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Trump uses clash over State of the Union to fundraise – live

President highlights Pelosi’s proposal to delay speech in letter to supporters as he cancels her trip to AfghanistanStart your day with our US morning briefing. Sign up. 11.15pm GMT It appears that a certain someone is enjoying life post-politics. Instead of being stressed over shutdown battles, these days Former House Speaker John Boehner is busy peddling pot to investors as America’s next cash crop. The government is shut down but the former speaker of the house is living his best life pic...
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VC funding of cybersecurity companies hits record $5.3B in 2018

2018 wasn’t all bad. It turned out to be a record year for venture capital firms investing in cybersecurity companies. According to new data out by Strategic Cyber Ventures, a cybersecurity-focused investment firm with a portfolio of four cybersecurity companies, more than $5.3 billion was funneled into companies focused on protecting networks, systems and data across the world, despite fewer deals done during the year. That’s up from 20 percent — $4.4 billion — from 2017, and up from close to d...
Tags: Security, Europe, Technology, Maryland, California, Finance, China, Virginia, Funding, Tech, Economy, Cybercrime, United States, Washington Dc, Venture Capital, National Security


The ERA on the Brink

Earlier this week the Virginia Senate voted to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. If the Virginia House of Delegates follows suit (which is by no means certain), then Virginia will become the 38th state to ratify the ERA if the rescission votes of five of those 38 states are disregarded. As a result, a yes vote by the Virginia House will lead to a formal petition to the Archivist of the United States for recognition of the ERA as the Twenty-Eighth Amendment. Stay tuned. [Author: Gerard N. Maglio...
Tags: Virginia, United States, Branding, Virginia House, Virginia Senate, Gerard N Magliocca, Virginia House of Delegates


McAuliffe uses state PAC to help Iowa, New Hampshire Dems

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has used his old state political action committee to raise big money and cut checks to Democrats in Iowa and New Hampshire as he weighs a presidential run. Campaign finance reports show McAuliffe’s PAC raised $300,000 in the second half of 2018 after raising no money […]
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Denmark to American leftists: We’re not socialist

Denmark to American leftists: We’re not socialist Democratic Socialists have presented Denmark as the elusive nation where socialism has been successful, and thus a model for the policies they would implement in the United States. Bernie Sanders regularly invoked Denmark during the 2016 presidential campaign, and Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez reassured 60 Minutes viewers that her version of democratic socialism would veer more toward Denmark than Venezuela. Just ...
Tags: White House, Virginia, Religion, US, United States, Denmark, Venezuela, Copenhagen, Bernie Sanders, Danes, Sanders, Aoc, Jim Gilmore, Jim, Council of Economic Advisors, Fraser Institute


Number Of Furloughed Fed Workers Seeking Jobless Aid Doubles In A Week

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of furloughed federal employees seeking unemployment benefits jumped in the first two weeks of the shutdown, topping 10,000 during the week of Jan. 5. The Labor Department said Thursday that is double the number of federal workers who sought aid in the previous week. Typically fewer than a thousand former federal employees apply for jobless benefits each week. Federal employees who aren’t working during the partial government shutdown are eligible to claim unemploy...
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Cohen: I Paid For Online Poll-Rigging At The Direction Of Trump

Michael Cohen in a tweet Thursday morning more or less confirmed a Wall Street Journal report that he paid an IT specialist in early 2015 for rigging two online polls in favor of President Trump. The tweet said that what Cohen did was “at the direction of and for the sole benefit” of Trump. Cohen was reimbursed for the payment — purportedly some $12,000 handed to the specialist in cash, though Cohen claims it was a check — with $50,000 from Trump and his company, according to the Journal. As...
Tags: News, Congress, Virginia, Russia, Walmart, Wall Street Journal, Rudy Giuliani, Journal, Trump, Tierney Sneed, Liberty University, Cohen, Michael Cohen, Trump Cohen, Gauger, Muckraker


Quick Hits | Outdoor News January 2019

Woman completes Triple Crown of hiking in a single year When Heather “Anish” Anderson’s boots touched the ground in Grants, New Mexico this November, it marked the first time a woman had completed the triple crown of hiking in a year. In just over 8 months and nearly 8,000 miles, Anderson walked the Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail and Continental Divide Trail in a single calendar year. No stranger to hiking, Anderson is a three-time triple crowner and holds the self-supported thru-hike s...
Tags: New York, Virginia, America, Sport, Atlantic, Cycling, Switzerland, Espn, Illinois, North Atlantic, Vermont, London Marathon, South Carolina, Anderson, New York City Marathon, Atlantic Ocean


Trump’s Companies Boosted Foreign Worker Visas To 10-Year High In 2018

President Trump may have ratcheted up his anti-immigration efforts in recent months, but his family companies appear to be using foreign workers at a higher rate than ever before. The Trump Organization requested and received at least 192 visas for foreign workers in 2018, according to Department of Labor data. That number appears to be the highest for the company going back to at least 2008 and likely much earlier, based on public records. The nearly two decades’ worth of data were pulled to...
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Michael Cohen reportedly paid someone to run a Twitter account called @WomenForCohen that described him as a 'sex symbol'

The Wall Street Journal reported that Michael Cohen paid a small tech consultancy named RedFinch to create a Twitter account dedicated to him. @WomenForCohen describes President Trump's former lawyer as a "pit bull" and "sex symbol." Cohen also paid RedFinch to try to rig two online polls in 2014 and 2015, about business leaders and potential GOP candidates, in Trump's favor, The Journal said.  Cohen has since broken from Trump and is due to testify to Congress next month in what will likely b...
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Karen Pence teaching art at school that bans gay students, parents

Karen Pence's office on Tuesday defended a decision by the second lady to teach art at a Christian school in northern Virginia that bans gay students and parents.
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Mental evaluation ordered for mom accused of killing kids

McLEAN, Va. (AP) — A Virginia judge has ordered the mental evaluation of a woman charged in the fatal shooting of her two daughters. The Washington Post reported last week that the judge ordered the evaluation of competency to stand trial for 33-year-old Veronica Youngblood after she refused to attend court Friday. Youngblood’s defense attorney, […]
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Interfaith Leaders Implore Trump, McConnell and Pelosi to End Shutdown

From the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia:   January 15, 2019 Love your neighbor as yourself.” –  Leviticus 19:18 “Do to others what you would have them do to you.” – Matthew 7:12 Allah says in the Qur’an as translated: “Fulfill the measure and weight and do not deprive people of their due and cause not corruption upon the earth after its reformation.” – Al-A`raf 7:85 “God’s grace and love can be experienced when one cares for the poor and the destitute.” – Guru Nanak, Sikh scriptures ...
Tags: Politics, Maryland, Washington, Government, Virginia, Religion, Immigration, America, Border, Faith, Donald Trump, Shutdown, Matthew, Trump, Pelosi, McConnell


Yunsong Zhao: Charges Dropped on Obscure Rifle law after Eight Months in Custody

Yunsong Zhao: Charges Dropped on Obscure Rifle law after Eight Months in Custody U.S.A. -(Ammoland.com)- On September 24, 2018, Yunsong Zhao was vindicated. He had done nothing illegal. The evidence against him was so weak, the judge did not let the case go to trial. He dismissed the case based on lack of evidence. From wsls.com: CHRISTIANSBURG — A judge on Monday dismissed the firearms charge against former Virginia Tech student Yunsong Zhao, saying that he didn’t believe the police officer ...
Tags: Guns, Virginia, America, Department Of Defense, University, United States, Arizona, Gun Laws, Virginia Tech, Zhao, SCC, Montgomery County Circuit Court, Reserve Officer Training Corps, Christiansburg, Gun Rights News, Dean Weingarten


Opinion: Karen and Mike Pence's astonishing moral hypocrisy

Karen Pence, the wife of America's vice president, Mike Pence will be teaching art at a Christian school in Virginia that bans LGBTQ children and requires employees to declare their religious beliefs. Like a real-life setting for "The Handmaid's Tale," Immanuel Christian School insists applicants initial a pledge to "live a personal life of moral purity."
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Federal contractors strain to stay afloat as shutdown grinds on

During the 2013 federal shutdown, Alba Alemán found herself with no way to pay her workers at Citizant, a federal IT contractor based in the northern Virginia suburbs outside Washington.
Tags: Virginia, Cnn, Alba Alemán, Citizant


Whicker: Saints WR Michael Thomas, from Taft High to NFL stardom, still playing catchup

–Michael Thomas caught more passes than anyone in the NFL this season. The Saints threw 163 footballs in his direction. He caught 137. He played at Taft High. UCLA is 15 miles away. USC is 25. The recruiters drove the 101, right past his exit, seeking someone bigger and faster. Keyshawn Johnson, perhaps the most flamboyant receiver in Trojans history, is Thomas’ uncle. “If Keyshawn can’t convince USC to take him, I don’t know who can,” said Matt Kerstetter, then the coach at Taft. Thomas fell th...
Tags: California, Washington, Virginia, Sports, New Orleans Saints, NFL, Atlanta, Sport, Soccer, Arizona, New Orleans, 101, Nfc, Meyer, Saints, Oregon State


California’s ranking falls to 19th best state to raise a family

California lost its Top 10 ranking as a place to raise a family in WalletHub‘s annual scorecard on child-rearing qualities. A year ago, California ranked 10th best. But this year the Golden State scored a No. 19 ranking — between Illinois and Virginia — in the 2019 edition of this family yardstick that the online financial website bases on “five key dimensions” derived from “49 relevant metrics.” The 2019 champ was Minnesota followed by Massachusetts — they were Nos. 1-2 a year ago, just in reve...
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Blocking Constituents from Facebook Page Violates First Amendment–Davison v. Randall

The Chair of Loudoun County Board of Supervisors blocked a constituent on her official Facebook page. While the block was temporary, Davison, the constituent, filed a lawsuit, and prevailed after a bench trial. The Fourth Circuit affirms the main points. The court first says Davison has standing to pursue his claims. He was subject to past enforcement, and the Chair has not “disavowed” future enforcement. The Chair also challenged whether she had acted under color of law in administering the Ch...
Tags: Facebook, Supreme Court, Law, Kentucky, Virginia, Social Media, Randall, Knight Foundation, Trump, Board, Morgan, McIntyre, Fourth Circuit, Eric, Rossignol, Bevin


Gay rights group takes issue with Karen Pence’s new employer

WASHINGTON (AP) — Karen Pence’s return to teaching at a Virginia school that lists “homosexual or lesbian sexual activity” as among the disqualifying criteria for employees is drawing criticism from the nation’s largest gay rights advocacy group. The office of the vice president’s wife said it was “absurd” to attack both her decision to resume […]
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Karen Pence Is Teaching at Christian School That Bars L.G.B.T. Students and Teachers

Mrs. Pence is teaching art at Immanuel Christian School in Springfield, Va., which requires employees to uphold conservative beliefs on sexual identity.
Tags: News, Virginia, Pence, Christian school, Karen Pence, SPRINGFIELD Va, Education (K-12, Christians and Christianity, Private and Sectarian Schools, Mrs Pence, Creationism and Intelligent Design, Karen (1957-, Immanuel Christian School


Karen Pence to teach at school that bans LGBT students and teachers

Immanuel Christian, an elementary school in Virginia, says students who condone homosexual activity will not be welcomeKaren Pence, the second lady of the United States, has started a job at a school that bans LGBT pupils and staff.Pence, who is married to the vice-president, Mike Pence, will be teaching art twice a week at Immanuel Christian, an elementary school in northern Virginia. Continue reading...
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Relist Watch

John Elwood reviews Monday’s relists. I’m today, so I’m going to be more summary than usual. The April calendar already appears to have a full complement of 12 cases, but the court in theory could add to it with this Friday’s grants. Admittedly, if it does so, petitioners won’t have the full 30 days to file reply briefs before oral argument. After this Friday, the court’s next scheduled conference isn’t until February 15 – almost a month from now. And any cases granted at that conference will ...
Tags: Texas, Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Virginia, New York City, Freedom, Alabama, Indiana, Dhs, United States, House Of Representatives, Kansas, Louisiana, Nielsen


Another Blog on MANTS (It Takes Two)

Last week I got on a skinny little regional jet with four hefty Co-Horts from work, and with a screaming winter storm tailwind we arrived at BWI lickety split. Like the damned thing was the Concorde. Good thing. Even an hour on that plane next to my boss made an imprint of his credit card on my thigh. I would have used it to buy something online, but I know he’s at least as broke as I am. Back on the ground, we hit the ground running. MANTS is huge. Time is short. Welcome to MANTS. 956 ve...
Tags: Google, Verizon, Facebook, Gardening, Virginia, Time, Chelsea, Chicagoland, Baltimore, BWI, Susan Harris, John Hoffman, David Hoffman, Kata, What's Happening, MANTS


Wild Nothing – “Blue Wings”

Wild Nothing, the shimmering dream-pop project of Virginia native Jack Tatum, released the album Indigo last year. Today, Wild Nothing is back with a new standalone single. "Blue Wings," which was originally written for Indigo, is another polished new wave reverie right in Tatum's wheelhouse. Quoth the man himself: … More »
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School board sues over decision blocking armed staffers

JONESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A Virginia county school board is suing the state after the superintendent was denied a designation allowing him to carry guns on school property — part of a plan to allow armed staffers at schools. News outlets report the lawsuit was filed Tuesday in Lee County Circuit Court. In July, the […]
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Man sues police officer who shot him in videotaped incident

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) — A black man who was shot in the back while fleeing a burglary scene is suing the white Virginia police officer who shot him in an incident captured on video. The Virginian-Pilot reports 19-year-old Deontrace Ward on Tuesday sued Portsmouth police Officer Jeremy Durocher, who has been indicted on two felonies […]
Tags: News, Virginia, Nation, Portsmouth, Va AP, Deontrace Ward, Jeremy Durocher


Appeals court upholds Virginia’s ban on bestiality

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Court of Appeals has upheld a state law banning sex with an animal. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports the court on Tuesday affirmed the 2017 conviction of Arthur Anderson Warren, who used his cellphone to record video of encounters he had with a woman and her dog. A search warrant […]
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Second Lady Takes Part-Time Art Teaching Gig At Christian Elementary School

Karen Pence, the second lady, has a new job: teaching art at a nearby Christian elementary school, according to a statement from her office. Pence accepted the position in December and will teach twice a week at Immanuel Christian School in Virginia, where she taught for 12 years while then-Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) was working on the Hill. “I am excited to be back in the classroom and doing what I love to do, which is to teach art to elementary students,” Pence said in the statement. “I have mi...
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Karen Pence teaching art at school that bans gay students, parents

Karen Pence's office on Tuesday defended a decision by the second lady to teach art at a Christian school in northern Virginia that bans gay students and parents.
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