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3 Mexican presidents linked to El Chapo corruption

(Fox News) And then there were three.

In a trial in federal court in New York that is turning out to be about far more than Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the Mexican drug lord, a court document that was unsealed Wednesday claimed bribes by cartels were paid to former president Felipe Calderon and to a former campaign worker of current President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

The assertion of corruption came just a day after the bombshell — by witness Alex Cifuentes Villa, a Colombian drug trafficker who worked with El Chapo from 2007 to 2013 — that former Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto attempted to squeeze $250 million in bribes from the kingpin shortly after he took office in 2012.

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Calling family ‘family’ sparks meltdown for Google workers

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Calling family “family” has sparked a meltdown among workers at Google, according to the Daily Caller News Foundation, including one who lashed out at company officials for their “disrespectful way to speak.”

The Daily Caller cited insider documents provided by a source who insisted on remaining anonymous.

The revolt began when a company official was talking to employees about features of Google’s Unicorn product that continually use the word “family” as a synonym for “household with children.”

“That employee posted an extended rant, which was well-received by his colleagues, on why linking families to children is ‘offensive, inappropriate, homophobic, and wrong,’” the Daily Caller said.

The worker’s scolding included: “This is a diminishing and disrespectful way to speak. If you mean ‘children’, say ‘children’; we have a perfectly good word for it. ‘Family friendly’ used as a synonym for ‘kid friendly’ means, to me, ‘you and yours don’t count as a family unless you have children’. And while kids may often be less aware of it, there are kids without families too, you know.”

The worker claimed the word “family” as a reference to “with children,” long has been linked to “deeply homophobic organizations.”

The worker went on: “Even the sense, ‘suitable for the whole family’, which you might think is unobjectionable, is totally wrong too. It only works if we have advance shared conception of what ‘the whole family’ is, and that is almost always used to mean a household with two adults, of opposite sex, in a romantic/sexual relationship, with two or more of their own children. If you mean that as a synonym for ‘suitable for all people’ stop and notice the extraordinary unlikelihood of such a thought! So ‘suitable for the whole family’ doesn’t mean ‘all people’, it means ‘all people in families’, which either means that all those other people aren’t in families, or something even worse. Use the word ‘family’ to mean a loving assemblage of people who may or may not live together and may or may not include people of any particular age. STOP using it to mean ‘children’. It’s offensive, inappropriate, homophobic, and wrong.”

Dozens of other workers joined in, including Google Vice President Pavni Diwanji.

“Hi everyone, I realize what we said at tgif might have caused concerns in the way we talked about families. There are families without kids too, and also we needed to be more conscientious about the fact that there is a diverse makeup of parents and families, Dwiwanji wrote.

“Please help us get to a better state. Teach us how to talk about it in inclusive way, if you feel like we are not doing it well. As a team we have very inclusive culture, and want to do right in this area. I am adding my team here so we can have open conversation.”

DCNF reported some 100 Google employees signaled agreement.

One worker lashed out at conservatives, writing: “Using the word ‘family’ in this sense bothers me too. It smacks of the ‘family values’ agenda by the right wing, which is absolutely homophobic by its very definition.”

The Daily Caller previously reported Google employees “had internal debates about whether to suppress right-of-center media outlets, including The Daily Caller and Breitbart, in the company’s search function.”

The report said Google Vice President David Besbris jumped into that fight and “advocated providing contextual information about media sources in search results, and the company later did so with a short-lived fact check feature at the end of 2017.”

“Not only did the fact-check feature target conservative outlets almost exclusively, it was also blatantly wrong. Google’s fact check repeatedly attributed false claims to those outlets, even though they demonstrably never made those claims,” the Daily Caller reported.

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Major magazine: Impeach Trump

Special counsel Robert Mueller has yet to issue a report on his probe of alleged Trump-Russia collusion, but the new issue of The Atlantic features the word “IMPEACH” in large, red letters.

The cover story by Atlantic senior editor Yoni Appelbaum argues Congress has the authority, through impeachment, to “rein in a president who is undermining American ideals,” The Hill reported.

The title subhead reads: “It’s time for Congress to judge the president’s fitness to serve.”

Appelbaum asserts Trump has “repeatedly trampled” on the Constitution through his policies, resistance to investigations and attacks on political opponents.

“These actions are, in sum, an attack on the very foundations of America’s constitutional democracy,” he writes.

Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California, however, believes it’s too soon to “go down any impeachment path.”

“If there’s to be grounds for impeachment of President Trump — and I’m not seeking those grounds — that would have to be so clearly bipartisan in terms of acceptance of it before I think we should go down any impeachment path.”

Nevertheless, on the first day of the 116th Congress, earlier this month, Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Calif., re-introduced articles of impeachment accusing Trump of obstruction of justice.

Sherman told CNN he wants to force the conversation on impeachment when Mueller’s report comes out.

“I didn’t do this as some political move, I did it in July of 2017, about as far away from an election as a House member ever gets,” Sherman said. “Now I’m making sure not to take a step backward. We had to either take a step backward or not take a step backward.”

‘Improbably presidency’

Appelbaum writes that the newly seated Democratic majority must seize the opportunity to “open a formal impeachment inquiry into President Trump, and bring the debate out of the court of public opinion and into Congress, where it belongs.”

On its website, The Atlantic features an article titled “Unthinkable: 50 Moments That Define an Improbable Presidency.”

Among them are “Trump waits 19 months to pick his science adviser,” “Turkish agents assault protesters near the White House” and “The president tries to kick transgender service members out of the military.”

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Limbaugh: Dems now taking aim at Trump supporters

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President Donald Trump (Fox News video screenshot)

Democrats in Washington have been enraged that Donald Trump won the presidency in 2016 since, well, since 2016.

They simply cannot accept the reality of the vote.

So, according to radio show host Rush Limbaugh, they are spending more or less all of their time trying to delegitimize him.

But worse than that, they also are trying to delegitimize anyone who voted for him, Limbaugh said on Thursday.

There have been multiple examples, including the Democrats’ flat-out refusal to fund border security including a wall or fence as Trump requested, even though they’d supported that in the past.

That’s the cause of the current government shutdown, which prompted Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., to hint she was disinviting Trump to deliver his State of the Union in the House in a few weeks.

The fight all goes back to that party’s refusal to accept 2016, Limbaugh said.

“That’s what this is. It is nothing about the shutdown. It’s nothing about the hardships that are being faced. It’s not even about the wall! Pelosi and the Democrats, as you said, have supported a wall in the past. This is about making sure, about doing everything they can do to make sure that this guy who they despise does not have one demonstrable success so that nobody like him will ever, ever try this again.”

He continued, “This is a long-term message to everybody outside Washington, everybody outside the Washington political class, the elites, whatever, you’re not welcome here, and we will damage whatever it takes to make sure none of you ever end up here again. And those of you who voted for this, don’t you ever do this again. Your votes are wasted. You’re not gonna get one thing you want, you’re not gonna get anything, and we’ll be glad for all this destruction to send the message that you don’t get to do this.”

“This,” he said, “is Pelosi and the Democrats swearing that no matter what Trump wants, if it’s gonna make him look good, presidential, if it’s gonna help the Republican Party, it isn’t happening. But there’s more than that. This is really about Nancy Pelosi — I cannot — I’ve tried to describe this numerous times. I’ve tried a bunch of different ways. I cannot, I don’t believe, adequately describe for you how personally despised and resented Donald Trump is and those of you who voted for him.

“I mean, folks, there is visceral hatred. Donald Trump being elected president, not just beating Hillary, but just being elected is the equivalent of a killer virus being released in Washington. And they have stop it. They have to kill the virus. That’s Trump and you who voted for him. This was never supposed to happen. The governed are never supposed to have this much influence over what happens in that town. You’re not supposed to have anywhere near this much say over what your government does. You’re not supposed to have much say at all.”

Limbaugh continued, “You get to vote, but beyond that, (raspberry) you. And Trump brought you with him to Washington. Trump is doing everything he can to keep every promise he made. I cannot tell you how offensive that is to them. I can’t tell you how disruptive it is. I can’t tell you how they are livid about it. And this whole government shutdown and the intransigence that Pelosi has, the unwillingness to even negotiate anything here is purely and simply about making sure that none of this is ever seen as legitimate.

“It’s always, if she has her way, gonna be seen as one of the most oddball things that ever happened in American history that was a pure quirk of fate, it was abnormal, it was not supposed happen, and because of that, it’s not going to be legitimized. The previous two years have been all about that, not legitimating President Trump, his agenda, his voters, especially now, ’cause everybody’s racing to get ready for the 2020 presidential election,” he said.

“As far as Pelosi and her side are convinced, it’s all about getting rid of Trump and it’s all about erasing these past two years, it’s about erasing the two years of the campaign that led to Trump. And it’s personal. And it is literally governed by a visceral hate. This is why there is no compromise here. Some of you are saying, ‘Well, how do you think Trump can win?’ I think the longer this goes on, the more people are gonna see this for what it is. The longer it goes on, the greater opportunity for people to finally see the Democrat Party as they are, who they are and so forth. Not a slam dunk,” he said.

He said in the end, the Democrats cannot get away with “delegitimizing” Trump supporters.

“There’s no way they get away with essentially saying, ‘You don’t really count. You count on Election Day if you vote the right way, but other than that we couldn’t care less about you.’”

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State worker fired for signing emails ‘in Christ’

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A psychiatrist employed by the Iowa Department of Human Services who was fired for signing his emails with “In Christ” lost his First Amendment lawsuit against the state.

Michael Mial alleged that, in a performance review, his superiors told him the patients he treated at the Civil Commitment Unit for Sexual Offenders appreciated his Christian faith, the Daily Caller reported.

But his bosses then told him to stop using “In Christ” as his personalized work email signature.

Mial argued in court that the signature does not constitute a state establishment of religion. And he charged that he was unconstitutionally barred from exercising his faith.

But a Sioux City federal jury ruled Wednesday that the Iowa DHS did not fail to accommodate his Christian faith.

The Sioux City Journal said Mial also had argued that state employees were not disciplined for using personalized signatures such as “Go Hawkeyes,” referring to University of Iowa athletic teams.

The court dismissed his claims for lost compensation and damages for embarrassment, emotional pain, mental anguish, humiliation and suffering.

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U.S. Muslim leaders silent about Turkey’s threat to NBA star

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Major U.S. Islamic groups that condemned Saudi Arabia for the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi have been silent about Turkey’s threat to NBA star Enes Kanter.

A native of Turkey, Kanter did not travel with his New York Knicks teammates to London, where they play the Washington Wizards on Thursday, fearing he could be assassinated by Turkish spies, Agence France-Press reported.

On Tuesday, a prosecutor in Istanbul drafted an extradition request and an international arrest warrant for Kanter.

The Knicks center is accused of financially supporting the global Islamist movement headed by Fethullah Gulen, who lives in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has blamed Gulen for the 2016 coup attempt that was thwarted by the Turkish military.

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The Investigative Project on Terrorism noted Kanter’s plight has drawn no attention from American Islamic groups that expressed outrage at Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman for the murder in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul of Saudi Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashogg.

Among the groups that protested Khashoggi’s death were the Council on American Islamic Relations, the Muslim American Society and Islamic Circle of North America.

“The best form of jihad is a word of truth against a tyrant ruler,” former MAS President Esam Omeish, a board member at the Dar al-Hijrah mosque outside Washington, D.C., said at last month’s MAS-ICNA Convention in Chicago.

Omeish said that when Khashoggi “saw the best of Saudi Arabia and the best of his companions being jailed and tortured,” he “realized that he can’t live in a society where he can’t speak.”

Silent about Kanter

Omeish has had nothing to say about Kanter, however, though he also is a Muslim U.S. resident who has drawn the ire of authoritarian rulers of Muslim-majority states because of his beliefs.

IPT noted CAIR touts itself as a Muslim civil rights organization.

But CAIR was founded by members of the terrorist organization Hamas in the United States, and Erdogan is a supporter of Hamas.

Senior Hamas leaders have found safe haven in Turkey, IPT pointed out. And last year, Israel’s Shin Bet accused a private military company run by a top Erdogan military adviser, SADAT International Defense Consulting, of funding Hamas.

Erdogan also supports the Muslim Brotherhood, which founded Hamas.

IPT said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad enjoys close relations with Erdogan’s regime. Days after the coup attempt, Awad offered prayers and thanksgiving for the soldiers and civilians who sacrificed their lives to defeat it at a rally outside the White House.

Kanter, meanwhile, posted in 2017 a video comparing Erdogan with Adolf Hitler.

Kanter’s father was purged from a university in Istanbul last summer and faces up to 10 years in prison for belonging to the Gulenist movement. Kanter faced a domestic arrest warrant last year. Turkey also canceled his passport in 2017.

Kanter grew up in the Gulen movement, attending its schools since the second grade.

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Lawsuit claims Jackson Lee staffer fired to cover up rape

(Daily Caller) A former aide to Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas filed a civil suit against the lawmaker and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF), alleging she was fired for threatening legal action against the Foundation relating to a sexual assault.

The complaint alleges Jackson Lee and the CBCF intentionally inflicted emotional distress, unlawfully interfered with contract, and violated the Congressional Accountability Act and Washington, D.C.’s human rights statute. It is the second time in recent years a former employee sued the congresswoman for her infamous employment practices.

The lawsuit was filed Jan. 11 in Washington’s federal trial court and names both Jackson Lee’s office and the Foundation as defendants. The plaintiff, referred to in court filings as “Jane Doe,” is seeking damages.

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