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  • George Soros: The “God” Who Should Be Jailed

    01/24/2017 5:00:12 PM PST · by detective · 23 replies
    The New American ^ | 24 January 2017 | William F. Jasper
    George Soros, who fancies himself a god and intends to remake the world, is the Lord of Chaos and pursues a world order that is demonic, not divine.   “I admit that I have always harbored an exaggerated view of self-importance — to put it bluntly, I fancied myself as some kind of god.” So confessed George Soros (shown) in his 1987 book The Alchemy of Finance. George Soros’ use of past-tense verbs in the admission above might lead some readers to assume his psychological deity complex was a passing narcissism that the maturing billionaire has conquered in the three decades...
  • House Passes Bill to Permanently Ban Taxpayer Funding of Abortions

    01/24/2017 3:43:02 PM PST · by NYer · 9 replies
    Life News ^ | January 24, 2017 | STEVEN ERTELT
    The House today approved legislation that will put in place a complete ban on taxpayer funding of abortions that ensures abortions are not directly funded in any federal governmental program or department. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The legislation combines several policies that must be enacted every year in Congressional battles and puts them into law where they will not be in jeopardy of being overturned every time Congress changes hands from pro-life lawmakers to those who support abortions.This bill would permanently prohibit taxpayer dollars from being used to pay for abortions in Obamacare health plans starting the next plan year. This bill...
  • Tax Reform - More Than Manufacturing

    01/24/2017 1:55:54 PM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies ^ | January 24, 2017 | Hank Adler
    Both President Trump and Speaker of the House Ryan want to increase U.S. jobs by increasing the number of Americans in the manufacturing work force and both believe that changes to corporate taxes are part of the formula to accomplish that goal. Both are correct, but their goals should also include returning middle class computer processing jobs and call centers that have also moved offshore. Outsourcing does not begin and end with manufacturing. The accounting department of a major U.S. corporation should not be outsourced to another country. Engineering, medical reviews, accounting, legal research and millions of other jobs should...
  • Resurrection of Keystone and DAPL cements America's climate antagonism

    01/24/2017 1:36:04 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 35 replies
    The Guardian ^ | January 24, 2017 | by Oliver Milman
    If there were any lingering doubts over Donald Trump’s enthusiasm for shoving the US back into the smoggy embrace of fossil fuels, his decision to revive the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines banishes them utterly. Trump has thrown down the most provocative gauntlet possible to the environmental movement, which now sees its worst fears crystalizing within a few days of the inauguration. This will be an aggressively pro-oil and gas administration, even if that means boiling the planet. “Donald Trump has been in office for four days and he’s already proving to be the dangerous threat to our climate...
  • In Trump freeze, U.S. agencies delay rules affecting farm towns

    01/24/2017 1:28:05 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 24, 2017 | By Chris Prentice and Tom Polansek
    The Environmental Protection Agency will delay implementation of the Renewable Fuels Standard and the Agriculture Department will pause rules affecting livestock as part of a freeze on regulations imposed by President Donald Trump's administration, trade groups said on Tuesday. The Trump administration put a hold on new regulations immediately after he was sworn in last week, leading to the delayed implementation of 30 EPA rules that were finalized in the last weeks of Barack Obama's presidency. At the USDA, "they put a regulatory freeze on everything that is in the pipeline," said Dave Warner, spokesman for the National Pork Producers...
  • Breitbart adds to DC team

    01/24/2017 1:22:24 PM PST · by markomalley · 2 replies
    Axios ^ | 1/24/17 | Jonathon Swan
    The populist nationalist — and Trump-boosting — website Breitbart News is slowly populating the White House. It's also adding to its D.C. reporting team.Editor-in-chief Alexander Marlow tells us they're planning three new hires. They're part of a broader planned expansion of both domestic and global coverage: Sam Chi – Editor. Chi comes from RealClear Politics, where he oversaw the launching of several sites, including World, Science, Religion and History.Kristina Wong – Pentagon & Department of Defense Reporter. Wong previously reported for The Hill, covering the Pentagon and defense affairs on Capitol Hill.Sean Moran - Policy Reporter Sean Moran previously...
  • Ford CEO Mark Fields ‘Excited’ for Donald Trump ‘Renaissance in American Manufacturing’

    01/24/2017 12:11:53 PM PST · by monkapotamus · 10 replies
    Breitbart ^ | January 24, 2017 | Charlie Spiering
    “I think as an industry, we’re excited about working together with the president and his administration on tax policies, on regulation, and on trade to really create a renaissance in American manufacturing,” Fields told reporters after the meeting, according to the Detroit News. Fields also praised Trump’s decision to kill former President Obama’s Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, pointing out that it failed to address currency manipulation.
  • Trump signs five more orders on pipelines, steel and environment

    01/24/2017 12:32:48 PM PST · by DFG · 33 replies
    USA Today via WFAA ^ | 01/24/2017 | Gregory Korte
    President Trump signed five more executive actions Tuesday in a blitz of executive power meant to speed approvals of high-profile energy projects like the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines. In reversing the Obama administration policy to disapprove the Keystone pipeline, Trump emphasized that the construction isn't a done deal. "It's something that subject to a renegotiation of terms by us," he said. "We'll see if we can get the pipeline built. A lot of jobs, 28,000 jobs." Keystone XL is a proposed 1,179-mile cross-border pipeline from Alberta to Nebraska that became a lightning rod for Obama's energy policy, with...
  • Trump to Renegotiate NAFTA With Canada and Mexico

    01/24/2017 11:13:33 AM PST · by VitacoreVision · 14 replies
    The New American ^ | 24 January 2017 | Warren Mass
    The day before he signed an important executive order to withdraw from the negotiating process for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), President Trump indicated that he will renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Canada and Mexico.Reuters reported that during a swearing-in ceremony for his top White House advisors on January 22, Trump said, "We will be starting negotiations having to do with NAFTA. We are going to start renegotiating on NAFTA, on immigration and on security at the border.""Anybody ever hear of NAFTA?" Trump joked at the ceremony. "I ran a campaign somewhat based on NAFTA. But we’re...
  • Stock market flirts with records after heavy round of earnings

    01/24/2017 10:59:08 AM PST · by John W · 2 replies ^ | January 24, 2017 | Anora Mahmudova
    U.S. stocks moved higher Tuesday, with the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq trading above previous closing records as investors focused on a flurry of earnings reports. “Earnings are coming in generally better than expected while economic data are also good. We believe the medium-term bias in equity markets is to the upside,” said Karyn Cavanaugh, senior market strategist at Voya Financial. Cavanaugh cautioned that there is still a lot of uncertainty about the impact the Trump administration’s trade and business policies will have on the economy and markets.
  • Official: Mexico could leave NAFTA if not satisfied

    01/24/2017 10:11:30 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 61 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 24, 2017 12:06 PM EST
    Mexico’s Economy Secretary says his country could leave the North American Free Trade Agreement if talks on re-negotiating it are unsatisfactory. Ildefonso Guajardo tells the Televisa network that his country will be in a weak position at talks with U.S. President Donald Trump unless Mexico makes it clear it won't accept just anything in order to preserve the three-nation trade pact. …
  • New police video shows Bengals' Adam Jones telling cop 'I hope you die tomorrow'

    01/24/2017 9:57:55 AM PST · by Red Badger · 52 replies ^ | 01-24-2017 | by Will Brinson
    The video released on Monday night is a bad look for the Benagls cornerback In early January, Bengals cornerback Adam Jones was arrested for three misdemeanors and a felony stemming from assault charges. Jones was also accused of kicking and head-butting while being put in a police car. After being released, Jones said he was confused why he was arrested and believed "none of this makes sense." There is a 20-minute video of the incident, and the first three minutes of said video was released by Cincinnati police and posted by Paul Dehner Jr. of the Cincinnati Enquirer, and it...
  • Victor Davis Hanson: Prosperity Is Destiny

    01/24/2017 9:11:17 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 20 replies
    NRO ^ | Victor Davis Hanson
    In truth, we are on the cusp of a great experiment. For decades, conservatives, both traditional and pro-growth supply-siders, have preached that deregulation, reasonable and predictable Federal Reserve interest rates, reduced government, a radically simplified and pruned-back tax code, new incentives for investment, an open energy market, and a can-do psychological landscape that encourages entrepreneurship will make the economy soar at rates of 4 percent GDP and more. We shall soon see. If Trump unleashes American know-how and strengthens the economy, then his cultural and domestic agendas, as well as his personal demeanor and language, however radical and jarring, will...
  • Solar Inconvenient Truth: Ivanpah Plant a Big Fossil Fuel User

    01/24/2017 8:22:01 AM PST · by rktman · 17 replies ^ | 1/23/2017 | Chriss W. Street
    The BrightSource Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating Facility, which uses 320,000 mirrors to create thermal energy, still qualifies under state rules as an alternative energy source, despite using about 1.4 billion cubic feet of natural gas a year, according to a report by the Press Telegram.
  • Trump to sign orders reviving pipeline projects

    01/24/2017 8:08:11 AM PST · by wbarmy · 20 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1/24/2017 | John Roberts
    President Trump plans to sign executive orders reviving the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, which had been stalled under the Obama administration, sources tell Fox News. The moves had been widely expected, as Trump blasted his predecessor for effectively blocking the projects amid environmental and other concerns. While the Canada-to-Texas Keystone project was at the center of a heated debate for years until the Obama administration rejected a key permit in November 2015, the Dakota pipeline more recently became the subject of fierce protests until the Army Corps of Engineers in December blocked construction of a controversial segment. The...
  • EU to Trump: Trade barriers, building walls 'doomed to fail'

    01/24/2017 7:46:24 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 44 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 24, 2017 8:07 AM EST
    The European Union trade chief says the trade policies U.S. President Trump has set out are “doomed to fail” and that the world’s biggest trading bloc remains committed to open borders and economies. EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström said Tuesday that most countries still share the same vision of open trade and investments. She said that “building a wall is not the answer. The success of the EU relies on our open societies.” …
  • New study: Trump to inherits $559B deficit, stable economy [says CBO]

    01/24/2017 7:33:13 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 24, 2017 10:16 AM EST | Andrew Taylor
    Congressional analysts Tuesday projected that President Donald Trump has inherited a stable economy and a government that is on track to run a $559 billion budget deficit for the ongoing budget year. The new estimates from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office say the economy will hold relatively steady, with economic growth rising slightly to 2.3 percent this year and unemployment averaging less than 5 percent for the duration of Trump’s term. Trump is promising higher growth as his administration curbs regulations, overhauls the tax code, and repeals the Affordable Care Act, former President Barack Obama’s signature accomplishment. …
  • Trump To Sign Executive Orders Advancing Keystone, Dakota Pipelines

    01/24/2017 6:55:10 AM PST · by blam · 35 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 1-24-2017 | Tyler Durden
    January 24, 2017 It is just day two of his presidency, and already Trump is taking a sledgehammer to the Obama legacy: in his latest move reported moments ago by Bloomberg, president Trump intends to sign two executive actions today "that would advance construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines", putting a spoke, so to say, in the train wheels of Warren Buffett's train-based oil transportation quasi-monopoly. Keystone was rejected under former President Barack Obama. Trump’s move on Energy Transfer Partners LP’s 1,172-mile Dakota Access project aims to end a standoff that has stalled the $3.8 billion project...
  • CDC abruptly cancels long-planned conference on climate change and health

    01/24/2017 7:04:07 AM PST · by CWW · 62 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 01-24-2017 | Brady Dennis
    With little warning or explanation, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently canceled a major climate change conference that had been scheduled for next month in Atlanta. The Climate and Health Summit, which had been in the works for months, was intended as a chance for public health officials around the country to learn more about the mounting evidence of the risks to human health posed by the changing climate. But CDC officials abruptly canceled the conference before President Trump’s inauguration, sending a terse email on Jan. 9 to those who had been scheduled to speak at the event....
  • California schools may face cuts amid skyrocketing pension costs

    01/24/2017 7:03:17 AM PST · by george76 · 53 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | January 23, 2017 | Jill Tucker
    Public schools around California are bracing for a crisis driven by skyrocketing worker pension costs that are expected to force districts to divert billions of dollars from classrooms into retirement accounts, education officials said. The depth of the funding gap became clear to district leaders when they returned from the holiday break: What they contribute to the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, known as CalPERS, will likely double within six years, according to state estimates. CalPERS, a public pension fund with $300 billion in assets that is the country’s largest, manages retirement benefits for 1.8 million current and former city,...
  • Senate Democrats Introduce $1 Trillion Infrastructure Plan, Offer Trump Support If He Backs It

    01/24/2017 6:30:17 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 107 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 01/24/2017
    Senate Democrats are set to unveil a $1 trillion infrastructure plan and offer President Donald Trump their support if he backs it, the NYT reports. The plan includes $180 billion to rail and bus systems, $65 billion to ports, airports and waterways, $110 billion for water and sewer systems, $100  billion for energy infrastructure, and $20 billion for public and tribal lands. Cited by the Times, Chuck Schumer said “our urban and rural communities have their own unique set of infrastructure priorities, and this proposal would provide funding to address those needed upgrades that go beyond the traditional road...
  • U.S. Airline Pilots Rally at White House: Will Ask Trump To Block Obama’s Export of [tr]

    01/24/2017 6:24:49 AM PST · by C19fan · 37 replies
    Breitbart ^ | January 23, 2017 | Neil W. McCabe
    Airline pilots will hold a White House rally on Tuesday asking President Donald Trump to block Obama’s last-minute approval of a plan that would replace thousands of American pilots with foreign aircrew paid at rock-bottom foreign wages.
  • Judge Hanen Ruling – Allowing Obama DOJ To Exit Nervously

    01/24/2017 6:15:36 AM PST · by Whenifhow · 30 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | Jan 24 2017 | Sundance
    I can’t speak highly enough of Judge Andrew Hanen. He stood alone in the gap, steadfast, against the entire weaponized Obama DOJ and White House apparatus… Backstory HERE – and HERE – and HERE – and HERE After a three-year-long Mexican standoff – today Judge Hanen rears righteously back in his chair, launches a well-chewed batch of tobaccy into the spittoon next to the swinging doors of the saloon, and deliberately says ‘git out‘…. The twitchy DOJ lawyers stumble all over themselves as they clamor desperately backwards for the exit. [page 7] Nevertheless, two important factors have arisen since the...
  • Will Republicans Tank Trump's Spending Cuts?

    01/24/2017 2:53:40 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 44 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 1/23/2017 | Staff
    Fiscal Policy: President Trump hasn't released a detailed budget plan yet, but already some Republicans are signaling their disinterest in making deep cuts to federal spending. The biggest obstacle to the conservative parts of Trump's agenda could be his own party. Trump hasn't been shy about wanting to see big changes in federal spending. Shortly before taking the oath of office, news came out that he is aiming for 10% spending cuts and a 20% cut in federal staffing. On his first full day in the White House, he announced a halt to hiring federal workers and a freeze on...
  • The apple that never browns wants to change your mind about genetically modified foods

    01/23/2017 6:07:19 PM PST · by markomalley · 36 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 1/23/17 | Caitlin Dewey
    After years of development, protest and regulatory red tape, the first genetically modified, non-browning apples will soon go on sale in the United States. The fruit, sold sliced and marketed under the brand Arctic Apple, could hit a cluster of Midwestern grocery stores as early as Feb. 1. The limited release is an early test run for the controversial apple, which has been genetically modified to eliminate the browning that occurs when an apple is left out in the open air. Critics and advocates of genetic engineering say that the apple could be a turning point in the nation’s highly...
  • Amazon is going to kill more American jobs than China did

    01/23/2017 3:36:10 PM PST · by Lorianne · 136 replies
    Market Watch ^ | 20 January 2016 | Rex Nutting
    Millions of retail jobs are threatened as Amazon’s share of online purchases keeps climbing ___ has been crowing about its plans to create 100,000 American jobs in the next year, but as with other recent job-creation announcements, that figure is meaningless without context. What Amazon won’t tell us is that every job created at Amazon destroys one or two or three others. What Jeff Bezos doesn’t want you to know is that Amazon is going to destroy more American jobs than China ever did. Amazon has revolutionized the way Americans consume. Those who want to shop for everything from...
  • Union Leaders Praise President Trump After Meeting – Cheer for Removal of TPP

    01/23/2017 3:29:15 PM PST · by detective · 18 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | January 23, 2017 | Sundance
    The America-First winning is exponential.   Union leadership met today with a pro-jobs, pro-growth, pro-USA president.  Leadership from construction/manufacturing, pipe fitters, steel workers and industrial machinist unions met today with President Trump and exit the meeting with incredible praise for the respect he showed them.
  • Donald Trump Files for Trademark on Re-Election Slogan ‘Keep America Great’

    01/23/2017 3:25:05 PM PST · by NYer · 17 replies
    Heatst ^ | January 23, 2017
    Donald Trump has barely been on the job three days, but his team has already filed a trademark request on his re-election campaign slogan.According to TMZ, Trump’s lawyers drafted and filed legal documents asking to trademark the phrase “Keep America Great!” as soon as the former reality star and now Commander in Chief came up with it in an interview last week.The filings, which are available on the United States Patent and Trademark Office website, lay out a basic road map for the 2020 Presidential campaign. The legal team requested protections for everything from clothing, bumper stickers and merchandise, to social...
  • U.S. says will prevent China taking over territory in international waters

    01/23/2017 2:20:49 PM PST · by Mariner · 81 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 23rd, 2017 | by David Brunnstrom and Matt Spetalnick
    The new U.S. administration of President Donald Trump vowed on Monday that the United States would prevent China from taking over territory in international waters in the South China Sea, something Chinese state media has said would require Washington to "wage war." "I think the U.S. is going to make sure that we protect our interests there," White House spokesman Sean Spicer told a news briefing. "It’s a question of if those islands are in fact in international waters and not part of China proper, then yeah, we’re going to make sure that we defend international territories from being taken...
  • After Decrying Fake News, Journalists Are Still Binging On Fake News

    01/23/2017 1:50:08 PM PST · by markomalley · 3 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 1/23/17 | Sean Davis
    If you thought the results of the 2016 election would cause members of the news media to do a bit of soul-searching about the tenor of their coverage, you were wrong. If you thought they might want to understand why their hysterical attempts to take down Donald Trump were all for naught, you were mistaken. And if you thought they were interested in understanding why media trust numbers just hit record lows, you were delusional.After spending weeks post-election complaining about the rise of so-called fake news and attributing Hillary Clinton’s loss to its proliferation, a large number of members of...
  • President Trump Kills TPP Once And For All With Executive Order Officially Withdrawing

    01/23/2017 12:45:45 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 102 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 01/23/17 | Matthew Boyle
    President Donald J. Trump killed the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) once and for all on Monday, signing an executive order officially withdrawing from the trade deal negotiations. It came as a part of series of three separate executive actions that President Trump took on Monday. “The first is a withdrawal of the United States from the Trans Pacific Partnership,” White House chief of staff Reince Priebus said, explaining the first executive action President Trump was taking in the list of three. The other two were one freezing hiring of all federal employees except in the military, and one that restores...
  • Trump's Business Agenda Includes US Manufacturing, Massive Tax Cuts

    01/23/2017 11:45:35 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 33 replies
    President Donald Trump met with business leaders Monday at the White House to discuss his agenda to improve the economy. He specifically focused on bringing manufacturing back to America as well as "massively" cutting taxes for companies and the middle class alike.
  • Trump's biggest campaign promises face 'Day 1' test

    01/23/2017 11:41:55 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies
    AP ^ | Today 1.23 /17
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) -- As a candidate, Donald Trump made a slew of "Day One" promises that any president would find daunting.</p> <p>He declared that repealing and replacing his predecessor's health care law would be "one of his first acts as president." He released an 18-point plan for actions that would push forward sweeping ethics reforms and potentially undo scores of regulations. And he promised to fundamentally change the nation's approach to immigration and begin work on an impenetrable wall along the southern border - all on his first day.</p>
  • Trump to oversee ‘fiscal bloodbath’ instead of prosperity, says Reagan OMB director

    01/23/2017 10:42:20 AM PST · by Lorianne · 47 replies
    CNBC ^ | 21 January 2017 | Brian Price
    Count David Stockman, former director of the Office of Management and Budget under Ronald Reagan, as one of the non-believers in the Trump rally and coming economic boom. U.S. markets have hit record highs since the election of President Donald Trump, and Wall Street continues to anticipate pro-business policies that will benefit banks and infrastructure. However, Stockman reiterated his warning on "Fast Money" that a financial meltdown was in the offing. On the eve of Trump's inauguration, the former director of the Office of Management and Budget offered a reality check for investors who thinks the days of Reagan prosperity...
  • These are the Countries with the Biggest Debt Slaves, and Americans Are Only in 10th place

    01/23/2017 10:27:38 AM PST · by Lorianne · 4 replies
    Wolf Street ^ | 22 January 2017 | Wolf Richter
    Full title:These are the Countries with the Biggest Debt Slaves, and Americans Are Only in 10th place Americans have been on a borrowing binge. To buy their favorite cars and trucks, they’ve loaded up on $1.14 trillion in auto loans. Young and not so young Americans are mortgaging their future with student loans that now amount to $1.28 trillion. Credit card and other debts are at $1.12 trillion. And mortgage debt stands at $8.82 trillion. So, total household debt was $12.35 trillion, according to the New York Fed’s Household Debt and Credit Report for the third quarter 2016. That’s a...
  • Why Trump will find it hard to make American economy greater

    01/23/2017 10:26:43 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 23, 2017 11:17 AM EST | Christopher S. Rugaber
    President Donald Trump’s economic plans are nothing if not ambitious: Annual growth of 4 percent — or more. A diminished trade gap. The creation of 25 million jobs over 10 years, including the return of good-paying factory positions. It all adds up to an immense challenge, one that Trump aims to achieve mostly by cutting taxes, loosening regulations, boosting infrastructure spending and renegotiating or withdrawing from trade deals. At the top of his agenda: Pulling out of the 12-nation Pacific trade agreement and rewriting the North American Free Trade Agreement to better serve the United States. Yet to come anywhere...
  • A Better Class of Pundit – Fox News Replaces George Will With Nigel Farage…

    01/23/2017 10:19:58 AM PST · by HarleyLady27 · 79 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | Jan 21, 2017 | Sundance
    Last night it was announced that British Brexit UKIP leader and Trump supporter Nigel Farage was hired by Fox News. Today, Fox News announces they have declined to renew the contract of the ‘nevertrumper‘ George Will.
  • ]flashback] Obama Announces 54.5 mpg CAFE Standard by 2025

    01/23/2017 9:16:14 AM PST · by central_va · 38 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | 7/29/11 | A. Del Colle
    At a ceremony today in Washington, D.C., President Obama announced that the new CAFE standards for vehicle fleets will be 54.5 mpg by 2025. The increase piggybacks Obama's 2009 mandate for a CAFE average of 35.5 by 2016 and is the largest mandatory fuel economy increase in history. The standard is just shy of the 56.2 mpg average that the Obama administration was considering just a month ago (though not nearly as ambitious as the 62 mpg target the government floated at one time).
  • Obama Administration Moves to Block Drilling in Parts of Alaska

    01/23/2017 8:55:57 AM PST · by central_va · 31 replies
    WSJ ^ | Jan. 25, 2015 2:58 p.m. ET | By Amy Harder
    The Obama administration is moving this week to designate areas of Alaska off limits to oil and natural gas drilling in its latest effort to bolster its environmental legacy. The Interior Department announced on Sunday that it was proposing to preserve as ....
  • Trump Targets 3 Agencies With Ambitious Budget Cuts

    01/23/2017 8:33:45 AM PST · by Perseverando · 79 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | January 23, 2017 | Thomas Pippen
    President Donald Trump’s reported plan to gut federal spending by $10.5 trillion over the next decade includes eliminating three of iconic agencies defended as cultural mainstays by many Democrats. The next administration is working on plans to eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and privatize the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, The Hill reported Thursday. Combined, the three departments cost around $741 million in 2016, and is a small part of a host of budget reforms needed to cut more than a trillion a year from the federal budget. Eliminating funding to the Corporation...
  • Trump will sign executive orders to renegotiate NAFTA, gut EPA, restore pro-life foreign aid policy

    01/23/2017 8:25:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 58 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 01/23/2017 | Francesca Chambers
    Trump will sign more executive orders this morning imposing his will on the country as he sends his predecessor's agenda through the paper shredderFirst up: Obama's Trans-Pacific Partnership and the North American Free Trade AgreementThe president is also expected to take action on a five-year lobbying ban for senior officials and prohibit NGOs from receiving aid if they perform abortionsAlso said to be looking at a hiring freeze for the executive branch and dozens of orders rolling back regulations issued by the EPA President Donald Trump will sign more executive orders this morning imposing his will on the country...
  • FCC Soon To Be In Republican Pai's Hands

    01/23/2017 7:56:27 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | 01/23/17 | HARPER NEIDIG AND ALI BRELAND
    resident Trump has settled on Republican Ajit Pai as his choice for chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, sources told The Hill Friday. The move was widely expected and certain to be welcomed by Republican lawmakers. Look for Pai to hit the ground running as soon as the pick is made official. Pai is currently a commissioner on the FCC board and an outspoken critic of many of the regulations pushed by former Chairman Tom Wheeler, who stepped down Friday. Most notably, he has been a fierce opponent of the net neutrality rules enshrined in the FCC's Open Internet Order,...
  • Trump summons business leaders, lawmakers to White House

    01/23/2017 7:29:38 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan. 23, 2017 9:47 AM EST | Jill Colvin
    Opening his first official week in office, President Donald Trump warned business leaders Monday that he would impose a “substantial border tax” on companies that move their manufacturing out of the United States, while promising unspecified advantages to companies that manufacture domestically. “All you have to do is stay,” he said during a morning meeting in the White House’s Roosevelt Room. Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Marillyn Hewson of Lockheed Martin were among the executives who attended the meeting. The gathering kicked off a jam-packed day for the new president, including an evening reception with lawmakers from both parties and...
  • Trump's first executive order suspends mortgage insurance rate decrease

    01/23/2017 7:22:55 AM PST · by Dacula · 30 replies
    Dayton Daily News ^ | Jan. 22, 2017 | Jared Leone
    President Donald Trump’s first executive order blocked a mortgage insurance premium cut that would have reduced the cost of mortgages for millions of middle-class home buyers.
  • From 2009: EPA Formally Declares CO2 a Dangerous Pollutant

    01/23/2017 7:17:46 AM PST · by central_va · 52 replies
    THeDailySignal ^ | 12/7/09 | nicolas loris
    Step aside, elected Members of Congress. If you can’t pass cap and trade legislation, The Environmental Protection Agency will move in with massively complex and costly regulations that would micromanage just about every aspect of the economy. They announced today that carbon dioxide and five other greenhouse gases (GHGs) threaten public health and the environment. Since 85 percent of the U.S. economy runs on fossil fuels that emit carbon dioxide, imposing a cost on CO2 is equivalent to placing an economy-wide tax on energy use. The kind of industrial-strength EPA red tape that the agency could enforce in the name...
  • Trump to company executives: We think we can cut regulations by 75 percent

    01/23/2017 7:09:13 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 8 replies
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump told leaders of companies ranging from defense manufacturer Lockheed Martin Corp to sportswear apparel maker Under Armour Inc on Monday that he believed his administration could cut U.S. regulations governing companies by 75 percent or more. In a meeting with about 10 senior executives at the White House, Trump also reiterated his pledge to impose a hefty border tax on companies that want to import products to the United States after moving American manufacturing facilities abroad. But, he added, those that want to set up factories in the United States will see quick...
  • Trump tells business leaders he wants to cut regulations by 75% or 'maybe more'

    01/23/2017 7:06:11 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 12 replies
    CNBC ^ | 01/23/17 | Jacob Pramuk
    President Donald Trump (C) leads a meeting with invited business leaders and members of his staff in the Roosevelt Room at the White House January 23, 2017 in Washington, DC. Business leaders included Elon Musk of SpaceX, Wendell Weeks of Corning, Mark Sutton of International Paper, Andrew Liveris of Dow Chemical, Alex Gorsky of Johnston & Johnson and others. Trump meets with CEOs and pledges to cut taxes 'massively' President Donald Trump on Monday told a range of business leaders that he believes his administration can cut regulations by 75 percent or "maybe more." At the White House with 10...
  • CNN’s president has fired a warning shot at Donald Trump

    01/23/2017 6:23:15 AM PST · by Zakeet · 169 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 19, 2017 | Callum Borchers
    Don't mess with CNN. That's the unvarnished version of a message that the network's president, Jeff Zucker, delivered to President-elect Donald Trump in an interview published on Thursday by New York magazine. "One of the things I think this administration hasn’t figured out yet is that there’s only one television network that is seen in Beijing, Moscow, Seoul, Tokyo, Pyongyang, Baghdad, Tehran and Damascus - and that’s CNN," Zucker said. "The perception of Donald Trump in capitals around the world is shaped, in many ways, by CNN. Continuing to have an adversarial relationship with that network is a mistake."
  • Trump's first round of executive orders...

    01/23/2017 6:06:03 AM PST · by Resettozero · 9 replies ^ | January 22, 2017 | Jonathan Swan Caitlin Owens
    One of the best-wired Republican lobbyists in town emails Axios previewing the initial phase of Trump executive actions: Look for a possible hiring freeze at executive branch 5-year lobbying ban on transition and administration officials Mexico City policy, which prevents foreign NGOs from getting U.S. family planning money if they provide abortions with non-U.S. funds. (It's already illegal to use U.S dollars on abortions.) Task the Defense Secretary and joint chiefs to come up with plan to eviscerate ISIS Report on readiness, and something cyber security related Border/immigration: Something on sanctuary cities, expand E-Verify, an extreme vetting proposal Trade: Withdraw...
  • Trump To Sign Orders To Renegotiate NAFTA, Pull Out Of TPP:

    01/23/2017 6:02:29 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 7 replies
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump could sign an executive order as early as Monday intended to renegotiate the free trade agreement between the United States, Canada and Mexico, NBC News reported, citing an unidentified White House official. In addition to wanting to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the new Republican president also intends to sign an executive order pulling out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), NBC reported. Trump, who was sworn in as the 45th U.S. president on Friday, targeted both trade pacts during his White House campaign. Officials were not immediately available to confirm...