Maria Santos

Maria Santos

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Staff Writer

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msantos@redalertpolitics.com

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Deathly afraid of birds--and no, not because of the Hitchcock movie.

Maria Santos is a Staff Writer at Red Alert Politics. Previously she worked as a media analyst at the Washington Free Beacon, and an editorial assistant at the Weekly Standard as a Collegiate Network fellow. She graduated from Thomas Aquinas College in 2013.

Articles From Maria

Report: Virginia police make millions seizing Rolexes, Porches, tens of thousands in cash

The Porsche Boxster Spyder is photographed during a debut at the New York International Auto Show, Tuesday, March 31, 2015. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

Diamond-studded jewelry, a Porsche, gold coins, a $35,000 Rolex—these are just a few of the spoils Virginia cops have poured into their coffers over the last few years, supplementing their budgets through seizures. As civil asset forfeiture—the practice by which law enforcement can seize property they suspect has been involved in a crime, and keep some […]

Remember the CEO who set a $70,000 minimum wage? That didn’t turn out so well.

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Earlier this year, Dan Price, the founder of Gravity Payments, decided to raise the minimum wage in his company to $70,000 a year. It’s not going very well. Price attempted to pay for the new wages—which he extended to every clerk and sales rep on his 120-person staff—by slashing his own $1 million salary to $70,000, […]

Gun control activists are now demanding Apple ‘disarm the iPhone’ by removing the gun emoji

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If anyone needed proof that the gun control movement is anti-freedom — now they’re coming for your emoji.  New Yorkers Against Gun Violence’s (NYAGV) latest campaign, #DisarmTheiPhone, demands that Apple remove the gun emoji from all phones. “There is a gun we all carry,” a campaign video states. “That we can all give up.” NYAGV then calls […]

Legislators are now calling for metal detectors and security screenings at movie theaters, malls

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Since airport security screeners are doing such a good job (read: failing over 95 percent of their undercover tests) one New York legislator wants to forcibly install metal detectors in basically every large public venue. In the wake of the Louisiana movie theater shooting, New York State Senator Tony Avella (D-Queens) started whipping up legislation that […]

‘House of Cards’ actress Robin Wright wants ‘a female Che Guevara’ to fight for gender equality

Robin Wright seen at Netflix 'House of Cards' Los Angeles Season 2 Special Screening, on Thursday, Feb, 13, 2014 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Netflix/AP Images)

House of Cards’ Robin Wright knows just how to win equality for women—by instating a murderous, racist totalitarian who will execute a thousand people by firing squad! Wright, who stars as Claire Underwood, told the London Evening Standard, “We need a revolution, we really do.” “Thank God gender equality is finally being talked about and making news, but […]

After 7 years of Obama promising to close Guantanamo Bay, nobody on either side believes him

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President Obama has been promising he’ll close Guantanamo Bay since 2008. Unsurprisingly, nobody is buying it any more. According to a new Huffpost/YouGov poll, a paltry 14 percent of Americans think the prison will be shuttered by the end of Obama’s term. 43 percent believe it will remain open. Political ideology didn’t make much of a […]

Feminist author bashes ‘liberal media’ for ignoring Planned Parenthood videos

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Camille Paglia, well-known feminist author and devoted contrarian, has taken to bashing the liberal media’s “shockingly unprofessional” failure to cover the viral series of undercover videos of Planned Parenthood officials enthusiastically haggling over aborted baby parts. In part one of a three-part interview with Salon (to whom she loves to give periodic lengthy interviews) Paglia […]

Another influential Republican may be about to change his mind on mandatory minimum sentencing reform

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As both liberals and conservatives make a push for criminal justice reform, there are a few Republicans who have staunchly defended the old tough-on-crime mentality—including Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa). The Obama administration has been trying to woo Grassley over to the reform side—and according to a recent National Journal report, Grassley may […]

Lena Dunham and Anne Hathaway battle Amnesty International over legalizing sex work

Actress Anne Hathaway arrives at the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday Jan. 13, 2013, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)

Lena Dunham, tl;dr: making money from selling off aborted baby parts is great, but making money from consensual sex should get you thrown in jail. Dunham and a host of other Hollywood elites, including Anne Hathaway, Meryl Streep, and Kate Winslet, are protesting Amnesty International’s recent announcement that they support the decriminalization of consensual sex work. Amnesty […]

Chris Christie to Colorado: ‘Enjoy’ legal pot now, before President Christie cracks down on it

Republican presidential candidate New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks during a town hall meeting  Monday, July 27, 2015, in Keene, N.H.  (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Other anti-pot-legalization candidates might waffle about their unpopular position—but not Chris Christie! “If you’re getting high in Colorado today, enjoy it,” Christie told a New Hampshire town hall on Tuesday, according to Bloomberg. “As of January 2017, I will enforce the federal laws.” Christie has never been one to mince words on this subject. Earlier this […]

White House refuses petition to pardon Edward Snowden, slamming his ‘dangerous’ actions

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Contrary to some recent reports, the White House is not softening on Snowden. On Tuesday, the administration responded to a “We the People” petition asking for clemency for Edward Snowden. The White House’s reply (which was, unsurprisingly, a “no”) slammed Snowden’s “dangerous decision” to “steal” information, and accused him of “running away from the consequences of […]

NSA promises to destroy old phone records–as soon as they’re done getting sued over them

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The NSA promises it’s going to destroy your phone records—just not quite yet. That’s the gist of the Obama administration’s announcement Monday that the NSA will eventually be required to get rid of all the records they collected under a since-expired metadata collection program. “As soon as possible, NSA will destroy the Section 215 bulk […]

Las Vegans blame hotel fire on lack of regulations for fake trees

Smoke rises after a fire on the outside pool area of the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas hotel-casino Saturday, July 25, 2015, in Las Vegas. The fire on the pool deck of the hotel and casino caused evacuations and the cause of the fire has not been determined. (Courtney Cyr via AP)

This week, the brave journalists of the Las Vegas Sun called attention to an important lack of government oversight: nobody is regulating fake palm trees. Last Saturday afternoon, a fire ravaged the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas hotel, ripping through the luxury cabanas at the 3,000-room resort. The fire lasted 30 minutes, leaving one person hospitalized. In the aftermath, investigators surmised […]

Obama ordered Jon Stewart to the White House for secret meetings

President Obama on "The Daily Show" in 2012. (Image via Screenshot)

The “most open and transparent administration in history” already has quite the reputation for stonewalling and bullying the press. It’s little surprise that the president was also in the practice of secretly cajoling the Daily Show into plugging his agenda. A new Politico report reveals that Barack Obama twice called Jon Stewart to the White House for secret meetings—a process Stewart jokingly compared […]

The DEA paid millions in questionable benefits to barely-vetted drug informants

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The price of the drug war: millions imprisoned, billions spent on incarceration—and the Drug Enforcement Administration paying millions in benefits to random, high-risk drug traffickers? That last factoid comes courtesy of a new report from a Justice Department watchdog, which found that the DEA has been engaging in some highly questionable deals with their informants. Inspectors […]

How Arizona law enforcement uses asset forfeiture to expand their budgets without oversight

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If you need evidence of how the perverse incentives of asset forfeiture can affect law enforcement, look no further than Arizona, where an ACLU lawsuit is shedding light on the rampant practice of police seizing assets for their own profit, even when the property owners have not been charged with a crime. The ACLU is accusing police […]

This police officer’s widow blames the broken prison system for her husband’s death

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Dionne Wilson’s husband, police officer Dan Niemi, was killed on duty in 2005. Wilson blames the broken justice system, born of the drug war and its tactics of mass incarceration, for his death. Niemi was sent to investigate a noise complaint, and found a young man in possession of drugs and two handguns. The 23-year-old had been imprisoned several […]

After an eight-year legal battle, former college student wins $900,000 in free speech case

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A former college student has been vindicated in a long-running free speech case, winning a $900,000 settlement from the school that kicked him out over a Facebook post eight years ago. In 2007, Valdosta State University (VSU) student Hayden Barnes was protesting the building of two new campus parking garages. Barnes, a passionate environmentalist, posted […]

Scott Walker: Marijuana is a state issue, but feds should still prosecute state-legalized weed

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Scott Walker claims he considers marijuana a “state” issue—but also says he would allow the federal government to prosecute state-legalized weed.

Can somebody please explain ‘Sharknado 3’ to poor Jeb Bush?

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Jeb Bush saw Sharknado 3 and now he’s just really confused, and has turned to the American people, begging “Please help me.” Needed a quick explainer on this #Sharknado3 thing @mcuban http://t.co/MfXqQBelbw— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) July 24, 2015 @mcuban @SyfyTV I already caught 10 minutes of it I don't know if watching more will bring additional […]