The Most-Below-Average Temperatures Anywhere on Earth Are in the U.S. Right Now

If you think it’s cold for this time of year in the United States, you’re right. The most-below-average temperatures anywhere on Earth are in the U.S. right now.

The map … from the Climate Change Institute at the University of Maine shows the departure from average temperature – that is, how far the temperature is above or below average – around the globe on Tuesday. Below-average temperatures are depicted by the blue and purple shadings, while above-average temperatures are depicted by the orange and red shadings. . .

The first five days of this month brought the coldest March outbreak in years, breaking daily records and a few monthly records in parts of the Northwest, Rockies, Plains and Midwest. . .

This arctic block has also been responsible for abnormally mild weather in parts of Alaska, including record warmth at America’s northernmost city, Utqiaġvik, formerly known as Barrow. (Read more from “The Most-Below-Average Temperatures Anywhere on Earth Are in the U.S. Right Now” HERE)

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Murkowski Backs Bill to Undo Emergency Declaration

By Breitbart. Tuesday Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) told reporters she would vote for the bill against President Donald Trump’s emergency declaration on the U.S. Mexico border. . .

A reporter asked, “Do you support terminating that, this resolution, to terminate the emergency declaration?”

Murkowski answered, “Yes, I will be.” (Read more from “Murkowski Backs Bill to Undo Emergency Declaration” HERE)

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Murkowski to Vote for Resolution Blocking Trump’s Emergency Declaration

By The Hill. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) said Tuesday that she will support a resolution blocking President Trump’s emergency declaration to construct the U.S.-Mexico border wall. . .

The House is expected to pass a resolution of disapproval to block the national emergency declaration later Tuesday, kicking the vote to the Senate.

Democrats will need four Republicans to vote with them to pass the resolution through the Senate, where they need only a simple majority.

So far, three GOP senators are viewed as “yes” votes: Murkowski and Sens. Thom Tillis (N.C.) and Susan Collins (Maine).

Collins told reporters in Maine last week that she would support a clean resolution to block Trump’s emergency declaration. Tillis wrote in a Washington Post op-ed released on Monday night that he would also vote for the resolution. (Read more from “Murkowski to Vote for Resolution Blocking Trump’s Emergency Declaration” HERE)

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Military Specialists Destroy Live WWII-Era Mortar Shell Found at Alaska Museum

Military explosive specialists destroyed a World War II-era mortar round found at an Alaska museum after determining the munition was live.

The device was destroyed by detonating it at a safe place, said Capt. Brandon Browning of the 716th Explosive Ordnance Disposal.

A staff member found the Japanese mortar round last week while sorting through the collections vault at the Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center in Haines, the Anchorage Daily News reported Thursday. . .

Explosives specialists from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage later determined the device was still live, the newspaper said.

The museum was considering using the shell in an upcoming exhibit featuring World War II battle art, but the item’s donation paperwork did not indicate if it had been deactivated, said Helen Alten, the museum’s director. (Read more from “Military Specialists Destroy Live WWII-Era Mortar Shell Found at Alaska Museum” HERE)

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The State of Free Speech in America is in Crisis; Please Contribute TODAY

2018 has been a banner year in Fake News, with the mainstream media feeding the American public with lie after lie. Their main focus was Trump-hate, using Russian collusion as their theme. Mueller cooperated. But just like tales of Hillary’s sainthood, all tangible evidence was omitted.

The state of free speech in America – without reasonable question – is in crisis. Most Americans now turn first to the Internet for their news, but almost every source is controlled by the Establishment.

What’s left for freedom? Only independent news sources like Restoring Liberty. But we cannot continue to exist without your generous help. Please donate HERE to fund us in the coming year.

Years ago, before the fascists at Google banned advertising on our website, Restoring Liberty was able to help cover basic costs through our ads. Now, we are totally dependent on you and our limited sponsors for financial support.

And this is the first time in a year that we’ve asked you, one of our loyal readers, to directly help fund Restoring Liberty. We are asking that you donate whatever you can to help us continue to aggressively push the Liberty agenda in 2019.

Although most of those working on Restoring Liberty are purely volunteers, we do pay one lead editor a small monthly stipend, pay our mail service several hundred dollars per month, and have other substantial expenses including Internet server fees, cloud hosting, and other costs. Please help us meet our expenses for the coming months HERE.

Your investment in Restoring Liberty will result in solid returns for liberty-minded Americans. Millions of page views each year continue to be produced by Restoring Liberty. Only your financial support makes this possible. Please donate $50, $100, or even $500 HERE today.

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INCREDIBLE PHOTOS: Major 7.0 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Anchorage, Alaska, Felt Statewide; Massive Damage

(Image credit: Facebook) According to the United States Geological Service, Anchorage was struck by a major 7.0 magnitude earthquake. The epicenter was just a little less than 8 miles to the north of Anchorage and was relatively shallow, less than 20 miles down.

A tsunami warning also issued for the Kenai and other areas on the coast, but was subsequently canceled.

(Facebook)

On Facebook, longtime Alaskans are reporting that this was the worst-felt earthquake since the gargantuan 9.2 magnitude, 1964 earthquake that struck the 49th state.

(Facebook)

Some say it was almost as bad as ’64: “Folks this shaker was like the one in 64. Just not as long. Stay safe.”

(Facebook, Anchorage)

One lifetime Alaskan from Anchorage reported, “Prayers would be much appreciated. We just experienced the worst earthquake of my life and our house is trashed. We have 4 little very scared kids, too …”

(Facebook, Wasilla)

One Alaskan from Wasilla said, “Checking in after the biggest earthquake I’ve ever felt. All of my children are also safe. Power is out, broken stuff every where at home, I’m sure it’s the same at the shop and at the market we’re setting up for the weekend. I’ve heard most people have property damage and there’s a tsunami warning as well as aftershocks.”

(Facebook, Anchorage)

The quake was so intense, many Alaskans feared for their lives: “It’s been about 20 minutes since we experienced the biggest earthquake in my memory and I’m still sitting under my desk with three terrified boys. Not gonna lie – I wasn’t sure we’d all make it. But we did and now waiting to see what the tsunami warning turns into. Hope you all are ok!”

(Joe Miller’s nephew at his school in Anchorage)

Damage reports are also pouring in: “7.2 magnitude earthquake in AK. Broken pipes, bridges, no power… Praying for everyone there!!!!”

(broken water main, Anchorage)

Another Alaskan exclaimed, “Holy Moly … that was the biggest quake we’ve ever experienced…. the house is a mess with all the things that fell. Everyone safe out there?”

(Facebook, Carrs grocery, Anchorage)

Major aftershocks are continuing to rock the area, with a 5.8 hitting two miles from Anchorage, and a series of 4+ magnitude quakes hitting north of Alaska’s biggest city.

(Editor’s note: The United States Geological Service initially pegged the earthquake at 6.7, and an Australian station marked it at 7.2. USGS has since confirmed that it was a 7.0 magnitude earthquake.)

(Facebook, Eagle River)

Anchorage Battered Women’s Shelter Is Being Investigated for Turning Away a Drunk, Injured Man

A battered women’s shelter in Anchorage, Alaska, is being investigated by the city’s Equal Rights Commission because it didn’t allow a drunk man, who came to the shelter after hours and was bleeding from an injury, to sleep in the same room as women.

Attorneys speaking on behalf of the Downtown Hope Center have repeatedly stated this man, who identifies as a woman, was not turned away because of his gender, but was sent to a hospital that night in January to get the medical treatment he needed. Shelter officials even paid for his cab fare to ensure that his wounds could be treated in a timely fashion. Yet the commission is investigating the shelter’s actions, arguing that it violated a city ordinance that was amended in 2015 to include a prohibition on discrimination based on “sexual orientation and gender identity to the grounds of discrimination.”

The Hope Center serves meals, gives away clothing, and offers job skills to both men and women during the daytime hours, but at night offers a space for women, many of whom have suffered from sexual and physical abuse at the hands of men, a safe space to spend the night.

Attorneys at the Alliance Defending Freedom, which is representing the faith-based women’s shelter, say the ordinance specifically exempts shelters from having to comply with the amended version of the ordinance, which means the Hope Center has not broken any laws. (Read more from “Anchorage Battered Women’s Shelter Is Being Investigated for Turning Away a Drunk, Injured Man” HERE)

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Did Alaska GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Mike Dunleavy Promise to Keep Joe Miller Out of State Government in Exchange for Establishment Support?

This past week, “Must Read Alaska,” an Establishment-controlled website, suggested that the Alaska GOP nominee for governor had received mainline Republican support -specifically, Lisa Murkowski’s – in exchange for certain promises. Such promises supposedly included commitments “that Joe Miller won’t be allowed in state government” and that Mike Dunleavy would make “no attack on Planned Parenthood or other women’s reproductive health providers.”

Restoring Liberty, of course, immediately reached out to the Dunleavy campaign for comment. Mike Dunleavy’s response was unequivocal: “There have been absolutely no deals. No discussion of deals. No insinuation of deals. She does what she wants to do and so do I.”

So why the rumor? It’s probably just another sorry effort to help Mark Begich into power by peeling off “Joe Miller” voters concerned that Dunleavy has cut a deal with the devil.

It’s a sure-to-fail tactic. Senator Dunleavy’s past financial support for Joe Miller’s U.S. Senate campaign against Murkowski as well as his repeated statements of support for positions espoused by Miller – especially regarding preservation of the PFD and Life – reflect his commitment to the People.

Could it all be a charade? Sure, only the Lord knows the heart. But every indicator is that Mike is one of us. Make sure your vote counts this Tuesday.

Alaska Race: After Walker Withdraws, New Poll Says Race Is a Veritable Toss-Up

A new poll on the Alaska gubernatorial race shows that it could be an extremely tight race between Republican candidate Mike Dunleavy and Democrat Mark Begich.

Incumbent Gov. Bill Walker (I) withdrew from the race last week just days after Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott (D) abruptly resigned from office amid confessions that he’d made unspecified “inappropriate comments” to an unspecified person.

Walker said he opted to withdraw from the race because he felt Begich would have better odds of beating Dunleavy, who had been leading in several polls.

“This week I have talked to many Alaskans to determine whether I or Mark Begich had a better chance of running a competitive race against Mike Dunleavy,” Walker said. “The determination was made that, at this point, Begich has the better odds. Alaskans deserve a competitive race.” . . .

In a two-way race between Dunleavy and Begich, Dunleavy would receive 54.5 percent of the vote, Begich would receive 40.8 percent of the vote, and 4.6 percent of respondents would be undecided. (Read more from “Alaska Race: After Walker Withdraws, New Poll Says Race Is a Veritable Toss-Up” HERE)

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Bill Walker Suspends Re-Election, Endorses Democrat

Independent Alaska Governor Bill Walker suspended his re-election bid on Friday, choosing instead to endorse the Democratic candidate, former Senator Mark Begich.

In an Instagram post, Walker conceded his inability to “win a three-way race” and expressed his belief that Begich would have a better shot at defeating Republican Mike Dunleavy in a two-person race. . .

Democratic Governors Association executive director Elisabeth Pearson called the move a “game-changer” that could shift the race to Begich. Before Walker’s withdrawal, Dunleavy, a former state senator, was polling ahead of both Begich and Walker, to the tune of over 40 percent to around 25 percent to the other two candidates, according to Politico.

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Dear Alaskans, I ran for re-election because I still believe that, more than anything else, Alaska deserves integrity, honesty, and courage. Alaska First is, and cannot only be, a campaign slogan. When I said I ran for governor to do the job, not make the decisions to keep the job, I meant exactly what I said. Every decision I have made as your governor, I have made on the basis of what I believe is best for Alaska. With that said, effective today, I am suspending my campaign for re-election as Governor. With more time, I am confident that Val and I could deliver a message and a campaign that could earn a victory in this election. But there are only 18 days remaining before election day. Absentee ballots have already been mailed, and Alaskans are already voting. In the time remaining, I believe we cannot win a three-way race. This week I have talked to many Alaskans to determine whether I or Mark Begich had a better chance of running a competitive race against Mike Dunleavy. The determination was made that, at this point, Begich has the better odds. Alaskans deserve a competitive race. Alaskans deserve a choice other than Mike Dunleavy, whose record and campaign rhetoric indicate he will: eliminate Medicaid Expansion that has provided healthcare access to 44,000 Alaskans, created jobs and brought $1 billion federal dollars into the Alaskan economy while decreasing State healthcare expenditures by $16 million, kept hospitals from closing, and saved lives; defund the Alaska LNG Gasline project that has made historic progress, will create 12,000 high paying construction jobs, 88,000 direct and indirect jobs and deliver low cost energy to our homes and businesses; undo the bipartisan approved sustainable fiscal plan that has resulted in fiscal stability, significantly reduced the deficit, improved our credit rating and preserved the PFD program into perpetuity; cause our most vulnerable to suffer the brunt of the additional $1 billion in budget cuts he vows to make to education, rural Alaska and those receiving healthcare. (Please see the rest of the speech in comments section)

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McConnell: ‘Nobody Is Going to Beat Murkowski in 2022’

By The Washington Post. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Wednesday that Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) remains unbeatable in her home state despite her opposition to Brett M. Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination — a view at odds with President Trump. (Read more from “McConnell: ‘Nobody Is Going to Beat Murkowski in 2022′” HERE)

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Murkowski Not Worried About 2022 Challenge

By The Hill. President Trump . . . warned this past week that Murkowski would pay a political price for opposing Kavanaugh. . .

Murkowski later told reporters she wasn’t too worried.

“I know Alaska’s political terrain better than he does,” she said.

If Palin decides to run for the Senate, she will have to find a way to reconnect with Alaska voters.

She said last month that she and her husband are ready to leave the state and “get outside and do more. We’re not going to be holed up in Wasilla, Alaska, the rest of our life,” she told the Daily Mail in an interview. (Read more from “Murkowski Not Worried About 2022 Challenge” HERE)

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