Offical teaser ….
Here’s the poster just released….
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Offical teaser ….
Here’s the poster just released….
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CNN’s Barbara Star breaks out that the bomb was dropped in Nangahar Providence, Afghanistan by a US Air Force Spec Ops C-130….
The main effect of the weapon is the concussive air blast….
The effect of the bomb is widespread…(Up to a mile)
It has not been used in combat previously….
The target was a remote ISIS or other base or training camp close to Pakistan…
The Trump Admin led by the General’s are moving to be more aggressive military….
The GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB pronounced /ˈmoʊ.æb/, commonly known as the Mother of All Bombs) is a large-yield conventional (non-nuclear) bomb, developed for the United States military by Albert L. Weimorts, Jr. of the Air Force Research Laboratory. At the time of development, it was touted as the most powerful non-nuclear weapon ever designed. The bomb was designed to be delivered by a C-130 Hercules, primarily the MC-130E Combat Talon I or MC-130H Combat Talon II variants….Share on Facebook
Cooling Off period?
More to come….Share on Facebook
This one in San Bernardino…
Multiple people were down in a shooting Monday morning at an elementary school in San Bernardino.
San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan said four victims were being treated and a suspect was possibly down as well.
The gunfire occurred just after 10:30 a.m. at North Park School, at 5378 N. H Street.
The San Bernardino County Fire Department reported multiple gunshot wound victims and a triage had been set up….Share on Facebook
The Director of National Intelligence and Chair of the Joint Chief’s are back in ….
This has to be seen as a win for National Security Advisor McMasters and diminishes Bannon’s influence which was strong thru Mike Flynn, who has been dropped from the head of the agency under a investigative cloud.
Bannon still has ‘eyes’ in the NSC ….
President Trump has removed chief White House strategist Stephen Bannon from his role on the National Security Council (NSC), a senior White House official said Wednesday.
National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster made the decision, which Trump approved, the official said.
Bannon, who led Trump’s campaign in its final months, was elevated in January to a position on the NSC principals committee, in a shakeup of the council that drew widespread criticism that Trump was trying to politicize the council.
The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and director of national intelligence had their roles downgraded in the move.
The Joint Chiefs chairman and intelligence director are having their roles as “regular attendees” of the principals committee restored, according to a regulatory filing dated Tuesday. The director of the Central Intelligence Agency will also have a permanent role on the committee.
Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert also had his role on the council downgraded, but McMaster can delegate his authority to call meetings and set the agenda to him, according to the filing…..
Some on the GOP Right feel that Bannon just took a hit from Trump’s Son -in – Law Kushner also…Share on Facebook
…from the NY Times…
Explosions at two subway stations in St. Petersburg killed at least 10 people on Monday afternoon, as President Vladimir V. Putin was in the city, Russia’s second largest, for a meeting and a speech, officials said.
Andrei Kibitov, a spokesman for the St. Petersburg governor, told the Rossiya-24 news channel that the explosions had killed about 10 people and wounded at least 50 others.
The subway system was shut after the attacks, which occurred around 2:45 p.m. at the Sennaya Square and Technology Institute stations, in the city center. Both stations are important transit hubs and are normally crowded with passengers, though the explosions occurred before the start of the evening rush….
Mr. Putin, in a televised statement less than an hour after the explosions, said he had spoken with the heads of the special services, including the F.S.B., as well as with law enforcement officials, who he said “will do everything to find out the causes of what had happened.”
Speaking from the Constantine Palace in the Strelna district of St. Petersburg, about 12 miles west of the blasts, he added: “The government, both on the city and federal levels, will do everything to support families of the victims and injured.”
Images circulated on social media showing a damaged subway car and several people lying on a subway platform, apparently with injuries….Share on Facebook
My sister and family members will be VERY proud!
For the Gamecocks it’s the first!
South Carolina won its first women’s N.C.A.A. basketball title on Sunday with a victory that represented a diversity of opportunity both for coaches and for teams playing for a championship.
With a 67-55 win over Mississippi State, a fellow member of the Southeastern Conference, Dawn Staley became the second African-American coach to win a title since the N.C.A.A. began sponsoring a women’s basketball tournament in 1982. Carolyn Peck coached Purdue to the 1999 championship.
Staley was a fierce point guard from Philadelphia and one of the most renowned players in the history of women’s basketball as a collegian, professional and Olympian. She became a coach only reluctantly.
But now, as an N.C.A.A. champion and the recently named Olympic coach for the 2020 Tokyo Games, Staley has a chance to become a standard-bearer for women’s basketball as Geno Auriemma of Connecticut and Tara VanDerveer of Stanford move closer to retirement.
“The game is a gift,” Staley, 46, said during the Final Four. She added, “I’m one that thinks basketball is a place of utopia and fairness.”
On Sunday, South Carolina (33-4) became the first N.C.A.A. women’s champion in five years not to be named UConn. For the third time this season, the Gamecocks beat the Bulldogs. Mississippi State (34-5) appeared to be tired, or anxious, after Friday night’s epic upset of UConn in overtime…..
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Samsung launches 6 months before Apple is supposed to market it’s iPhone 8…..
The Galaxy S8 comes in two sizes, a standard 5.8-inch display model and a Plus version with a 6.2-inch screen. Both are larger than the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, the lineup’s main competition until Apple Inc. rolls out its 10th-anniversary iPhone later this year. In line with smartphone trends, Samsung’s new devices feature slimmer bezels alongside the display and are curved on all four corners. Pre-orders will begin soon after the unveiling, ahead of the S8’s April 21 release. It comes in five colors: midnight black, maple gold, coral blue, arctic silver and orchid gray.
The S8 represents Samsung’s biggest prospect for a turnaround after the Note 7 debacle last year. …
Samsung accounted for 17.8 percent of global smartphone sales in the last three months of 2016, slightly less than Apple, according to Gartner. While Samsung may be targeting Apple, it also faces challenges from up-and-coming rivals such as Huawei Technologies Co. and Oppo, especially in China, the world’s biggest smartphone market.
“We must not only win back customers’ trust, but also the high expectations that they have always held for Samsung,” said Lee Young-hee, executive vice president of Samsung’s mobile business. “We have put our utmost effort to provide customers with near-perfect devices to earn back their trust.”Share on Facebook
He needs to GIVE THIS ONE Up……
Trump’s OWN words are the reason the judge cites
President Donald Trump was barred from enforcing his revised travel ban on six mostly Muslim nations while he defends it in a court battle that will stretch for months, perhaps years.
While Trump administration tailored the latest version to shed all religious references, a Honolulu federal judge found that the president’s campaign rhetoric, including calls for a Muslim ban and registry, point toward discriminatory intentions. The Justice Department will probably appeal the ruling to the U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco, the same court that upheld the order stopping Trump’s original travel order.
The ruling may cause further consternation for an administration struggling to enact some of the president’s central campaign platforms. It’s yet another victory for states, advocacy groups, technology companies and universities that challenged the first executive order and its replacement as being at odds with nation’s founding principles and hurting the economy.
The White House spent weeks crafting its March 6 order after judges rejected the first travel ban, which spurred chaos at airports across the country and a rush to the courthouse by civil rights groups and states led by Democrats.
In his decision Wednesday in Honolulu, U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson, who ruled on March 15 that the re-worked policy was still flawed, extended his temporary prohibition on enforcing it. He once again pointed to the president’s own statements before the election, such as calling for a “total shutdown” on Muslims entering the U.S.
“The court will not crawl into a corner, pull the shutters closed, and pretend it has not seen what it has,” Watson said in his ruling. “The Supreme Court and this circuit both dictate otherwise, and that is the law this court is bound to follow.”….Share on Facebook
The NY Times takes a 18 hour look at the Fox News Network, which has been ever more popular in Donald Trump ‘s America….
“I know maybe the president is watching.”
So said Brian Kilmeade, co-host of “Fox and Friends,” on Thursday morning’s show. It was no mere boast, since President Trump has publicly stated his affection for the show and for Fox News, the channel on which it airs. If Mr. Trump was indeed tuning in, he was far from alone. Fox News has been the most watched cable news network for 15 years, but depending on the hour, the news narrative it presents to its large and loyal conservative audience can sharply diverge from what consumers of other media outlets may be seeing.
We watched Fox News from 6 a.m. until midnight on Thursday to see how its coverage varied from that of its rivals on a day when cable news was dominated by the health care debate in Congress, the terrorist attack in London and the investigation into Russian interference in the presidential election.
One notable way Fox News stood apart from its competition, as it has been known to do for years, was in the stories it chose to highlight and the tone — in some of its opinion shows, unapologetically supportive of Mr. Trump and his agenda — with which it covered them.
There was extensive coverage of the health care vote, for example, but there was also considerable time given to topics, like a rape case in Maryland, that viewers would not have heard about if they had turned to CNN or MSNBC. The rape case, which involved an undocumented immigrant and went virtually uncovered on most networks, received almost hourly updates on Fox, and at times was used as proof that Mr. Trump’s calls for tighter borders and a crackdown on immigration were justified.
During coverage of the London terrorist attack, in a break from the rather muted coverage on CNN, “Fox and Friends” veered into discussing the faith of the “Muslim mayor” of London. A morning news show noted that most British police officers did not carry guns (a fact that a guest labeled “lunacy”) and considered how the attack represented the broader terrorist threat.
And while other networks were devoting time to the apology made by Representative Devin Nunes of California, the Republican chairman of the House committee investigating Russian interference in the election, for not sharing information about intelligence with the committee’s top Democrat before giving it to Mr. Trump, Fox was touting a report about “potential” evidence that Mr. Trump’s team may indeed have been surveilled by the Obama administration. It was presented as vindication of Mr. Trump’s earlier assertions that his phones had been wiretapped.
Still, while people who do not watch Fox News may think it presents a uniform voice from morning to night, the network’s content varies plenty. It offers a heavy dose of opinionated fare — “Fox and Friends” and its entire prime-time lineup — and has something closer to a more traditional news format for much of the afternoon. And just like any cable news network, when news breaks, it can find itself scrambling.
With all that in mind, if you weren’t watching Fox News on Thursday, this is how the news played out through its distinctive lens…..
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Desperate times ….Desperate measures?
The Freedom Caucus goes around House Speaker Ryan to Trump for rewrites of the Trump/Ryancare Bill?
For something that would have even LESS of a chance in the Senate?
(These last minute changes do NOT have analysis by the Congressional Budget Office …So NO ONE knows what they cost out to….)
Just hours before an expected Thursday vote in the House, congressional Republicans are considering massive changes to insurance coverage without even a basic idea of what those changes would mean.
According to House Freedom Caucus members, the conservative group is negotiating directly with President Donald Trump and the White House on an amendment to the Republican health care bill, seemingly cutting out GOP leadership from the conversation as Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and his deputies work to corral votes for a bill that is, in these latest provisions, a mystery even to them.
The re-opening of negotiations is an admission of what has been clear all along ― that the bill as constructed by Ryan does not have the votes to pass on Thursday. It also represents a major reorganization of a significant chunk of the American economy in a matter of hours.
Conservatives are using their considerable leverage on the measure ― the Freedom Caucus has demonstrated it has the votes to sink the legislation ― to extract concessions on the Essential Health Benefits section of the bill, which mandates that insurers offer plans covering 10 services: outpatient care, emergency room visits, hospitalization, maternity and newborn care, mental health and addiction treatment, prescription drugs, rehabilitative services, lab services, preventive care and pediatric services.
“Negotiations are taking place,” Freedom Caucus member Randy Weber (R-Texas) told reporters Wednesday night. Asked if he thought they were going to get to a deal, Weber said it sounded like it.
“The president’s moving our way,” he said….Share on Facebook
Police shot an alleged assailant outside Britain’s Parliament compound and a vehicle plowed through terrified pedestrians along a landmark bridge Wednesday in what authorities treated as a “terrorist incident.”
Officials said there were a range of casualties, including one police officer stabbed. A hospital official said at least one civilian was killed.
Even before full details emerged, the apparent attacks and chaos were certain to raise security levels in London and other Western capitals and bring further scrutiny on counterterrorism measures.
Meanwhile, authorities tried to piece together the sequence of events at one of the city’s most highly protected sites. The questions included whether the bedlam on the nearby Westminster Bridge was part of a coordinated attack that possibly employed elements of past terrorist strikes — including vehicles ramming crowds in Nice and Berlin last year.
“We are treating this as a terrorist incident until we know otherwise,” said a Twitter message from London Metropolitan Police….Share on Facebook
FEATUREDThey KNEW they where trying to do the IMPOSSIBLE with the history of Donald Trump sticking to the basic that the ban IS in FACT and Muslim ban…
In looking at the body of the judge’s ruling?
He threw tha BOOK and the KITCHEN Sink at the Trump & Co. second try….
At this rate there will be NO Ban approved….
A federal judge in Hawaii on Wednesday issued a sweeping freeze of President Trump’s new executive order hours before it would have temporarily barred the issuance of new visas to citizens of six Muslim-majority countries and suspended the admission of new refugees.
In a blistering 43-page opinion, U.S. District Judge Derrick K. Watson pointed to Trump’s own comments and those of his close advisers as evidence that his order was meant to discriminate against Muslims and declared there was a “strong likelihood of success” that those suing would prove the directive violated the Constitution.
Watson declared that “a reasonable, objective observer — enlightened by the specific historical context, contemporaneous public statements, and specific sequence of events leading to its issuance — would conclude that the Executive Order was issued with a purpose to disfavor a particular religion.”
He lambasted the government, in particular, for asserting that because the ban did not apply to all Muslims in the world, it could not be construed as discriminating against Muslims.
“The illogic of the Government’s contentions is palpable,” Watson wrote. “The notion that one can demonstrate animus toward any group of people only by targeting all of them at once is fundamentally flawed.”
At a rally in Nashville, Trump called the ruling “terrible” and asked a cheering crowd whether the ruling was “done by a judge for political reasons.” He said the administration would fight the case “as far as it needs to go,” including up to the Supreme Court, and rued that he had been persuaded to sign a “watered-down version” of his first travel ban….Share on Facebook
Rachel Maddow has outed the 2005 Trump Trump tax return on her show ….
A portion of President Donald Trump’s 2005 tax return was published Tuesday.
Reporter David Cay Johnston says he found the first two pages of Trump’s 2005 federal income tax return in his mailbox. Johnston published a story on his website, Trump earned more than $150 million that year., and appeared on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show” on Tuesday to reveal details from the document, including that
Read more here, and see the two pages of the 2005 tax return below:
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GOP House SpeakerRyan has problems with Conservative Republicans, Democrats, Senate Republicans and Democrats, and Centrist Republicans in his own House….
House Republican leaders plunged into damage control mode Monday after a brutal budgetary assessment of their Obamacare replacement threatened to upend Senate GOP support and armed their critics on the left.
Speaker Paul Ryan’s team quickly pinpointed rosier elements of the report by the Congressional Budget Office, from cost savings to lower premiums. But the bottom line — that the number of uninsured Americans would climb by 24 million within a decade — threatened to upend the GOP leadership’s fragile efforts to unite congressional Republicans around the plan.
“Can’t sugarcoat it. Doesn’t look good,” said Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.). “The CBO score was, shall we say, an eye-popper.”
Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas sought to distance the Senate from the House bill, saying “we expect to do better” than the results that CBO showed.
“The House is going to continue to work on the bill to try and build support for it. But until they do, there’s not much for the Senate to do,” Cornyn said. Asked about conservative predictions this bill can’t pass the Senate, he said: “It’s premature to talk about that.”
That’s to say nothing of centrists spooked by the CBO results. Though conservatives have been the most vocally resistant to the plan so far, the new figures underscore the danger that moderate Republicans who hail from states that embraced Obamacare’s massive Medicaid expansion face if they support the bill. This contingent of House Republicans has been mostly muted about the bill so far and has been viewed by leadership allies as likely to fall in line.
The CBO score is a new obstacle for Republicans hoping to coalesce around a health care vision…..Share on Facebook