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  • Oakland Raiders get NFL’s approval to move to Las Vegas

    PHOENIX — So the Oakland Raiders are prepared to pack up their silver-and-black bags, back up the diesel transporters and truck to Las Vegas. The billion-dollar NFL question is: when? No one knows for certain — not even owner Mark Davis. By a landslide 31-1 vote, NFL owners Monday approved the franchise’s second departure from the Bay Area, this time to the growing Las Vegas metropolitan area. The Miami Dolphins were the lone dissenting vote. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and some owners said that the league wanted to remain in the nation’s sixth-largest TV market but that no viable stadium-building...
  • Trump Jobs Boom Con'ts: Ford Motor Announces Investment in 3 Michigan Plants [Thankyou Pres Trump]

    03/27/2017 11:52:26 PM PDT · by · 7 replies
    Breitbart ^ | March 27, 2017 | Warner Todd Huston
    Ford Motor Co. is set to announce new investments in three plants in Michigan, reports reveal. The carmaker will reportedly invest a "significant amount" in assembly plants in Wayne, Flat Rock, and its Romeo Engine Plant, according to The Detroit News. The latest news of the carmaker's U.S. expansion comes only two months after the company announced it was investing up to $700 million in its Michigan facilities. In February, Ford CEO Mark Fields said his company's decision to create jobs in America rather than in Mexico is a "vote of confidence" in Trump's incoming administration and the pro-business environment...
  • Trump Ends Obama Contracting Rule resolution overturning Obama's 'blacklisting' executive order

    03/27/2017 9:50:57 PM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 11 replies
    freebeacon ^ | March 27, 2017 | Bill McMorris
    Trump Ends Obama Contracting Rule President signs resolution overturning Obama's 'blacklisting' executive order President Trump on Monday repealed Barack Obama's blacklisting rule that would have benefitted labor unions in federal contracting. Trump signed a resolution passed by the House and Senate overturning the rule, which would have forced companies bidding for government contracts to report all allegations of unfair labor practices filed against them. Previously, contractors only needed to disclose incidents in which they had been found guilty of labor violations. President Obama issued the "blacklisting" executive order in 2014, saying it would lead to "economy and efficiency in procurement...
  • Trump to sign order on Tuesday easing energy regulations: officials

    03/27/2017 4:59:00 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 7 replies
    reuters ^ | Mar 27, 2017 | Steve Holland and Jason Lange
    President Donald Trump will sign an order on Tuesday aimed at making it easier for companies to produce energy in the United States, administration officials said on Sunday.Under Trump, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is aiming to aggressively roll back Obama-era environmental regulations.
  • A Startup’s Plan To Cut Air Freight Costs In Half With 777-Size Drones

    03/27/2017 4:49:23 PM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 31 replies
    Fast Company ^ | 03.27.17 | 2:30 PM | DANIEL TERDIMAN
    Commercial passenger jets fly at an altitude of around 30,000 feet or higher. Imagine sitting in a window seat of one of those giant aluminum tubes a few years from now as it makes its way across the Pacific Ocean. Picture looking down about 10,000 feet below. You just might see what one startup thinks could be the future of international cargo transport. The idea is simple: Shipping by air is fast, but expensive. Boat is much cheaper, but very slow. So why not send all those boxes and packages on an un-piloted, amphibious Boeing 777-sized drone that can...
  • DELINGPOLE: Scott Pruitt Is Failing to Drain the Swamp at the EPA

    03/27/2017 4:17:27 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 37 replies ^ | 27 Mar 2017 | James Delingpole
    President Trump’s attempts to drain the swamp are being undermined by one of his key administrators. President Trump’s attempts to drain the swamp are being undermined by one of his key administrators. Scott Pruitt, head of the Environmental Protection Agency, is more interested in building his political career than he is taking on the Green Blob, insiders report. SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTER Pruitt is also said to be behind attempts to remove at least one of the key phrases from the president’s long-awaited Executive Order on the environment.It concerns a proposal to repeal the EPA’s Endangerment Finding on CO2 (the disastrous, unscientific, job-killing ruling...
  • Trump requests — and receives — this infrastructure list from builders union

    03/27/2017 3:07:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    The Fort Worth Star-Telegram ^ | March 27, 2017 | Lindsay Wise and Stuart Leavenworth, McClatchy Washington Bureau
    Labor unions representing construction workers have sent an infrastructure priority list to President Donald Trump at his request, as his White House searches for projects to greenlight that require little if any federal funding. North America’s Building Trades Unions sent the White House the wish list of 26 projects, including more than $80 billion worth of energy transmission lines, water and wind projects, and pipelines across the country. More than half of the projects on the list given to Trump aide Stephen Miller are privately financed. All but one are in the midst of permitting and could use the Trump...
  • Md. Bill Would Punish Left Lane Lingering With Fine Up To $250

    03/27/2017 12:37:25 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 88 replies
    CBS Baltimore ^ | March 27, 2017 | WJZ
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A bill that has already passed the Maryland House of Delegates would fine drivers up to $250 for lingering in the left lane of a highway after passing another vehicle.House Bill 1451 was sponsored by Frederick County Republican Delegate William G. Folden and is now pending in the Senate.Folden says the aim of the bill is to prevent traffic congestion.When it passed in the House last week, he posted the following statement on his Facebook page: “By the slimmest of margins and probably the most bi-partisan voting sheet I’ve seen, my bill for “Left Lane Passing Only”...
  • Jedediah Bila Defends Former Employer Fox News on The View: 'Do You Know How Many People Watch?'

    03/27/2017 12:33:40 PM PDT · by drewh · 6 replies ^ | 12:36 pm, March 27th, 2017 | by Lindsey Ellefson |
    On The View today, the women discussed CBS’s Ted Koppel telling Fox News’s Sean Hannity he’s bad for America. “I actually do think he’s good for America in the same way that I think Rachel Maddow is good for America, Bill Maher is good for America,” said former Fox employee Jedediah Bila. “The more opinions the better, and that doesn’t mean that I’m going to watch him and I’m going to agree and I’m going to form my opinions based on what he’s saying…” Whoopi Goldberg said she doesn’t think Hannity uses many facts on his show and asked if...
  • Hollywood’s ‘Legacy Movie' Business Under Siege

    03/27/2017 11:50:57 AM PDT · by drewh · 58 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 26 Mar 2017 | staff report
    The Los Angles Times‘ Ryan Faughnder reports that the traditional Hollywood film business faces several key challenges as a by-product of disruptive technology and changing distribution methods, resulting in a high level of executive turnover at the major studios as the industry attempts to adapt to evolving consumer tastes. From the outside, Hollywood looks like a thriving town with massive blockbusters and growing box-office revenue. But pull back the curtain and the legacy movie business is under siege, contributing to the highest level of executive churn in years. Three of the six major studios — Paramount, Sony and Fox —...
  • Survey Finds Foreign Students Aren’t Applying to American Colleges

    03/27/2017 11:29:33 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 17 replies
    NBC News ^ | 25 March 2017 | Ron Allen
    Application and acceptance season is underway at America's colleges and universities. But this year, some institutions of higher learning may see a noticeable dip in attendance from one group purposely choosing to stay home: foreign students. Applications from international students from countries such as China, India and in particular, the Middle East, are down this year at nearly 40 percent of schools that answered a recent survey by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers. Educators, recruiters and school officials report that the perception of America has changed for international students, and it just doesn't seem to be...
  • Subprime Auto Loans Crushed Worse than in 2009, Auto Industry Bleeds, Knock-on Effects Commence

    03/27/2017 10:34:43 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 33 replies
    Wolf Street ^ | 24 March 2017 | Wolf Richter
    Subprime auto loans, a big force behind booming car sales in recent years, are getting crushed by defaults, particularly those originated between 2013 and 2015 when the proportion of subprime loans began to surge while underwriting standards became loosey-goosey, as private-equity-backed auto finance companies with a ravenous appetite for risk, subprime, and securitization elbowed into the market, amid the exuberance of the greatest credit bubble in history. “Bad deals are made in good times,” says the old banking saw. Auto lenders package their loans into asset-backed securities (ABS) and sell them as bonds to yield-hungry institutional investors. Fitch Ratings, which...
  • Bay Area Tech Executives Indicted for H-1B Visa Fraud

    03/27/2017 10:26:51 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | March 27, 2017 | Louis Hansen
    Two Bay Area tech executives are accused of filing false visa documents through a staffing agency in a scheme to illegally bring a pool of foreign tech workers into the United States. An indictment from a federal grand jury unsealed on Friday accuses Jayavel Murugan, Dynasoft Synergy’s chief executive officer, and a 40-year-old Santa Clara man, Syed Nawaz, of fraudulently submitting H-1B applications in an effort to illegally obtain visas, according to Brian Stretch, U.S. attorney for the Northern District of California. The men are charged with 26 counts of visa fraud, conspiracy to commit visa fraud, use of false...
  • Tree Huggers At $63,550-Per-Year College SHOCKED To Learn They Can Be Punished For Breaking Rules

    03/27/2017 9:57:14 AM PDT · by rktman · 37 replies ^ | 3/26/2017 | Eric Owens
    Swarthmore College — a fancypants, politically-correct hothouse bursting at the seams with wealthy white kids — has announced that it may punish five students for their role in a four-hour takeover of an administrative office last month. The students facing the prospect of punishment for breaking school rules have reacted with disappointment and confusion. The demonstrating students are part of Swarthmore’s Mountain Justice group, a campus organization which is perpetually demanding that Swarthmore’s trustees sell all the fossil-fuel stocks in the school’s luxurious $1.9 billion endowment portfolio. The latest divestment protest occurred on Swarthmore’s campus on Feb. 24, reports The...
  • We Help Utilities Surveil and Profile Their Customers, and Monetize Home Surveillance Data”

    03/27/2017 9:46:39 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 27 replies
    Take Back Your Power ^ | 25 March 2017 | Josh del Sol
    In one fell swoop, every utility’s claim of “smart meters do not spy on you” is now dissolved. Their myth is now shattered. In a cutesy marketing video, shown below, global data analytics company Onzo admits to helping utilities surveil and profile their customers — and sell direct surveillance access to their customers’ homes. “We use this characterized profile to give the utility… the ability to monetize their customer data by providing a direct link to appropriate third-party organizations based on the customer’s identified character.” Watch Onzo’s rather jaw dropping 90-second marketing video: [see video and more at source article]
  • Green groups promise guerrilla warfare tactics to stop Keystone pipeline

    03/27/2017 9:25:47 AM PDT · by rktman · 28 replies ^ | 3/26/2017 | Ben Wolfgang
    Environmental activists vowed over the weekend to fight the Keystone XL oil pipeline to the bitter end, insisting the Trump administration’s approval of the long-delayed project will not be the final word. Powerful green groups are launching a two-pronged strategy to block the pipeline in the streets and in the courts. First, they intend to use a state review process in Nebraska — where Keystone still does not have a legal route, despite federal approval of the project — to delay any movement forward. Nebraska state officials charged with approving the pipeline’s path say a decision shouldn’t be expected until...
  • McCain: World 'cries out' for US and EU leadership

    03/27/2017 9:13:24 AM PDT · by yoe · 29 replies
    EUObserver ^ | March 26, 2017 | Eric Maurice
    The world "cries out for American and European leadership" through the EU and Nato, US senator John McCain said on Friday (24 March). In a "new world order under enormous strain" and in "the titanic struggle with forces of radicalism … we can't stand by and lament, we've got to be involved," said McCain, a former Republican presidential candidate who is now chairman of the armed services committee in the US Senate. Speaking at the Brussels Forum, a conference organised by the German Marshall Fund, a transatlantic think tank, he said that the EU and the US needed to develop...
  • Trump to Deep-Six Clean Power Plan

    03/27/2017 8:02:44 AM PDT · by yoe · 9 replies
    Powerline ^ | March 26, 2017 | John Hinderaker
    This is an excellent example of why it is important to have the presidency in sane hands: (EPA chief: Trump to undo Obama plan to curb global warming) President Donald Trump in the coming days will sign a new executive order that unravels his predecessor’s sweeping plan to curb global warming, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency said Sunday. EPA chief Scott Pruitt said the executive order to be signed Tuesday will undo the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan, an environmental regulation that restricts greenhouse gas emissions at coal-fired power plants. The 2015 rule has been on hold since...
  • Businesses worry street beautification project could affect their operations

    03/27/2017 7:43:36 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies
    The Boulder City Review ^ | March 22, 2017 | Celia Shortt Goodyear
    Boulder City is planning a beautification project for Nevada Highway, and several local merchants are concerned with how it could affect their businesses. As part of the Boulder City Parkway complete street project, the plan is to widen the sidewalks, create bike lanes, improve pedestrian and bike crossings, improve the median, and create bus turnouts from Gingerwood Street to Buchanan Boulevard. All these additions will take away space from the businesses along that portion of the roadway. Chris Gatlin, owner of Woodchuck’s, is concerned about the lack of space he’ll have once the sidewalk and road are widened. Woodchuck’s, at...
  • White House readies executive order to roll back Obama energy regs

    03/27/2017 7:13:54 AM PDT · by rktman · 23 replies ^ | 3/27/2017 | Rick Moran
    On Tuesday, President Trump will announce new executive orders that target EPA regulations that hindered electricity production in the United States. The regulations were created by the Obama administration as part of an anti-fossil fuel strategy to combat global warming. With the installation of a new EPA chief, Scott Priutt - a confirmed global warming skeptic - the electricity production sector of the economy is about to receive a much needed shot in the arm. Pruitt says that the White House plan is both "pro-jobs and pro-environment" and, unlike the Obama plan, will not be "tethered" to the Paris Climate...
  • Apparently Obama and his ghostwriter are in French Polynesia earning that huge(T)

    03/27/2017 7:07:15 AM PDT · by rktman · 45 replies ^ | 3/27/2017 | Thomas Lifson
    Buried deep inside a very long Washington Post article about Barack Obama’s post-presidency is the revelation that his is supposedly writing his memoir during his month-long South Pacific retreat to French Polynesia. (hat tip: Caitlin Yilek) …he jetted off in a Gulfstream G550 to Tetiaroa, a South Pacific island once owned by Marlon Brando. He plans an extended stay there to start writing his White House memoir, according to a person familiar with his plans who asked for anonymity to discuss them. As ever long time reader of this site knows, Jack Cashill has covered the authorship of Dreams from...
  • United Airlines bars teenage girls in leggings from flight

    03/27/2017 6:10:07 AM PDT · by cornfedcowboy · 102 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mar 27,2017 | Dan Whitcomb
    Two teenage girls wearing leggings were barred from boarding a United Airlines flight on Sunday because they did not meet a dress code for special pass travelers, a company spokesman said amid a furor on social media. The two girls, who were traveling with a companion, would not have been turned away for wearing leggings had they been paying customers, United spokesman Jonathan Guerin said as the airline responded to the backlash. "(The two girls) were instructed that they couldn't board until they corrected their outfit. They were fine with it and completely understood," Guerin said, adding that all three...
  • Trump taps Kushner to lead a SWAT team to fix government with business ideas

    03/26/2017 11:22:01 PM PDT · by Pinkbell · 143 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 27, 2017 | Ashley Parker, Philip Rucker
    President Trump plans to unveil a new White House office on Monday with sweeping authority to overhaul the federal bureaucracy and fulfill key campaign promises — such as reforming care for veterans and fighting opioid addiction — by harvesting ideas from the business world and, potentially, privatizing some government functions. The White House Office of American Innovation, to be led by Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser, will operate as its own nimble power center within the West Wing and will report directly to Trump. Viewed internally as a SWAT team of strategic consultants, the office will be...
  • US economy to grow slower than Trump pledges, survey finds [NABE]

    03/26/2017 9:36:35 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar. 27, 2017 12:02 AM EDT | Christopher S. Rugaber
    U.S. economic growth is expected to accelerate this year and next, yet remain modest, even if President Trump’s promised tax cuts and infrastructure spending are implemented, a survey found. The economy will grow a solid 2.3 percent this year and 2.5 percent in 2018, according to 50 economists surveyed by the National Association for Business Economics. Those rates would be up from 2016’s anemic pace of 1.6 percent. Still, those rates are below the 3 percent to 4 percent growth that Trump has promised to bring about through steep corporate and individual tax cuts and more spending on roads, airports...
  • De Blasio’s housing-killing class warfare

    03/26/2017 6:38:24 PM PDT · by 198ml · 11 replies
    New York Post ^ | 3/26/17 | Nicole Gelinas
    New York has a problem: buying an apartment here is way too expensive. Mayor de Blasio has grouchily ambled along with a solution: make apartments even more expensive. That makes no sense. But it’s the principle of the mayor’s proposed “mansion tax.” Last week, de Blasio went up to Albany to push his idea: forcing home buyers to pay a “paltry” 2.5 percent tax on the value of purchases above $2 million. The tax would raise $336 million a year. That would be enough to subsidize 25,000 poorer elderly folks’ rent by a little more than $1,000 a month, as...
  • DC Report: Thousands of City Jobs Will Be Lost as Minimum Wage Hike Goes Into Effect

    03/26/2017 6:27:07 PM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 12 replies
    freebeacon ^ | March 24, 2017 | Jack Heretik
    Washington, D.C. will lose thousands of jobs as the district's plan to raise the minimum wage to $15 goes into effect, while the higher wages will primarily benefit workers in the surrounding suburbs, according to a new report by the city's chief financial officer. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser spearheaded the effort for a $15 minimum wage, more than double the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. Analysis by the city's Office of Revenue Analysis, however, says the plan could cost the district 2,500 jobs by 2026, the Washington Times reports. The district's minimum wage is currently $11.50 an hour...
  • Your Pension Will Be At The Center Of America's Next Financial Crisis

    03/26/2017 5:30:43 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 03/26/2017 | Jeff Reeves via The Hill
    Authored by Jeff Reeves via The HillI’m not a fan of the “greed is good” mentality of Wall Street investment firms. But the next financial crisis that rocks America won’t be driven by bankers behaving badly. It will in fact be driven by pension funds that cannot pay out what they promised to retirees. According to one pension advocacy organization, nearly 1 million working and retired Americans are covered by pension plans at the risk of collapse.The looming pension crisis is not limited by geography or economic focus. These including former public employees, such as members of South Carolina’s...
  • (Disgusting) White House looks past conservatives on tax reform - to Democrats

    03/26/2017 3:06:01 PM PDT · by 198ml · 59 replies
    Reuters ^ | 3/26/17 | Lindsay Dunsmuir and Doina Chiacu
    Fresh off a defeat on U.S. healthcare legislation, the White House warned rebellious conservative lawmakers that they should get behind President Donald Trump's agenda or he may bypass them on future legislative fights, including tax reform. The threat by White House chief of staff Reince Priebus to build a broad coalition on tax reform that could include moderate Democrats came as the Republican head of the tax-writing committee in the House of Representatives said he hoped to move a tax bill through his panel this spring. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady said his committee had been working...
  • U.S. ethanol exports rise 26 percent

    03/26/2017 2:54:56 PM PDT · by Controlling Legal Authority · 22 replies
    The United States exported more than 1 billion gallons (68,000 barrels per day) of fuel ethanol in 2016. Brazil surpassed Canada as the top destination for U.S. fuel ethanol. Imports were almost exclusively (99 percent) sugarcane ethanol from Brazil. Brazil is one of the world’s largest producers and consumers of fuel ethanol, but unlike the United States, Brazil’s main ethanol feedstock is sugarcane. Relatively high global sugar prices during 2016 encouraged more sugar production over sugarcane ethanol production. Most of the imported ethanol went to the West Coast region, most likely for compliance with California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS)...
  • Silly YouTube, Don't You Know Making The Internet Nicer Is Impossible

    03/26/2017 10:31:31 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 17 replies
    Wired ^ | 22 March 2017 | Emma Grey Ellis
    The #Youtubeisoverparty, it seems, has gone from my-folks-are-out-of-town beer bash to a months-long bacchanalia—and not the fun kind. This week, the streaming platform unwittingly extended the festivities with a new “family-friendly” filter that was meant to protect kids from seeing sexually-explicit or otherwise age-inappropriate stuff. Not a bad idea—except in addition to hiding Hitler cosplay, it also scrubbed G-rated LGBTQ content. In its original response to the ensuing outcry, YouTube said the restricted mode only applied to videos addressing LGBTQ issues that also included mature subjects like sexuality, health, and politics. But then pop duo/LGBTQ icons Tegan and Sarah came...
  • Claim: Mass Migration Will Not Help Solve Skilled Worker Shortage

    03/26/2017 5:42:59 AM PDT · by davikkm · 31 replies
    breitbart ^ | CHRIS TOMLINSON
    Head of the Federal Agency for Labor, Frank-Jürgen Weise has said that new migrants and asylum seekers have little chance of filling Germany’s skilled worker problem because very few of them meet the needed qualifications. Frank-Jürgen Weise has had a long career in the German government and is now retiring at the age of 65. Mr Weise, who also briefly managed the Federal Agency for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) admits that despite the unemployment rate being lower than when he first took office as head of the Labour agency, migrants will not be able to meet the increasing demand for...
  • Death Rates Rise for Wide Swath of White Adults, Study Finds

    03/26/2017 5:22:08 AM PDT · by Theoria · 27 replies
    WSJ ^ | 23 March 2017 | Betsy Mckay
    Increases in ‘deaths of despair’—from drugs, alcohol-related liver diseases and suicide In 2015, two Princeton University economists published a landmark paper showing that mortality was rising for white middle-aged Americans after decades of decline, a startling development for an economically advanced nation. Now a new analysis from the same pair, released Thursday by the Brookings Institution, paints an even bleaker picture of the nation’s largest-population group. Mortality has been rising since the turn of this century for an even broader swath of white adults, starting at age 25, the researchers found, driven by troubles in a hard-hit working class. Death...
  • GDPNow Latest forecast: 1.0 percent - March 24, 2017

    03/26/2017 4:06:17 AM PDT · by entropy12 · 13 replies
    Safehaven ^ | Sat March 25 | Mike Shedlock
    The Atlanta Fed GDPNow Model inched up to 1.0% from 0.9% on Friday. Nothing much mattered since a week ago. The GDPNow model forecast for real GDP growth (seasonally adjusted annual rate) in the first quarter of 2017 is 1.0 percent on March 24, up from 0.9 percent on March 16. The forecast for first-quarter real nonresidential equipment investment growth increased from 7.3 percent to 7.8 percent after this morning's durable manufacturing report from the U.S. Census Bureau. The forecast of the contribution of inventory investment to first-quarter growth increased from –0.87 percentage points to –0.77 percentage points after last...
  • Louie Gohmert’s Big Adventure…

    03/25/2017 6:54:36 PM PDT · by HarleyLady27 · 17 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | March 25, 2017 | Sundance
    Don’t take this the wrong way because I actually like Congressman Louis Gohmert a lot. However, this sketchy all-over-the-map interview is at an almost Tippy Guam level of bizzarro. The sum total of this interview would be exhibit “A” in the sketchy trial of “methinks he doth protest too much”, the Broadway musical. Um, Louie.. dude. Rather than shout: “he lie”, “he lie”, “heeee lieeeee”; I’m left wondering if your hands or fingers are broken. Why didn’t Louis Gohmert, a sitting member of congress, just walk over to the Senate and ask the Parliamentarian herself – if he had a...
  • The Only Legally & Economically Acceptable Alternative to Government-Run Healthcare: The Free Market

    03/25/2017 2:13:24 PM PDT · by Jim 0216 · 28 replies
    Sons of Constitutional Liberty ^ | 3/25/17 | Jim Newell
    The ONLY good, solid healthcare system that works for the most people AND is constitutional, is the market economy free of government interference. Nothing in this world is perfect and nothing will completely satisfy everyone, but freedom and the free market is way ahead of whatever's in second place. Legal argument: The Constitution does not authorize the feds to meddle in healthcare at all. The Constitution did not create a central government to satisfy everyone. The Constitution created a central government to protect God-given individual freedom to pursue life and happiness as each individual saw fit. Why has freedom from...
  • To Remove ObamaCare We Must First Remove The UniParty “Big Club”…

    03/25/2017 1:33:28 PM PDT · by HarleyLady27 · 47 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | Feb. 24, 2017-March 25, 2017 | Sundance
    Look at the upper right side of this page and you will note the self-described affiliation of our group “The Last Refuge”. That name specifically chosen because we broke away from political identity framed around arguments of personality; frustrated because no one was focused on the real hands behind the networks. We have been fighting “The Big Club” for years. President Trump is the first political entity in our lifetime that not only comprehends the faces of the false arguments (the personalities of false choice), but more importantly sees the architects behind the Potemkin villages represented by those faces. When...
  • President Trump vs. Speaker Ryan: 38 Executive Actions to A Paltry 6 Bills Signed into Law

    03/25/2017 11:04:46 AM PDT · by HarleyLady27 · 18 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | March 25, 2017 | Jim Hoft
    With the Obamacare bill being pulled by President Trump yesterday due to lack of votes, Speaker Ryan’s House has little or nothing to show for itself since the President’s Inauguration on January 20th. Compared to President Trump, Paul Ryan’s House of Representatives looks stagnant! The President has signed 38 game changing executive actions to six rather insignificant pieces of legislation signed into law since the President’s inauguration. Today, Ryan’s Republicans tried to scrape up the votes to pass a highly unpopular healthcare bill to repeal and replace Obamacare. Eventually President Trump stepped in to pull the bill due to lack...
  • 'A sea of despair': White Americans without college degrees are dying younger

    03/25/2017 10:53:22 AM PDT · by Nero Germanicus · 58 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | 3/24/17 | Matt Pearce
    In 2015, a pair of economists received widespread attention for their study showing that since the late 1990s the death rate has been rising for middle-aged white Americans. Now a new analysis by the same Princeton University team has identified which part of that population was driving that trend: people without college degrees. White men and women in every age group between 25 and 64 who did not have college degrees saw their mortality rates increase between 1998 and 2015. Those with degrees saw their mortality rates decrease. “There are two Americas,” said Anne Case, who conducted the research with...
  • Brexit 'clears way' for German domination claims Heseltine

    03/25/2017 9:17:21 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    BBC News ^ | 24 March 2017
    The UK is handing control of Europe’s destiny to Germany by leaving the EU, Lord Heseltine has claimed. The Tory peer, sacked as a government adviser after defying the whip over Brexit, said the Germans had lost World War Two but the UK was now giving them the “opportunity to win the peace”. “I find that quite unacceptable,” he told the House Magazine. […] Not only would Brexit alter the balance of power in Europe, he suggested that for many people of his generation, the UK’s decision might be regarded as a betrayal of the country’s fight against the Nazis....
  • Trump son-in-law's ties to Israel raise questions of bias [AP antisemitism]

    03/25/2017 9:09:38 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar. 25, 2017 | Daniel Estrin
    Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, has deep business and personal ties to Israel that could raise questions about his ability to serve as an honest broker as he oversees the White House’s Mideast peace efforts. But some say these ties, which include a previously undisclosed real estate deal in New Jersey with a major Israeli insurer, may give Kushner a surprising advantage as he is expected to launch the first peace talks of the Trump era. Having the trust of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the thinking goes, could make Kushner well positioned to extract concessions...
  • U.S. Shouldn’t Depend On Russian Reactors. Restore Our World Class Fast Flux Test Facility

    03/25/2017 8:06:37 AM PDT · by AdmSmith · 11 replies
    Atomic Insights ^ | March 10, 2017 | Rod Adams
    At least six entities in the United States or Canada (TerraPower, ARC, GE Prism, LeadCold, Oklo and Westinghouse) are investing significant sums of corporate or venture capital to pursue an elusive technical achievement; commercially viable nuclear power systems that achieve substantially greater fuel economy than conventional reactors. Though nuclear fuel is “cheap,” substantially better fuel use provides improved longevity and produces less waste material. Efforts to achieve fuel economy objectives have reopened a discussion whose historical roots extend back more than 50 years into the middle of the 1960s. Given that there are United States entities that believe there is...
  • Construction company uses #NoSnowflakes in recruitment campaign (Liberals Heads Explode)

    03/25/2017 7:20:03 AM PDT · by ThE_RiPpEr. · 38 replies
    La Crosse Tribune ^ | 3/24/2017 | Nathan Hansen
    “#NoSnowflakes,” warns an employee recruitment campaign, but the West Salem-based construction company meant no political offense by the message it put on a Third Street billboard, according to its business recruitment manager. The term was first used in pop culture to disparage spoiled, lazy millennials at the turn of the century and in more recent years has been applied generally to political liberals. “We don’t care what politics a person has as long as they show up and work hard all day long,” Greg Brickl said when asked about a politically loaded term that has raised some eyebrows. Brickl said...
  • Cheap Gun Opportunity? Romeoville IL April 8th at the PD

    03/25/2017 6:33:15 AM PDT · by marktwain · 15 replies
    ammoland ^ | 23 March, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    Two years ago, Romeoville Illinois held a gun “buy back. They took in 73 guns, pictured above. Some of those firearms are very nice indeed, and worth much more than the $60 that police were paying people for them. Third from the left of the middle row of long guns appears to be an M1 carbine and sling. Two over on the left is a classic .22 target rifle, two over to the right a classic hunting tool, a pump action .22 rifle, probably a Winchester 1906.  In the center of that row are two Stevens Crackshot .22 rifles,...
  • RyanCare Fail: Big Victory for House Freedom Caucus

    03/25/2017 5:37:34 AM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 24 replies
    Townhall ^ | March 25, 2017 | Arthur Schaper
    For strategic reasons, I have signed onto liberal newsletter eblasts, so that I can know what the enemy is doing in my state. After Speaker Paul Ryan pulled the American Health Care Act (ACHA), every Democratic lawmaker, candidate, and special interest group exulted in their victory: “Your calls made the difference!” “We did it!” “You saved health care.” Uh … no. Because Obamacare remains intact, healthcare remains in morbid free-fall. Doctors are still quitting the medical field, with premiums rising, health insurance exchanges failing, and hospitals closing. Democrats did themselves no favors in fighting against reforms. Obamacare is still an...
  • California may divest from companies building Trump’s wall

    03/25/2017 5:30:19 AM PDT · by markomalley · 27 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 3/25/17 | Leslie Eastman
    While California’s Governor Jerry Brown is in Washington, D.C., asking for the Trump administration for funding to help pay for storm damage repair and train construction, the state’s legislators have been busy working against the American President.The border wall is the cornerstone of President Trump’s campaign platform. This week, Sacramento politicians proposed a bill that that would divest its pension funds from companies engaged in the building of that wall.(video at link) Assembly Bill 946 would give CalPERS and CalSTRS, the state’s massive public employee and teacher retirement systems, one year to identify and liquidate any holdings in companies working...
  • Celebrating EUro-Sclerosis

    03/25/2017 5:22:26 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 3 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 3/24/2017 | Staff
    Economics: For those not in the know, this weekend marks the gala 60th anniversary of the formation of what eventually became the European Union. Celebrate while you can, because it might not make it to 61. The European Union will "celebrate" its 60th birthday officially on Saturday in a sad effort to make itself look still relevant. We don't mean to be snide, but it has precious little to celebrate. Starting small, the 1957 Treaty of Rome created what was then called the European Economic Community from just six countries. It should have stayed small. From those modest beginnings, it...
  • The Burgeoning Market For Anti-Trump Hoaxes

    03/25/2017 5:18:56 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 3 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 3/24/2017 | Staff
    Fake News: If you wonder why so many of the juiciest anti-Trump stories turn out to be frauds these days, you need a lesson in economics. The insatiable demand for tales that embarrass the president is creating its own supply. Case in point is the most recent KittenFeed story. On Tuesday, the New York Observer ran an exclusive piece with the headline: "Trump Sics Lawyers on Teen for Making Silly Site Where Kittens Punch Him." It claimed that a 17-year-old girl in San Francisco had received two cease-and-desist letters from the Trump Organization. A multitude of other news sites, bloggers...
  • Dr. Rand Paul Comments on the U.S. House Rejecting ‘Obamacare Lite’

    03/25/2017 4:38:50 AM PDT · by oblomov · 68 replies
    Senator Rand Paul ^ | 24 March 2017 | Rand Paul
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator and physician Rand Paul released the following statement after U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan pulled the American Health Care Act from a floor vote for the second day in a row: “I applaud House conservatives for keeping their word to the American people and standing up against Obamacare Lite,” said Dr. Paul. “I look forward to passing full repeal of Obamacare in the very near future.” Earlier this month, Dr. Paul introduced the Obamacare Repeal Act (S. 554), which is the same legislation, with an updated timeline, to repeal major components of Obamacare that...
  • How Alibaba’s Jack Ma Is Building a Truly Global Retail Empire

    03/24/2017 10:24:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Fortune ^ | March 24, 2017 | Adam Lashinsky
    Jack Ma is one of China’s richest men, with a fortune valued at nearly $30 billion. As executive chairman of Alibaba Group, he leads the dominant force in Chinese e-commerce, a company with a market value of $264 billion and some 450 million customers. A global ambassador for Chinese business, he spent 800 hours aloft last year—­visiting princes, Presidents, and Prime Ministers and lots of mere businesspeople too. “A professional pilot cannot travel that much, or so I’m told,” he boasts. Even so, the rich and powerful people who meet with Ma tend to come away from the experience with...
  • Debt limit looks like a real struggle after AHCA debacle

    03/24/2017 6:48:01 PM PDT · by Drago · 20 replies ^ | 03/24/2017 | Steve Goldstein
    The annual wrangling around the debt limit was set to disappear, pundits thought, since Republican control of both the executive and legislative branch would effectively make any showdown over such a silly exercise an own goal. That’s the current view in the Trump White House at least. “We’ve spent the money. The concept of the debt limit is somewhat of a ridiculous concept,” said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Friday. “I am hopeful that this something Congress addresses before the [summer] break. I think everybody understands we need to raise the debt limit, and that’s something we’re going to do.”...