Something big is going down at Fort Stewart, Georgia.On Tuesday, the base was placed on lockdown and several soldiers were arrested because authorities believe that they either have in the past or are currently selling, possessing, or using cocaine, Popular Military reported.While the investigation is continuing, Popular Military reports that it had been told by a source there could be as many as 64 soldiers from the “3-15 Infantry Battalion and the 1-30 Infantry Battalion” involved in the affair.
Delta is letting employees offer customers nearly $10,000 in compensation to give up seats on overbooked flights, hoping to avoid an uproar like the one that erupted at United after a passenger was dragged off a jet.United is taking steps too. It will require employees seeking a seat on a plane to book it at least an hour before departure, a policy that might have prevented last Sunday’s confrontation.Those and other changes show airlines are scrambling to respond to a public-relations nightmare — the video showing airport officers violently yanking and dragging 69-year-old David Dao from his seat on a sold-out United Express flight.
More Corruption? Democrat Caught Paying Hundreds of Thousands Dollars to Daughter ⋆ The Constitution
Near the end of March we reported that longtime Democrat leader Alcee Hastings (D-FL) had become embroiled in a corruption scandal that saw him paying his girlfriend over $2.5 Million over the last 20 years.Hastings girlfriend was his highest paid employee, even though she was not among his closest, or most important staff members.Now, news is breaking that another popular Democrat, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), has been discovered in a similarly troubling ethical conundrum.The Washington Free Beacon is reporting that Karen Waters has been paid over $600K by her mother since 2006:
New guidance from the Trump administration out Wednesday will officially end the federal hiring freeze implemented days after the president took office.“This does not mean that the agencies will be free to hire willy-nilly,” Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney told reporters ahead of the formal release.Instead, agencies are instructed to act wherever possible to bring their workforce size and activities in line with Trump’s fiscal 2018 budget plan, which called for deep cuts to nearly every corner of the government and elimination of numerous programs.Of course, the president’s budget request is merely a proposal, and it is congressional appropriators who will do much of the heavy lifting when it comes to how the government spends its money.By the end of June, agencies are directed to report to OMB with a draft of their long-term restructuring plans and the status of their “progress on near-term workforce reduction actions,” according to the guidance.
North Korean ships are reportedly heading back home from China still full of one of the few products the country has that other countries want — coal.According to Reuters, sanctions China implemented in February have gone into effect, stopping North Korea from selling its most precious export to its biggest trading partner.This is a proverbial walk of shame for North Korea.
A group of Democrats from the House and Senate have announced a new bill that would give researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention funds to conduct studies on gun safety and firearms violence.Proposed by Sen. Ed Markey and Rep. Carolyn Maloney, the bill would give $10 million annually to the CDC for the next six years.“Gun violence is ending lives and shattering families in Massachusetts and across the country,” said Markey. “Now more than ever we must study the causes of gun violence and what can be done to prevent it. No one should be afraid of more non-partisan, scientific research into this vital issue – not Republicans, not the NRA, and not President Trump.”The bill has backing from some of the top gun control organizations in the country, including Everytown for Gun Safety, the Brady Campaign, and Moms Demand Action.A spokesperson for the Michael Bloomberg-funded Everytown group said the bill was a long time coming.“Gun violence kills more than 90 Americans and injures hundreds more each day, and yet it remains one of the most underfunded areas of public health research,” said Everytown research director Sarah Tofe in a statement. “The legislation introduced today would appropriate necessary and long overdue funds to the CDC to reclaim their leadership when it comes to gun violence prevention research – a role that has been decimated for more than two decades thanks to a relentless campaign by gun lobby-backed legislators.”
Despite many Democrats not believing that President Donald Trump would go through with building his talked-about wall on the southern border of the United States, it now seems that the barrier is likely to be built, and sooner rather than later. But for all the heated debate about the expense of the wall, there are actually numerous budget items the government currently funds which are in many cases considerably more expensive than the wall’s projected cost. Here’s a list of ten such items that the government clearly has no trouble paying for:
Two of Congress’ biggest proponents of marijuana legalization redoubled their efforts Thursday with a package of bills to “pave the way” for federal regulation of the burgeoning pot industry. The announcement comes amid continued confusion about whether the Trump administration intends to follow through on threats to crack down on marijuana use — including in states where it is legal.The package of three bills, introduced by two Oregon Democrats, Sen. Ron Wyden and Rep. Earl Blumenauer, would provide an additional layer of security to the fledgling $7 billion marijuana industry by removing tax burdens and the threat of criminal prosecution from businesses and individuals.That threat has become more pronounced in the absence of clear statements from Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has equated pot with heroin, on whether he will continue an Obama-era policy that discouraged the enforcement of federal marijuana laws in states where it is legal.
A group of 13 states – 12 attorneys general and 1 Governor – have filed a brief with a federal appeals court adamantly defending President Trump’s temporary travel ban from nations harboring terrorist activity.The participants argue that the courts have infringed on the President’s Constitutional authority to defend America through such national security determinations.The filing flat-out obliterates the lie that the Executive Order is a “Muslim ban,” and states that Trump is well within his power to take such action.
One conservative group produced colorful flow charts warning millennials that a “border adjustment” tax proposed by Speaker Paul D. Ryan would raise prices on “the Jose Cuervo tequila that’s in your happy hour margarita.” Three days later, a second conservative group kicked off a lobbying campaign saying it would amount to a $1.2 trillion tax on seniors and the working poor. The next day, still another group weighed in, issuing a news release that highlighted how Latinos would be “among those hardest