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  • Valerie Jarrett: Trump Victory Was ‘Soul-Crushing,’ ‘Punch to the Stomach’

    12/08/2016 3:59:17 AM PST · by TangoLimaSierra · 15 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 7 Dec 2016 | Pam Key
    Wednesday at Politico‘s “Women Rule” event, senior adviser to President Barack Obama Valerie Jarrett said the reactions at the White House to President-elect Donald Trump‘s victory were “like a punch in the stomach” and “soul-crushing.” Jarrett said, “We were surprised by the outcome of the election. It kind of was like a — I’m not sure what the right analogy would be, but like a punch in the stomach, let’s say. Soul-crushing might be another description. But that’s the democracy that we have. The people get to decide and the elections matter and we have to get about the business...
  • Have Republicans Abandoned The Free Market?

    12/08/2016 3:15:18 AM PST · by expat_panama · 7 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | Dec. 7, 2016 6:31 PM ET | Editorial
    Economy: Pop quiz: Attach the correct name — either liberal President Obama or conservative Vice President-elect Mike Pence — to the following quotes. "The free market is the greatest force for economic progress in human history. It's led to a prosperity and a standard of living unmatched by the rest of the world." "The free market has been sorting it out, and America's been losing." If you guessed that Obama uttered the second quote, you're wrong. That was Mike Pence at a press conference in Indiana after Donald Trump announced his deal with Carrier to keep 1,000 jobs from shifting...
  • It's Happening: Brexit Vote Passes Parliament; Article 50 To Be Triggered By April

    12/08/2016 3:12:51 AM PST · by NYer · 5 replies
    Townhall ^ | December 7, 2016 | Christine Rousselle
    A vote to trigger Article 50, which would make the United Kingdom depart from the European Union, passed the British parliament today by a wide margin. Article 50 must be triggered by the end of March next year, setting up the "Brexit" once and for all. While this is certainly a step in the right direction for those in favor of leaving the EU, the move is largely symbolic and is not actually binding or a certainty that anything will happen. Britain has taken a significant, although largely symbolic, step closer to Brexit after the MPs voted by a...
  • Study: The Recovery Is A Myth — There's Been No Recovery At All

    12/08/2016 3:07:52 AM PST · by expat_panama · 14 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | Dec. 7, 2016 6:39 PM ET | TERRY JONES
    President Obama has staked a great part of his legacy on the idea that he skillfully engineered a great recovery from the financial crisis. The Obama-friendly media routinely parrot the idea. But in fact, as a shocking new study from the nonpartisan U.S. Council on Competitiveness and the Gallup organization suggests, the so-called recovery doesn't exist. As recently as Oct. 11, less than a month before the election, the online publication The Hill ran this headline: "Obama's economic legacy ensures Democrats decades of success." No kidding. But it's a bit unfair to single them out: Others have run with similar...
  • Restoring Free Speech: The Trump Effect

    12/08/2016 2:46:20 AM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 8, 2016 | Lloyd Marcus
    A few years ago, I was able to convince my 89-year-old dad that this “ain't” the Democrat Party of his youth. Dad's Democrat Party has been hijacked by old hippies. They reject Christianity while vowing to arrest anyone speaking badly of Islam. They use public schools to teach our kids to despise all things traditional, wholesome, patriotic, and good. They are the ones who have, for the most part, made it criminal to publicly say you believe marriage should remain as it has been for thousands of years and how God intended; between one man and one woman (Genesis 2:24)....
  • California’s Sen. Barbara Boxer bids farewell to Congress after 33 years

    12/08/2016 2:25:06 AM PST · by Zakeet · 36 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | December 7, 2016 | Sean Cockerham
    Sen. Barbara Boxer of California bid farewell to Congress on Wednesday after 33 years as a liberal champion, choking up as she read a letter from jazz great Sonny Rollins thanking her for "making life beautiful" for the people she's represented. "What he said is all I wanted to do, make life beautiful for people," Boxer said in her farewell speech on the Senate floor. "I didn't always succeed ... I can honestly say that I never stopped trying." Former House colleagues of Boxer including Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco came to the Senate to pay their...
  • Democrats urge Obama to pardon 750,000 young undocumented immigrants

    12/07/2016 11:52:08 PM PST · by granada · 39 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | December 8, 2016 | Liz Goodwin
    More than 60 Democratic members of Congress are urging President Obama to protect the hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants who signed up for his deferred action program before he leaves office next month. “You have pardoned hundreds and hundreds of people convicted for drug offenses,” Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., said at a Wednesday press conference in Washington. “We want you to use that same pardon power for hundreds of thousands of young people who came forward because you asked them to come forward. You asked them to come forward.” “With that comes responsibility, Mr. President,” he added. The White...
  • Tucker Carlson of Fox News in Throwdown with Adam Schiff

    12/07/2016 9:03:56 PM PST · by CreviceTool · 32 replies
    Fox News Channel ^ | December 7, 2016 | Tucker Carlson
    8-minute video segment of Adam Schiff on Tucker Carlson's show.
  • Why Donald Trump’s Constant Twitter Battle With The Media Is A Brilliant Strategy

    12/07/2016 8:52:41 PM PST · by bobk3 · 24 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 12/7/16 | David Danford
    One might understand this best in terms of John Boyd’s famous OODA Loop. Used by military tacticians, the Observe, Orient, Decide, and Act loop describes the cycle in which opponents operate during a fight. Whoever can cycle more quickly gains the initiative and controls the fight. Whoever cycles more slowly remains off-balance, constantly having to re-observe and re-orient to circumstances dictated by the enemy. The media cycles more slowly. Trump retains initiative by constantly feeding their hysteria and confusion with a steady diet of controversial tweets. Each new tweet grabs their attention and they restart the process. Like clockwork, every...
  • Trump ignores Gore’s advice, instead picks skeptic to head EPA & dismantle climate agenda

    12/07/2016 8:43:13 PM PST · by 867V309 · 55 replies
    climatedepot.com ^ | December 7, 2016 | Marc Morano
    “President-Elect Trump’s appointment of Scott Pruitt is a breath of fresh air. No longer do we have to suffer under President Obama’s ridiculous EPA ‘climate’ regulations. It is also refreshing that a Republican President is not throwing the EPA over to the green activists and the media by appointing a weak administrator. Christine Todd Whitman he is not!
  • Christianity Should Have Bigger Part in U.S. Schooling, Trump's Education Secretary Says

    12/07/2016 8:43:10 PM PST · by kevcol · 13 replies
    Christian Today ^ | December 6, 2016 | Andre Mitchell
    The billionaire philanthropist chosen by President-elect Donald Trump to be his education secretary, Betsy DeVos, has expressed her preference in the past to give Christianity a bigger part in schooling in the United States. . . . In the recording, the Devos couple reportedly discussed how they are motivated by the Christian faith in pushing for reforms in how the youth are educated in the U.S.
  • Jerry Brown predicts ‘negative, and very powerful’ reaction if Donald Trump halts climate action

    12/07/2016 8:11:24 PM PST · by Mariner · 44 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | December 7th, 2016 | By Christopher Cadelago
    In his global evangelism about the threat of climate change, Gov. Jerry Brown has dismissed skeptics as “troglodytes” and “deniers of the obvious science.” But Brown, who in recent years has emerged as a premier climate warrior, has refused to ascribe those characteristics to Donald Trump since his election as president, despite the Republican businessman’s support for fossil fuels and repeated dismissals of climate change as a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese. In brief remarks about the subject, Brown said Monday that it would be difficult for the U.S. to “go rogue” on climate change. He went further Tuesday in...
  • Judge's order suspends Michigan's recount

    12/07/2016 5:01:58 PM PST · by bobsunshine · 55 replies
    The Detroit News | December 7, 2016 | Robert Snell
    Blocked due to Copyright - Link Below
  • Obama NLRB Wiped Out 4,500 Years of Legal Precedent

    12/07/2016 6:59:35 PM PST · by ColdOne · 23 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | 12/6/16 | Bill McMorris
    President Barack Obama’s top labor arbiters have overturned a cumulative 4,500 years of legal precedent over the past eight years, according to a new study. The National Labor Relations Board, an agency that oversees union elections and workplace disputes, has issued numerous new rules that changed longstanding agency practices, as well as issued decisions that overturned decades of precedent. In all, the board has overturned 91 precedents, wiping out more than 4,000 years of case law—averaging more than 45 years per decision; the agency’s new election rules overturned a combined 454 years of protocol, according to a study from three...
  • Steve Novick's CEO tax wins close vote, putting Portland on world map

    12/07/2016 6:59:31 PM PST · by jazusamo · 51 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | December 7, 2016 | Jessica Floum
    In a move that's drawn international headlines, Portland will launch a first-of-its-kind tax on public companies that pay their chief executives vastly more than they pay an average worker. Portland City Council approved the controversial plan 3-1 Wednesday, making a statement about growing income disparity in the United States while giving Commissioner Steve Novick a legacy piece in his final weeks in City Hall. The tax targets publicly traded companies whose chief executives report salaries at least 100 times higher than the salary of a median worker. Officials expect to raise $2.5 million a year starting in January 2017, with...
  • For the First Time, Trump Might Nominate a Florida Native for the Supreme Court

    12/07/2016 6:50:06 PM PST · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 63 replies
    Miami NewTimes ^ | November 25, 2016 | Brittany Shammas
    Since his stunning election victory two weeks ago, Donald Trump has been busy making a series of controversial appointments. First came alt-right media baron Steve Bannon as chief strategist and counselor and then Jeff Sessions, who was once denied a federal judgeship due to accusations that he made racially insensitive comments, as attorney general. This week, the president-elect announced his secretary of education will be billionaire philanthropist Betsy DeVos, a school-choice proponent some educators fear could dismantle public education. His most anticipated pick, though, is yet to come. On the campaign trail, Trump repeatedly brought up the U.S. Supreme Court...
  • Washington Post Appends "Russian Propaganda Fake News" Story, Admits It May Be Fake

    12/07/2016 6:48:46 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 32 replies
    In the latest example why the "mainstream media" is facing a historic crisis of confidence among its readership, facing unprecedented blowback following Craig Timberg November 24 Washington Post story "Russian propaganda effort helped spread ‘fake news’ during election, experts say", on Wednesday a lengthy editor's note appeared on top of the original article in which the editor not only distances the WaPo from the "experts" quoted in the original article whose "work" served as the basis for the entire article (and which became the most read WaPo story the day it was published) but also admits the Post could not...
  • NBC News paid for Ghost Ship operator's hotel room

    12/07/2016 6:44:47 PM PST · by GSWarrior · 10 replies
    The San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Dec. 7 2016 | Vivian Ho
    NBC News paid for a hotel room for the man who ran the Ghost Ship, the Oakland warehouse-turned-artists-collective that burned down Friday night, killing 36 people at an underground electronic music show. Mainstream media outlets frown on paying money to sources. A network spokesman said NBC “absolutely” did not give money to Derick Almena in exchange for a series of exclusive interviews, but bought him a hotel room at the Oakland Marriott City Center for “a couple of nights.” The spokesman described that as “standard TV booking procedure.” Almena, 46, stayed at the hotel with his wife, Micah Allison, and...
  • Pelosi on Ryan's Medicaid Plan: People ‘Won’t Be Able to Go to Their Own Doctor’

    12/07/2016 6:42:53 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 7, 2016 | 4:31 PM EST | Penny Starr
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said on Wednesday that House Speaker Paul Ryan’s (R-Wisc.) proposal to cut Medicaid spending over time to help balance the federal budget would prevent seniors from seeing the doctor of their choosing. “And I might add with what they want to do to the Affordable Care Act and what they want to do in the Ryan budget to Medicaid — a trillion dollars over 10 years taken out of Medicaid,” Pelosi said. “Two thirds of that goes to long-term heath care to our seniors.” “They won’t be able to go to their own doctor...
  • New York won't keep ID card applicants' records in future

    12/07/2016 5:12:24 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 7, 2016 7:53 PM EST | Jennifer Peltz
    The city won’t keep personal records from future applicants for its immigrant-friendly municipal ID cards, even as it has been temporarily blocked from destroying more than 900,000 current cardholders’ records. Mayoral spokeswoman Rosemary Boeglin said Wednesday the city would continue verifying but no longer retain copies of passports, birth certificates, educational records and other documents submitted by new applicants for IDNYC cards. The cards are available to any New York City resident but were aimed particularly at those without other forms of ID, including the estimated 500,000 immigrants living illegally in the city. The fate of cardholders’ documents has become...
  • Trump's EPA Pick Spooks Liberals and the Environmental Lobby

    12/07/2016 4:49:14 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 33 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 7 Dec 16 | Fred Barnes
    Liberals and the environmental left have gone into a tizzy over the selection of Oklahoma attorney general Scott Pruitt as Donald Trump's pick to head of the Environmental Protection Agency. House minority leader Nancy Pelosi says the Pruitt nomination must be blocked "for the sake of the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the planet we will leave our children." New York AG Eric Schneiderman says Pruitt is a "dangerous and an unqualified choice." Independent socialist senator Bernie Sanders declares the Pruitt pick is not only dangerous but also "sad." The League of Conservation Voters calls Pruitt not...
  • Tucker Gets Better and Better

    12/07/2016 4:26:54 PM PST · by yetidog · 59 replies
    Fox | December 7, 2016 | Vanity
    Tucker Carlson is on fire tonight. Hope he does not run out of useful idiots.
  • Controversial heartbeat bill now on governor’s desk

    12/07/2016 3:58:02 PM PST · by Morgana · 22 replies
    whio.com ^ | December 07, 2016 | Laura A. Bischoff - Columbus bureau
    The Ohio legislature Tuesday approved one of the nation’s toughest abortion laws, and the bill is now headed to Gov. John Kasich for his signature or veto. Votes in the Ohio Senate and House capped a long day of maneuvering on a bill that would effectively outlaw abortions by banning the procedure once a heartbeat is detected, which can be as early as six weeks into a pregnancy. First Ohio senators voted 21-10 for the bill, which is different than the one the House approved last year. After more than 90 minutes of emotional debate, the House voted 56-39 late...
  • Ex-House Speaker Boehner compares Trump to Teddy Roosevelt

    12/07/2016 3:23:12 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 7, 2016 12:33 PM EST
    Former U.S. House Speaker John Boehner sees President-elect Donald Trump as a modern-day Teddy Roosevelt, a populist who wants to do “big things.” The Ohio Republican told WCPO.com in Cincinnati that Trump is similar to Roosevelt, the 26th president, because he’s “another guy who saw himself larger than life.” He said Trump doesn’t want to just “trim around the edges” as president. “If you look at what Teddy Roosevelt did, he came in to do big things,” Boehner said. “I think Donald Trump wants to do big things.” …
  • Study: 'Obamacare' repeal-only would make 30M uninsured

    12/07/2016 3:18:59 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 49 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 7, 2016 2:03 PM EST | Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
    Repealing President Barack Obama’s health care law without a replacement risks making nearly 30 million people uninsured, according to a study released Wednesday. Separately, a professional group representing benefit advisers warned congressional leaders of the risk of “significant market disruption” that could cause millions of Americans to lose their health insurance. Republicans dismiss such dire scenarios, saying that they are working on replacement legislation for a President Donald Trump to sign. […] The new study from the nonpartisan Urban Institute looks at a scenario where “repeal” goes through, but “replace” stalls. It predicts heavy collateral damage for people buying individual...
  • Feinstein a no-show as Boxer says goodbye to the Senate

    12/07/2016 3:11:50 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 47 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 12/7/16 | Carolyn Lochhead
    WASHINGTON — California Sen. Barbara Boxer held back tears as she delivered her formal farewell to the Senate on Wednesday, capping a four-decade political career as a liberal fighter that began in 1972 on the Marin County Board of Supervisors. With the surprising exception of Sen. Dianne Feinstein, her California colleague of 24 years, Boxer was joined in the Senate chamber by numerous allies and one-time foes from both parties, along with members of her family, all gathered to wish her well. Boxer reserved a special hug for her longtime friend, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco, who...
  • John Kasich to Electoral College: Don't cast your vote for me

    12/07/2016 2:56:03 PM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 41 replies
    Washington (CNN)Ohio Gov. John Kasich doesn't want to take Donald Trump's place as President-elect of the United States. The former Republican presidential candidate, who ran against Trump in the primary, tweeted Tuesday asking that electors in the Electoral College not cast their votes for him when they meet December 19. Kasich tweeted a statement that said, "I am not a candidate for president and ask that electors not vote for me when they gather later this month. Our country had an election and Donald Trump won. The country is divided and there are certainly raw emotions on both sides stemming...
  • Senate Clears Bill to Ease FDA Drug and Device Approvals

    12/07/2016 2:50:18 PM PST · by oblomov · 11 replies
    7 Dec 2016 ^ | Thomas M. Burton
    WASHINGTON—Passage of legislation aimed at speeding up Food and Drug Administration approvals, combined with an incoming president who has pledged to “cut red tape” at the agency, is expected to usher in a new, more industry-friendly era of drug and device regulation. The Senate on Wednesday cleared the measure known as the 21st Century Cures bill, which lays out in detail speedier and more pro-industry methods for the FDA to approve new drugs and medical devices. Its supporters, such as PhRMA, the drug-industry association, and AdvaMed, representing device makers, praise it as a way to bring about more innovation and...
  • FAIL: PRWeek’s ‘Survey’ of 22 PR Pros Found ZERO Predictions for Trump

    12/07/2016 2:47:53 PM PST · by Red Badger · 9 replies
    www.mrctv.org ^ | 12-07-2016 | Craig Bannister
    The pre-election predictions of communications professionals surveyed by PRWeek proved to be unanimously – and embarrassingly – wrong. Could every PR executive in the U.S. have been so off, or was this a case of media bias in choosing the "experts?” On Nov. 8, PRWeek published “They're with her: PR execs predict a resounding Clinton victory,” in which it reported the pre-election predictions of 22 communications professionals – not one of whom predicted Donald Trump would win the election. Not only were their predictions wrong, they were embarrassingly wrong, with some apparently more influenced by personal opinion than science. As...
  • What the Dakota Access Pipeline Is Really About

    12/07/2016 2:25:44 PM PST · by KeyLargo · 55 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Dec 7, 2016 | Kevin Cramer
    What the Dakota Access Pipeline Is Really About The standoff isn’t about tribal rights or water, but a White House that ignores the rule of law. Kevin Cramer A little more than two weeks ago, during a confrontation between protesters and law enforcement, an improvised explosive device was detonated on a public bridge in southern North Dakota. That was simply the latest manifestation of the “prayerful” and “peaceful” protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Escalating tensions were temporarily defused Sunday when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, at the direction of the Obama administration, announced it would refuse to grant...
  • Trump's Cabinet is starting to look like the staff of one of the most storied units of the Iraq War

    12/07/2016 1:33:16 PM PST · by BeauBo · 28 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 7 Dec 2016 | Paul Szoldra
    By the end of the campaign, they had fought together in places like Nasiriyah, Al Kut, and eventually Baghdad. The division they were in — along with the US Army and UK armored elements — carried out one of the most aggressive, high-speed attacks in history, and 1st Marine Division's ground march was the longest in the history of the Marine Corps, for which it earned the Presidential Unit Citation.
  • What You Need To Know About Scott Pruitt, Trump's Pick to lead the EPA

    12/07/2016 1:23:35 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 59 replies
    DIGG ^ | 12/07/2016 | Benjamin Goggin
    On Thursday, sources confirmed to multiple media outlets that Donald Trump has chosen Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency. Earlier in the day, Trump's Homeland Security pick — retired general John Kelly (here's what you should know about him) — was also announced. The choice of Pruitt is bad news for environmentalists as he has led the charge nationally against President Obama's climate change policies. Here's what you need to know.Pruitt Has Recently Questioned The Validity Of The Science Behind Global Warming Pruitt’s opinion on climate change aligns with that of Trump, who repeatedly has...
  • Trump chooses pro wrestling magnate Linda McMahon to head the Small Business Administration

    12/07/2016 1:17:49 PM PST · by springwater13 · 141 replies
    U.S. President-elect Donald Trump plans to nominate professional wrestling magnate and former Senate candidate Linda McMahon as his choice to head the Small Business Administration, transition officials told Reuters on Wednesday. The announcement was expected later on Wednesday. McMahon, 68, is a co-founder and former CEO of the professional wrestling franchise WWE, which is based in Stamford, Connecticut. She ran unsuccessfully for a U.S. Senate seat in Connecticut in 2010. She was an early supporter of Trump's presidential campaign. The SBA, which has at least one office in every U.S. state, provides support to small businesses such as extending loans...
  • Opinion: Will Trump usher in an economic boom?

    12/07/2016 12:56:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Market Watch ^ | December 7, 2016 | Darrell Delamaide
    Will President Donald Trump usher in an economic boom? In case you haven’t noticed, while liberals fret about who Trump is talking to on the phone and conservatives fret about trade wars and deficits, the stock market is going crazy. Irrational exuberance or eager anticipation of a rebounding U.S. economy unshackled from over-burdensome regulations, high corporate taxes and too-timid fiscal policy? Irrational exuberance or eager anticipation of a rebounding U.S. economy unshackled from over-burdensome regulations, high corporate taxes and too-timid fiscal policy? Paul McCulley, former chief economist for Pimco, says it’s the latter. “The market is essentially celebrating the end...
  • Speaker Ryan Retreats on H-2B Visa Outsourcing Program

    12/07/2016 12:31:19 PM PST · by conservativepoet · 96 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/7/2016 | Neil Munro
    GOP leaders, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, have quietly ended an unpopular 2015 program to annually outsource another 198,000 blue-collar jobs to lower-paid foreign workers.
  • Trump to Appoint Global Warming Skeptic to Head EPA

    12/07/2016 12:23:29 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 34 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | DECEMBER 7, 2016 | Jim Hoft
    According to Reuters Donald Trump is appointing a global warming skeptic to head the Environmental Protection Agency. The far left EDF is not pleased with this development. Pruitt, who met with President-elect Donald Trump in New York on Nov. 28, has used his current position to try to block some of the EPA’s most important air-quality rules. On his own LinkedIn page, he boasts that he “led the charge with repeated notices and subsequent lawsuits against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for their [sic] leadership’s activist agenda.” Tries to block every EPA rule he sees Since becoming Oklahoma’s top legal...
  • Senate passes Cures bill

    12/07/2016 11:55:42 AM PST · by ColdOne · 12 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 12/7/16 | Robert King
    The Senate overwhelmingly passed a major medical research package on Wednesday afternoon, sending the legislation to President Obama, who has said he will sign it. The 21st Century Cures Act, which passed 94-5, would provide $6.3 billion spread out over 10 years to medical research and the Food and Drug Administration. Of the $6.3 billion, about $1 billion would be sent out as grants to states to help combat opioid abuse.
  • Rep. John Conyers: ‘The Electoral College Is Rooted in Slavery’

    12/07/2016 11:52:56 AM PST · by PROCON · 72 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | Dec. 7, 2016 | Lauretta Brown
    (CNSNews.com) – Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) held a forum Tuesday on the future of the Electoral College, which he claimed was “rooted in slavery.” “We also must face up to the cold reality that the Electoral College is rooted in slavery,” Conyers said in his opening statement. Conyers referenced a claim by one of the witnesses, Yale Law professor Akhil Amar, that “states opposed direct elections for the president, because in a direct election system, the North would outnumber the South, whose many slaves could not vote, but the Electoral College instead let each southern state count its slaves, although...
  • HOUSE GOP EYES FOOD STAMP OVERHAUL, POSSIBLE REQUIREMENTS

    12/07/2016 11:28:18 AM PST · by PROCON · 114 replies
    AP ^ | Dec. 7, 2016 | MARY CLARE JALONICK
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Republicans are laying the groundwork for a fresh effort to overhaul the food stamp program during Donald Trump's presidency, with the possibility of new work and eligibility requirements for millions of people. The GOP majority on the House Agriculture Committee released a two-year review of the program on Wednesday that stops short of making specific policy recommendations, but hints at areas where Republicans could focus: strengthening work requirements and perhaps issuing new ones, tightening some eligibility requirements or providing new incentives to encourage food stamp recipients to buy healthier foods.
  • Two sections of First Coast Expressway construction behind schedule

    12/07/2016 11:00:21 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    The Florida Times-Union ^ | December 6, 2016 | Teresa Stepzinski
    Construction of two of the three sections of the multi-lane First Coast Expressway running through Clay County and neighboring Northeast Florida communities is behind schedule, according to Florida Department of Transportation officials, who cited a variety of factors for the delays. The expressway is a limited access toll facility is touted by elected officials and economic development authorities in Clay as being a gateway to new residential and commercial economic growth, which translates into an increased tax base. When completed, the expressway will span 46.5 miles. It be a connecting road outside of the existing Interstate 295 Loop between Interstate...
  • Michigan GOP elector launches website urging vote for Trump

    12/07/2016 10:58:35 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    WDIV-TV ^ | December 7, 2016 | Jeff Karoub, The Associated Press
    DETROIT - A Republican member of the Electoral College from Michigan has created a website urging Donald Trump supporters to rally electors around the president-elect. Brian Fairbrother, deputy clerk for the Detroit suburb of Shelby Township, launched ElectorsforTrump.com this week. Fairbrother says he and fellow electors have been deluged with missives from people urging them to vote for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton or another Republican. Fairbrother tells The Associated Press he's received "thousands" of emails and letters. He doesn't believe any of the writers supported Trump....
  • BREAKING: Trump to appoint Oklahoma Attorney General Pruitt as EPA head - transition team

    12/07/2016 10:26:02 AM PST · by MountainWalker · 46 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12/7/2016 | Reuters
    BREAKING: Trump to appoint Oklahoma Attorney General Pruitt as EPA head - transition team
  • Led By California, Democrats Vow to Say ‘No’ to Trump — on Everything

    12/07/2016 10:22:52 AM PST · by bobk333 · 38 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/7/16 | Joel B Pollak
    Democrats are vowing to oppose incoming President Donald Trump on everything — from his Cabinet nominees to his policy proposals, from his executive orders to his Supreme Court nominations. They are doing so based on their mistaken projection of Trump as a nascent fascist; their hysterical and self-serving delusions about being “unsafe”; and their own faulty memories of Republican opposition to President Barack Obama. In do doing, Democrats are setting themselves up to continue to fail. Dick Polman of Calbuzz makes the case for “no”: "[Republicans in 2009] resolved to thwart Obama’s efforts to fix the Great Recession … Cooperating...
  • TV Host with Breast Cancer Forced to Remove Wig as Part of ‘Horrific’ TSA Body Search

    12/07/2016 10:08:15 AM PST · by Red Badger · 32 replies
    people.com ^ | Posted on December 7, 2016 at 11:28am EST | By Lindsay Kimble
    Denise Albert, the co-founder of The MOMS, is speaking out after what she calls an “horrific” pat down from Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents at the Los Angeles International Airport on Sunday — all over medication related to her breast cancer treatment. Albert, who is a frequent guest on PIX11 Morning News, told the outlet that she was traveling through security when she was pulled aside by agents for a manual search. The cause for further search was a medical cream she had packed in her carry on luggage, Albert told PIX11. Albert wrote on The MOMS website that the...
  • ‘The Moms’ co-host Denise Albert, who is battling cancer, says she felt ‘violated’ during TSA search

    12/07/2016 10:05:00 AM PST · by Red Badger · 24 replies
    pix11.com ^ | Updated at 07:31pm, December 6, 2016 | by Talia Tirella and Dan Mannarino
    LOS ANGELES — A breast-cancer patient said she felt violated and humiliated in a public TSA search at Los Angeles International Airport Sunday after two security agents put her through what she called an aggressive pat down. Denise Albert, a frequent guest on the PIX11 Morning News and co-host of "The Moms," was traveling through LAX security when two TSA agents pulled her aside for a manual search because she was trying to bring a necessary medical cream with her on her flight, Albert said. "I always let them know I have a medical port and that I am wearing...
  • County settles suit over traffic stop by cross-commissioned officer ( NM )

    12/07/2016 9:38:43 AM PST · by george76 · 6 replies
    The New Mexican ^ | Dec 1, 2016. | Phaedra Haywood
    Santa Fe County has agreed to pay $75,000 to a man who claims a Pojoaque Pueblo police officer assaulted him after a traffic stop seven years ago. Tribal Officer Glen Gutierrez was acting under authority of the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office when he pulled over Jose Luis Loya of El Paso on a claim that the motorist was driving recklessly. The settlement, reached last month, is the final installment in a years long dispute over which government agency is legally responsible when officers from other jurisdictions who are cross-commissioned by the sheriff are sued. Santa Fe County since then...
  • Michael Moore: ‘Disrupt the Inauguration’

    12/07/2016 9:03:28 AM PST · by detective · 76 replies
    Breitbart | 7 Dec 2016 | Jerome Hudson
    Liberal documentary filmaker Michael Moore is encouraging Americans to take to the streets to protest the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump. “Disrupt the Inauguration. The Majority have spoken – by nearly 2.7 million votes &counting! Silence is not an option,” Moore tweeted Wednesday morning to his three million Twitter followers.
  • Western counties join in opposition to BLM’s land-use plan [ Colorado ]

    12/07/2016 9:02:09 AM PST · by george76 · 6 replies
    Grand Junction Media ^ | December 6, 2016 | Gary Harmon
    County officials in western Colorado have regularly lambasted Planning 2.0 and this week, Garfield County joined in with five other counties in the western United States considering suing to halt the rule, which they have criticized as a central-planning measure. The BLM this month announced that the rule was final and on Monday, Garfield County agreed to spend as much as $40,000 with the Texas-based property-rights organization, the American Stewards of Liberty, to halt it. While Garfield County is taking an active role, Mesa County officials are looking to Congress and a Republican administration under President-elect Donald Trump to deal...
  • Trump Picks Iowa Governor Branstad As US Ambassador To China, Beijing Calls Him "Old Friend"

    12/07/2016 9:00:24 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 12/07/2016
    As reported in Frontrunning, President-elect Donald Trump will nominate Iowa Governor Terry Branstad as the next U.S. ambassador to China, choosing a longstanding friend of Beijing after rattling the world's second-largest economy by speaking to Taiwan's president. Earlier in Beijing, Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang called Branstad an "old friend" of China when asked about a report on the appointment, although he added Beijing would work with any U.S. ambassador.The appointment of Branstad will likely ease trade tensions between the two countries, the world's two biggest agricultural producers, diplomats and trade experts said according to Reuters. It also suggests...
  • Iraq Was Probably a “Mistake,” Said Gen. James Mattis, Trump’s Defense Pick

    12/07/2016 8:59:17 AM PST · by Lorianne · 81 replies
    Intercept, the ^ | 05 December 2016 | Mattathias Schwartz
    President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of defense called the 2003 invasion of Iraq a “mistake,” according to a recording obtained by The Intercept. “Ladies and gentlemen,” Mattis said, “we will probably look back on the invasion of Iraq as a mistake — as a strategic mistake.” Mattis was one of the Iraq campaign’s most important ground commanders. He led the 1st Marine Division during the invasion and later oversaw the bloody retaking of Fallujah from insurgents in 2004. As for the Pentagon’s view on the Iraq invasion at the time, Mattis said this: “I think people were pretty much...