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  • WA Governor Directs $1M to Study High-Speed Rail

    02/21/2017 3:18:18 PM PST · by Publius · 29 replies
    Next City ^ | 14 February 2017 | Rachel Dovey
    The idea of a high-speed train connecting Vancouver, Seattle and Portland was floated by a private organization last year. Now, Washington Governor Jay Inslee has set aside $1 million in his new state budget to study whether such an idea has legs (or, more accurately, rails). According to Mark Hallenbeck, director of the Washington State Transportation Center, the region has the right geography for a high-speed line, CBC News reports. "They’re the right distance where it's small enough that the train would compete very well with an airplane," he told the news site. "If you get too much longer, then...
  • Today is the deadline for Dakota Access Pipeline protest camps: Clear out before bulldozers arrive

    02/21/2017 1:59:13 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/21/2017 | Jazz Shaw
    By the time you read this the sun will have already risen in North Dakota, where a few hundred dead end protesters are hanging on in what remains of the Dakota Access Pipeline camps. Obstruction of the project essentially collapsed once Donald Trump took office and the Army gave the go-ahead for the final sections of pipe to be laid. Even the Standing Rock tribe has asked the unwelcome visitors to depart, preferring to fight the rest of the battle in court, but the remaining holdouts do not appear to be convinced. (Associated Press) As dawn breaks over an...
  • Fauxahontas Proposes an IRS Takeover of Tax Preparation

    02/21/2017 1:45:39 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 72 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/21/2017 | Dean Chambers
    The yearly ritual of submitting tax returns to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) may not be something most of us look forward to doing, but do we really want the federal government to do it for us? Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) has proposed legislation that would require the IRS to offer you the convenience of doing your taxes for you. The actual bill would require the IRS to create programs that help taxpayers process and file their federal taxes for free. Sen. Warren says taxpayers spend, on average, 13 hours and about $200 for tax preparation services to file...
  • Homeland Security Reveals Plans for Crackdown on Illegal Immigrants

    02/21/2017 12:59:23 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 30 replies
    NewsMax ^ | February 21, 2017 | By Mark Swanson
    The Department of Homeland Security Tuesday began rolling out President Donald Trump's plans to aggressively crack down on illegal immigrants. The plan, outlined in two DHS memos, includes an attempt to deport almost all illegal immigrants caught in the U.S., hire thousands more border patrol and immigration agents, and start building the promised wall along the Mexican border. ~~snip~~ The memos were sent to heads of key agencies and signed by DHS Secretary John Kelly. Kelly said in one memo that it "implements new policies designed to stem illegal immigration and facilitate the detection, apprehension, detention, and removal of aliens...
  • LIVE STREAM: MiloYiannapoulos Press Conference 2/21/17

    02/21/2017 11:54:17 AM PST · by dynoman · 151 replies
    Youtube ^ | now | Milo
    LIVE STREAM: Milo Yiannapoulos Holds a Press Conference. In a statement published minutes ago, Yiannopoulos said, “Breitbart News has stood by me when others caved,” continuing, “I would be wrong to allow my poor choice of words to detract from my colleagues’ important reporting, so today I am resigning from Breitbart, effective immediately.” After Yiannopoulos was slated to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), a video of him discussing pedophilia made the rounds on Twitter and earned pretty widespread condemnation. Yiannopoulos responded to the outcry insisting that he has an “utter disgust [for] adults who sexually abuse minors”...
  • UK to be hit with ‘very hefty’ Brexit bill, says Juncker

    02/21/2017 9:05:43 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 47 replies
    AFP via EurActiv ^ | 02/21/2017 9:50 (updated: 10:24)
    Britain will have to pay a “very hefty” bill to leave the European Union and negotiating a new relationship with the bloc will take years, European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker warned today (21 February). Prime Minister Theresa May hopes to trigger the Brexit negotiations by the end of March following the shock referendum in June last year. […] “The British must know — and they know it already — that it will not be at a discount or zero cost,” the former Luxembourg premier said in his hour-long speech. […] European sources said Brussels could hand Britain an exit bill...
  • President Trump Approves Nevada Disaster Declaration

    02/21/2017 8:49:16 AM PST · by GonzoII · 4 replies
    White House ^ | February 17, 2017 | Office of the Press Secretary
    The President today declared a major disaster exists in the State of Nevada and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe winter storms, flooding, and mudslides from January 5 to January 14, 2017. Federal funding is available to State, tribal, and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe winter storm in the counties of Douglas, Lyon, Storey, and Washoe; the independent city of Carson City; and the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe,...
  • ‘Trump Bump’ for Dow Industrials Is Biggest Post-Inaugural Move Since FDR

    02/21/2017 8:06:12 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 8 replies
    WSJ ^ | 02/21/17 | BEN EISEN
    Given that continued rise in the stock market, it’s no wonder that Mr. Trump wants to take credit for it. Investor and traders say that the gains reflect hopes that Mr. Trump will enact business-friendly policies like lower corporate taxes, looser regulations and infrastructure spending. As many are quick to point out, if Mr. Trump takes credit for the stock market rally, he also must take credit for any reversal. And many are worried that market is getting ahead of itself as valuations rise even without full clarity on the administration’s policy priorities, setting stocks up for a resurgence in...
  • Florida Man Charged with Plotting to Bomb Target Stores - Then Profit from Falling Stocks

    02/21/2017 7:44:22 AM PST · by ReformedMedia · 25 replies
    The Washington Standard ^ | 02-21-2017 | Tim Brown
    According to government prosecutors, a Florida man plotted to plant bombs in Target stores and the profit following the explosions by purchasing stock that he believed would fall. Reuters reports: Charles Barnett, 48, of Ocala, had asked a law enforcement informant to put the homemade bombs on the shelves of Target stores from Florida to New York state, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Florida said in a statement on Thursday. "Barnett theorized that the company’s stock value would plunge after the explosions, allowing him to cheaply acquire shares of Target stock before an eventual rebound in...
  • Trump Will Issue Executive Orders To Dismantle Obama’s ‘Climate Action Plan’

    02/21/2017 6:33:56 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 53 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 02/20/17 | MICHAEL BASTASCH
    President Donald Trump will order the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to begin dismantling a regulation central to former President Barack Obama’s plan to fight global warming. A source briefed on the matter told The Washington Post one of the orders “will instruct the Environmental Protection Agency to begin rewriting the 2015 regulation that limits greenhouse-gas emissions from existing electric utilities” and order “the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to lift a moratorium on federal coal leasing.” Trump will issue a second order instructing the EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to rewrite the “Waters of the U.S.”...
  • The Milo Problem

    02/21/2017 5:06:22 AM PST · by Kaslin · 80 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 21, 2017 | Mark Davis
    It was quite the weekend for Milo Yiannopoulos. After Friday night’s typically compelling sit-down with Bill Maher on HBO’s “Real Time,” the Saturday web buzz crackled with the news that the 32-year-old British provocateur had been named keynote speaker in the usually comfortable mainstream environment of CPAC. This came as a surprise to many, including some on the American Conservative Union board that oversees the event. A debate ensued over whether a speaker sure to energize some and repel others was the smartest keynote choice. Then Monday, the questions ran deeper, including but not limited to: Would Milo’s publisher cancel...
  • Burger King owner could buy Popeyes as early as this week

    02/21/2017 5:33:16 AM PST · by rktman · 54 replies
    cnbc.com ^ | 2/20/2017 | Sarah Whitten
    Burger King and Tim Horton's owner Restaurant Brands International is nearing a deal to acquire Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, according to a Reuters report. First reported last week, the deal could help the Georgia-based Popeyes reach more global diners and boost Restaurant Brands' already strong roster of restaurants. A deal could be announced as early as this week, sources told Reuters. Shares of Restaurant Brands were slightly positive on Monday, while shares of Popeyes were slightly negative. Some analysts have welcomed the idea of a deal.
  • Stock futures hit record highs amid retail earnings

    02/21/2017 4:51:51 AM PST · by John W · 1 replies
    Reuters via yahoo.com ^ | February 21, 2017 | Yashaswini Swamynathan
    (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures rose to record intraday highs on Tuesday as oil prices surged and investors assessed earnings from top U.S. retailers. WalMart's shares were up 1.5 percent at $70.42 in premarket trading after the world's largest brick-and-mortar retailer reported a higher-than-expected rise in comparable store sales. Home Depot rose 1.63 percent to $145.33 after the home improvement store chain reported better-than-expected results and set a $15 billion buyback program. Macy's is scheduled to report before the market opens. Oil prices rose nearly 2 percent after OPEC said the group was hopeful of higher compliance with its...
  • German real estate market overheated, says central bank

    02/20/2017 9:51:19 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 02.20.2017 | aw/msh (Reuters, dpa, AFP)
    German residential real estate is overvalued by up to 30 percent, the central bank warned as part of its monthly report for February, released on Monday. The Bundesbank said the German economy should retain a strong footing in the coming months thanks to high industrial and construction activity, but warned this could not fully account for a recent surge in residential property prices. […] Home prices in German cities rose by 8 percent in 2016 after rising by an annual average of 6.75 percent in the previous six years, according to Bundesbank calculations based on data from consultancy firm Bulwiengesa....
  • Facebook: Milo To Do Press Conference tomorrow in NYC at 3 p.m.

    02/20/2017 9:06:35 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 132 replies
    Milo Yiannopoulos will be making his first on-camera comments to press regarding the recent controversy over statements Milo made during Joe Rogan and Drunken Peasants podcasts. Questions will be taken following a statement.
  • Belgian PM warns US against meddling in EU politics

    02/20/2017 8:51:22 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 02/20/2017 2:38
    After meeting with US Vice-President Mike Pence on Sunday (19 February), the Belgian prime minister said in a veiled criticism of President Donald Trump’s comments that Belgium, like other countries, would not allow the fragmentation of the European Union. US Vice-President Mike Pence arrived in Brussels on Sunday evening, the second stop of his European tour to reassure worried European leaders. Pence will meet European Council President Donald Tusk on Monday morning. The VP flew from Munich, Germany, where he attended the Munich Security Conference. […] “There is no question of allowing the fragmentation of the European Union. This message...
  • Evacuations ordered due to levee breach south of Manteca

    02/20/2017 8:08:52 PM PST · by Mariner · 65 replies
    KCRA Sacramento ^ | February 20th, 2017 | KCRA Staff
    MANTECA, Calif. (KCRA) — A levee near Manteca was breached Monday night leading to mandatory evacuations in the area, according to San Joaquin County officials said. Mandatory evacuations were ordered for people living within the below boundary:.... The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for the pictured area on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017, due to a levee breach south of Manteca. The warning is set to expire at 7 a.m. Tuesday.
  • Ernst and Young drops degree classification threshold for graduate recruitment

    02/20/2017 6:48:22 PM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 40 replies
    World University Rankings ^ | August 3, 2015 | By Chris Havergal
    One of the UK’s biggest graduate recruiters is to remove degree classification from the entry criteria for its hiring programmes, having found “no evidence” that success at university was correlated with achievement in professional qualifications. Accountancy firm Ernst and Young, known as EY, will no longer require students to have a 2:1 degree and the equivalent of three B grades at A level to be considered for its graduate programmes.
  • It’s Not About Milo – It’s About The Existential Threat That Milo Represents…

    02/20/2017 5:48:51 PM PST · by HarleyLady27 · 74 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | Feb. 20, 2017 | Sundance
    There are trillions of dollars at stake. Trillions. Those who hold power will never relinquish power; a simple and timeless truth. The current attacks against an increasingly less obscure gay man named Milo Yiannopoulos (it appears he is most known simply by “Milo”) are not about Milo Yiannopoulos per se’, anyone who has followed the construct of the swamp should see the transparency.
  • Bad News for Economic Freedom in the US

    02/20/2017 3:57:47 PM PST · by 1rudeboy · 10 replies
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | February 16, 2017 | unattributed
    When Obama took office, the U.S. ranked sixth in economic freedom. Heritage's 2017 Index of Economic Freedom just revealed that the U.S. is now seventeenth, it's lowest score ever. Luckily, America has been given a unique opportunity to move away from Obama’s failed policies and toward an agenda that strives to restore economic freedom and spur growth. You can learn more about how other countries ranked and why on the Index website.Explore the full Index of Economic Freedom
  • Simon & Schuster cancels book deal with Milo Yiannopoulos

    02/20/2017 2:48:00 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 251 replies
    First CPAC, now Simon & Schuster. Milo Yiannopoulos lost a second gig Monday afternoon over his remarks defending underage pederasty, when Simon & Schuster cancelled plans to publish a book by the gay conservative provocateur this summer. Adam Rothberg of the publisher’s public relations department made the announcement on Twitter Monday afternoon. “After careful consideration @simonschuster and its @threshold_books have cancelled publication of Dangerous by Milo Yiannopoulos,” Mr. Rothberg wrote. “Dangerous,” a title playing off of Mr. Yiannopoulos’s “Dangerous Faggot Tour,” had been set by a June 13 release by Threshold, the conservative- Yiannopoulos was recently disinvited from the Conservative...
  • Who Is Alexander Acosta? Trump Labor Nominee Supports Amnesty, Cheap Foreign Labor

    02/20/2017 2:38:45 PM PST · by Tours · 13 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/16/2017 | Neil Munro
    President Donald Trump’s new nominee to run the Department of Labor is an accomplished lawyer and a rising star in the GOP’s Hispanic networks and also in the party’s pro-diversity establishment wing. The nominee, Alexander Acosta, is a Harvard graduate and a former senior justice department official under George W. Bush. From 2005, he served as a federal attorney in Florida, where he successfully prosecuted a series of high-profile cases and is now a university dean. If confirmed by the Senate to run the Department of Labor, Acosta will play an important role in overseeing and regulating the annual inflow...
  • The Majority of Millennials Have $1,000 or Less in Savings

    02/20/2017 2:33:22 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 44 replies
    HowMuch.net ^ | December 11, 2015
    Millennials are projected to number 75.3 million for 2015, surpassing a projected 74.9 million for Baby Boomers. The Millennials will therefore comprise a greater percentage of the population than Baby Boomers for the first time. To gain insight into the saving habits of Millennials, we recently performed a survey of those from the ages of 18 to 34. We received 2,585 responses to our survey. The results of our survey found that over 50% of Millennials have less than $1,000 in savings. This would indicate that most millennials do not have a cushion to fall back on in case of...
  • Nestle Joins Thousands Of Companies Leaving California Over Anti-Capitalist Lawmakers and Activists

    02/20/2017 11:55:52 AM PST · by lowbridge · 38 replies
    Gateway pundit ^ | February 19, 2017 | Ryan Saavedra
    According to an article from Investor’s Business Daily, Nestle is leaving the state of California and moving to Virginia to get away from the liberal state. Nestle’s headquarters is moving from Glendale, California which is near Los Angeles to Rosslyn, Virginia which is near Washington D.C. Sticking to it’s ignorant true-self, an official from Glendale, California said that Nestles departure was “no big deal,” and was actually an opportunity for them as the company moves thousands of jobs away from the area.
  • Poll: Swing Voters Trust President Trump over Media by 2:1

    02/20/2017 10:57:52 AM PST · by Trump_vs_Evil_Witch · 16 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2-18-2017 | Neil Munro
    Swing-voting independents are twice as likely to trust President Donald Trump’s administration than to trust the media, according to a new poll by Fox News. The lopsided 52 percent to 26 percent trust in Trump is hidden in the crosstabs of the poll, which was released Feb. 17. Overall, by a narrow margin of 45 percent to 42 percent, Americans think Trump is more likely to tell the truth than are reporters...... .....Only 8 percent of Democratic voters trust Trump more than reporters, and only 9 percent of Republican voters trust the media reporters more than Trump..... So the 52...
  • [La Ironia:] Dozens of illegals fired for skipping work on ‘day without immigrants’

    02/20/2017 9:54:47 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/20/2017 | Ed Straker
    Dozens of workers, presumably illegal aliens, were fired from their jobs for skipping work to engage in a "day without immigrants." More than 100 people were suddenly out of work across the country this past week after they participated in Thursday's "Day Without Immigrants" protest. As numerous restaurants across the country closed their doors in solidarity with the cause, other employers were decidedly less understanding. Eighteen of those who were fired worked at Bradley Coatings Inc., which had warned employees they would lose their jobs if they didn't come to work. In Lexington, South Carolina, 21 workers were fired from Encore Boat Builders after they...
  • Dozens fired after skipping work to participate in 'A Day Without Immigrants' protests

    02/20/2017 8:19:23 AM PST · by EveningStar · 46 replies
    CNBC ^ | February 20, 2017 | Sarah Whitten
    As numerous restaurant employees were given leave on Thursday to march in "A Day Without Immigrants" protests, others returned to their posts Friday to discover that they were out of a job. Across the U.S. employers fired hundreds of protesters who skipped work to participate in rallies.
  • Former Heritage Scholar Is Now Drafting Trump's First Budget 

    02/20/2017 7:53:23 AM PST · by GonzoII · 16 replies
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | February 20th, 2017
    Paul Winfree, former director of Heritage's Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies, is serving as the White House’s director of budget policy and deputy director of the Domestic Policy Council. Winfree was appointed to the high-profile job during President Donald Trump's transition. 
  • Brownback Asks Trump To Save Some Kansas Highway Projects

    02/19/2017 11:10:43 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies
    KCUR 89.3 ^ | January 26, 2017 | Jim McLean & Sam Zeff
    Kansas Republican Gov. Sam Brownback is hoping the federal government can rescue several critical infrastructure projects that the state can no longer afford.The Brownback administration recently sent what amounts to a wish list to President Donald Trump for inclusion in his planned infrastructure initiative. It includes the following $240 million in highway and bridge projects delayed or abandoned because of the state’s ongoing budget problems: $50 million to replace a section of the Lewis and Clark Viaduct that carries Interstate 70 across the Kansas River between Kansas and Missouri.$91 million to build an I-235 interchange in Wichita.$45 million to reconstruct...
  • Audit finds huge cost overruns at Wisconsin DOT, some road project costs triple

    02/19/2017 9:58:17 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    FOX 6 Now ^ | January 26, 2017 | Theo Keith
    <p>MADISON -- A new audit shows huge cost overruns at the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, with dozens of projects costing double or triple their original estimates.</p> <p>The Legislative Audit Bureau report finds that estimated costs for 19 major projects completed between 2006 and 2016 were $1.5 billion, double the initial projection. The audit also finds that the estimated costs of 16 ongoing major highway projects have increased by $3.1 billion.</p>
  • Known for political temperance, Iowa moves sharply right

    02/19/2017 7:15:48 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 38 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 19, 2017 8:25 PM EST | Thomas Beaumont
    After decades as the crossroads of prairie populists and checkbook conservatives, Iowa has suddenly become solidly Republican like many of its Midwestern neighbors. It was one of four states — along with Kentucky, Missouri and New Hampshire — that flipped to complete GOP control in the November election, but Iowa’s rush of new legislation has been the most intense. In an all-night session last week, Iowa lawmakers approved a bill similar to one enacted in Wisconsin six years ago that strips most public sector unions of long-held collective bargaining rights, including health insurance. […] Among other items, Republicans also are...
  • Germany Election Frontrunner Schulz Accused in EU Fake Job Scandal

    02/19/2017 5:23:27 PM PST · by davikkm · 8 replies
    breitbart ^ | CHRIS TOMLINSON
    Social Democrat (SPD) leader Martin Schulz could be facing a possible scandal as details have emerged regarding unusual contracts he made for friends when European Union President. The allegations of potential misconduct by the former European Union president revolve mostly around a man named Markus Engels, a long-time confidant of Schulz and his current campaign manager for the German federal elections later this year. According to reports, Schulz gave Engels a lavish contract in 2012 to represent Schulz interests in Berlin, though he was registered in Brussels — allowing him to avoid large amounts of tax, Der Spiegel reports.
  • Immigrants are not US’s problem and policy makers already know this [barf]

    02/19/2017 5:33:36 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 51 replies
    Irish Central ^ | February 17, 2017 12:00 AM | Cahir O’Doherty
    Let’s face it — every Irish person in New York knows someone who’s undocumented. Usually they know more than one. They also know that if weren’t for them and other immigrants half the bars, restaurants, shops and even colleges in the city would be deserted. New York has always had a special welcome for immigrants — even the undocumented ones — because it’s been the historical landing point for intending Americans since the earliest days of our national story. Welcoming immigrants is really the city’s oldest tradition. It actually makes sound financial sense. The undocumented often do the work that...
  • FEC Democratic Member Ann Ravel Resigns Post — “I Couldn’t Stay.”

    02/19/2017 2:43:09 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    <p>A Democratic member of the Federal Election Commission with ties to Santa Clara County resigned her post Sunday, saying that political gridlock over the issue of campaign finance abuses left her feeling “like I couldn’t stay.”</p> <p>Ann M. Ravel, a former Santa Clara County counsel who also once chaired the California Fair Political Practices Commission, submitted her resignation to President Donald Trump on Sunday. She shared the letter in a posting on her Twitter page.</p>
  • Oil – Where did it come from?

    02/19/2017 1:38:04 PM PST · by rktman · 63 replies
    wattsupwiththat.com ^ | 2/18/2017 | David Middleton
    I am a petroleum geologist/geophysicist with about 36 years of experience in oil & gas exploration mostly in the Gulf of Mexico. In light of Andy May’s recent post, Oil – Will we run out?, I thought I might post an essay on oil formation. Over the past six years, I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to write guest posts for Watts Up With That thanks to Anthony Watts. Many of my posts have been about issues related to oil production and each of these posts usually triggers comments from Abiogenic Oil advocates. So, this post’s main thrust...
  • Why Corporate America Has Conniptions about Trump’s H-1B Visa Reform

    02/19/2017 1:35:05 PM PST · by Tours · 49 replies
    Wolf Street ^ | 2/6/2017 | Wolf Richter
    “This is now standard practice in the technology industry.” US tech companies, and other companies with large IT departments, are having conniptions about President Trump’s immigration policies, particularly the leaked draft of an executive order that includes references to reforming the H-1B visa program for foreign tech workers. In light of the 85,000 foreign tech workers allowed to be brought into the US annually under the H-1B visa program – a limit tech companies have been clamoring to raise – here’s a stunning forecast by the Bureau of Labor Statistics: Employment of computer and information technology occupations is projected to...
  • Collins: ‘What’s The Point Of Me Being Here If I’m Going To Ask The Same Question As Jim Acosta?’

    02/19/2017 1:03:29 PM PST · by markomalley · 5 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 2/19/17 | Christian Datoc
    Kaitlan Collins responded to the backlash she’d received over the past week in an appearance on Fox News’ Sunday broadcast of “Media Buzz.”Host Howie Kurtz first posed to The Daily Caller’s White House correspondent that the establishment media “said the President is trying to avoid tough questions by not calling on a major national newspaper or broadcast group.”WATCH:(video at link)“That was another question I got after my question,” Collins responded. “Did the White House tell you what to ask?”“I can’t decide if it’s offensive or laughable because they are probably talking to the White House more than I am.”“No, I don’t think he...
  • Ex-clinic managers for Planned Parenthood say it treats women like cattle

    02/19/2017 12:59:26 PM PST · by markomalley · 6 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 2/19/17 | Bradford Richardson
    Former clinic managers for Planned Parenthood say the organization is less interested in providing quality health care for women than in performing as many abortions as possible.In a video released by Live Action last week, former clinic manager Ramona Treviño compares the relationship between Planned Parenthood and women to that between a rancher and cattle.“For me, it was a struggle, because I felt like Planned Parenthood treated women like cattle,” Ms. Treviño says in the three-minute video. That sentiment is echoed by former clinic manager Sue Thayer, who recalls receiving instructions from Planned Parenthood to get patients in and out...
  • Take Back Al Gore's Nobel And Give It To The Fracking Industry

    02/19/2017 7:29:37 AM PST · by rktman · 4 replies
    investors.com ^ | 2/17/2017 | Editors
    Climate Change: U.S. output of so-called greenhouse gases continues to decline, a new report shows. Even so, global warming activists are likely to be disappointed. The drop has nothing to do with their pet cause, alternative energy. That's right. The Environmental Protection Agency's yearly greenhouse gas emissions report noted that after rising slightly in 2013 and 2014, greenhouse gas output fell in 2015 — the most recent full year for which data are available. OK, but maybe it was a one-year fluke? Hardly. First off, the drop was significant in size — 2.2% on an annual basis, far too big...
  • NBA All-Star Game Ticket Prices Plunge: Location Change to Blame?

    02/19/2017 7:05:35 AM PST · by Zakeet · 30 replies
    Fox Business ^ | February 17, 2017 | Thomas Barrabi
    Ticket prices are plunging as this weekend’s NBA All-Star festivities kick off in New Orleans, six months after the league relocated the annual showcase event from its original site in Charlotte in protest of North Carolina’s controversial transgender bathroom law. As of Friday morning, the cheapest available seat for Sunday’s NBA All-Star Game at the Smoothie King Center cost $184, according to data compiled by TicketIQ, a resale market ticket aggregator. That number is a 71% decrease from last year in Toronto, when the cheapest ticket on the Friday before the game cost $644. The plunge may not be over...
  • Trump's sons open new Dubai golf club

    02/19/2017 3:49:55 AM PST · by GonzoII · 6 replies
    Sport360 ^ | 19th February 2017 | by Sport360 staff
    Trump International Golf Club Dubai was officially opened as US President Donald Trump's sons Eric Trump and Donald Trump Jr, sons of attended the gala as guests of honour. The Gil Hanse-designed lay-out, which forms the heart of the 42-million square foot DAMAC Hills master development, becomes the 12th golf course in Dubai. The championship-size 18-hole course measures 7,205 yards from the back tees and plays to par-71. Hussain Sajwani, chairman of DAMAC Properties, said: “It is an honour to stand here today with Eric and Donald Trump Jr., as well as dignitaries and prominent members of the business community,...
  • Bill Maher's shameful mainstreaming of Yiannopoulos' hate (Snowflake melting)

    02/18/2017 9:45:08 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 38 replies
    By inviting "alt right" (aka white supremacist) darling Milo Yiannopoulos (known as "Milo") onto his HBO show Friday night, Bill Maher could've seized a great opportunity to expose Yiannopoulos' history of hate. After all, Yiannopoulos has spewed so much toxic garbage that he was permanently banned by Twitter in 2016, which says a lot, considering the cesspool that swirls on that platform. So when Maher faced Yiannopoulos on Friday, did the HBO host press him on his view that college rape culture is a fiction and that women are often lying when they report being raped? Did Maher ask him...
  • Trump budget could ax arts, public broadcasting, anti-drug office: report

    02/18/2017 9:03:19 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 53 replies
    The Hill ^ | 02/18/17 | ELLIOT SMILOWITZ
    The White House is considering eliminating funding for arts, public broadcasting and legal services to cut domestic spending, according to the New York Times. The Times reported late Friday that it obtained an internal Office of Management and Budget (OMB) memo containing a “hit list” of programs that could be axed. Reportedly on the list: the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Americorps, the National Endowments for the Arts and the Humanities, the White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy and the Export-Import Bank, among others. Cutting the programs listed on the memo would save about $2.5 billion, the Times reported....
  • In 1 Chart, What Your Favorite Fast-Food Items Would Cost With $15 Minimum Wage

    02/18/2017 8:22:47 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 63 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | February 17, 2017 | Melissa Quinn
    For Americans hitting the drive-thru at their local McDonald’s, a $15-an-hour minimum wage could hit them in their wallets. According to a January report released by James Sherk, a former research fellow in labor economics at The Heritage Foundation, fast-food prices would rise by 38 percent under a $15-an-hour minimum wage and cause a 36 percent drop in employment. Sherk’s research comes after several cities and states across the country voted to raise their minimum wages, with increases typically phased in over the next five years. Additionally, several Democrats have advocated a $15-an-hour minimum wage at the federal level, as...
  • Automation and its effects on jobs: The Huge Economic Issue that Washington Isn't Talking About

    02/18/2017 5:54:10 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 59 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 02/16/2017 | Rick Moran
    Within the next 10 years, there's a good chance that 50% of the jobs today will be gone.And no one in Washington is talking about what to do to deal with this likelihood.The cause of this coming massive economic upheaval is artificial intelligence -- a catch-all term that encompasses everything from driverless cars to sex robots. Its impact is already being felt on the factory floor, where smart machines are making American manufacturers more competitive, more efficient, and more profitable, but without the mass number of workers that used to be the backbone of the American economy.Donald Trump says...
  • Why the Kennedy-De Niro Vaccine Challenge Matters

    02/18/2017 3:07:54 PM PST · by NYer · 32 replies
    American Conservative ^ | February 15, 2017 | PRATIK CHOUGULE
    JPC-PROD / Shutterstock Robert Kennedy Jr. and Robert De Niro convened a news conference on Wednesday at the National Press Club to announce a $100,000 cash reward for anyone who identifies a peer-reviewed scientific study demonstrating that the mercury in vaccines is safe. Though the challenge was perhaps something of a stunt, the significance of the appearance was underscored by Kennedy’s confirming that President Trump may ask him to lead a commission on autism. The consequences of such a commission could extend beyond the narrow vaccine/autism debate. More significantly, the commission could expose the incentives driving vaccination policy, which, in...
  • LIVE STREAM: President Donald Trump Putting American Back to Work Rally from Melbourne Florida

    02/18/2017 12:57:13 PM PST · by amorphous · 20 replies
    LIVE STREAM: President Donald Trump Putting American Back to Work Rally LIVE from Melbourne-Orlando Florida.
  • Feb. 18 update: How full are Northern California reservoirs and rivers?

    02/18/2017 11:54:06 AM PST · by Mariner · 25 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | February 18th, 2107 | Sacramento Bee Staff
    These three graphs show key California reservoir conditions and river stages for the upper and lower Sacramento Valley for Saturday, February 18, 2017. The images are from the California Department of Water Resources’ Data Exchange Center and the National Weather Service. Want to compare to yesterday? See reservoir and river levels for February 17, 2017. For February 16, 2017. RESERVOIR CONDITIONS ENDING MIDNIGHT, FEBRUARY 17, 2017
  • Former Fed Staffer Says Central Bank Is Under the Thumb of Academics

    02/18/2017 10:16:18 AM PST · by ameribbean expat · 9 replies
    The Federal Reserve is dominated by academics who don’t know how finance and the economy really work, according to a former Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas staffer in her new book. Danielle DiMartino Booth, an adviser to Richard Fisher when he was Dallas Fed president, says the economists who control most of the central bank’s seats of power filter their decision-making through theoretical models. That led the institution to miss the forces that created the financial crisis, and then adopt the wrong policies to put the economy back on track, she says. Ms. Booth makes her case in a book...
  • Increased ICE arrests could benefit for-profit detention center companies

    02/18/2017 10:11:40 AM PST · by bgill · 9 replies
    CBS Austin ^ | Feb. 17, 2017 | Jordan Bontke|
    Weeks following Election Day, stocks for two of the biggest for-profits detention center companies, GEO and CoreCivic, increased between 20 and 40 percent. Libal attributes the rising stock to President Trump’s tough enforcement of immigration laws. “That’s because investors believe that Donald Trump is going to increase deportation and detention of immigrants,” he said. “The longer someone sits at a detention center, the more money the private prison corporation makes.”