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  • Oklahoma drivers can expect to pay more on turnpikes in 2018

    01/20/2018 8:12:56 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    Oklahoma's News 4 ^ | December 6, 2017 | KFOR-TV & K. Querry
    OKLAHOMA CITY – Drivers across Oklahoma can expect to pay more on some turnpikes next year. On Tuesday, the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority voted to increase the tolls of some routes by 2.5 percent in January. Experts predict that the increase will cost drivers between 5 cents and 10 cents more on their trip. As you may remember, tolls were increased on the state’s turnpikes in March by about 12 percent. At that time, turnpike officials warned that rates would increase again in 2018 and in 2019. Officials say another 2.5 percent increase is expected in 2019.
  • Germany 'must develop EU further' with France: minister

    01/20/2018 7:43:12 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 20 January 2018 14:51 CET+01:00 | AFP
    Berlin must work with Paris to improve and deepen the European Union, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel urged as his Social Democrats weigh renewing a coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkel. France and Germany, once bitter enemies, “have a joint responsibility to develop all of Europe further,” he told AFP, highlighting “reform of the economic and monetary union” as a top priority. Historically, the two countries have been the powerhouse of the economic integration project that became the European Union; but French President Emmanuel Macron’s plans to shore up the 19-nation euro single currency area and deepen European integration are on...
  • California Democrats Want Businesses To Give Half Their Federal Tax-Cut Savings To State

    01/20/2018 5:38:47 PM PST · by Thalean · 44 replies
    National Economics Editorial ^ | Jan 20, 2018 | Editorial Staff
    Despite what Hollywood celebrities and Democrat bigwigs claim, California’s in bad economic shape. Not only does California have the highest poverty rate in America—over 1 in 5 Californians live below the poverty line—but it’s home to nearly one quarter of America’s homeless people. There are so many poor people in California that it’s income inequality ratio is now larger than Mexico’s. How could so much poverty exist in a place with nearly unlimited natural wealth, and a rich cultural and business inheritance? California is the home of Hollywood, Apple, and Google after all. Two reasons: first, immigration—especially illegal immigration—has sucked...
  • It's the economy, stupid! (Vanity)

    01/20/2018 5:22:43 PM PST · by null and void · 18 replies
    Vanity (nully) | 1/20/18 | me
    Why shut down the government? The Dow is through the roof. Unemployment for democrat targeted dependent groups is at a multi generational low. Billions of off shore sheltered company profits are flooding into the country. Numerous companies have given their employees $1,000.00 bonuses, (Waste Management Inc. gave $2,000.00!) Major factories are being built or re-located to America. All a result of lower taxes and fewer regulations. The democrats must be terrified by this! Think about it. Their entire reason for existing is to increase taxes and governmental control. It isn't merely a money grubbing power grabbing goal, it really is...
  • How Conservatives Are Being Destroyed by Facebook, Twitter and Google Without Even Realizing It

    01/20/2018 11:35:38 AM PST · by TBP · 45 replies
    Townhall ^ | Jan 13, 2018 | John Hawkins
    Social media IS the new public square. It’s the place you go when you want to reach out and find an audience. …….Except Facebook has for all intents and purposes announced that it’s killing off pages. So much for having a conservative voice there. As James O’Keefe just revealed in his latest sting, Twitter felt comfortable banning pro-Trump accounts and one of his unwitting sources said, “Yeah you look for Trump, or America, and you have like five thousand keywords to describe a redneck. Then you look and parse all the messages, all the pictures, and then you look for...
  • Scott Pruitt’s First Year Set The EPA Back Anywhere From A Few Years To 3 Decades

    01/20/2018 10:13:26 AM PST · by yoe · 76 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | January 20, 2018 | Alexander C. Kaufman
    Shortly after taking office, Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt set out to permanently limit the agency’s regulatory power in what he billed as a “Back to Basics” agenda focusing on cleaning up toxic waste and providing safe drinking water ― but not curbing new industrial pollution.
  • Google Suspends Fact Check Project, Crediting TheDCNF Investigation With Decision

    01/20/2018 9:01:47 AM PST · by shove_it · 11 replies
    DailyCaller via /Drudge ^ | 19 Jan 2018 | Eric Lieberman
    Google says it is discontinuing its fact-check feature because it proved to be too faulty for public use, directly attributing the decision to an investigation by The Daily Caller News Foundation. The company has no date set for when it will return, if ever. “We launched the reviewed claims feature at the end of last year as an experiment with the aim of helping people quickly learn more about news publications,” a spokeswoman for Google told TheDCNF, while also adding that TheDCNF was the catalyst for the recent move. “We said previously that we encountered challenges in our systems that...
  • Radio Free Europe says Pakistan closes its bureau

    01/20/2018 8:24:39 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 19, 2018 1:13 PM EST
    Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty says Pakistani authorities have closed the Islamabad bureau of its Pashto-language Radio Mashaal after Pakistan’s intelligence agency accused it of airing programs “against the interest of Pakistan.” On its website RFE/RL says Friday’s closure accused Radio Mashaal of “portraying Pakistan (as) a hub of terrorism and (a) safe haven for different militant groups.” The closure of the U.S.-funded broadcaster comes amid tense relations between the United States and Pakistan. …
  • Pancakes: In Battle of Maple Syrup Versus Climate Change, the Sweetener May Lose, Study Shows

    01/20/2018 6:12:05 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 63 replies
    Newsweek ^ | January 20, 2018 | By Sydney Pereira
    Climate change could threaten breakfast. According to a new study, sugar maples that provide sap for syrup may not survive the hot and dry climate caused by global warming. Sugar maples in the northern hardwood forests across eastern North America are particularly drought-sensitive. As global temperatures rise, the lack of enough water could stunt their growth, a new, decades-long study found. The number of sugar maple trees will decrease, diminishing the amount of maple syrup available and eliminating the stunning colors of these forests during autumn. "This is probably the most striking species in these forests," Inés Ibáñez, forest ecology...
  • California Dems propose surcharge on businesses to fund social programs

    01/20/2018 3:44:46 AM PST · by lowbridge · 61 replies
    Fox news ^ | January 20, 2018 | Bradford Betz
    Lawmakers from California have proposed a bill that would compel companies making more than $1 million to turn over half their tax-cut savings to the state in order to fund programs that support low-income and middle-class families. Assembly members Kevin McCarthy, D-Sacramento, and Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, have proposed an Assembly Constitutional Amendment that would enact a tax surcharge on California companies, in order to help people who have been negatively affected by the GOP’s tax overhaul, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. -snip “Trump’s tax reform plan was nothing more than a middle-class tax increase,” Ting said in a statement. “It...
  • Sen. Rand Paul explains why he's a 'no' on spending bill

    01/19/2018 10:06:40 PM PST · by JohnBrowdie · 67 replies
    foxnews ^ | january 20, 2018 | fox news
    Senator Rand Paul turns on DJT. and this is not the first time.
  • Twitter Sends Users Creepy ‘Big Brother’ Email Regarding Secret ‘Russian Influence’ Online

    01/19/2018 7:12:54 PM PST · by markomalley · 20 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 1/19/18 | Cristina Laila
    On Friday, Twitter sent out an email to Twitter users regarding the so-called ‘Russian influence campaigns’ that took place on the social media platform during the 2016 presidential election. The subject line of the email from Twitter read, “Information Regarding Russian Influence Campaigns on Twitter”. The Gateway Pundit’s Associate Editor Cristina Laila received this email from Twitter on Friday.The email informed users that Twitter is actively working to understand ‘Russian-linked activities’ on the platform that took place during the 2016 presidential election. Twitter claims they have identified and suspended a ‘number of accounts that were potentially connected to propaganda efforts...
  • President Trump's First Year

    01/19/2018 3:03:58 PM PST · by upchuck · 4 replies
    Gringrich Productions via email | Jan 19, 2018 | Newt Gringrich
    January 20 is the first anniversary of President Trump’s inauguration. I have known nine presidents, beginning with President Richard Nixon. Of those nine presidents, the only one who was as effective as President Trump in his first year was President Ronald Reagan. That judgment may surprise a lot of people because the opposition in the news media and among the left-wing “resistance” has been so strong and one-sided that they have consistently misrepresented and maligned President Trump and his administration. This effort has produced a distorted, minimized view of what has been accomplished by this remarkably energetic and controversial Commander...
  • U.S. Could Become World's Biggest Oil Producer in 2018

    01/19/2018 12:17:01 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    CNN ^ | January 19, 2018 | Ivana Kottasová
    The United States could soon be pumping more oil than any country on earth.The International Energy Agency said Friday that "explosive" increases in U.S. oil output would push the country ahead of Saudi Arabia this year and put it in a position to challenge top producer Russia. "This year promises to be a record-setting one for the U.S.," the IEA said. "Relentless growth should see the U.S. hit historic highs." That could be enough, it said, for U.S. production to "rival" that of Russia, which has partnered with Saudi Arabia on efforts to keep oil prices high by throttling output...
  • Roaring Economy: Jobless Claims Drop to Lowest Level in 45 Years, GOP Polling Rebounds

    01/19/2018 11:31:19 AM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 19, 2018 | Guy Benson
    If you're a Republican Trump supporter, the last few months have offered little in the way of positive polling news.  The last few days, however, have offered several glimmers of hope, all of which are linked to the robust economy.  We've been covering the drumbeat of upbeat economic news -- from low unemployment, to widespread optimism, to strong growth, to a booming stock market.  Here's a new piece of the larger puzzle, via the Washington Examiner: New applications for unemployment insurance benefits plunged by 41,000 to 220,000 in the second week of 2018, the Labor Department reported Thursday, the lowest level...
  • REPORT: New England Faces A Future Of ‘Rolling Blackouts’ As Power Plants Close

    01/19/2018 9:37:15 AM PST · by markomalley · 63 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 1/19/18 | Michael Bastasch
    New England is facing an energy future of “rolling blackouts and controlled outages” by 2025 as more power plants close down and pipeline capacity continues to lag behind.The new report by the New England’s grid operator comes after the region suffered through a frigid start to the new year that pushed up prices and strained energy supplies. It could be just a taste of the region’s future.“Taken together, the study results suggest that New England could be headed for significant levels of emergency actions, particularly during major fuel or resource outages,” ISO New England found in a new study,“Harder to...
  • Charting a New Course for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

    01/19/2018 9:27:10 AM PST · by b4its2late · 15 replies
    RealClearPolicy.com ^ | January 17, 2018 | By Mike Hunter
    Last month, Richard Cordray stepped down from his post as the first Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The CFPB now has the opportunity to move in a new direction — one that respects constitutional limits, promotes a healthy and well-functioning financial system, and thereby benefits consumers. The CFPB was established on two false premises: first that there were no consumer financial protections in place prior to the Dodd-Frank Act; second, that the CFPB was necessary to prevent a repeat of the 2008 financial crisis. Both assumptions deserve more careful examination. The reality is that federal consumer protection...
  • Permanent Water Rationing Coming to California

    01/19/2018 9:08:25 AM PST · by Wuli · 53 replies
    California Policy Center ^ | January 17, 2018 | Edward Ring
    Have you experienced water faucets that spray tiny jets of water onto your hands? You know, those eight tiny jets of water, each about 1.0 millimeter in diameter, that are emitted with so much pressure that the paltry quantity of water bounces off your skin before you can get it wet enough to apply soap, and makes rinsing the soap off nearly impossible? You can find these water faucets in airports and other public places, where they constitute a minor annoyance. But wait. Thanks to California’s state legislature, they’re on their way into your home.
  • NFL now seeking racial identification of reporters covering Super Bowl

    01/19/2018 7:50:48 AM PST · by smartyaz · 42 replies
    Awful Announcing ^ | 1/18/18 | Ken Fang
    For this year’s game, the league asked the FBI to perform security checks on all credentialed personnel, including members of the media, (NFL spokesman Brian) McCarthy said. The NFL’s security department, which controls the composition of the application form, attempted to make the press credentialing process “consistent with checks that are done for others who receive a working credential,” which includes requesting racial information. The FBI has said that while providing racial information is helpful to conducting security checks, it has not been, and was not intended to be, a required field on the application form. According to the WaPo,...
  • Hate Paperwork? Medicaid Recipients Will Be Drowning in It

    01/19/2018 7:14:15 AM PST · by spintreebob · 24 replies
    New York Times ^ | 1-18-18 | Margot Sanger-Katz
    Kentucky’s new Medicaid waiver will ask low-income people to jump over hurdles to keep their coverage. Evidence suggests that many will fail. Washington State ..Instead of requiring people to establish eligibility annually, began requiring them to do so twice a year, and added some paperwork. It worked: Enrollment in the health insurance program fell by more than 40,000 children in a year. Louisiana wanted to maximize the number of eligible children who signed up for coverage, so officials simplified the sign-up process. It also worked: Enrollment surged, and the number of administrative cancellations fell by 20 percentage points. In 2006,...