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  • U.S. Treasury's Mnuchin urges 'clean' debt ceiling hike by August break

    05/24/2017 1:19:35 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 24, 2017 | By David Lawder
    U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Wednesday urged Congress to approve a "clean" increase in the federal debt limit by the time it starts its summer recess in early August. "I urge you to raise the debt limit before you leave for the summer," Mnuchin told the House Ways and Means Committee. Congress and the administration can discuss future spending cuts, but it was "absolutely critical" to preserve U.S. creditworthiness by paying debts already incurred, he said. Republicans in Congress have sought to use past debt ceiling increases as leverage to force new spending cuts. Mnuchin said his preference was...
  • Judge won’t reinstate charges against Portland Black Lives Matter protesters

    05/24/2017 12:11:29 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    Bangor Daily News ^ | May 24, 2017 | By Jake Bleiberg
    PORTLAND, Maine — A judge has blocked state prosecutors’ efforts to reinstate criminal charges against 17 Black Lives Matter protesters who were arrested in Portland last summer and ordered the protesters and Portland police to try again at talking through their differences in a so-called “restorative justice” session. Cumberland County Superior Court Justice Lance Walker’s Tuesday ruling orders protesters and prosecutors to try to fulfill the conditions of a plea deal that broke down earlier this year. The restorative justice agreement called for the protesters to sit down with city police to talk over their differences, to encourage mutual understanding...
  • Four months in, ‘Seattle’s only Trump voter’ has his doubts

    05/24/2017 12:00:39 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | May 24, 2017 | by Danny Westneat
    Last year’s election made Seattle’s Tod Steward a minor celebrity. If by celebrity you mean “the kind that everybody hates,” he laughs. Not here, though. In Canada. The 53-year-old First Hill resident has found a small niche in Canada as the most peculiar, and certainly most elusive, species of our time. He’s Seattle’s Only Trump Voter™. OK that’s not actually a trademarked phrase, nor is it numerically true. To be precise, 32,361 Seattleites besides Steward also cast votes for Donald Trump last November. But the percentage was so historically low — only 8 percent of the city’s 385,000 votes —...
  • Blue whales evolved into giants when ‘climate change turned them into binge eaters’

    05/24/2017 11:12:25 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 51 replies
    The Sun ^ | May 24, 2017 | By Jasper Hamill
    BLUE whales and other underwater leviathans became giants when climate change introduced them to binge-eating, research has shown. At more than 100ft long, the blue whale is the largest vertebrate animal that has ever lived. The reason for the size expansion of the blue whale and other baleen whales was food, the researchers believe. Dr Graham Slater, a member of the US team from the University of Chicago, said: “We might imagine that whales just gradually got bigger over time, as if by chance, and perhaps that could explain how these whales became so massive. “But our analyses show that...
  • Manchester attacker's father, younger brother arrested in Tripoli: spokesman

    05/24/2017 11:00:57 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 39 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 24, 2017 | by Ahmed Elumami
    The father and the younger brother of the suicide bomber who killed 22 people at a concert venue in Manchester have been arrested in Tripoli, a spokesman for a local counter-terrorism force said on Wednesday. The counter-terrorism force detained the father, Ramadan Abedi, outside his home in the Tripoli suburb of Ayn Zara on Wednesday afternoon. A witness said he was handcuffed by armed men who drove him away in two unmarked vehicles. The force, known as Rada, detained the brother Hashem Abedi, who was born in 1997, on Tuesday evening on suspicion of links to Islamic State, spokesman Ahmed...
  • Philly's 'undocumented' live in fear of deportation under Trump

    05/23/2017 3:05:12 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 60 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | May 23, 2017 | by The Inquirer Editorial Board
    It is not just irresponsible but ludicrous that Congress and the president would ignore the need for comprehensive immigration reform even as government agents round up and deport scores of the undocumented who deserve an avenue to legal residency in this country. In a special report titled “The Undocumented,” staff writer Luis Ferré Sadurni shared stories of immigrants who entered the country illegally or overstayed their visas and are now living in fear that any day might bring their arrest by the Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). These are men and women living otherwise law-abiding lives...
  • Fans beg Justin Bieber to cancel dates as fear grips pop's youth

    05/23/2017 2:28:23 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 36 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 23, 2017 | By Jill Serjeant and Piya Sinha-Roy
    Fans of Justin Bieber pleaded on Tuesday for his upcoming British tour dates to be canceled, underscoring the potential repercussions to music acts with a young fan base from the suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester. Canadian heartthrob Bieber, 23, is due to play an open air concert at London's Hyde Park in July. But fans flooded social media saying his appearance should be axed for the safety both of fans and the singer himself.
  • Trump budget message: Don't clean up America's waters

    05/23/2017 10:37:37 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 29 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | May 22, 2017 | By Joel Connelly
    The budget proposed by President Trump, set for release Tuesday, is clear from coast to coast to coast: Don't clean up the water. The budget not only zeroes out the Puget Sound cleanup, but programs from Louisiana's Lake Pontchartrain to New England's Lake Champlain to the Great Lakes. The information on axing of cleanup money was obtained by the National Association of Clean Air Agencies, and comes directly from an administration document. Overall, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency budget would be slashed from $8.2 billion to $5.6 billion, a 30 percent-plus cut.
  • The price tag on universal health care is in, and it’s bigger than California’s budget

    05/23/2017 9:06:28 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | May 22, 2017 | BY ANGELA HART
    The price tag is in: It would cost $400 billion to remake California’s health insurance marketplace and create a publicly funded universal heath care system, according to a state financial analysis released Monday. California would have to find an additional $200 billion per year, including in new tax revenues, to create a so-called “single-payer” system. The estimate assumes the state would retain the existing $200 billion in local, state and federal funding it currently receives to offset the total $400 billion price tag. Employers currently spend between $100 billion to $150 billion per year, which could be available to help...
  • Al Gore at Cannes: 'Trump cannot stop the solutions to the climate crisis'

    05/23/2017 8:56:04 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    The Guardian ^ | May 22, 2017 | by Gwilym Mumford
    Al Gore believes that Donald Trump will not halt the momentum of the climate movement even if he withdraws the US from the Paris agreement. The environmental activist said that he was confident Trump would commit to the historic climate change agreement, but that even if he did not, it would still not be enough to reverse the move towards renewable energy in many American cities. “I think there’s an excellent chance that he will surprise many by deciding to stay in the Paris agreement,” Gore said. “The Paris agreement has an historic significance of its own,” he said. “And...
  • A Moreno Valley man went in for a green card, but was deported instead

    05/20/2017 7:55:25 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 44 replies
    Press-Enterprise ^ | May 19, 2017 | By ALEJANDRA MOLINA
    Ramon Ruiz Ortiz of Moreno Valley went to San Bernardino’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office at 10 a.m. May 11 to interview for a green card giving him permanent residency. By 7 p.m., he’d been deported to Tijuana. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, officials said he applied using a false name and that he had been removed previously and then had returned here illegally, making him ineligible for a green card, according to ICE. Now, his family and an attorney representing the Mexican Consulate in San Bernardino are trying to figure out what happened to the man...
  • What’s a manbassador? Graduating MBA student shows the way

    05/20/2017 6:46:23 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 52 replies
    UC Berkeley News ^ | May 19, 2017 | By Gretchen Kell
    Patrick Ford, who graduates from UC Berkeley today with an MBA, is a standout at the Haas School of Business. Berkeley News recently talked with Ford about the origin of his mission, “Guy Talk” and other manbassador activities at Berkeley-Haas and post-graduation plans. What is a manbassador, and where did the name and idea come from? Manbassador is a more memorable name for the universal term “male ally.” A male ally is a man who works to end gender discrimination by supporting and being an advocate for women. I started noticing and caring about gender equity as an undergrad. Some...
  • Calexit Backers Begin New California Secession Ballot Bid

    05/20/2017 6:27:04 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 104 replies
    Supporters of making California an independent nation are beginning their second longshot attempt to recruit voters by submitting a new proposed ballot measure. The measure being submitted to state officials Friday by the separatist California Freedom Coalition takes a more gradual approach than one withdrawn by an earlier group last month. It would have the governor negotiate with the federal government to give California more autonomy as what supporters call a "nation within a nation." Or the talks could eventually lead to full independence.
  • Worldwide effort set to keep Trump happy on 1st trip abroad [fake news]

    05/19/2017 9:42:01 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | May 19, 2017 | by Julie Pace, Ap White House Correspondent
    When President Donald Trump sits down for dinner in Saudi Arabia, caterers have ensured that his favorite meal - steak with a side of ketchup - will be offered alongside the traditional local cuisine. At NATO and the Group of 7 summits, foreign delegations have gotten word that the new U.S. president prefers short presentations and lots of visual aids. And at all of Trump's five stops on his first overseas trip, his team has spent weeks trying to build daily downtime into his otherwise jam-packed schedule. It's all part of a worldwide effort to accommodate America's homebody president on...
  • Sky Views: Trump and supporters standing firm

    05/19/2017 8:02:54 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    Sky News ^ | May 19, 2017 | by Greg Milam, US Correspondent
    If you believe the headlines, Donald Trump is done for. Impeachment, obstruction of justice, and abuse of power are the themes of the week. Split-screens of Mr Trump and Richard Nixon drift across our TVs; Watergate veterans warn gloomily of history repeating itself and investigations continue to swirl. Don't hold your breath. Amid all the outrage about what the President says or does or tweets, remember this: there are millions of Americans who AGREE with Mr Trump that this is all a witch hunt. They are angry. They feel ignored. They would probably take to the streets - as he...
  • Salvadoran Officials: Deportations Will Increase Violence In Our Country

    05/12/2017 1:55:41 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 37 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | May 12, 2017 | by ALEX PFEIFFER
    Top Salvadoran officials are worried about deportations of their compatriots from the U.S., as they think the returnees will cause crime. El Comercio wrote Thursday that El Salvador’s Minister of Defense David Munguia Payes told reporters, “We know that if there are massive deportations from the U.S., it will increase violence in the country.” The worry from Salvadoran officials is due to the Trump administration’s focus on MS 13, a Salvadoran gang whose leadership still remains in the Central American nation. MS 13 gained strength in the 1990s after thousands of gang members were deported from the U.S. The defense...
  • Fitch cuts Connecticut ratings on dim economy, fiscal constraints

    05/12/2017 1:40:34 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 12, 2017 | By Hilary Russ
    Fitch Ratings downgraded the state of Connecticut on Friday one notch to A-plus because of a dimming economic outlook and a lack of fiscal flexibility, making it the third-lowest-rated U.S. state on Fitch's roster. The wealthiest U.S. state on a per capita personal income basis, Connecticut's economic growth has been "unusually slow and uncertain" during the current national economic expansion, and the state is expecting weak job growth in coming years, Fitch said. Those chronic economic challenges and Connecticut's high budgetary liabilities have constrained the state's ability to maneuver financially, Fitch analysts said of reasons for the downgrade. Revenue collections...
  • Hackers Hit Dozens of Countries With a Stolen N.S.A. Tool

    05/12/2017 1:00:35 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    New York Times ^ | May 12, 2017 | By DAN BILEFSKY and NICOLE PERLROTH
    Hackers using a tool stolen from the United States government conducted extensive cyberattacks on Friday that hit dozens of countries around the world, severely disrupting Britain’s public health system and wreaking havoc on computers elsewhere, including Russia. The tool was leaked by a group calling itself the Shadow Brokers, which has been dumping stolen N.S.A. hacking tools online since last year. Microsoft rolled out a patch for the vulnerability in March, but hackers apparently took advantage of the fact that vulnerable targets — particularly hospitals — had yet to update their systems. The malware was circulated by email. Targets were...
  • Ransomware infections reported worldwide

    05/12/2017 12:52:39 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 38 replies
    BBC News ^ | May 12, 2017 | By Chris Baraniuk
    A massive ransomware campaign appears to have infected a number of organisations around the world. Computers in thousands of locations have apparently been locked by a program that demands $300 (£230) in Bitcoin. There have been reports of infections in more than 70 countries, including the UK, US, China, Russia, Spain, Italy and Taiwan. Many security researchers are linking the incidents together. "This is huge," said Jakub Kroustek at Avast. Another, at cyber-security firm Kaspersky, said that the ransomware had been spotted cropping up in 74 countries and that the number was still growing. There were a number of reports...
  • Rosenstein to brief full Senate on Comey memo

    05/12/2017 12:39:49 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    Mercury News ^ | May 12, 2017
    (AP) - Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will brief the full Senate next week amid controversy over President Donald Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s office confirmed Friday that Rosenstein had accepted the invitation extended by Schumer and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. The time and date are not yet finalized.