Oversight Committee Requests All Documents on Michael Flynn’s Foreign Contacts and Payments

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The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee sent a letter Tuesday to various Trump administration officials asking for information about former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn‘s foreign dealings. In the memo (reproduced below), Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-MD) request Flynn’s communications with and payments from Russian, Turkish, or other foreign sources, including the Kremlin-backed media outlet RT, between the time of his retirement in 2014 to the present.
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Screen Shot 2017-03-22 at 1.08.30 PM The recipients of the memo include White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, FBI Director James Comey, Department of Defense Secretary James Mattis, and Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats. They have been given until April 3rd to hand over their findings to the committee. It was recently discovered that Flynn had received upwards of $50k in payments for speaking engagements from Russian-propaganda machine RT, further adding to the confusion over his not registering as a foreign agent prior Continue reading "Oversight Committee Requests All Documents on Michael Flynn’s Foreign Contacts and Payments"

US & UK Bans Electronic Devices on Flights from 6 Countries

Airplane_on_sky Fresh on the heels of President Trump‘s Travel Ban 2.0, it would seem that the more restrictions are coming. And this time the U.K. is getting in on the game. It was announced Tuesday that both the U.S. and U.K. would ban any electronics larger than a smartphone from being brought into the cabin of an airplane. Passengers from 10 airports in eight majority-Muslim countries have had the restrictions placed on them by the U.S., while only six countries have the restrictions placed on them by the U.K. (The U.K. ban doesn’t include the UAE, Kuwait, or Morocco, but includes Lebanon or Tunisia.) The ban also points to specific airlines to be be restricted. The new ban took place at 3 a.m. EST and was followed shortly by the ban in the U.K. The ban in the Unites States Continue reading "US & UK Bans Electronic Devices on Flights from 6 Countries"

My Pick For The Next Fox News Breakout Star

eric-bolling-photo Over the past few months, Fox News has witnessed unprecedented movement in its on-air ranks. Tucker Carlson took the ball and ran (with his program outdrawing his predecessors), while Greta Van Susteren — and later Megyn Kelly — found greener pastures elsewhere (albeit for very different reasons). In the Roger Ailes era, major changes at the network were rare, leaving little real chance for movement. So, with this newfound opportunity gold rush at (or from) Fox, who is best poised to make the next meteoric rise? My cable news Ouija board is spelling out Eric Bolling. (Insert eye roll here.) Yes, the conservative pundit has been toiling in only somewhat prominent spots on the Fox farm for a long time, but Bolling’s extensive — and often controversial — track record put him in the perfect spot to become the new Fox News darling. Back in 2006, CNBC was Continue reading "My Pick For The Next Fox News Breakout Star"

It’s Morphin’ Time: Ex-Power Ranger Pleads Guilty to Stabbing Roommate, May Face 6 Years in Prison

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The Power Rangers have been trending recently in anticipation of the movie premiere on March 24. But look closely enough and you’ll notice another — relatively disturbing — story based around the popular franchise. Ricardo Medina, whose claim to fame came from playing the Red Ranger in the 2002 series Power Rangers Wild Force, plead guilty to the felony of voluntary manslaughter and admitted an allegation of using a sword in the January 2015 killing of his roommate Josh Stutter. The murder occurred after Medina and Stutter became engaged in an argument over the former’s ex girlfriend. As things escalated Medina grabbed a sword they kept in the apartment and began stabbing Stutter. The Power Rangers alum was taken into custody later that same day, but was released when the case was rejected. After the matter was investigated, Medina was taken into custody where he would remain until he Continue reading "It’s Morphin’ Time: Ex-Power Ranger Pleads Guilty to Stabbing Roommate, May Face 6 Years in Prison"

Oklahoma State Senator Found With Young Boy, May Face Prostitution Charges

Ralph Shortey, a Republican state senator from Oklahoma — and senior member of Donald Trump‘s Oklahoma campaign team — may be facing prostitution charges after being found in a motel room with a boy under the age of 18, reports The Independent. The incident in question took place on March 9 in Moore, Oklahoma. An employee from a local Super 8 Motel said that Shortey checking in March 8 around midnight with a check out scheduled for the following morning. While it is unclear if the employee was the one who alerted the authorities, they did go on confirm that the Moore County Police arrived at the motel shortly after midnight to do a “welfare check” and discovered Shortey and the young boy. If charged, Shortey could face prostitution charges, though the state senator has not been arrested or listed as a suspect at this time. Despite no Continue reading "Oklahoma State Senator Found With Young Boy, May Face Prostitution Charges"

Report: Michael Flynn Paid Tens of Thousands of Dollars by Russian Companies in 2015

Flynn-e1485182465744 It was reported Thursday that former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn had received upwards of $50,000 from various Russian companies during the 2015 calendar year, further adding to the speculation (and confusion) over his not registering as a foreign agent prior to his appointment. In December of 2015, Flynn and his son took an all-expenses-paid trip to Moscow, where the then Defense Intelligence Agency Director was to speak at a 10 year anniversary party for RT, a Russian state-owned television network renowned for being a propaganda machine of the Kremlin. Flynn was paid $45,386 ($33,750 after “an agency commission) according to new documents obtained by a congressional oversight committee.

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From there, Flynn was paid $11,250 to speak to US subsidiaries of both Volga-Dnieper, a cargo airline that had been suspended as a vendor to the United Nations following a corruption Continue reading "Report: Michael Flynn Paid Tens of Thousands of Dollars by Russian Companies in 2015"

Kansas Senator Equates Planned Parenthood Donation to Being Associated with Nazi Death Camp

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Steve Fitzgerald, a Republican Senator from Kansas, doubled down on his comments regarding a recent donation to Planned Parenthood made in his name. The Kansas City Star reported Monday that Ali Weinel had made a $25 donation to the organization in Fitzgerald’s name. Weinel had apparently e-mailed the Senator to express her concerns about the abortion legislation he had sponsored this session. Unhappy with his response and looking for another course of action, Weinel made the donation to the reproductive health services group. After receiving a letter from the organization informing him of the donation made in his name, Fitzgerald responded with a letter of his own. In his reply likens the donation being made in his name Continue reading "Kansas Senator Equates Planned Parenthood Donation to Being Associated with Nazi Death Camp"