: She Doesn’t Owe Anyone a Hug. Not Even at the Holidays”.”