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Major Tulsa newspaper rips Trump’s long-shot NASA nomination for leaving the area completely unrepresented in Congress

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Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) hasn’t been voting for legislation since he was named as President Donald Trump’s nominee to NASA and his hometown isn’t happy about it.

A Tulsa World editorial blasted Bridenstine Tuesday, claiming that the appointment has essentially left the state’s second-largest city without a member of Congress. To make matters worse, they’re not anticipating a change any time in the near future.

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Bridenstine faced scathing questions when he testified before the Senate committee on commerce, science and transportation in November. His appointment barely passed out of the committee, on a party-line vote 14-13.

“Now my position is, I have come to believe that the position of NASA administrator as I have said so many times in front of this committee, obviously should not be one that is partisan,” Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) said about the appointment. “It is a position where a failure of leadership can quite literally mean the difference between life and death.”

Nelson said that he felt Bridenstine’s qualifications fall woefully short of what should be required for an administrator to NASA.

Meanwhile, Bridenstine is abstaining from most votes in Congress.

“While Bridenstine has taken care of his other duties as Congressman, including constituent services, if he’s not there to vote on things, it’s as if Tulsans are not part of the process,” the editorial said.

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To make matters worse, because Bridenstine wasn’t approved in 2017, the state likely won’t hold a costly special election simply to fill a short-term congressional seat. It means the First District in Oklahoma has gone without representation in Congress for a full term.

Ironically, as a member of the tea party, Bridenstine has caused the district to fall under the old anti-British slogan “no taxation without representation,” a rallying cry prior to the Boston Tea Party.

However, the editorial isn’t blaming Bridenstine for refusing to vote or stepping out of his seat after being appointed. Instead, it’s blaming the U.S. Senate for its increased scrutiny over an anti-science official being appointed to an independent agency of the executive branch that depends on science to function.

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“Can we get our federal taxes back? After all, taxation without representation isn’t the American way,” the Tulsa World concluded.


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Cincinnati sheriff deputies replace American flag at the Justice Center with ‘thin-blue-line’ flag

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Cincinnati police were filmed replacing the American flag that hangs over the Justice Center in Ohio's third-largest city. They then replaced it with the thin-blue-line flag, that was created to advocate for law-enforcement during Black Lives Matter Protests.

During the Charlottesville, Virginia riots, right-wing and white supremacist activists carried the thin-blue-line flag along with the Confederate flag to speak out against Black Lives Matter.

While the flag may have been created in support of law enforcement, it has been adopted by white supremacists and taken on a darker meaning.

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Former FBI assistant director of counterintelligence, Frank Figliuzzi, revealed that his former colleagues and law enforcement he knows recognize that far-right agitators are attempting to start significant conflicts between police and protesters.

"There is a minimal presence of Antifa, but a far more disturbing presence of right-wing race-based hate groups, such as the Boogaloo Boys who think there will be a race-based civil war coming," he said on MSNBC.

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Speaking to MSNBC on Sunday evening, Figliuzzi told host Brian Williams that his sources in law enforcement are telling him that President Donald Trump doesn't have his facts straight on Antifa.

"We're seeing components of legitimate frustrated protesters responding to Mr. Floyd's demise and others," explained Figliuzzi. "Then we are seeing people who are exploiting this for their own purposes, and some of them are more than just opportunistic criminals. Some of them are organized, and some of them have diverse agendas but are coming together to wreak havoc. And I think what we need to pay attention to here is what we have evidence of, what we don't have evidence of, and what we're hearing from the White House and the attorney general."

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