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  • Republicans reach deal on tax cuts with key farm benefits

    12/13/2017 10:22:59 PM PST · by 11th_VA · 7 replies ^ | Dec 13, 2017 | Philip Brasher
    Congressional Republicans say they reached agreement on a final tax bill that will provide a new 20-percent deduction for pass-through income from farms and small businesses. The agreement, which the House and Senate are expected to take up early next week, also calls for doubling the estate tax exemption and will include key expensing provisions that farm groups sought to preserve and expand, lawmakers said. They said the agreement also would allow deduction of state and local taxes, including income and property taxes, up to $10,000, a concession to lawmakers in high-tax states that could also benefit farmers. Senate Agriculture...
  • Don’t give in to Trump’s tax scam, California. Let’s draft our own New Deal

    12/13/2017 4:54:49 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 48 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | December 13, 2017 | Sasha Abramsky
    In the coming days, Republicans in Congress will try to stampede their tax bill through the reconciliation process and towards President Donald Trump’s desk for signing. If they manage this, it won’t be because reconciliation has made the House and Senate versions of the bill somehow fairer; there’s no way that two horrific versions of “reform” alchemically morph into something even halfway decent. To the contrary: if they steamroll this plunderous legislation through, it will be so that they can deliver tax breaks, at any cost, to the wealthy conservative donor class, and, equally important, so they can stick it...
  • CNN Reporter: Before The Dam Broke On Franken, The Silence From Democrats Was 'Remarkable'

    12/10/2017 1:26:28 AM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 29 replies ^ | Dec 09, 2017 | Matt Vespa
    Well, the dam broke for Sen. Al Franken (D-MN). He’s going to leave. After eight women accused him of sexual misconduct, along with the resignation of Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) who also faced sexual harassment accusations, Democratic leadership decided it was time to clean house. It’s not a profile in courage. It’s not a come to Jesus moment. It’s all politics, which you already know. Franken is from a Democratic state with a Democratic governor. He was expendable and his exit allows Democrat to refocus their pressure on Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore. It still doesn’t erase the fact...
  • Loss of Water During California Drought Caused Sierra Nevada to Rise: Study

    12/13/2017 10:35:18 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    A new NASA study says loss of water from rocks during California's historic drought caused the Sierra Nevada to rise nearly an inch in height from October 2011 to October 2015. The study also found that in the following two years of increased snow and rain, the rocks in the range regained about half as much water as was lost during the drought and the height of the mountains has fallen about half an inch. Research leader Donald Argus of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is discussing the study Wednesday at an American Geophysical Union conference in New Orleans. The study...
  • My Experience With the ‘Good Ol’ Boy’ Culture, and What I’m Doing About It Now

    12/12/2017 10:21:28 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 29 replies ^ | Dec 13, 2017 | Congressman Diane Black
    America is having a reckoning and it’s long overdue. I’m talking about the movement to hold sexual harassers accountable for their actions. This important movement is now shaking the halls of power in Congress and state capitols and I am determined to help lead it. I remember my first year in the Tennessee House of Representatives. It was 1998, and having spent my career as a nurse and an educator, I had a lot to learn about the legislative process. I immediately figured out that the state House had a “good ol' boy” culture - and learned about the inappropriate...
  • SoCal Edison Under Scrutiny For Possible Cause Of Wildfires

    12/13/2017 7:22:50 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    Investigators say the utility company had equipment near where one of the fires started and are not ruling it out as a cause. The Thomas Fire near Santa Barbara is in its second week and still only 25 percent contained. Cal Fire and other agencies are not yet giving details into the probe. A Socal Edison spokesperson would not say which fires they are under scrutiny for but said it’s more than one. Investigators will go over 911 calls and backtrack to where the fires started, not an easy task a consultant said.
  • Forget Intersectionality: At UCSB, feminist and LGBTQ factions at war

    12/13/2017 5:45:36 AM PST · by C19fan · 20 replies
    College Fix ^ | December 13, 2017 | Matthew Stein
    Forget intersectionality. At UC Santa Barbara, members of its women and gender studies department appear engaged in some sort of battle with the university’s LGBTQ leaders as a turf war ensues and accusations of “perpetuating violence” and “white supremacy” fly.
  • San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee dead at 65

    12/12/2017 4:50:04 PM PST · by SMGFan · 36 replies
    MSN/ SF Gate ^ | December 12. 2017
    Mayor Ed Lee, the city’s first Asian American mayor and the man who presided over San Francisco’s rise to the top of the tech world, died early Tuesday morning after suffering a heart attack. He was 65. Lee collapsed while shopping at the Safeway grocery store on Monterey Boulevard near his Glen Park home at about 10:30 p.m. Monday and was taken by ambulance to San Francisco General Hospital. He died at 1:11 a.m., surrounded by his friends and family. The mayor’s office released a brief statement early Tuesday morning confirming Lee’s death, stating in part: “Our thoughts and prayers...
  • Pelosi claim that GOP invites violent criminals to carry concealed weapons gets her 'Three...

    12/12/2017 2:40:17 PM PST · by jazusamo · 39 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 12, 2017 | Fox News
    Full title: Pelosi claim that GOP invites violent criminals to carry concealed weapons gets her 'Three Pinocchios'Nancy Pelosi earned “Three Pinocchios” from The Washington Post's Fact Checker over a tweet claiming that House Republicans are inviting violent criminals, domestic abusers and convicted stalkers to carry concealed weapons. The House minority leader sent the tweet last week after House Republicans passed the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, sending it to the Senate by a 231-198 vote. “Inviting violent criminals to carry concealed weapons doesn’t save lives,” Pelosi tweeted. “Inviting domestic abusers to carry concealed weapons doesn’t save lives. Inviting convicted stalkers to...
  • Sierra LaMar Murder: Antolin Garcia-Torres Sentenced to Life in Prison Without Parole

    12/12/2017 4:19:39 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    Antolin Garcia Torres, the convicted killer of Morgan Hill teenager Sierra LaMar, was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Garcia-Torres, 26, was convicted in May of first-degree murder in the 15-year-old girl's death and the attempted kidnappings of three women in 2009. On Tuesday, he was also ordered to register as a sex offender. The sentencing, which was originally scheduled to take place in September, was delayed as the court considered a challenge from the defense to remove Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Vanessa Zecher from the case. Garcia-Torres and his attorneys claimed that...
  • Cooking fire at a homeless encampment sparked Bel-Air blaze that destroyed homes, officials say

    12/12/2017 3:33:13 PM PST · by RightGeek · 43 replies
    LA Times ^ | 12/12/2017 | Laurea J. Nelson
    The fire that destroyed six homes and damaged a dozen others in Bel-Air last week was caused by a cooking fire at a nearby homeless encampment, Los Angeles fire officials said Tuesday. For a “number of years,” homeless people had been living in a camp along Sepulveda Boulevard where it passes under the 405 Freeway, Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Peter Sanders said. Investigators who inspected the encampment found evidence that people had been cooking and sleeping in the area but did not find anyone there, Sanders said. The department has no suspects, he said. Los Angeles has been struggling...
  • The inferno that won't die: How the Thomas fire became a monster

    12/12/2017 11:34:10 AM PST · by G Larry · 17 replies
    LAT ^ | 12-11-17 | Brittny Mejia, Alene Tchekmedyian, Ruben Vives and Joseph SernaContact Reporters
    On Friday, an army of firefighters in Ventura County hoped it was finally beginning to turn the tide on the Thomas fire. After burning hundreds of homes, the fire was slowing as Santa Ana winds calmed down. But over the weekend, the fire reemerged with a vengeance, pushing into Santa Barbara County and destroying more homes. Here’s a look at the fire that has refused to die.
  • Ed Lee, Mayor of San Francisco Dead at 65.

    12/12/2017 5:33:16 AM PST · by Redleg Duke · 101 replies
    Fox News
    Mayor of San Francisco and major sanctuary city proponent died "suddenly" in hospital, surrounded by family.
  • Rupert Murdoch's 28.8 million Bel Air vineyard damaged by California wildfire

    12/11/2017 9:27:54 PM PST · by Freedom of Speech Wins · 10 replies
    L.A. Times ^ | 12/07/17 | Taylor Rock
  • Plumber found guilty in slaughter of San Francisco family

    12/11/2017 8:20:57 PM PST · by Pining_4_TX · 30 replies
    SFGate ^ | 12/11/17 | Evan Sernoffsky
    A 41-year-old San Francisco plumber who was on a losing streak at local casinos and faced eviction for not paying his rent was found guilty Monday of slaughtering a family of five inside their Ingleside neighborhood home after targeting them for robbery. On its seventh day of deliberations, the San Francisco Superior Court jury found Binh Thai Luc, an undocumented Vietnamese immigrant with a violent criminal past, guilty of five counts of murder in the massacre of the Lei family on March 23, 2012. ---------------------------- Before the killings, Luc was convicted in 1998 of committing an armed robbery at a...
  • Larry King Accused of Groping, Bruising Ex-Wife of Eddie Fisher

    12/11/2017 6:21:41 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies
    Big Hollywood (Breitbart) ^ | December 11, 2017 | Daniel Nussbaum
    Talk show legend Larry King has been accused of groping an ex-wife of singer Eddie Fisher on two separate occasions, according to a report Monday. Terry Richard told the Daily Mail on Monday that the now-84-year-old Larry King Now and Politicking host groped her in 2005 and 2006, with both alleged incidents coming during baseball awards dinners at Universal Studios in Los Angeles. Richard, 63, had reportedly been working as a photographer for the local Tolucan Times when she saw King, whom she had met some months before, at the 2005 dinner. The photographer had reportedly wanted a photograph of...
  • California’s ‘new normal’ of winter wildfires doused by climate scientists

    12/11/2017 6:10:16 PM PST · by jazusamo · 26 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 11, 2017 | Valerie Richardson
    California Gov. Jerry Brown and former Vice President Al Gore lead the list of those blaming climate change for Southern California’s devastating wildfires, calling them “the new normal,” but others insist the science just isn’t there. That includes climate scientists such as University of Washington meteorologist Cliff Mass, who moved to extinguish the “now normal” narrative by arguing that the data “strongly suggests there is no credible evidence” that global warming is fueling this fall’s California coastal wildfires, and that claims to the contrary are “baseless, if not outright wrong.” “The bottom line of all this is that observations and...
  • Dem Senators Call on Trump to Resign 'Immediately' (They can pound Sand!!!)

    12/11/2017 5:05:36 PM PST · by Kaslin · 127 replies ^ | December 11, 2017 | Courtney O'Brian
    Three of President Trump's female accusers spoke with NBC's Megyn Kelly Monday about their experiences, all claiming he took advantage of them sexually. Former beauty pageant contestant Samntha Holvey alleged that Trump made her feel like "a piece of meat," Rachel Crooks, a former receptionist, claimed he forcibly kissed her, and Jessica Leeds, a traveling saleswoman, says he groped and kissed her on an airplane. The White House has dismissed them as "false claims," as Kelly reiterated on her show.These women's stories, however, were enough to convince Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) that the president needs to step down "immediately." Should...
  • Steve Edwards Out at 'Good Day LA'

    12/11/2017 4:10:38 PM PST · by bkopto · 32 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | 12/11/2017 | staff
    The longtime anchor was reportedly fired after allegations of sexual harassment were levied against him. Steve Edwards, the morning anchor of Fox's Los Angeles-based KTTV station, has been let go by the news channel. "We can confirm that Steve Edwards is no longer employed by KTTV," said a network representative in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. The longtime anchor was reportedly fired after allegations of sexual harassment were made against him, according to a report from FTV Live.
  • Becerra Tried To Block Server Admin Over Red Flags, But Logins Continued, With Muted Reaction

    12/11/2017 12:36:38 PM PST · by mojito · 27 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 12/11/2017 | Luke Rosiak
    Xavier Becerra, the chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, barely reacted when he learned the caucus server had been infiltrated in 2016, although he loudly decried the hack of the Democratic National Committee that happened around that same time.... The then-congressman, who is now California’s AG, refused to articulate...details of the cyber breach at a press conference Wednesday, and would not say whether he’s seeking criminal charges against longtime IT aide Imran Awan and his family. ....His reaction is odd given Democrats’ vocal abhorrence of the breach of the DNC resulting in the publication of its emails by Wikileaks....Early signs...