A senior National Security Council official said the Obama administration and Pentagon pushed metrics that portrayed the 2009 decision to surge 30,000 troops to Afghanistan in an inaccurately positive light. "It was their explanations," the NSC official said, according to the Washington Post "For example, attacks are getting worse? That's because there are more targets for them to fire at, so more attacks are a false indicator of instability.' Then, three months later, attacks are still getting worse? It's because the Taliban are getting desperate, so it's actually an indicator that we're winning.'" read more
The speed camera he's referring to is on DC's I-295 and is one of the District's most productive and controversial. It's generated than $26 million in just two and a half years. This camera charges premium penalties in a work-zone where there's often no evidence of work. "There's always the suspicion that even if you say this is a work zone and it's done for traffic safety, that an underlying reason for all of this is the revenue," said Townsend. "I thought it was a reasonable speed for the freeway," Lidia Rosas said as she showed me her $300 fine for going 59 mph. A speed that normally wouldn't trigger a ticket. But in May, the District lowered the speed to 40 mph and doubled the fines, making it a work-zone 24/7. But where's the work? Since August 2019, the ABC7 I-Team repeatedly drove the stretch of highway containing the speed camera and looked for signs of a work zone. Every time, no cones, no equipment, no work.
Former Representative Beto O'Rourke of Texas announced that he is dropping out of the presidential race, ending a campaign in which he struggled for months to recapture the energy of his insurgent 2018 Senate candidacy on a national stage full of other big personalities and liberal champions.
The body of disgraced money man and sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, who was found dead in his Manhattan federal prison cell in August, bore telltale signs of homicide despite an official ruling that he killed himself. The claim [is from] Dr. Michael Baden, a former medical examiner who has worked on high-profile cases during a five-decade medical career. Baden, who was hired by Epstein's brother and observed the autopsy, told Fox News its findings are more consistent with homicidal strangulation than suicidal hanging. He noted that the 66-year-old Epstein had two fractures on the left and right sides of his larynx, specifically the thyroid cartilage or Adam's apple, as well as one fracture on the left hyoid bone above the Adam's apple. "Those three fractures are extremely unusual in suicidal hangings and could occur much more commonly in homicidal strangulation." read more
The survey, conducted by the Victims of Communism and polled by the research and data firm YouGov, found that 70% of Millennials are likely to vote socialist and that one in three Millennials perceive communism as "favorable." The survey is part of the Victims of Communism's report "U.S. Attitudes Toward Socialism, Communism, and Collectivism," which polled 2,100 people in the United States who were 16 and older with a margin of error of +/- 2.4%. A little over half of the Millennials polled said the Declaration of Independence "guarantees freedom and equality" better than the Communist Manifesto.