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  • GOP leader tempers ObamaCare expectations

    05/29/2017 8:30:15 AM PDT · by antidemoncrat · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | 5/29/17 | Alexander Bolton
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is tempering expectations that the Senate will pass an overhaul of the nation’s healthcare system, promising his colleagues a vote but not success. McConnell in his public comments and private conversations about the ObamaCare repeal and replace bill is painting a more sober picture than Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), who in March guaranteed passage through the House.
  • Exclusive — Sen. Joe Manchin: We Need to ‘Educate’ Gary Cohn ‘A Little Bit Better’ on Crucial Role

    05/28/2017 12:22:46 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 36 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 5/27/17 | Matthew Boyle
    Full Title............................Exclusive — Sen. Joe Manchin: We Need to ‘Educate’ Gary Cohn ‘A Little Bit Better’ on Crucial Role of Coal..........................Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), a Democratic U.S. Senator from the heart of coal country in West Virginia, told Breitbart News exclusively that he was shocked and disappointed in White House National Economic Council director Gary Cohn’s anti-coal comments in Europe this week. Manchin said in the exclusive interview that he hopes that Cohn will allow him to “educate” him more on his uninformed anti-coal standpoint, and that he looks forward to a deeper conversation with the official from President Donald...
  • Authorities identify seven people who threatened referee after Kentucky's NCAA tourney loss

    05/28/2017 1:14:15 PM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 24 replies
    Yahoo ^ | May 27, 2017 | Jeff Eisenberg
    A two-month investigation by a Nebraska prosecutor has identified seven people who threatened referee John Higgins after Kentucky’s 75-73 NCAA tournament loss to North Carolina last March. Those seven people could eventually face charges from the FBI or authorities in their jurisdictions, Sarpy County Attorney Lee Polikov told the Associated Press on Friday. “Based on the investigation’s findings, our office has determined that no local charges will be filed and that pursuit of any criminal charges would be best served by deferring to authorities in the appropriate jurisdictions,” Polikov said in a statement. Kentucky coach John Calipari incited a firestorm...
  • Jim Bunning, former senator and baseball Hall of Famer, dies at age 85

    05/27/2017 11:08:10 AM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 53 replies
    Spectrum News Pure Politics ^ | 5/27/2017 | Kevin Wheatley
    Former U.S. Senator and Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Jim Bunning has died at age 85. ... Jim Bunning served as a state senator, becoming minority leader of the Republican caucus in his first term, before winning northern Kentucky’s 4th Congressional District seat in 1986. He mounted an unsuccessful gubernatorial campaign in 1983 against former Gov. Martha Layne Collins and went from the U.S. House of Representatives to the Senate in 1998, where he served for two terms. Bunning, who suffered a stroke in October, pitched Major League Baseball’s seventh perfect game in 1964 as a member of the...
  • Gary Cohn Relaunches War on Coal: Fuel from America’s Heartland ‘Doesn’t Make Much Sense Anymore’

    05/27/2017 2:23:31 AM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 78 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5/26/2017
    White House National Economic Council director Gary Cohn, a former Goldman Sachs banking executive, has reopened the U.S. government’s war on coal in direct contravention of directions from President Donald Trump. “Coal doesn’t even make that much sense anymore as a feedstock,” Cohn said in Europe on Air Force One, while speaking for the White House to the press, the New York Times’ Brad Plumer noted. “Natural gas, which we have become an abundant producer, which we’re going to become a major exporter is, is such a cleaner fuel,” Cohn continued. Cohn’s comments against the coal industry come as he...
  • After the Confederates, Who's Next?

    05/26/2017 5:48:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 26, 2017 | Pat Buchanan
    On Sept. 1, 1864, Union forces under Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman, victorious at Jonesborough, burned Atlanta and began the March to the Sea where Sherman's troops looted and pillaged farms and towns all along the 300-mile road to Savannah. Captured in the Confederate defeat at Jonesborough was William Martin Buchanan of Okolona, Mississippi, who was transferred by rail to the Union POW stockade at Camp Douglas, Illinois. By the standards of modernity, my great-grandfather, fighting to prevent the torching of Georgia's capital, was engaged in a criminal and immoral cause. And "Uncle Billy" Sherman was a liberator. Under President Grant,...
  • Let’s Be a Little More Careful, Please

    05/23/2017 6:52:49 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 27 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 19, 2017 | Aaron Barlow
    Editor's Note: This blog originally appeared at Academe Blog, the blog of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP). A decade or more ago, at a faculty party in New York City, I listened in as a diverse group of faculty spoke casually and disparagingly of "hillbillies," "rednecks" and "white trash." I reminded them that they were speaking of my own people (my ancestry is completely Appalachian), though they shouldn't really be demeaning any group, no matter who might be around. I was met by fish-eyed responses, including the comment, "Well, you left there." My experience is not unusual. Author...
  • Southern University student wanted for rape gets diploma, graduates

    05/12/2017 8:53:49 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 21 replies
    <p>BATON ROUGE - A Southern University student wanted in a campus rape participated in graduation ceremonies Friday.</p>
  • Christian printer doesn’t have to make pro-gay shirts, appeals court rules (KY)

    05/12/2017 3:21:31 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 34 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 12, 2017 | Bradford Richardson
    Video at link. A Kentucky appeals court has upheld the conscience rights of a Christian printer who refused to make shirts promoting a gay-pride festival. In the 2-1 decision handed down Friday, Chief Judge Joy A. Kramer said she found no evidence that the store owner “refused any individual the full and equal enjoyment of goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, and accommodations it offered to everyone else because the individual in question had a specific sexual orientation or gender identity.” Blaine Adamson is the owner of Hands On Originals, a Christian company that prints messages on T-shirts, pens, mugs and...
  • Kentucky Christian Buisness Wins Against Gay Organization

    05/12/2017 7:30:17 AM PDT · by sasherm13 · 17 replies
    The Gay and Lesbian Services Organization (“GLSO”), attempted to place an order wioth Hands On Originals ("HOO") for t-shirts. The opinion states the shirts "would bear a screen-printed design with the words “Lexington Pride Festival 2012,” the number “5,” and a series of rainbow-colored circles around the “5.” The GLSO intended to sell these t-shirts to promote the 2012 Lexington Pride Festival." HOO refused to provide the services because it violated their Christian views and trheir policy: "Hands On Originals both employs and conducts business with people of all genders, races, religions, sexual preferences, and national origins. However, due to...
  • How one U.S. state is leading the charge to dismantle Obamacare

    05/05/2017 8:36:32 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 5, 2017 | By Yasmeen Abutaleb and Robin Respaut
    For nearly three years, Democrats and former President Barack Obama pointed to Kentucky as one of the Affordable Care Act’s biggest success stories. A poor, rural state that straddles the North and South, Kentucky was an early adopter of the healthcare law commonly known as Obamacare and saw one of the country’s largest drops in the uninsured rate. Now Kentucky is poised for a new distinction: to be the first state to save money by reducing the number of people on Medicaid, the government health insurance program for the poor and disabled and a central tenant of Obamacare. Kentucky has...
  • McConnell rejects Trump filibuster idea

    05/03/2017 6:54:01 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 38 replies
    CNBC ^ | May 2, 2017
    The top Republican in the Senate on Tuesday rejected President Donald Trump's suggestion that his party change the chamber's rules to undercut the ability of Democrats to block legislation with filibusters. "There is an overwhelming majority on a bipartisan basis that is not interested in changing the way the Senate operates on the legislative calendar," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters.
  • Downingtown assistant principal on leave after ranting at two teen abortion protesters

    05/02/2017 2:55:03 AM PDT · by Ciaphas Cain · 34 replies
    Philly.com ^ | May 1, 2017 | Kathy Boccella
    An assistant principal at the prestigious Downingtown STEM Academy has been placed on paid leave after being video-recorded cursing at two teenage anti-abortion protesters on school property, telling them that aborted fetuses were “cells,” that he was gay and didn’t “give a [expletive] about Jesus," and then loudly singing "I Love a Parade," apparently to drown out the pair. On April 21, Zach Ruff, 40, dean of academics and student life, confronted the protesters while cars were leaving school at the end of the day. Connor and Lauren Haines, brother and sister, do not attend the academy and are thought...
  • ‘What the hell?’: TV screens go dark as Spectrum cuts channels, raises prices

    04/30/2017 3:51:48 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 85 replies
    Lexington Herald-Leader (Kentucky) ^ | April 28, 2017 | John Cheves
    The television screen went dark a month ago as Daniel Fitzgerald watched “American Pickers” on the History Channel. Perplexed, he grabbed the remote and surfed through CNN, Disney, Comedy Central and the rest of the standard cable lineup. Many of them were gone, too. In their place was a black background with a small block of text advising him that his subscription no longer provided those channels. “I thought, ‘What the hell? I just paid the cable bill,’” Fitzgerald recalled last week in the tiny Lexington [Kentucky] apartment he shares with his disabled 16-year-old son. Fitzgerald called Spectrum, the subsidiary...
  • Starbucks unveils ‘Military Family Stores,' serving up jobs to American vets

    04/25/2017 7:42:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 48 replies
    Fox News. com ^ | April 25, 2017 | Cristina Corbin
    At the Starbucks on Fort Campbell Boulevard in Clarksville, Tenn. -- two miles from the U.S. military base -- store manager Shannon Feltz pours hot coffee for a group of veterans seated at a communal table. On a shelf next to the register are rows of green-and-white mugs reading: "Proudly serving those who serve." On Tuesday, the Clarksville store became one of 37 around the country designated by the coffeehouse chain as "Military Family Stores" -- stores staffed primarily by veterans and military spouses as part of a larger effort to employ service members and their families nationwide. "Seventy-five percent...
  • Students vote to give blacks free tuition at Western Kentucky University

    04/20/2017 8:02:04 AM PDT · by rdl6989 · 109 replies
    Washington Times ^ | April 20, 2017 | Jessica Chasmar
    The student government at Western Kentucky University on Tuesday voted in favor of giving free tuition to black students. The school’s Student Government Association passed a resolution by 19-10 supporting slavery reparations for black students in the form of free tuition and free access to the public Bowling Green campus. The resolution also recommends that the university create a task force to “assess the feasibility of test-optional admissions and geographically-weighted admissions,” claiming that some standardized testing poses a disadvantage for needy students and perpetuates inequality and “white supremacy,” The Bowling Green Daily News reported.
  • Elizabeth Warren Says Mitch McConnell Won't Even Say Hello To Her

    04/15/2017 3:42:13 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 108 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | April 15, 2017 | Sam Levine
    "I say hello to Mitch every chance I get, and he turns his head." Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has apparently been ignoring Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) since moving to silence her on the Senate floor in February, Warren told The Boston Globe. McConnell cut Warren off in February as she tried to read a letter from Coretta Scott King during a speech on the Senate floor, explaining her opposition to Jeff Session’s nomination to be attorney general. McConnell invoked a little-used rule that blocks senators "by any form of words impute to another Senator or to other Senators...
  • EPA head tells coal miners 'regulatory assault is over'

    04/13/2017 6:46:27 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 13, 2017 6:37 PM EDT | Joe Mandak
    Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt told dozens of Pennsylvania coal miners Thursday that the “regulatory assault” on their industry is over, and that the environment can be protected without hurting business. “We’re going to do it the American way, grow jobs and show the rest of the world how it’s done,” Pruitt said before going on a mine tour about 50 miles south of Pittsburgh. “The regulatory assault is over,” he said, referring to tightened environmental and other regulatory standards on coal and other energy industries under former President Barack Obama. “We’re going to partner together with you.” Pruitt...
  • Ringleader pleads guilty in huge Social Security fraud scheme; disability beneficiaries in limbo

    04/10/2017 3:46:31 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 34 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 10, 2017 | Stephen Dinan
    A ringleader in one of the biggest Social Security disability fraud cases in U.S. history has pleaded guilty to filing more than 1,700 bogus applications, bilking the government out of potentially a half-billion dollars. But the administration is struggling to figure out how to handle the applicants, many of whom say that even though their applications were falsified, their cases are real and they shouldn’t be punished for having been ensnared by the massive fraud. Eric C. Conn, a prominent lawyer in eastern Kentucky, signed a guilty plea late last month acknowledging the scam, in which he recruited and filed...
  • Toyota Announces $1.3 Billion Investment In Major Kentucky Plant

    04/10/2017 9:18:21 AM PDT · by kevcol · 15 replies
    Daily Caller News Foundation ^ | April 10, 2017 | Ted Goodman
    The money will be used to upgrade assembly technology at the Kentucky plant — the largest Toyota factory in the world. “This is more about job retention and setting up for the future,” Rick Hesterberg, a Toyota spokesman, told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “We’ve got 8,200 people working here and we build over half a million vehicles. We’re a thirty year old plant, and we needed the upgrades. The new technology will allow us to be much more flexible to adapt to market forces in the future.”