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Iran again fails to put satellite into orbit amid U.S. worries

An Iranian rocket failed to put a satellite into orbit on Sunday, state television reported, the latest setback for a program the U.S. claims helps Tehran advance its ballistic missile program.

The launch happened at 7:15 p.m. local time at Imam Khomeini Spaceport in Iran’s Semnan province, some 145 miles southeast of Iran’s capital, Tehran. A Simorgh, or “Phoenix,” rocket couldn’t put the Zafar 1 communications satellite into orbit, however, due to a low speed, Iranian state TV reported.

“Stage-1 and stage-2 motors of the carrier functioned properly and the satellite was successfully detached from its carrier, but at the end of its path it did not reach the required speed for being put in the orbit,” Defense Ministry space program spokesman Ahmad Hosseini told state TV.

Hosseini still sought to portray the failure as a “remarkable” achievement for its space program. Previous Simorgh launches of the 80-ton satellite carrier suffered other failures.

Read more: https://www.concordmonitor.com/Iran-again-fails-to-put-satellite-into-orbit-amid-US-worries-32575889

DNA discovery in yogurt shop murders sparks FBI standoff

AUSTIN -- In the spring of 2017, veteran Travis County prosecutor Efrain De La Fuente called Bob Ayers, the father of one of four girls brutally murdered at an Austin yogurt shop in 1991. He had exciting new information to share, a DNA discovery that he hoped could bring resolution to the nearly 30-year-old case.

After years of roadblocks, setbacks and dead ends, investigators finally had identified forensic evidence that might lead to the girls’ killer.

De La Fuente explained that an Austin police cold case detective had submitted a new kind of DNA profile called Y-STR into a searchable database. Although there was no name attached, the match could identify a possible killer’s male relatives and help police track down the perpetrator.

“It was a great day. We thought this was really going to break our case, and they were elated as well,” De La Fuente recalled.

Read more: https://stories.usatodaynetwork.com/yogurt-shop-murders-dna-fight/home/site/statesman.com/

A 'reverend' forged deed on $4M foreclosed Dallas mansion, court records say. The bank wants it back

Everything about the gated, two-story brick house says: Stay away. The chain blocking the driveway. The locked gate bound by wire. The “PRIVATE PROPERTY NO TRESPASSING” postings. The signs warning of cameras that have the 11,800-square-foot Preston Hollow estate under 24-hour surveillance.

There are other signs, too — one near the front entrance on Alva Court and another affixed to the side gate along Deloache Avenue that say only “GCOGIC-IM.” That stands for Glorious Church of God in Christ International Ministries, whose website says it offers services ranging from prison ministries to homeless assistance. That website says the church was established in the 1970s “by our very own Reverend and psychologist John Mann” and lists 9410 Alva Court as its mailing address.

This six-bedroom, eight-bathroom house was “one of the finest in Old Preston Hollow and a luxury trendsetter” when it was built in 1988, real-estate journalist Candy Evans wrote when it hit the auction block in September 2018. It sits in the heart of a neighborhood where the land alone is worth upward of $2 million, never mind the mansions occupied by some of Dallas’ wealthiest, among them Mark Cuban.

As far as Dallas County is concerned, the 66-year-old Mann and his church own this $3.7-million estate once owned by Norman Brinker, the late fast-casual restaurateur, and wife Nancy.

Read more: https://www.dallasnews.com/news/commentary/2020/02/07/a-reverend-forged-deed-on-4m-foreclosed-dallas-mansion-court-records-say-the-bank-wants-it-back/

Buttigieg is the one to beat in New Hampshire but Klobuchar also surges as voters weigh electability

By Todd J. Gillman

5:25 PM on Feb 9, 2020

HANOVER, N.H. – Like many New Hampshire Democrats on the eve of Tuesday’s primary, Lisa Matthews is torn. She has an idealized agenda in mind for the next president. But more than anything, she wants that next president to be someone other than Donald Trump.

“Elizabeth Warren was my first love,” said Matthews, 65, a tax preparer from Lebanon, N.H., but it’s coming down to “electability versus their policies. ... Most of all, I want somebody who can beat Trump.”

Warren and Bernie Sanders: too radical? Joe Biden: too old? Pete Buttigieg: too young? Sen. Amy Klobuchar? The Minnesota senator could emerge as a Goldilocks candidate for voters seeking a tough moderate with enough time in Washington to know how it works but not so much that she has Hillary Clinton-sized baggage.

“Amy may be that sweet spot,” said Matthews, one of a number of voters who rushed from a Buttigieg rally in Lebanon to a Klobuchar rally 10 minutes away at Dartmouth College in Hanover -- due diligence before casting a ballot.

Read more: https://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/2020/02/09/buttigieg-is-the-one-to-beat-in-new-hampshire-but-klobuchar-also-surges-as-voters-weigh-electability/

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Friendly fire: the fight For Alabama's Democratic party

The 2020 primaries are underway with the Iowa caucus kicking things off for the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. While candidates campaign for position to face President Donald Trump in November, the Democratic Party in Alabama is facing a fight of its own.

Democrats nationwide are looking to Iowa to see who will come out on top in the first primary race for the Democratic nomination for president. However, in Alabama, Democrats are looking to the courts to put an end to a fight that has been going on for some time now. The lawsuit was filed by someone familiar to state Democrats.

Nancy Worley was elected chair of the party in 2013. However, new elections were held in November and Representative Chris England was elected as the new chair. England said there were good reasons he got the job.

"With irregularities in the election that occurred in 2018, and also the fact that the party, through the bylaws were out of compliance, the DNC required us to hold new elections and amend our bylaws,” he said.

Read more: https://www.apr.org/post/friendly-fire-fight-alabama-s-democratic-party-apr-news-feature

Posted by TexasTowelie | Sun Feb 9, 2020, 04:30 AM (1 replies)

Alabama cop posts online about roadside bomb for Nancy Pelosi, other 'Dumbocrats'

The assistant police chief of a tiny Alabama town has apologized for a Facebook post in which he suggested U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi could be targeted with a roadside bomb.

Jeff Buckles, the assistant chief of the Geraldine police department, took to Facebook after Pelosi, the Democratic House leader, ripped apart a copy of President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech on Tuesday night.

“Pelosi just ripped up his speach (sic),” Buckles wrote in the public post, which since appears to have been deleted or removed from public view. “Road Side bomb on her way home and any other Dumbocrats.”

He later apologized in a follow-up post for “venting on FB,” saying his remarks “definitely offended” some people.

Read more: https://www.al.com/news/2020/02/alabama-cop-posts-online-about-roadside-bomb-for-nancy-pelosi-other-dumbocrats.html
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sun Feb 9, 2020, 02:24 AM (1 replies)

Bloomberg blitzes Florida as 1 million Democratic primary voters receive mail ballots

Nearly 100,000 presidential primary ballots are going out in the mail Friday to Democrats in the bluest county in Florida, and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s campaign is flooding South Florida in a push to chase them down.

Bloomberg, a billionaire who has tapped his own fortune to hire dozens of staffers around the state in his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination, is blitzing Florida during the first days of a one-week period in which more than 1 million mail ballots will be sent to Democratic primary voters ahead of the March 17 primary, including almost 100,000 in Broward County. His Florida campaign announced Friday that it is organizing more than 500 events across the state this weekend, including phone banks in the northern Broward suburbs and an office opening in Little Havana.

He’s also purchased ads blanketing media in Florida including TV commercials, social media and websites.

The effort comes at a key time in the presidential primary, falling immediately after Monday’s glitch-filled Iowa caucuses and before next week’s first-in-the-nation primary in New Hampshire. And as his opponents chase votes in the Northeast, Bloomberg is uniquely able to hunt mail ballots in the south.

Read more: https://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/election/article240079453.html
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sat Feb 8, 2020, 12:40 PM (6 replies)

Tea Party: GOP voters should help Sanders in Feb. 29 Dem primary

Spartanburg and Greenville Republican voters are feeling the Bern these days, so to speak.

A coordinated effort by each county’s Tea Party is underway to upend the Feb. 29 Democratic presidential primary and help Republican President Donald Trump win re-election.

“We’d like to have a hand in helping the president by giving him an avowed socialist to face in November,” said Ron Tamaccio, former chairman of the Greenville Tea Party.

“We anticipate that if just a small percentage of Republican voters cross over and vote for Bernie Sanders on Feb. 29, that he will prevail over Joe Biden in our state.”

Tea Party organizers have launched a Facebook page called “Trump 229” to urge Republicans statewide to vote in the open primary.

Read more: https://www.goupstate.com/news/20200207/tea-party-gop-voters-should-help-sanders-in-feb-29-dem-primary
(Spartanburg Herald-Journal)
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sat Feb 8, 2020, 12:09 PM (5 replies)

Las Vegas Review Journal poll: Democrats beating Trump among nonpartisans

A Review-Journal poll of Nevada nonpartisan voters shows President Donald Trump trailing in hypothetical matchups with top Democratic rivals.

The results of the poll, which surveyed 402 likely nonpartisan voters from Feb. 2-4, found that former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren each have slight leads over Trump in hypothetical, head-to-head November matchups.

Nonpartisans make up about 22 percent of Nevada’s active voter base and will be essential to either party’s hopes of winning the battleground state this year. The poll, presented in partnership with AARP Nevada and conducted by Washington, D.C.-based WPA Intelligence, is part of “The Middle,” the Review-Journal’s yearlong look at nonpartisan voters.

Fifty percent of poll respondents favored Biden to 44 percent for Trump. Sanders scored 49 percent to Trump’s 44 in his matchup, with Warren netting 48 percent to Trump’s 44 percent. Warren was the only challenger whose lead was inside the poll’s 4.9 percentage-point margin of error.


Democratic presidential candidates broke down like this: Biden (47 percent favorable, 45 percent unfavorable), Sanders (41 percent favorable, 51 percent unfavorable) and Warren (40 percent favorable, 48 percent unfavorable).

Read more: https://www.reviewjournal.com/news/politics-and-government/the-middle/rj-poll-democrats-beating-trump-among-nonpartisans-1952931/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sat Feb 8, 2020, 11:25 AM (4 replies)
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