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EXCLUSIVE: Female Trump Official Allegedly Assaulted By Democrat Operative Speaks Out

Mar 17, 2018 — News on the Net

A female staffer serving in the Trump administration was allegedly assaulted on Capitol Hill Thursday by a Democratic operative.

Now she’s sharing her story with The Daily Caller.

Heather Swift, press secretary Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, was leaving a meeting with the House Committee on Natural Resources when she was allegedly assaulted by an American Bridge staffer, who reportedly pushed Swift violently while lunging after her boss.—More…

The Latest: Comey to Trump: America will decide who’s honest

Mar 17, 2018 — News on the Net

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the dismissal of Andrew McCabe, a former FBI deputy director (all times local):

Fired FBI Director James Comey is telling President Donald Trump that the American people will soon get to decide who is honorable and who is not.

Comey tweets Saturday: “Mr. President, the American people will hear my story very soon. And they can judge for themselves who is honorable and who is not.”—More…

Facebook forced to apologize for pornographic search suggestions

Mar 17, 2018 — News on the Net

Facebook has been forced to apologize for recent search suggestions that featured content related to pornography.

Some of the search suggestions also included terms for young girls, which caused an uproar across social media.—More…

McCabe just made life tough for Comey and the special counsel

Mar 17, 2018 — News on the Net

Following his termination late Friday night, former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe declared that he was “singled out” after “unrelenting” attacks by President Trump and critics. McCabe’s objections are less than credible, given the virtually unprecedented recommendation of career officials to fire the one-time acting FBI director.

However, McCabe may have rectified his “singled out” status with his long statement criticizing his termination: In the middle of it is a line that could be viewed as incriminating fired FBI director James Comey, not just in leaking sensitive information but also in lying to Congress.—More…

Capitol Police Arrested Male Dem Operative For Assaulting Female Trump Admin Official

Mar 17, 2018 — News on the Net

U.S. Capitol Police have arrested a male Democratic operative for assaulting a female Interior Department communications official following a House budget hearing Thursday.

The assault happened after Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke finished testifying on the department’s 2019 budget proposal before the House Committee on Natural Resources. The suspect identified himself as a reporter with American Bridge and pushed a female Interior Department communications official to the floor, chasing after Zinke, The Daily Caller News Foundation learned.—More…

In a first, U.S. blames Russia for cyber attacks on energy grid

Mar 17, 2018 — News on the Net

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration on Thursday blamed the Russian government for a campaign of cyber attacks stretching back at least two years that targeted the U.S. power grid, marking the first time the United States has publicly accused Moscow of hacking into American energy infrastructure.

Beginning in March 2016, or possibly earlier, Russian government hackers sought to penetrate multiple U.S. critical infrastructure sectors, including energy, nuclear, commercial facilities, water, aviation and manufacturing, according to a U.S. security alert published Thursday.—More….

BOMBSHELL: Anti-Trump FBI Officials Conspired To Meet Judge In Flynn Case, Had Personal Relationship

Mar 16, 2018 — News on the Net

On Friday, newly-revealed text messages showed that two senior federal law enforcement officials who were key figures in investigations into Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton allegedly conspired to meet with the judge who presided over the case against Michael Flynn.

The judge, Rudolph Contreras, was recused from handling Flynn’s case but only after he accepted a “guilty plea of President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser who was charged with making false statements to federal investigators,” The Federalist’s Mollie Hemingway reported.- More….

Ohio Student Suspended for Refusing to Leave Classroom During Gun Control Walkout

Mar 16, 2018 — News on the Net

A high school student in Hilliard, Ohio, didn’t want to pick sides in the contentious gun debate surrounding Wednesday’s “National Walkout,” so he stayed in class instead of joining the largely anti-gun protest or an alternative “study hall.”

Hilliard Davidson High School senior Jacob Shoemaker was then reportedly slapped with a suspension.—More….

FIU student among 6 dead in pedestrian bridge collapse; death toll could rise, police say

Mar 16, 2018 — News on the Net

The death toll rose overnight in the catastrophic collapse of a 950-ton pedestrian bridge at Florida International University in Miami-Dade County, as a search for survivors became a mission to recover bodies, police said before dawn Friday.

At least six people are confirmed dead, Miami-Dade Police Detective Alvaro Zabaleta told reporters at the scene along a normally busy, eight-lane thoroughfare where the 174-foot-long bridge came down Thursday afternoon.—More…

The GOP’s Internet Tax

Mar 16, 2018 — News on the Net

Republicans have spent the last year cutting taxes and regulations, which hasn’t been easy. But now some Members of Congress want to blunt their handiwork by passing an online sales tax. Yes, they actually believe this would be good policy and politics.

A large faction of House Republicans are pressing GOP leaders to attach legislation to the omnibus spending bill that would let states collect sales tax from remote online retailers.—More…

Kevin Libin: Trudeau’s carbon tax plan is close to blowing up in his face

Mar 16, 2018 — News on the Net

Things have turned very much Jim Karahalios’s way lately, and they might not be done yet. If you haven’t heard of Karahalios, he was the noisy member of the Ontario Progressive Conservatives persecuted by his own party for refusing to let former leader Patrick Brown get away with making carbon taxes an official policy. Although Karahalios clearly spoke for most members, Brown was determined to stick with his carbon tax — and to muzzle Karahalios and his “Axe the Tax” campaign, which has since expanded to every province. Karahalios was even tossed out of PC events and stripped of his PC membership.

With Doug Ford now leading the party into a spring election, the Ontario PC party looks less like Brown’s than it does Karahalios’s, who got his official apology (and the lawsuit appeal dropped) earlier this month from the party. And with Canada’s largest province looking like it might soon be on the same warpath as other provinces against the federal Liberals over the carbon tax, the whole country could soon look more like Karahalios’s sort of place than Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s.—More…

We’re at our wit’s end’: Churchill endures winter of discontent as dispute over broken rail line dra

Mar 16, 2018 — News on the Net

Repairs to Churchill rail line will cost $43.5M: Consultant report
Omnitrax says it can’t pay up to $60 million to repair rail line to Churchill
Churchill residents face rising cost of food after rail line suspended

Even on the edge of the Arctic, in a windchill of –52 C, things slow down.

Along the western coast of Hudson Bay, a few American tourists have come to Churchill, Man., to watch the northern aurora. They’re impressed by nature’s light show, blown away by the cold. —More…

Why this retired archeologist is convinced New Brunswick is home to a lost Viking settlement

Mar 16, 2018 — News on the Net

In the Saga of Erik the Red, a 13th century Icelandic story, intrepid explorer Thorfinn Karlsefn travels to a land called Hóp. There he finds grapes, plentiful supplies of salmon, barrier sandbars and natives who use animal-hide canoes.

The Viking colony of Hop has long been lost to history, but Birgitta Wallace, a retired Parks Canada archaeologist, is convinced it was located in modern day New Brunswick.—More…

John Ivison: Canada Summer Jobs controversy is not dead — it was merely resting

Mar 16, 2018 — News on the Net

Andrew Scheer’s tenure as Conservative Party leader has been covered in a thick mildew of caution.

In January, the Liberals announced they would require all applicants for the Canada Summer Jobs program to check a box on the application form attesting they agree with the party’s position on abortion.—More…

Number of Canadian soldiers on UN peacekeeping missions hits new low

Mar 15, 2018 — News on the Net

Just over four months after the Liberal government renewed its commitment to United Nations peacekeeping, the number of Canadian troops deployed on such missions has hit an all-time low.

New figures released by National Defence show that there were 22 Canadian soldiers taking part in four missions authorized by the UN Security Council at the end of February.—More….

High school teacher put on leave after asking if school would allow a pro-life walkout

Mar 15, 2018 — News on the Net

A California high school teacher has been placed on leave after she wondered if her school would permit an organized walkout to protest abortion.

According to CBS Sacramento, Rocklin High School’s Julianne Benzel said all she did was have a conversation with her class last Thursday and Friday about the “politics of protest” — a lesson ahead of yesterday’s school walkouts. However, this seems to have angered some students and their parents.—More…

BREAKING: Paul Ryan’s PAC Elected Democrat Conor Lamb

Mar 15, 2018 — News on the Net

In the most astonishingly bone-headed move since nominating Mitt Romney for President, the GOP establishment spent major cash to help elect Democrat Conor Lamb in last night’s highly contested PA-18 special election.

Yes, you read that right. Failed Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan and his Congressional Leadership Fund pushed a Democrat to victory over a Republican with direct mail advertising touting support “for our Second Amendment Rights.”—More…

Facebook discreetly removed pages that gloated of its ability to sway elections

Mar 15, 2018 — News on the Net

That’s a “pretty crazy idea” said Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg when addressing the idea that the platform could influence elections at a 2016 Techonomy Media conference just two days after Donald Trump’s victory.

But if the idea that Facebook–who has been under fire recently for it’s propensity for fake news–could sway election outcomes was ‘crazy,” why did the social media titan devote a page to “success stories” with Government and Politics given it’s own category and then quietly remove it?—More…

Toys ‘R’ Us plans to close all U.S. stores; 33,000 jobs at risk: source

Mar 15, 2018 — News on the Net

(Reuters) - Bankrupt Toys ‘R’ Us Inc is preparing to sell or close all 885 stores in its U.S. chain, risking up to 33,000 jobs, after failing to reach a deal to restructure billions of dollars in debt, a person familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.

With shoppers flocking to online platforms like Inc (AMZN.O) and children choosing electronic gadgets over toys, Toys ‘R’ Us has struggled to service debt from a $6.6 billion leveraged buyout by private equity firms KKR & Co LP (KKR.N) and Bain Capital and real estate investor Vornado Realty Trust (VNO.N) in 2005.—More…