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  • Star Wars Hotel Plans Reveal Amazing New Details about the Guest Experience

    11/16/2018 10:09:38 AM PST · by Teflonic · 2 replies
    Ziggyknowsdisney ^ | 11/15/2018 | Ziggy
    Ever since the Star Wars Hotel was announced back at D23 Expo 2017, we’ve been salivating over any possible details we could get our hands on of the layout for the hotel and what will happen there. Now thanks to, some new Star Wars Hotel plans were revealed showing amazing details about what the guest experience will be like. Let’s dive in: First we’re going to look at the arrival portion of the Star Wars Hotel experience: Of course the premise of the Star Wars Hotel is that you are boarding a starship in outer space for your...
  • Michelle Obama reveals she snuck out of White House to celebrate gay marriage ruling

    11/16/2018 9:53:06 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 30 replies
    NBC "News" ^ | November 16, 2018 | By Alexander Kacala
    On June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court made same-sex marriage legal across the U.S., declaring that refusing to do so would violate the Constitution. Shortly after the high court’s landmark decision, the Obama administration celebrated by lighting the White House in rainbow colors. Now, more than three years after that historic Obergefell v. Hodges ruling, former first lady Michelle Obama revealed that she and her daughter Malia, then 16, snuck out of the White House that night to join in on the fun happening outside their residence. Obama also recounted the story in her appearance Thursday on “The Ellen...
  • Student delinquencies up as U.S. household debt hits another record

    11/16/2018 9:47:48 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 16, 2018 | by Jonathan Spicer
    The total debt shouldered by Americans has hit another record high, rising to $13.5 trillion in the last quarter, while an unusual jump in student-loan delinquencies could provide another signal that the U.S. economic expansion is growing old. Flows of student debt into serious delinquency - of 90 or more days - rose to 9.1 percent in the third quarter from 8.6 percent in the previous quarter, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York reported on Friday. That propelled the biggest jump in the overall U.S. delinquency rate in seven years. Total household debt, driven by a $9.1 trillion in...
  • Despite Janus Ruling, Some Unions Still Forcing Public Workers to Pay Annual Dues

    11/16/2018 6:13:33 AM PST · by george76 · 12 replies
    Reason Foundation ^ | November 16, 2018 | Steven Greenhut
    In California, new lawsuits aim to make unions respect the Supreme Court's authority. The U.S. Supreme Court's decision from June in Janus v. the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees was clear: Public employees no longer are required to pay union dues, even for collective-bargaining purposes. This was no technical or ambiguous point. The court declared it an infringement of the First Amendment when the government forces workers to financially support organizations that they don't want to support. Case settled, right? Not entirely. Public-sector unions, especially in California, aren't used to finding themselves on the losing end of...
  • Jimmy Kimmel Begs Michelle Obama to ‘Save Us’ from Trump

    11/16/2018 9:46:50 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 28 replies
    Jimmy Kimmel Begs Michelle Obama to ‘Save Us’ from Trump Late-night comedian Jimmy Kimmel begged former First Lady Michelle Obama to “save” the United States from the Trump presidency, comparing her husband Barack Obama to Superman. “You see how much we miss you? I mean where did you go” Kimmel said after Michelle Obama sat down to continuous applause from the audience. “We need you back in the old house.” “You know how we feel?” Kimmel continued. “You remember the first Superman movie, Christopher Reeve. When he gave up his powers to save Lois Lane’s life and then he was...
  • Gov. Phil Murphy responds to criticism over winter storm response in New Jersey

    11/16/2018 9:45:49 AM PST · by SMGFan · 14 replies
    ABC NEWS 7 NYC ^ | November 16, 2018
    ) -- Commuters across New Jersey faced a slow ride to work one day after a blast of snow and sleet brought traffic to a stop and led to a wave of criticism of Gov. Phil Murphy. Murphy held a briefing in Woodbridge Friday morning to address the concerns. He was flanked by members of his administration who led the state's response to the storm. "I can understand and appreciate entirely and completely the frustration that I am hearing, and our team is hearing from commuters," Murphy said. "Every storm gives us a test. This is not the first, by...
  • Parents See Red Over Ketchup Limit at NY School District

    11/16/2018 9:31:11 AM PST · by yesthatjallen · 40 replies
    USNews ^ | Nov. 16, 2018 | Staff
    Some parents are seeing red over a ketchup crackdown at a New York school district. Newsday reports that the Eastport-South Manor Central School District on Long Island is limiting students to two 9-gram packets of the condiment at lunch. Assistant Superintendent Timothy Laube told families in a letter this week that ketchup and other condiments "have little or no nutritional value." The district eliminated pump dispensers for condiments last year and switched to packets. Parent Tim Petrou called the condiment cap "a little ridiculous." He said kids "should be allowed to have ketchup." But school board member and parent Jeff...
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  • John Kerry: Europe must tackle climate change or face migration chaos

    11/16/2018 8:24:05 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 47 replies
    The Guardian ^ | November 15, 2018 | by Patrick Wintour, Diplomatic editor
    Europe faces even deeper political turmoil and the possibility of mass migration from Africa unless the world urgently addresses the threat of climate change, the former US secretary of state John Kerry said on Thursday. In the discussion with the Observer Kerry said: “We are heading for catastrophe unless we respond to some life-threatening challenges very rapidly. We have a climate-denying president that pulls us out of the the Paris climate change agreement at a time when literally every day matters. “Europe is already crushed under this transformation that is taking place due to migration. In Germany Angela Merkel is...
  • Opinion: If celebrity victims of climate change can’t silence the deniers, who can?

    11/16/2018 8:13:00 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 41 replies
    The Guardian ^ | November 14, 2018 | vy Zoe Williams
    "Wildfires don’t care about wealth or status,” began the New York Times this week, describing the celebrity homes obliterated by fire in California. But what the report didn’t add, leaving it instead to Neil Young’s website, was that climate change cares even less. As President Trump took time out of his busy schedule protecting his hair and insulting the French to blame poor forest management, Young laid it on the line: “As a matter of fact this is not a forest fire that rages on as I write this. We are vulnerable because of climate change.” Nothing brings the environment...
  • Migrants Adopt Tactic for U.S. Entry: Come as a Family

    11/16/2018 8:10:55 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 29 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | November 16, 2018 | Ryan Dube and Robbie Whelan
    SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras—On this city’s violent outskirts, where families live in tin-roofed shacks on streets menaced by gangs, the word is out on how best to escape to the U.S. Bring the children. The number of Central American families with children arriving at the U.S. border seeking asylum has surged in recent years—and they keep coming, as more migrant caravans make their way through Mexico. Having children in tow can be a successful tactic because of American immigration rules. Families from crime-ridden Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador are able to gain entry by demonstrating a credible fear of returning...
  • Pizza-spitter at Detroit's Comerica Park sentenced to probation

    11/16/2018 7:44:42 AM PST · by ETL · 25 replies ^ | Nov 16, 2018
    <p>A food service worker at the Detroit Tigers' stadium who was fired after video surfaced showing him spitting on a pizza has been sentenced to 18 months of probation.</p> <p>Twenty-one-year-old Jaylon Kerley also was ordered Thursday to take an anger management class and to not work around food while he serves his probation. He earlier pleaded guilty to one felony count and one misdemeanor count of food law violations.</p>
  • Jerry Brown Takes Heat For Vetoing 2016 Wildfire Mitigation Bill (Tr)

    11/16/2018 7:42:42 AM PST · by Navy Patriot · 34 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | November 13, 2018 | Michael Bastasch
    California Gov. Jerry Brown’s decision to veto a 2016 bipartisan bill aimed at mitigating wildfire risks from power lines and utility equipment has become the focus of critics as fires rage across the state. Wildfires have scorched more than 221,000 acres across California since Thursday, and Brown’s critics are pointing to the two-year-old veto as news reports suggest power lines may have sparked the deadliest wildfire in California’s history. “He has done nothing to harden those assets,” state Sen. John Moorlach, a Republican, told The Daily Caller News Foundation.
  • Judge Grants CNN’s Motion to Restore Jim Acosta’s White House Press Pass

    11/16/2018 7:34:16 AM PST · by BlackFemaleArmyColonel · 246 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 16 Nov 18 | Byron Tau
    The cable network made an emergency request so its correspondent could have access to the White House as lawsuit continues. WASHINGTON—A federal judge granted an emergency motion to restore the White House press credential of CNN correspondent Jim Acosta—a victory for the network in a closely watched press-freedom case. The lawsuit could determine whether the government can ban individual reporters from public buildings. District Judge Timothy Kelly, who was appointed to the bench by President Trump, granted CNN’s request for a restraining order temporarily restoring Mr. Acosta’s press access to the White House while the case proceeds. Lawyers for Mr....
  • Judge orders administration to restore CNN reporter Jim Acosta's White House press pass

    11/16/2018 7:34:08 AM PST · by conservative98 · 83 replies
    CNBC ^ | NOV 16, 2018 2 minutes ago | Kevin Breuninger
    A federal judge on Friday granted CNN's request for a court order that would temporarily reinstate network correspondent Jim Acosta's White House press pass, which had been suspended indefinitely in the wake of a fiery exchange between the reporter and President Donald Trump a week earlier. The ruling from Judge Timothy Kelly, who was appointed by Trump, was a first victory for CNN in the ongoing case.
  • Broward Finished Hand Recount!

    11/16/2018 7:33:06 AM PST · by TexasGurl24 · 66 replies ^ | 11/16/18 | Perma Levy
    Breaking: Broward County just finished its hand recount in the Senate race. Waaaaay ahead of schedule. This is bad news for Nelson/Democrats! Miami Dade is finished as well:
  • White House, McConnell omit promised tax cut from recap of lame-duck agenda

    11/16/2018 7:32:23 AM PST · by deplorableindc · 13 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Nov. 16, 2018
    President Trump told Senate Republican leaders on Thursday that his top lame-duck priorities include passing a spending bill with border security funds and approving new prison reform legislation — but middle-class tax cuts appear to have fallen from the agenda. Trump vigorously invoked the tax-slashing plan in the final days of the midterm election campaign, but public accounts of an Oval Office agenda meeting do not mention the vow. White House spokesman Hogan Gidley and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., both omitted Trump's "pure 10 percent tax cut" for the middle class from public descriptions of the lame-duck agenda.
  • Migrant Caravan Gets Violent At Border, Faces Wrath Of Border Patrol

    11/16/2018 7:24:51 AM PST · by · 59 replies
    the federalist papers ^ | November 16, 2018 at 5:47am | Carmine Sabia
    Members of the Honduran migrant caravan have arrived at the border and they did not get the warm welcome they wanted. Not only was the red carpet not rolled out for them by America, Mexicans on the other side of the border engaged in fights with the new migrants. President Donald Trump warned them not to come and told them there would be consequences, but they did not listen. Now they are facing the consequences of their actions at the hands of the United States Border Patrol, Fox News reported. More than a dozen members of the migrant caravan were...
  • DMV OKs fully driverless vehicle testing on Silicon Valley streets (California)

    11/16/2018 7:10:04 AM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 38 replies
    Los Altos Town Crier ^ | 10/30/18 | Megan V. Winslow
    The California Department of Motor Vehicles on Tuesday, October 30 granted Waymo a permit allowing the autonomous vehicle company to begin fully driverless testing on Silicon Valley streets, including in Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View.Sixty companies are currently permitted in California to test autonomous vehicles with a “safety driver” beside the wheel, but Tuesday's announcement makes Mountain View-based Waymo the first to secure clearance for truly driverless testing, according to the DMV. “It gives us the ability to remove someone from the driver’s seat,” said Alexis Georgeson of Waymo Corporate and Policy Communications. In addition to Los...
  • Sharks or People?

    11/16/2018 6:55:46 AM PST · by edwinland · 20 replies
    New Boston Post ^ | Nov 16, 2018 | New Boston Post Editorial Board
    Seals are cute and fun to watch. They’re also a nuisance on Cape Cod, where tens of thousands of them are eating fish that might otherwise be caught by Cape fishermen and drawing great white sharks that are occasionally attacking swimmers at Cape beaches. A man was seriously injured by a great white shark August 15 in Truro, and another man was killed by a great white on September 15 in Wellfleet. These attacks, while sad, aren’t surprising. In fact, given the explosion of seals and sharks in recent years, it’s remarkable it has taken this long. More such attacks...