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  • Trump’s pick as labor secretary said: Legalizing immigrants is ‘the right thing to do’

    12/08/2016 3:57:39 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 12/08/2016 | Liz Goodwin Senior National Affairs Reporter
    Donald Trump’s pick to lead the Department of Labor strongly defended immigration reform in remarks several years ago and also criticized border security as a waste of money and overly intrusive — positions that put him at odds with the president-elect’s campaign promises to crack down on immigration.Andrew Puzder, CEO of the fast-food chain conglomerate CKE Restaurants, said that passing immigration reform that offered a path to legalization for many of the millions of undocumented immigrants in the country was “the right thing to do” and would boost the economy, in a question-and-answer session organized by conservative think tank the...
  • Cult leaders, soap operas and Viagra: S. Korea’s presidential scandal has it all

    12/08/2016 3:56:10 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 1 replies
    SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea’s latest political scandal has all the makings of a thriller in which the decisions of the president, lonely and isolated, are influenced by a longtime friend, right down to personnel and policy moves, even what to wear. Making it even more twisted is that the friend’s father, a cult leader, used similar Rasputin-like control on President Park Geun-hye’s father when he held the top office until he was assassinated in part because of that unhealthy relationship. Toss in some Viagra, visits to a detox clinic under a pseudonym, a deadly ferry sinking and mass...
  • Pew: Approval of Trump’s cabinet choices at 40 percent, by far the lowest number in recent history

    12/08/2016 3:52:56 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/08/2016 | AllahPundit
    A surprising result in light of Bloomberg’s poll yesterday showing Trump’s favorable rating climbing to 50/43. Pew’s numbers are very, very different: They have his rating at a dismal 37/58, which is hard to believe after his big Carrier win. Of the last three presidents before him, none took office with favorability lower than 60 percent. That was Dubya, coming off his loss of the national popular vote and the controversial Supreme Court decision on the Florida recount.There’s buzz among political nerds on social media this afternoon specifically for the poor ratings his transition has received, with just 41...
  • President-elect Donald Trump honors the late John Glenn

    12/08/2016 3:52:17 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Austin American Statesman ^ | December 8, 2016 |
    President-elect Donald Trump honored the first American to orbit the Earth on Thursday, a little more than an hour after Glenn’s death was announced. The former Ohio senator died Thursday at age 95 after a prolonged illness. In his remarks, sent out via his Twitter feed, Trump hailed Glenn as an inspiration to generations of “explorers.” “Today we lost a great pioneer of air and space in John Glenn,” Trump wrote...
  • After 30 years in the Senate, Harry Reid takes his leave of Washington

    12/08/2016 3:15:04 PM PST · by mdittmar · 50 replies
    cBS News ^ | December 8, 2016 | Reena Flores
    Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada bid a final farewell Thursday to his colleagues, following a 34-year career in Congress, the first four in the House, and 30 years in the upper chamber, where his leadership saw -- among other legislative accomplishments -- the passage of sweeping healthcare reform. Reid, who has been the Democratic leader for over a decade, is retiring at the age of 77, just as Republicans have taken control of the White House and continued their hold on the legislative branch.
  • Don’t buy the lie that Obama’s leaving behind a healthy economy

    12/08/2016 2:33:10 PM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 25 replies
    After eight years of blaming America’s problems on George W. Bush, the press that got the election wrong is rolling out a new line — that President Obama is handing President-elect Donald Trump a booming economy. That takes some brass. The jobless rate is down to 4.6 percent, and the growth rate is up above 2 percent or even 3 percent, with housing prices getting back to pre-recession levels. Stocks are soaring. So the idea seems to be that Obama has solved the problem in the nick of time. “Obama’s gift to Trump” is the headline on CNN. “Trump inherits...

    12/08/2016 2:06:52 PM PST · by NYer · 9 replies
    Minutemen News ^ | December 8, 2016
    Is it any wonder the economy is flailing and the job market is down?   People and businesses are saddled under the financial burden of all these regulations!The Washington Free Beacon reports – The Obama administration has put forth 25 so-called “midnight” regulations, which will cost the economy $44.1 billion, according to a report from the American Action Forum.Midnight regulations are rules that are published after Election Day and before the next president is inaugurated in January 2017. Earlier this year, the administration estimated that there would be $5.2 billion in regulatory costs incurred during that time.The $44.1 billion in regulatory...
  • Donald Trump Picks Generals and Billionaires

    12/08/2016 1:59:13 PM PST · by Innovative · 45 replies
    Time ^ | Dec. 8, 2016 | not stated
    The President-elect has been turning to retired military brass and those with deep pocketbooks to fill out many of the top posts in his administration.
  • President Obama's speech at MacDill Airforce Base, with my translation

    12/08/2016 1:56:12 PM PST · by JOHN ADAMS · 6 replies
    White House and my fevered brain ^ | December 6, 2016 | Barack Obama and me
    Brietbart had an article about this speech, here I read it and thought maybe they were being hyperbolic about what Obama had said. So I forced myself to read the speech. They weren't being hyperbolic. Herewith the important excerpts, with my translation in CAPS. We have to avoid repeating the mistakes of the 2003 invasion that have helped to give rise to the organization that became ISIL in the first place. LET’S REMEMBER ONE OF MY FAVORITE LINES FROM THE FIRST SEVEN YEARS OF MY PRESIDENCY: IT’S ALL GEORGE BUSH’S FAULT. No foreign terrorist organization has successfully planned...
  • Michael Moore makes a new Trump prediction: He may quit 'before he even takes office'

    12/08/2016 1:51:18 PM PST · by mikeIII · 44 replies
    After correctly predicting Donald Trump would win the presidential election, Michael Moore made a new prediction that he may not go on to serve his term while talking to Seth Meyers. The Oscar-winning director made waves when he predicted that Trump would win back in July and now he says he takes no pleasure in being right. "I never wanted to be more wrong," Moore told Seth Meyers on Wednesday's "Late Night." "I remember when I said this on the show, the audience moaned, like 'no,' all because it didn't seem possible. She was ahead in the polls, she was winning the...
  • McCain: I'll answer 'stupid, idiotic' Trump questions next year

    12/08/2016 1:29:24 PM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 64 replies
    Sen. John McCain JOHN MCCAIN Senate votes to elevate Cyber Command in military Senate sends annual defense bill to Obama's desk Trump really can't do much to reduce tensions with Putin's Russia MORE (R-Ariz.) is pledging to break his silence on President-elect Donald Trump next year. "On the first of January, I promise to start answering these stupid, idiotic questions," he told reporters on Tuesday. McCain has largely refused to talk about Trump for months, despite a constant stream of questions from Capitol Hill reporters. A reporter on Tuesday again began to ask McCain about Trump, but McCain interrupted him,...
  • Trump taps CEO of Hardee's and Carl's Jr. as labor secretary

    12/08/2016 1:18:39 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    WPLG-TV ^ | December 8, 2016 | Julia Horowitz, CNN Money
    President-elect Donald Trump has picked Andrew Puzder, the head of the Carl's Jr. and Hardee's fast food restaurants, as his nominee for Labor secretary, a source familiar with the decision tells CNN. Puzder, 66, is a vocal critic of government regulation and opposes a $15 minimum wage, broader overtime pay and the Affordable Care Act. The Labor Department oversees America's job market, regulates the workplace, and produces statistics like the unemployment rate that underpin economic policy....
  • Trump's pledge to boost infrastructure could aid mid-Hudson

    12/08/2016 12:56:52 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    The Middletown Times Herald-Record ^ | November 21, 2016 | James Nani
    County leaders are hopeful that the $1 trillion infrastructure investment promised by Republican president-elect Donald Trump will have a big impact on the region. Trump has promised to prioritize infrastructure spending in his first 100 days in office. The move is one that Democrats, now in minority positions in both houses of Congress, have said they're willing to support. The plan, which is not yet fully fleshed out, looks to rely heavily on billions of dollars of infrastructure tax credits to private entities. And while Federal Reserve Board Chair Janet Yellen warned recently that weighing down the national debt with...
  • UC Davis Doctors Perform Surgery On Baby Still In The Womb (w video)

    12/08/2016 12:01:59 PM PST · by · 26 replies ^ | December 8, 2016 | Adrienne Moore
    UC DAVIS (CBS13) — A first-of-its-kind surgery at UC Davis Children’s Hospital had a happy ending just in time for the holidays. Doctors are celebrating a successful fetal surgery on a baby boy while he was still growing inside the womb. Bobby Angeles and Khae Saetern named their little boy Matthew, which means “a gift from God.” It’s a fitting name when you consider the loss they’ve experienced and the loss they almost faced. In the last three years, they’ve dealt with infertility, miscarriages, a baby girl who was stillborn. Then their unborn son had a serious condition that threatened...
  • Block Impeachment of IRS Commissioner (WTF?)

    12/08/2016 11:57:44 AM PST · by Baynative · 72 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | 12/7/16 | Staff
    This vote was on whether or not IRS Commissioner John Koskinen's impeachment should be blocked. Conservatives have made the case that Koskinen was involved in covering up and hampering Congress' investigation into the IRS targeting of conservative groups and conservative speech. Koskinen has been accused of repeatedly lying under oath and refusing to cooperate with congressional investigators. In June 2014, he told Congress that since the start of this investigation into former Director Lois Lerner, every email had been preserved. Yet, just three months earlier, IRS officials magnetically erased 422 backup tapes containing as many as 24,000 of Lois Lerner’s...
  • David Petraeus' former mistress Paula Broadwell Claims He Threw her 'Under the Bus' after their ....

    12/08/2016 11:05:05 AM PST · by Cecily · 78 replies
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | December 8, 2016 | Hannah Parry
    Paula Broadwell, the woman whose affair with then-CIA director David Petraeus cost him his job, has accused him of having her 'thrown under the bus' over their illicit relationship. The former intelligence officer said she felt 'betrayed' by Petraeus after news of their affair broke in 2012. 'I was in such a state of mental shock and quickly spiraled into a depression,' she told Vanity Fair.
  • An Enemy of the E.P.A. to Head It (NYT Negative Endorsement Résumé Enhancer)

    12/08/2016 11:04:01 AM PST · by MountainWalker · 47 replies
    Had Donald Trump spent an entire year scouring the country for someone to weaken clean air and clean water laws and repudiate America’s leadership role in the global battle against climate change, he could not have found a more suitable candidate than Scott Pruitt, the Oklahoma attorney general, whom he picked on Wednesday to run the Environmental Protection Agency.... Mr. Pruitt has repeatedly suggested that the science of climate change is far from settled, when in fact it is, and says that scientists continue to disagree about whether there is a relationship between human activity and rising atmospheric temperatures, which...
  • The Palm Beach Post Trump Voter Forum

    12/08/2016 10:50:51 AM PST · by LRoggy · 1 replies
    Palm Beach Post Facebook Page ^ | 12/8/2016 | LRoggy
    This is the link to the PB Post Trump Voter Forum held last night. I was a participant and felt that it was worthy time spent. If the Admin staff can find a way to embed the link into a click-on video (it is currently not yet posted to their YouTube channel) I'd appreciate it. It took about 90 minutes and the discussion was at a pretty good level. Although there was some minor push back at times from the questioners, Rick Christie, the Editorial Page Editor and Howard Goodman, who is a columnist, I felt they tried their...
  • Men still earn more than women with the same jobs [a whopping 2.4%]

    12/08/2016 10:42:19 AM PST · by NobleFree · 37 replies
    CNBC ^ | 6 Dec 2016 | Jessica Dickler
    An unpleasant truth: Women still earn less than men for doing the same job. And while income inequality between men and women has shrunk (see chart below), it remains stubbornly persistent and is prompting more workers to look for other jobs. Overall, a woman makes about 76 cents for every dollar a man does nationwide, according to a new study by salary-tracking website PayScale. Even when comparing the sexes with the same job title at the same company and using similar education and experience, the gender pay gap persists: Men earned 2.4 percent more than women on average, down slightly...
  • I 'absolutely' suffered racism in office, says Obama: Some Americans' 'primary concern about me..

    12/08/2016 10:31:25 AM PST · by PROCON · 155 replies ^ | Dec. 8, 2016 | FRANCESCA CHAMBERS
    Full Title: I 'absolutely' suffered racism in office, says Obama: Some Americans' 'primary concern about me has been that I seem foreign' President Barack Obama says the color of his skin has 'absolutely' contributed to white Americans' negative perceptions of his time in office. The president said in a Wednesday special looking back on his legacy, 'I think there's a reason why attitudes about my presidency among whites in Northern states are very different from whites in Southern states. 'Are there folks whose primary concern about me has been that I seem foreign, the other? Are those who champion the...
  • Trump Picks Okla. Attorney General to Lead EPA: Big Win for Climate Realists, Constitutionalist

    12/08/2016 9:24:34 AM PST · by VitacoreVision · 19 replies
    The New American ^ | 08 December 2016 | Steve Byas
    “We’re certainly going to draw a line in the sand. This is the worst-case scenario when it comes to clean air and clean water, to nominate a climate denier to the agency charged with protecting our natural resources,” groused Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), expressing his opposition to President-elect Donald Trump's nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as director of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).For conservatives, however, it was a home run. Pruitt has fought President Barack Obama in court on a host of issues, including Obama’s executive orders on ObamaCare, immigration, and even bathroom use by transgenders, in addition...
  • Leonardo DiCaprio Meets With Trump To Discuss Creation Of "Millions Of Green Jobs"

    12/08/2016 8:47:46 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 116 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 12/08/2016
    In one of the more unexpected visits to take place to the penthouse at the Trump Tpower on Wednesday, Leonardo DiCaprio and the head of his foundation met with President-elect Donald Trump to discuss how jobs centered on preserving the environment can boost the economy.  In a statement to The Associated Press, Terry Tamminen, the CEO of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, confirmed the meeting at Trump Tower in New York City. Tamminen said the pair gave a presentation to Trump, daughter Ivanka, and other members of Trump's team on how focusing on renewable, clean energy could create millions of...
  • Hospitals warn Trump and Congress of massive losses with Affordable Care Act repeal

    12/08/2016 8:40:09 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/08/2016 | By Amy Goldstein
    The nation’s hospital industry warned President-elect Donald Trump and congressional leaders on Tuesday that repealing the Affordable Care Act could cost hospitals $165 billion by the middle of the next decade and trigger “an unprecedented public health crisis.” The two main trade groups for U.S. hospitals dispatched a letter to the incoming president and Capitol Hill’s top four leaders, saying that the government should help hospitals avoid massive financial losses if the law is rescinded in a way that causes a surge of uninsured patients. The letter, along with a consultant’s study estimating the financial impact of undoing the Affordable...
  • Marine Corps Says It Will Review Women-In-Combat Integration If Requested By Trump

    12/08/2016 8:38:13 AM PST · by GonzoII · 45 replies
    Task and Purpose ^ | December 8, 2016 | Tara Copp, Stars and Stripes
    The incoming Trump administration increases the chances that the decision on women in combat jobs will be reviewed and possibly changed. The Pentagon’s decision to integrate women into combat positions will be reviewed if requested by President-elect Donald Trump, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert Neller said Wednesday. “If we’re asked what our best military advice is on that, we’ll make that known at that time,” Neller said Wednesday at a defense forum in Washington, D.C.
  • Harry Reid Defends Senate Rule Change: 'What Was Fair for President Obama Is Fair for Trump'(T)

    12/08/2016 8:30:10 AM PST · by rktman · 47 replies ^ | 12/8/2016 | Susan Jones
    Outgoing Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, writing in Thursday's New York Times [1], says he has "a few things to say," now that he's leaving the Senate for good. Reid devoted half of his op-ed to a defense of the Senate rule change he instituted in 2013. The so-called "nuclear option" will allow confirmation of Donald Trump's nominees (except for the Supreme Court) by a simple 51-vote majority. It eliminates the filibuster. "One thing we fought for that’s worth defending is a fairer, more open and more productive Senate," Reid wrote. "We changed the Senate rules to guarantee a president’s...
  • Reid, Democrats trigger ‘nuclear’ option; eliminate most filibusters on nominees (OLD)

    12/08/2016 8:19:01 AM PST · by Uncle Miltie · 4 replies
    Washington Post (An Admitted a Fake News Site) ^ | November 21, 2013 | Paul Kane
    Senate Democrats took the dramatic step Thursday of eliminating filibusters for most nominations by presidents, a power play they said was necessary to fix a broken system but one that Republicans said will only rupture it further. Democrats used a rare parliamentary move to change the rules so that federal judicial nominees and executive-office appointments can advance to confirmation votes by a simple majority of senators, rather than the 60-vote supermajority that has been the standard for nearly four decades. The immediate rationale for the move was to allow the confirmation of three picks by President Obama to the U.S....
  • Sen. Thune: Nuclear Option Will Stand, No Denying Trump Picks

    12/08/2016 7:52:19 AM PST · by Lazamataz · 110 replies
    From Facebook, from someone I trust: "Senator John Thune just confirmed on Fox News that Republicans will stick with the nuclear option, instituted by Reid and the Democrats to get their more controversial appointments through. In other words, there will be very little chance any of Trump's cabinet appointments can be stopped."
  • Voters To Trump: Defeat ISIS, Cut Taxes, And Build Roads — IBD/TIPP Poll

    12/08/2016 7:29:15 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 27 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 12/8/2016 | John Merline
    After one of the most politically divisive elections in recent history, voters are generally in agreement about what should be at the top of Donald Trump's and the new Congress' agenda once they are sworn in next year, according to the first post-election IBD/TIPP poll. The poll asked the public to name which of seven agenda items should be the highest, second-highest and third-highest priorities for the new administration. Infrastructure spending came out on top, with 23% saying it should be Trump's top-most agenda, followed by "drain the swamp" (18%), lowering taxes (16%), and repealing ObamaCare, at 13%. However, when...
  • Former NSA Director Michael Hayden: Banning Guns ‘Might’ Be Part of Counterterrorism

    12/08/2016 7:27:21 AM PST · by rktman · 74 replies ^ | 12/8/2016 | AWR Hawkins
    During a Wall Street Journal Future of Cybersecurity breakfast, former NSA director Michael Hayden suggested banning whole categories of guns “might” need to be part of America’s “counterterrrorism discussion” going forward. He specifically referenced the June 12 Orlando Pulse terror attack and suggested there “might be some guns out there that nobody should be able to buy.”
  • NBC Fears Trump’s Pick Will ‘Dismantle’ Obama’s EPA, CBS Smears(we're hopin'!)

    12/08/2016 7:09:09 AM PST · by rktman · 61 replies ^ | 12/7/2016 | Nicholas Fondacaro
    News broke Wednesday that President-Elect Donald Trump had selected Oklahoma Attorney General, and active opponent to the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt to lead that very same organization. Word of Trump’s latest pick sent liberal environmental groups into a panic along with networks CBS and NBC. “The president-elect filled more administration posts today, putting a global warming sceptic in charge of protecting the environment,” announced anchor Scott Pelley on CBS Evening News. CBS’s Nancy Cordes bemoaned Trump’s climate change switcheroo from earlier in the week. “Al Gore's meeting with Mr. Trump the other day gave environmentalists hope, but that hope...
  • Pittsburgh council prez says conversion therapy is 'soul murder'

    12/08/2016 6:33:21 AM PST · by Buckeye McFrog · 42 replies ^ | 12/7/2016 | Bob Bauder
    Pittsburgh City Council on Wednesday advanced legislation that would prohibit licensed mental health professionals from subjecting minors to “conversion therapy,” the practice of attempting to change a person's sexual orientation. The legislation is intended to protect gay and transgender people younger than 18 and was a response to the election of Republican Donald Trump and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as president and vice president, said council President Bruce Kraus, a South Side Democrat. Kraus, who is gay, called conversion therapy “a form of soul murder.” “I think it's obvious if anyone has followed national news there's clearly been a change...
  • Trump Appears to Soften on Deporting Thousands of Young Immigrants ("Work Something out"- Dreamers)

    12/08/2016 6:24:05 AM PST · by brucedickinson · 57 replies
    NY Times ^ | 12-7-2017 | Amy Chozick
    “We’re going to work something out that’s going to make people happy and proud,” Mr. Trump told Time magazine. “They got brought here at a very young age, they’ve worked here, they’ve gone to school here. Some were good students. Some have wonderful jobs. And they’re in never-never land because they don’t know what’s going to happen.”
  • Virginia Democrat: I Think We Should Have A Gun Registry

    12/08/2016 6:22:35 AM PST · by rktman · 69 replies ^ | 12/7/2016 | Matt Vespa
    Sen. Barbara Favola says she doesn’t want to take away your guns. She just wants to know what you’re packing. The Arlington Democrat is proposing to have the state study whether the registration of firearms in Virginia is feasible, because she believes arming police with a database of gun records would provide them with an additional tool to fight crime. But she knows even a study will draw opposition in Richmond […] “My guess is that there will not be a single Republican who will vote for this bill,” says Sen Richard Black (R-Loudoun). “The whole purpose of [the study]...
  • DNC Official Shared Pol. Intel With Turkish Gmvt. Officials, Paid For Pro-Turkey Op-Ed

    12/08/2016 5:15:16 AM PST · by Strac6 · 13 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | Chuck Ross
    A Turkish-American businessman who is head of the Democratic National CommitteeÂ’s Heritage Council claimed to have paid a former GOP congressman to write a pro-Turkey op-ed last year and also provided secret updates on his own political activities to members of Turkish president Recep Tayyip ErdoganÂ’s inner circle, newly released emails reveal. The businessman, Murat Guzel, was also interviewed by the FBI earlier this year along with several Turkish nationals linked to its government, other emails indicate. The bomshell revelations come from the hacked email account of Berat Albayrak, TurkeyÂ’s energy minister and ErdoganÂ’s son-in-law. The emails, which number more...
  • The Supreme Court oral argument that cost Democrats the presidency

    12/08/2016 3:47:19 AM PST · by C19fan · 60 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 7, 2016 | David Bernstein
    The presidential election was so close that many factors were “but-for” causes of Donald Trump’s victory. One that’s been mostly overlooked is Trump’s surprising success with religious voters. According to exit polls, Trump received 81 percent of the white evangelical Christian vote, and Hillary Clinton only 16 percent. Trump did significantly better than the overtly religious Mitt Romney and the overtly evangelical George W. Bush. He likely over-performed among other theologically conservative voters, such as traditionalist Catholics, as well. Not bad for a thrice-married adulterer of no discernible faith.
  • Valerie Jarrett: Trump Victory Was ‘Soul-Crushing,’ ‘Punch to the Stomach’

    12/08/2016 3:59:17 AM PST · by TangoLimaSierra · 94 replies ^ | 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 · 28 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 · 18 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 · 29 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 · 10 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 · 67 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 · 83 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 · 37 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 · 28 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 · 65 replies ^ | 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 · 17 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 · 49 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 · 70 replies
    The Detroit News | December 7, 2016 | Robert Snell
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  • Obama NLRB Wiped Out 4,500 Years of Legal Precedent

    12/07/2016 6:59:35 PM PST · by ColdOne · 24 replies ^ | 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...