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  • Trump strikes deal with China over ZTE

    05/25/2018 4:48:43 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 9 replies
    Fox News ^ | 6 hours ago | John Roberts
    President Trump told Fox News on Friday he has struck a deal with Chinese President Xi Jinping to ease U.S. sanctions imposed on Chinese telecommunications giant ZTE. The Commerce Department last month blocked China's ZTE from importing American components for seven years, accusing it of misleading U.S. regulators after it last year settled charges of violating sanctions against Iran and North Korea. The ban was a virtual death sentence for ZTE, which relies on U.S. parts. The Trump administration, though, caused controversy by putting ZTE in play amid trade negotiations. According to Trump, Xi recently called him to ask if...
  • Publix halts political contributions in face of protestor "die-in"

    05/25/2018 3:56:27 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 52 replies
    See BS News ^ | 5/25/18 | K Gibson
    Publix is backing down in a standoff with survivors of this year's mass shooting at a Parkland, Florida high school, saying it has suspended political contributions. The regional supermarket chain, which is based in Florida, announced its decision amid a "die-in" at several Publix stores in the state to protest the supermarket chain's financial support for a gubernatorial candidate who opposes gun control. Publix said Friday in a statement that it will "suspend corporate-funded political contributions as we reevaluate our giving processes."
  • New policy directive implements commercial space regulatory reforms

    05/25/2018 1:03:13 PM PDT · by messierhunter · 1 replies
    SpaceNews ^ | May 24, 2018 | Jeff Foust
    "A second section deals with commercial remote sensing regulatory reform. “The current regulatory system is woefully out of date and needs significant reform to ensure the United States remains the chosen jurisdiction for these high tech companies,” the fact sheet states. A related section calls on the Secretary of Commerce to provide a plan to create a “one-stop shop” within his department “for administering and regulating commercial space flight activities.” The Commerce Department had previously announced plans to combine the Commercial Remote Sensing Regulatory Affairs office with the Office of Space Commerce..." http://spacenews.com/new-policy-directive-implements-commercial-space-regulatory-reforms/ This appears to address regulatory issues that...
  • They Aren't Crumbs! Business Owner Sets Pelosi Straight at CNN Town Hall (WATCH)

    05/25/2018 9:29:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 05/25/2018 | Caleb Howe
    This is great. Nancy Pelosi's "crumbs" comment has rightly followed her around since she first uttered it.After the GOP tax cuts, it was raining bonuses out there. Nancy described those bonuses that were being bragged about at family dinners and being used to pay bills or buy necessities as "the crumbs that they are giving to workers." She (and Democrats in general) has been paying for it ever since.Which includes last night at a CNN Town Hall, as a small business owner named John Anfinson went after her. Watch: We are a small business of seven full-time employees that...
  • Three Cheers for a Tight Labor Market; Let's Not Screw Things Up by Importing More Foreign Workers

    05/25/2018 9:13:16 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | 05/25/2018 | Mark Krikorian
    The unemployment rate is down, and employers are howling for more immigration because they say they can’t get enough workers.Their howling should be music to our ears.I don’t say this out of any animus — my mom and both grandfathers were small businessmen. Heck, I run a small (non-profit) business myself. But a tight labor market means that our fellow citizens who are the least attractive to employers — and on whose support we collectively spend billions — suddenly become a lot more attractive.Advertisement In other words, a tight labor market is the best social policy. America wins when employers...
  • What the Hell Happened at General Electric?

    05/25/2018 9:03:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    Fortune ^ | 05/25/2018 | Geoff Colvin
    It’s a bad day for a CEO when he announces he’s retiring and the stock goes up. That was Jeff Immelt’s day on June 12, 2017. The news of his departure was in one sense no surprise—some investors and analysts had been urging his ouster for years;but it was also a shock. He’d been General Electric’s CEO for almost 16 years, and outsiders were unaware of any specific succession plans or that ­Immelt, at age 61, had any intention of stepping down. Suddenly they were told that in just seven weeks he’d be gone as CEO (he remained nonexecutive board...
  • Is 100 Percent Renewable Energy Possible?

    05/25/2018 6:47:00 AM PDT · by rktman · 77 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 5/25/2018 | Norman Rogers
    The people who are best described as members of a renewable energy cult are lately promoting the idea that we should run the country on 100% renewable energy, whatever that is. I say "whatever that is" because different branches of the cult have different definitions of renewable energy. It seems to be a matter of fashion and prejudice. One definition of renewable energy is that it is naturally replenished on a human timescale. Solar energy and wind energy fit in nicely with that definition. Most fans of renewable energy explicitly reject renewable hydroelectricity if it involves damming a river. Most...
  • European Companies are Fleeing Iran

    05/25/2018 6:12:29 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 21 replies
    Al-Awsat ^ | Tuesday, 22 May, 2018 | Abdulrahman Al-Rashed
    US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s statement on Monday put an end to bargains. Officially, Washington has begun its war on the Iranian regime. The weapons of economic sanctions threaten the entire regime and do not only restrain it. The French Total left the gas fields in the Gulf and moved on. Head of the Italian company ENI told the company’s board that they shut down their offices in Tehran and stopped searching for oil and gas. Airbus signed a contract to sell Iran 100 airplanes and only three jets arrived in Tehran’s airport as part of this historic deal...
  • ‘Italy Should Not be a German Colony’: Salvini Slams EU Demands For €10 Billion Corrective Budget

    05/25/2018 5:50:14 AM PDT · by C19fan · 6 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 25, 2018 | Chris Tomlinson
    Populist leader of La Lega Matteo Salvini lashed out at the European Union this week after requests that Italy implements a €10 billion corrective budget while promoting a eurosceptic candidate for Finance Minister. Salvini slammed the corrective budget request saying if the political bloc starts issuing diktats then Italy would do the opposite, adding he was opposed to those “who want Italy to be a French or German colony”, Il Giornale reports.
  • Parkland Survivors to Participate in "Die-In" at South Florida Publix...Over Political Donations

    05/25/2018 5:30:27 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 49 replies
    NBC MIAMI ^ | 5/25/18 | Jamie Guirola and Andrea Cruz
    One of the leading voices in the movement, David Hogg, called for the “die-in” protests Friday afternoon at Publix They are protesting Publix’s donations to conservative gubernatorial candidate Adam Putnam, who has been a staunch gun supporter.
  • Rwanda, US eye trade war over $1 billion used clothing market

    05/25/2018 5:13:39 AM PDT · by Cronos · 23 replies
    PRI ^ | 24 May 2018 | Reuters
    ..Rwanda has bounced back in the past decade or so. As part of a drive to become a middle-income country by 2020, it is nurturing a garment sector it hopes can create 25,000 jobs. It's a strategy that has flourished elsewhere in Africa. But domestic demand for locally produced clothes has been stifled, east African governments say, by the ubiquity of cheap, second-hand garments imported from Europe and the United States. The manager of the factory where Mukankusi works says the facility is only running at 40 percent capacity and second-hand garments, which can sell at well below his production...
  • Oil prices fall as Russia warns of gradual output increase

    05/24/2018 11:55:35 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 11 replies
    reuters.com ^ | May 25, 2018 | Henning Gloystein
    Oil prices eased on Friday as Russia hinted it may gradually increase output, after having withheld supplies in concert with producer cartel OPEC since 2017.
  • NTSB Report On Fatal Uber Crash In Tempe Arizona

    05/24/2018 9:05:03 PM PDT · by Moonman62 · 78 replies
    NTSB ^ | 05/24/2018 | NTSB
    About 9:58 p.m., on Sunday, March 18, 2018, an Uber Technologies, Inc. test vehicle, based on a modified 2017 Volvo XC90 and operating with a self-driving system in computer control mode, struck a pedestrian on northbound Mill Avenue, in Tempe, Maricopa County, Arizona. The Uber test vehicle was occupied by one vehicle operator, a 44-year-old female. No passengers were in the vehicle. In the area of the crash, northbound Mill Avenue consists of two left-turn lanes, two through lanes, and one bike lane. The crash occurred before the formation of a right-turn lane. Roadway lighting was present. The posted speed...
  • Planned Parenthood Group Moves to Use Trump’s NLRB to Bust Union

    05/24/2018 1:18:20 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 8 replies
    Pay Day Report ^ | 05/24/2018 | Mike Elk
    Recently, a group of 153 Planned Parenthood support staff at 14 clinics in Colorado has attempted to unionize with SEIU. Clinic workers say they put up with long work weeks for low pay with starting wages at a mere $12 an hour. “Its low compensation for the intense and emotional work we are doing,” says Dominique Silverman, who regularly faces protesters on her way into work. Organized labor has stood in solidarity with Planned Parenthood in their fight to block federal cuts to their funding. Groups like the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association, and SEIU have all...
  • How To Prove The NRA Is Wrong: Just Make Stuff Up… ANTI-GUN VIDEO

    05/24/2018 12:53:38 PM PDT · by rktman · 5 replies
    ammoland.com ^ | 5/23/2018 | Chris Knox and Jeff Knox
    Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor under Bill Clinton, turned ubiquitous talking head on left-leaning cable news and radio, recently published five talking points that he claims shoot holes in the NRA's (here meaning all gun-rights supporters') arguments. The points are not at all unique to Mr. Reich, so we thought it would be worthwhile to take a closer look.
  • The Twilight Zone Plus One Makes Reality

    05/24/2018 12:31:12 PM PDT · by rktman
    ileanajohnson.com ^ | 5/21/2018 | Ileana Johnson
    “The universe is made of protons, neutrons, electrons, and morons.” – Anonymous While the left is busy demonizing President Trump for his remarks about the MS-13 gangs who enter our country illegally through the porous southern border, Congressional members, working against the safety interests of the American people and cheered by the leftist media and half of the voting population, are doing their best to stall, defund, and vilify any effort by our president to build a border wall and to deport the illegal criminal elements who are already in this country and have committed atrocious crimes. As Diane Feinstein...
  • Turkey’s Currency Meltdown

    05/24/2018 12:14:14 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 50 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 23 May 2018 | WSJ Editorial Board
    Turkey’s lira fell as much as 5% on Wednesday (23 May '18), and it’s lost more than a fifth of its value this year... On Wednesday the (Turkish Central) bank lifted a key lending rate to 16.5% from 13.5%... Mr. Erdogan has wanted to keep interest rates low before the June 24 parliamentary and presidential elections when he hopes to consolidate even more power.
  • How a weakened ESPN became consumed by politics

    05/24/2018 11:43:50 AM PDT · by T-Bird45 · 14 replies
    WSJ via MSN ^ | 5/24/2018 | Shalini Ramachandran
    Link only due to MSN site however the entire WSJ article is there, no paywall.
  • “Google tax” plan moves ahead in Mountain View after city panel actions

    05/24/2018 10:11:35 AM PDT · by NohSpinZone · 21 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 5/23/18 | By GEORGE AVALOS
    MOUNTAIN VIEW — Plans for a “Google headcount tax” moved ahead Wednesday in Mountain View after a municipal panel recommended that the full city council approve the proposal. A three-member subcommittee of the Mountain View City Council endorsed the concept on Wednesday of a tax on the number of workers a company employs within the city limits, although government officials refer to it formally as a “restructuring” of the business license tax. The Mountain View City Council is scheduled to meet June 5 to make a final decision on whether it will order the city staff to prepare a ballot...
  • Things are so terrible that America was the world’s top petroleum, natural gas producer in 2017

    05/24/2018 9:57:29 AM PDT · by rktman · 24 replies
    hotair.com ^ | 5/24/2018 | Jazz Shaw
    In case you’re growing tired of waking up every morning and checking social media or reading the Washington Post and hearing about how awful everything is these days, how about some good news? The U.S. Energy Information Administration has finished compiling all of the production numbers for last year and determined that America was the global leader in production of both petroleum and natural gas. And in terms of who else was in the hunt, it wasn’t even close.