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  • Perry tours Y-12 nuclear weapons plant and Oak Ridge lab

    05/22/2017 11:28:48 PM PDT · by blueplum
    Chron ^ | 22 May 2017 6:48pm | Erik Schelzig, AP
    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry said Monday that he will fight to keep jobs and boost funding for research facilities like Oak Ridge National Laboratory. {snip} Perry, who once called for the abolition of the Energy Department, has since become an outspoken proponent of the department's importance, particularly of the cutting-edge research conducted at the national labs. Perry acknowledged he has "not been in the job long enough to go through the budget line item by line item" but said he is "doing my homework every day." Perry was joined on the tour by U.S. Sen....
  • Populism is poison. Plural cities are the antidote (Smug Liberal Alert)

    05/22/2017 6:41:39 PM PDT · by Mafe · 22 replies
    World Economic Forum ^ | January 4, 2017 | Misha Glenny
    The world’s most powerful nation states are flirting with catastrophic conflict. Whether it is in Europe, Asia or the Middle East, for the first time since the 1960s we are facing a real possibility of nuclear confrontation. With nation states distracted, the threat of irreversible climate change also looms large. Global anxiety is feeding the growth of nationalist movements, emboldened by the drum beat of populism. Anti-immigrant and anti-establishment parties are capitalizing on public disquiet, gaining footholds in political systems across the planet. But as alarming as all this sounds, there are opportunities to head off potential disaster. One of...
  • Christie highlights employment gains during final news conference in Statehouse

    05/22/2017 4:17:39 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff
    Burlington County Times ^ | May 22, 2017 | David Levinsky
    TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie touted New Jersey employment gains on Monday during a Statehouse news conference at which he also warned voters to choose his successor carefully or risk undoing the economic progress made during his nearly eight-year tenure. The hourlong news conference was Christie's last in the governor's outer office, as he and his staff are expected to move to temporary offices nearby on State Street while the executive branch of the Statehouse undergoes about $300 million in renovations.
  • Cable News Ratings Upheaval: Maddow and Cooper Dominate, Fox Slips With Rare Week at No. 3

    05/22/2017 3:21:25 PM PDT · by Snickering Hound · 48 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | 5-22-2017 | Michael O'Connell
    A week filled with developments from the Trump administration has MSNBC leading primetime and CNN boasting total day demo victories. There hasn't been a horse race like this in cable news in quite some time... if ever. A week of humbling headlines for the embattled Trump administration proved to be ratings pay dirt for CNN and MSNBC, each of which scored significant victories in different day parts. Simultaneously, Fox News Channel posted its first five-day streak at No. 3 in primetime since 2000. Both CNN and MSNBC nabbed big wins among adults 25-54, with CNN winning total day in the...
  • Twitter co-founder: I’m sorry if we made Trump’s presidency possible

    05/22/2017 12:16:08 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 49 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 05/21/2017 | Avi Selk
    If anyone knows how important Twitter is to Donald Trump, it's the president. “Without the tweets, I wouldn't be here,” he told the Financial Times last month. To which Twitter's co-founder says: Sorry about that, world. “I thought once everybody could speak freely and exchange information and ideas, the world is automatically going to be a better place,” Evan Williams told the Times. “I was wrong about that.” “If it’s true that he wouldn’t be president if it weren’t for Twitter, then yeah, I’m sorry,” he said.
  • Elton John: MTV Era Produced Many Untalented Musicians

    05/22/2017 11:28:23 AM PDT · by Snickering Hound · 182 replies
    Variety ^ | 5-22-2017 | Leo Barraclough
    Elton John told an audience at the Cannes Film Festival on Monday that the MTV generation had promoted many musicians who didn’t deserve the attention, but he also paid tribute to the positive role that music videos have played in the music business. John, who was on-stage with his long-term song-writing partner Bernie Taupin, said: “We were before the MTV generation and I’m glad we were because we were real artists. The MTV generation brought along a lot of people who were great but a lot of people who just made videos. So a lot of the artistry went out...
  • Phenomenally Successful Trip Proves the Trump of Washington Media Doesn’t Exist

    05/22/2017 11:05:30 AM PDT · by vikingrinn · 24 replies ^ | May 22, 2017 | Rush Limbaugh
    ..."how amazing it is that Donald Trump’s being respected more in that part of the world, and by even members of his own party, much less the Democrats. But all of Washington."
  • Malnourished baby dies after health-conscious parents fed him strict diet

    05/22/2017 10:01:27 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 61 replies ^ | Updated: May 20, 2017 - 12:07 PM | by: Carlin Becker
    A 7-month-old baby died after his parents fed him only gluten-free and lactose-free foods, including quinoa milk, the New York Post reported. The child’s Belgian parents self-diagnosed him with an array of food allergies, but never sought a medical professional’s opinion before deciding on his diet, according to the newspaper. “The parents determined their own diagnosis that their child was gluten intolerant and had a lactose allergy,” lawyers said in court during the trial for the child’s 2014 death, the Independent reported. “Not a single doctor had a dossier about Lucas and child protection services did not know about them.”...
  • The Freakout Over Net Neutrality Makes No Sense

    05/22/2017 4:16:27 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 7 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 5/19/2017 | Staff
    Regulation: "Net neutrality" has become the Holy Grail of various so-called consumer organizations. But government regulation isn't what consumers need. Competition is. And there would be more of that if the government would get out of the way. On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission voted 2-1 to start undoing the massive expansion of the FCC's regulatory control over the internet, enacted two years ago by the Obama administration under the guise of protecting "net neutrality." From the reaction — or more accurately, the overreaction — from advocacy groups and know-nothing pundits, you'd think they'd just voted to exterminate the internet....
  • Ford CEO Mark Fields has been Fired.

    05/22/2017 2:52:48 AM PDT · by taildragger · 76 replies
    5/22/2017 | taildragger
    Freepers many sources of which I will link too, it broke here on local Radio and TV. Some are FR not approved so will be links only.
  • Circus Icon Ringling Bros. Says Goodbye After 146 Years

    05/22/2017 1:54:04 AM PDT · by Hillarys Gate Cult · 78 replies ^ | May 21 2017, | Daniella Silva
    UNIONDALE, New York — Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus folded up its Big Top for the last time on Sunday night in New York, as emotional performers, wistful crowd-goers and ecstatic protesters said farewell to an institution in American live entertainment after nearly a century and a half. The circus gave the final performance of "The Greatest Show on Earth" to a sold-out crowd at Nassau Coliseum, showing off its death-defying stunts and exotic animals for the last time after 146 years.
  • CDOT's "Push Poll" On I-70 Expansion Draws Pushback

    05/21/2017 7:13:28 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    Westword ^ | April 24, 2017 | Alan Prendergast
    A telephone survey seeking opinions about the expansion of I-70 through east Denver is generating irate protests from some respondents, who say the survey seems designed to elicit positive responses about the purported benefits of the $1.8 billion project."It was one of the most one-sided push polls I ever listened to," Larry Patchett, a production technician for public television, wrote in a complaint to CDOT. "The entire thing was just a series of opportunities to validate your suppositions and PR spin on the I-70 Ditch project." The project, which would replace a crumbling six-lane viaduct with a below-grade, partially covered...
  • Boo Hoo! Charitable organizations which resettle refugees forced to raise private funds

    05/21/2017 3:39:07 PM PDT · by upchuck · 33 replies
    refugeeresettlementwatch ^ | May 13, 2017 | Ann Corcoran
    You have probably seen them—bushels of stories about how the nine federal resettlement contractors are wailing and moaning as Trump cuts off their refugee/money flow—but I was surprised that the Wall Street Journal didn’t do a little better job of putting it all in perspective. For new readers like Nancy, here are the nine federal resettlement contractors (aka Volags, short for Voluntary Agencies, Ha! Ha!) that make up the “refugee-resettlement industry:” Church World Service (CWS)Ethiopian Community Development Council (ECDC) (secular)Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM)Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS)International Rescue Committee (IRC) (secular)US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) (secular)Lutheran Immigration and...
  • SNL’s Colin Jost Says Trump Hosting the Show Didn’t Humanize Him

    05/21/2017 2:02:46 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 31 replies
    SPIN ^ | May 15, 2017 | Winston-Cook Wilson
    In a new feature on Saturday Night Live in The Hollywood Reporter, members of the cast and crew discussed what it’s been like dealing with Donald Trump’s ascent, triumph, and institutionalization. Towards the end of the piece, staffers finally addressed the elephant in the room when it comes to anyone from SNL speaking negatively about Trump: the fact that they let Trump, prior becoming the Republican nominee, host the show. Instead of expressing guilt or regret about the choice, as former cast member Taran Killam did in a recent interview, where he said the choice to book Trump “felt like...
  • Westinghouse says locking out union members at New Hampshire plant

    05/21/2017 1:44:11 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 17 replies
    reuters ^ | May 21, 2017 | Bill Berkrot
    Westinghouse Electric Co, a unit of Japan's Toshiba Corp (6502.T), said on Sunday it issued a lockout notice to 172 union members at its nuclear components manufacturing plant in Newington, New Hampshire, declaring that the sides had reached a stalemate in contract negotiations.
  • Ivanka Trump’s Women Entrepreneurs Fund Takes $100m From Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates

    05/21/2017 12:22:46 PM PDT · by drewh · 49 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | one hour ago | Jason Silverstein
    President Trump’s first foreign trip has brought a big benefit to his daughter's pet project. As Trump traveled the Middle East, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates pledged $100 million to a fund for women entrepreneurs proposed by Ivanka Trump, according to a report. The Wall Street Journal reported Saudi Arabia and the U.A.E. would donate to the Women Entrepreneurs Fund, a program Ivanka Trump pitched to World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim and has discussed with several world leaders. The fund’s money will be controlled by World Bank, not Ivanka, but she continues fundraising for it even...
  • Deep in the red: Sanders stumps for Democrat Rob Quist in Montana

    05/21/2017 11:04:54 AM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 23 replies
    The Spokesman-Review ^ | May 20, 2017 | Alison Boggs
    Calling the campaign a harbinger of things to come, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders stumped Saturday for Democrat Rob Quist, who seeks to wrest Montana’s only congressional seat from Republican control. “I don’t want to make you nervous, but the eyes of this country are on Montana this week,” Sanders told an estimated 3,500 people gathered inside the University of Montana’s Adams Center in Missoula. “If you can do it in Montana, we can do it all across this country,” Sanders said. “We can create a political revolution that restores power to the working class, not just the billionaire class. That’s...
  • It took a non-politician…

    05/21/2017 9:49:21 AM PDT · by HarleyLady27 · 15 replies
    The Conservative Tree House ^ | May 21, 2017 | Sundance
    No back-channel discussions kept hidden from allies out of a concern for their political opinion of impact. No mysterious hidden transactions kept shrouded from the American electorate. No nuanced details tucked away only to be discovered later. No secret transfers of pallets of cash handled through third-parties to avoid fingerprints. No need for the construction of plausible deniability or mysterious parseltongue terminology. Open and frank discussion of benefits and costs. Openly transparent details of every deal and every participant in the structure therein. Direct, plain-spoken language outlining the value and purpose of the agreement. Every moment and consequential encounter conducted...
  • Beijing’s new weapon in economic war: Chinese tourists

    05/21/2017 9:35:10 AM PDT · by Bon mots · 6 replies
    Busines Inquirer ^ | May 21, 2017 | Agence France-Presse
    BEIJING, China — Slapping import bans on products like mangoes, coal and salmon has long been China’s way of punishing countries that refuse to toe its political line. But Beijing has shown that it can also hurt others by cutting a lucrative Chinese export: tourists who normally flock to South Korea or Taiwan. China’s recent boycott of South Korea over a US anti-missile shield on the Korean peninsula signals a growing aggression in the way it flexes its economic muscles, analysts say. Beijing has banned Chinese tour groups from going to the South, hammering its tourist market and the duty-free...
  • Saudi Arabia to Invest $20 Billion in Infrastructure, Mostly in U.S.

    05/21/2017 5:48:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    New York Times ^ | 05/20/2017 | MICHAEL J. de la MERCED
    As President Trump begins his first presidential trip abroad in Saudi Arabia, an investment company run by one of his top supporters, the billionaire Stephen A. Schwarzman, has secured an enormous investment from the Middle Eastern kingdom. The company, Blackstone, which Mr. Schwarzman helped found, said on Saturday that Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund had committed $20 billion to a new investment fund aimed at infrastructure projects, primarily in the United States. The commitment is about half of the capital Blackstone plans to raise for the fund. All told, including potential borrowed money, the new fund could invest more than...