About: Mary Chastain

Mary covers international news, with a special interest in Ukraine and Russia. She covered the Ukraine crisis at Breitbart News since the Euromaidan protests broke out in 2013. She wrote about sports, especially tennis and hockey, at Breitbart. Mary also contributed snark to Misfit Politics.

Mary loves her Chicago Cubs, Chicago Blackhawks, tennis, cats, Diet Coke, and wine.




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Despite Budget Bill, Illinois Universities Still Have Funding Issues

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Posted by    Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 6:00pm 7/19/2017 at 6:00pm
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People rejoiced when the Illinois legislature passed a budget bill mainly aimed at education. I blogged about eduction funding for grades K-12 earlier this month. Public universities have their own problems.

Yes, the state has its first budget in two years, but its the first budget in two years:

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DOJ Expands Asset Forfeiture Program…Even in States That Have Banned It

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions has kept his word. The Department of Justice has expanded its asset forfeiture program that will allow authorities to seize a citizen’s property even if they have not been charged with a crime.

The DOJ’s program can even apply in the fourteen states that have banned civil asset...

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Michigan Female Genital Mutilation Investigation Spreads to Other States

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The investigation into female genital mutilation (FGM) in Michigan has now spread to five other states after authorities identified possible new defendants.

The lawyer for Dr. Jumana Nagarwala, the woman charged with performing FGM on numerous girls, disclosed this information in new court documents “to show the complexity of the case and...

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San Francisco Transit Shielded Criminals Over Fears of Racist Public, Now Rapes, Sexual Assaults on the Rise

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The Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) is entangled in a new controversy only a week after the public lashed out at officials for refusing to release video footage of crimes over fears the videos would incite racism.

Recent reports indicate that BART has seen double the amount of rapes in the first six...

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Jeff Sessions Odd DOJ Crusade to Increase Civil Asset Forfeitures

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Posted by    Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at 7:00pm 7/18/2017 at 7:00pm
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Just as states have finally taken steps to stop civil asset forfeiture, Attorney General Jeff Sessions wants to take the federal government a few steps back.

In a speech to the National District Attorneys Association, Sessions announced that this week the Department of Justice hopes to issue “policies to...

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Saudi Arabia Arrests Woman Who Wore Skirt, Crop Top in Video

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Posted by    Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at 5:30pm 7/18/2017 at 5:30pm
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Saudi Arabia is a country that oppresses females, treating them as second class citizens. Recently, authorities arrested a young woman who wore a skirt and crop top in public. Her head was not covered.

The video, posted to Snapchat, “show the woman walking through an ancient fort in Ushayqir, a village in Najd province...

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Jane Sanders Screams Sexism Over Bank Fraud Allegations

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Posted by    Monday, July 17, 2017 at 4:00pm 7/17/2017 at 4:00pm
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Sen. Bernie Sanders’s wife Jane has taken a page out of failed Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s book by screaming ‘sexism’ at Brady Toensing, the man who filed a complaint alleging Mrs. Sanders committed bank fraud while president for the now defunct Burlington College. From The Boston Globe:

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Pennsylvania Nuns Build Chapel to Block Gas Pipeline

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The Catholic nuns of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ in West Hempfield, PA, have built an open air chapel on their land as a last effort to stop a company from building a natural gas pipeline on their property. From Philly.com:

A federal judge agreed this month that the pipeline’s...

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Actor Martin Landau Dead at 89

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Celebrated and loved actor Martin Landau passed away on Sunday at the age of 89, only a few hours after we received the devastating news that George Romero died.

Landau proved through the course of his career that he could perform any role handed to him. His talents didn’t end there. He...

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Obama’s Wish Come True: Iran’s a Regional Power, Starting With Iraq

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Posted by    Sunday, July 16, 2017 at 2:30pm 7/16/2017 at 2:30pm
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Two years ago, former President Barack Obama agreed to the Iran Nuclear Deal and told The New York Times that “Iran will be and should be a regional power.” He also said that Iran has “that ability now to take some decisive steps to move toward a more constructive relationship with...

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House Panel Passes Bill to Stop Illegal IRS Seizures

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The House Ways and Means Committee has passed a bill that limits when the IRS can take action on taxpayer assets. From The Hill:

The bill concerns cases where taxpayers are suspected of “structur...

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Women’s March Holding NRA Protest Over Dana Loesch Ad

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Posted by    Friday, July 14, 2017 at 11:30am 7/14/2017 at 11:30am
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Women’s March group is at it again. This time they’ve decided to protest against the NRA, partially over an ad that features radio host Dana Loesch.

Organizers of the group, which include Sharia-loving Linda Sarsour, claim the ad called “for armed conflict against our commun...

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Illinois Gov. Rauner, Democrats Prep for Next Battle: Education Funding

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Posted by    Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 4:30pm 7/13/2017 at 4:30pm
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Last week, the left in Illinois celebrated when the Senate and House overturned Republican Governor Bruce Rauner’s veto of the massive income tax hike and budget bill that concentrated on education. This is the first time in three years the cash-strapped state has a budget.

Now Rauner and the Democrats will head...

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NATO Ally Turkey to Purchase Russia Missile Defense Equipment

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Posted by    Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 3:30pm 7/13/2017 at 3:30pm
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Turkey has decided to turn to Russia for defense system over its allies within NATO. It’s the latest sign that the relationship between NATO countries and Turkey remain strained. From

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Maine Scraps Bill Outlawing Female Genital Mutilation

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Posted by    Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 3:00pm 7/13/2017 at 3:00pm
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Maine’s House rejected a bill that would criminalize female genital mutilation (FGM), the practice that cuts or removes the outside of the female genitalia.

Instead, the House chose to change the bill and amend it to create “an education and outreach program” to stop the practice in the state’s growing...

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Oregon Bill Mandates Taxpayer Money, Insurance Coverage for Abortions

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Posted by    Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 5:30pm 7/12/2017 at 5:30pm
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Democrat Oregon Governor Kate Brown is expected to sign House Bill 3391-B which will make abortion free for all, residents and non-residents of the state. From LifeSite News:

The law would force health insurers...

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Wimbledon: Roger Federer Cruises, American Sam Querrey Bests Andy Murray

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Posted by    Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 3:00pm 7/12/2017 at 3:00pm
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Wimbledon has it’s men’s semi-finals all set to go for Friday. Roger Federer becomes the absolute favorite after Novak Djokovic retires due to a sore elbow and American Sam Querrey defeated defending champion Andy Murray.

Anyone who knows me knows Roger is my man, but nothing could thrill me more than having...

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