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  • Foxconn plans U.S. display making plant for over $10 billion, scouting for location

    06/22/2017 7:44:59 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Jun 22, 2017 | By Jess Macy Yu and J.R. Wu | TAIPEI
    Foxconn (2317.TW), the world's largest contract electronics maker and a major Apple Inc (AAPL.O) supplier, plans to invest more than $10 billion in a display-making factory in the United States and will decide on the location of the plant next month. The Taiwan-based firm has been eyeing U.S. investments for some time and its CEO, Terry Gou, had previously said the company hoped to spend over $7 billion to set up a display-making plant in the country - which has no panel-making industry but is the No.2 market for televisions. Foxconn, formally known as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co, is...
  • What to do with a broken Illinois: Dissolve the Land of Lincoln

    06/22/2017 7:40:38 AM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 63 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 20 JUN 17 | By John Kass•Contact Reporter
    llinois is like Venezuela now, a fiscally broken state that has lost its will to live, although for the moment, we still have enough toilet paper. But before we run out of the essentials, let's finally admit that after decade upon decade of taxing and spending and borrowing, Illinois has finally run out of other people's money. Those "other people" include taxpayers who've abandoned the state. And now Illinois faces doomsday. So as the politicians meet in Springfield this week for another round of posturing and gesturing and blaming, we need a plan. And here it is:
  • Westerville man charged with threatening Rep. Steve Stivers

    06/22/2017 7:40:07 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 15 replies
    Columbus Dispatch ^ | June 22, 2017 | Earl Rinehart
    A voice mail that threatened U.S. Rep. Steve Stivers and his family landed a Westerville man in federal court Wednesday, charged with a crime that carries a 10-year prison term if he is convicted. In the voice mail that authorities said was left with the Upper Arlington Republican’s Hilliard district office on Sunday, the caller mentioned the June 14 baseball practice during which House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., and four others were wounded or injured in Alexandria, Virginia. “I’ve seen the prayer ya’ll were saying at the baseball diamond ... I think ya’ll better hit your knees and pray...
  • VANITY -- Solution to the sketchy pro-Clinton Mueller problem (create a 2nd council)

    06/22/2017 7:39:54 AM PDT · by Democrats hate too much · 43 replies
    How about Session creates a Prosecutor to look into Russian Hacking and interference including Trump thing IN PARALLEL to the other slow moving money draining sketchy biased Mueller council. Trump can be like “You know this is taking very long, and I want to make double sure that this is taken care of”. This would be a more pro Trump prosecutor to look into the issue. This would be fair. They can after a short period of time exchange information. Trump can’t get rid of the current prosecutor (or feels enough pressure not to). Well, this may be a solution...
  • Minimum Wage Laws are Destroying Jobs -- Just as Predicted

    06/22/2017 7:39:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies ^ | June 22, 2017 | Larry Elder
    In the '60s my parents opened a small diner near downtown Los Angeles. As a child, I watched my parents sitting at the kitchen table, discussing their plans for what they considered a huge expansion of the business -- hiring a dishwasher. But my parents kept putting off the decision, in large part because of a proposed minimum-wage hike. This would've made the additional employee, as I recall my parents concluding, "too expensive." This brings us to the impact of recent minimum wage hikes in California. The owner of a small restaurant told me that Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti...
  • ISIS urges attacks on Ramadan's Night of Power, Islam's holiest day

    06/22/2017 7:38:52 AM PDT · by rktman · 12 replies ^ | 6/21/2017 | Hollie McKay
    Law enforcement officials around the world are on high alert this week as ISIS calls for a surge of civilian attacks during Islam’s “Night of Power,” the holiest day on the Islamic calendar, which this year begins Wednesday evening. Known in Arabic as “Laylat al-Qadr,” it marks the night during the holy month of Ramadan that Muslims believe the Prophet Muhammad received the first revelations of the Quran. While the vast majority of Muslims consider the occasion as the best time in the year to pray for blessings and forgiveness, jihadist groups such as ISIS exploit the date to urge...
  • The FBI’s Briefing On The GOP Baseball Shooting Couldn’t Have Been More Bizarre

    06/22/2017 7:34:42 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 74 replies
    Federalist, the ^ | 22 June 2017 | Mollie Hemingway
    The FBI tried to claim that the shooting at the baseball field was spontaneous and had no target, despite all evidence to the contrary.
  • I certainly hope the Ds do not force Nancy P out. That would be very bad for the GOP [tr]

    06/22/2017 7:30:45 AM PDT · by MountainWalker · 24 replies
    Twitter ^ | 10/21/2017 | President Trump
    "I certainly hope the Democrats do not force Nancy P out. That would be very bad for the Republican Party - and please let Cryin' Chuck stay!"
  • Lawsuit: Police Laughed While Rectally Probing Inauguration Mass-Arrest Group, Didn't Change Gloves

    06/22/2017 7:17:42 AM PDT · by deplorableindc · 35 replies
    A lawsuit filed Wednesday says invasive and unnecessary rectal exams followed the mass arrest of 235 people during President Donald Trump’s inauguration in the nation's capital. At least five people were rectally probed, the lawsuit says. And the number of demonstrators, journalists and legal advisers forced to remove their pants for the procedure may be much higher, says Scott Michelman, senior staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of the District of Columbia. “I think part of the reason this hasn’t come out more is that people are reluctant to talk about it,” says Michelman, who is representing the...
  • A Murder In North Korea

    06/22/2017 6:48:11 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies ^ | June 22, 2017 | Derek Hunter
    When the news of the murder of American Otto Warmbier by North Korean goons broke Monday it was a trending topic on Twitter for a while. Soon, it was replaced by such pressing national issues as The Bachelorette, the Teen Choice Awards nominees and Better Call Saul’s season finale. I do love Better Call Saul, but the fate of characters on a show – even a good one – hardly compares to the torture and murder of an American by a foreign government. Yet, this is the world in 2017 – a world where celebrity trumps reality, no matter the...
  • Turkey and Syria prepare for an embargo and attack on Rojava (Important!)

    06/22/2017 6:45:18 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 11 replies
    ANF News ^ | 22 Jun 2017, 13:03 (CDT +8hrs) | SEYIT EVRAN
    Turkey and the Baath regime are preparing for a joint attack on Shehba and Efrîn. The Baath regime instated an embargo by closing off the Aleppo road, while the Turkish state started dispatching heavy weapons like tanks, artilleries and Howitzers and infatry units to the area. Turkey’s plans failed in Raqqa, and now they are preparing for a joint attack on Efrîn and Shehba with the Syrian Baath regime. The Turkish state moved heavy weapons like artilleries, mortars, tanks and Howitzers in large numbers for a possible attack on Shehba and Efrîn. The heavy weapons taken to Syrian territory were...
  • Investigators obtain data recorder in US warship collision

    06/22/2017 6:39:56 AM PDT · by Presbyterian Reporter · 87 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | June 22 2017 | MARI YAMAGUCHI
    Japanese authorities said Thursday they have obtained a data recording device from a container ship to help determine why it collided with a U.S. destroyer, killing seven American sailors. Japanese transport safety officials said they obtained the voyage data recorder, similar to an airplane’s “black box,” from the Philippine-flagged ACX Crystal, which is currently docked in Yokohama near Tokyo. Investigators are examining the ship’s movements, including its location, direction, speed and other data to determine the cause of its collision with the USS Fitzgerald early Saturday off Izu Peninsula, west of Tokyo. “By analyzing the data, we should be able...
  • The case for restricting hate speech

    06/22/2017 6:39:53 AM PDT · by C19fan · 42 replies
    LA Times ^ | June 21, 2017 | Laura Beth Nielsen
    As a sociologist and legal scholar, I struggle to explain the boundaries of free speech to undergraduates. Despite the 1st Amendment—I tell my students—local, state, and federal laws limit all kinds of speech. We regulate advertising, obscenity, slander, libel, and inciting lawless action to name just a few. My students nod along until we get to racist and sexist speech. Some can’t grasp why, if we restrict so many forms of speech, we don’t also restrict hate speech. Why, for example, did the Supreme Court on Monday rule that the trademark office cannot reject “disparaging” applications—like a request from an...
  • Trump the Traditionalist

    06/22/2017 6:35:01 AM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 9 replies
    Foreign Affairs ^ | 13 June 2017 | Elliott Abrams
    Imagine two U.S. foreign policy analysts plucked from their Washington think tanks and marooned on desert islands, one just before Donald Trump announced his presidential candidacy and the other just before the 2016 election itself. After the election, both are told that the Republican candidate won and are asked to predict the new administration’s foreign policy. Whose predictions would have been more accurate? At times this spring, the second analyst’s forecasts would have been on the money. Having followed the bitter election, he or she would have foretold the nature of the transition and the early weeks of the new...
  • Dems and Cher Turn on Pelosi

    06/22/2017 6:28:57 AM PDT · by Helicondelta · 51 replies ^ | Jun 22nd, 2017
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is facing doubts about her leadership of the House Democrats following the stinging defeat of Jon Ossoff in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District special election on Tuesday by Republican Karen Handel. Criticism came from House Democrats as well as pop star and film icon Cher who tweeted, “CONGRESSIONAL RACE IS NOT OLYMPICS,THERES NO MEDALFOR 2nd PLACE‼️I ADMIRE & RESPECT NANCY PELOSI,BUT IN“EVERY”RACE,GOP RUNS AGAINST HER” Politico reported in an article headlined "Pelosi faces growing doubts among Dems after Georgia loss": “I think you’d have to be an idiot to think we could win the House...
  • When A Free Press Opposes Free Speech

    06/22/2017 6:26:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies ^ | June 22, 2017 | Mike Adams
    The Charlotte Observer recently ran an editorial, which seeks to intentionally misinform the public about HB527 – a bill to restore free speech on campuses in the UNC system. Let me be as clear as I possibly can: The editors who wrote this piece are not confused about what HB527 says. They are intentionally misrepresenting what it says because they oppose free speech. That’s a bold statement, which I intend to back by reprinting the worst parts of their editorial followed by my own observations:"…(T)he move by North Carolina and a handful of other states to enact laws that enhance...
  • Terror group blows up the famous al-Nuri mosque in Mosul where leader al-Baghdadi [tr]

    06/22/2017 6:25:50 AM PDT · by C19fan · 9 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | June 22, 2017 | Jay Akbar and Chris Pleasance
    ISIS has blown up the iconic mosque where it announced its own so called caliphate in 2014, an Iraqi officer has said. The terror's group's leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi made his only public appearance on the balcony of the al-Nuri mosque in Mosul that year. Iraq's Joint Operation Command today released a satellite image showing the mosque lying in rubble.
  • One billion people will be added to the world's population by 2030 and India will [tr]

    06/22/2017 6:19:39 AM PDT · by C19fan · 18 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | June 22, 2017 | Chris Pleasance
    The world's population will grow by a billion people in the next 13 years and will be almost 10billion by the time we reach 2050, the United Nations predicts. The current population of 7.6billion is expected to balloon in the coming decade, driven largely by high birth rates in Africa, according to a new UN report. India will surpass China as the most crowded inside the next seven years, while Nigeria will overtake the United States and become the world's third most populous country shortly before 2050, research suggests.
  • Will California’s poor still be able to afford an ER visit under Republican health plan?

    06/22/2017 6:19:27 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 33 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | June 22, 2017 | Hattie Xu
    For the first year in history, over half of all visits to Sacramento County’s emergency rooms in 2016 were paid for using Medi-Cal, the state’s insurance program for the poor that was expanded by the passage of the Affordable Care Act, often called Obamacare.
  • Cal Thomas: Puerto Rico's sorry state

    06/22/2017 6:19:18 AM PDT · by cll · 32 replies
    Fox News ^ | 6/22/2017 | cal Thomas
    “Puerto Rico, my heart’s devotion. Let it sink back in the ocean.” — West Side Story The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico is drowning. The island, so popular with tourists, is $123 billion in debt. That’s more debt than the $18 billion bankruptcy filed by the city of Detroit in 2013. In May, San Juan declared a form of bankruptcy after creditors filed lawsuits demanding their money. A federal district judge appointed by Chief Justice John Roberts will handle the case. How did this happen? Luis Fortuno, former governor of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, who served as president of the...