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  • VA Rep Ben Cline: Red Hen Owner is Meryl Streep's Cousin

    06/23/2018 8:46:11 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 52 replies
    Twitter ^ | June 23, 2018 | Ben Cline
    On behalf of my hometown of Lexington, I want to apologize for the rudeness of one liberal New York transplant (who also happens to be Meryl Streep's cousin). We hope you will come back and enjoy our area's true southern hospitality.
  • Hereís How Trump Wants to Streamline Government

    06/23/2018 8:09:47 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | June 21, 2018 | Fred Lucas
    The Trump administration proposes to reform and reorganize government by streamlining food regulation, merging two Cabinet departments, and consolidating housing programs.Combining the Education and Labor departments is among 32 proposals in a plan released Thursday by the Office of Management and Budget in response to a charge President Donald Trump issued 14 months ago.ďWe wanted to change the dialogue in Washington, to say itís not acceptable to have things that just donít make sense,Ē Margaret Weichert, OMBís deputy director for management, told The Daily Signal.Weichert did not provide an estimate of savings, but said it would be clear in the...
  • What should marijuana opponents do when their cause fails? A lesson from Prohibition

    06/23/2018 2:47:03 PM PDT · by Mariner · 132 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | June 23rd, 2018 | Stephanie Schorow
    Some day soon, even as sweet, skunky smoke drifts in from the streets outside, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions and other staunch opponents of marijuana may draw inspiration from a true believer named Morris Sheppard. After the repeal of national Prohibition in 1933 and until his death in 1941, the Texas senator embraced a yearly custom. A progressive Democrat often considered ďthe father of Prohibition,Ē Sheppard would rise on the Senate floor to rail against alcohol and call for a repeal of Repeal. ďIt was a ritual,Ē Daniel Okrent, author of the 2010 book ďLast Call: The Rise and Fall...
  • Restaurant Owner Kicks Out Sarah Sanders

    06/23/2018 9:35:00 AM PDT · by rktman · 108 replies ^ | 6/23/2018 | Saagar Enjeti
    White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was kicked out of the Red Hen restaurant in Lexington, Virginia by the owner because of her work for President Donald Trump, she confirmed to The Daily Caller. "Last night I was told by the owner of Red Hen in Lexington, VA to leave because I work for @POTUS and I politely left. Her actions say far more about her than about me. I always do my best to treat people, including those I disagree with, respectfully and will continue to do so"
  • EU to respond to any U.S. auto tariff move: report

    06/23/2018 8:52:49 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 23, 2018 | Mathieu Rosemain
    PARIS (Reuters) - The European Union will respond to any U.S. move to raise tariffs on cars made in the bloc, a senior European Commission official said, the latest comments in an escalating trade row.
  • Failing Grade: Dallas Policies Protect the Cityís Filthiest Restaurants from Health Inspectors

    06/23/2018 8:10:21 AM PDT · by texas booster · 20 replies
    The Dallas Observer ^ | May 29, 2018 | Brian Reinhart
    On Aug. 18, 2016, the Lakewood location of Mi Cocina, a popular upscale Tex-Mex chain, faced one particularly unhappy visitor: a Dallas health inspector. The food safety report filed that day graded Mi Cocina at 60 points out of 100. The details werenít pretty. Flies in the kitchen. No hot water for washing dishes. Cooked chicken sitting out at room temperature. In summary, the report concluded, Mi Cocina ďfails to meet City of Dallas Food Protection and Education sanitation standards. 10 day follow-up inspection required.Ē That follow-up inspection never took place. Mi Cocinaís next health inspection came 221 days later,...
  • A California Billionaire Sets Michiganís Energy Policy

    06/23/2018 5:57:31 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 19 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 22, 2018 | Jason Hayes
    Michiganís two largest electricity companies struck a ďbreakthrough agreementĒ last month with billionaire California environmentalist Tom Steyer to boost the Wolverine Stateís clean-energy requirements. Earlier this year, Mr. Steyer had funded a ballot initiative slated for August to force Michiganís electricity providers to source 30% of their overall sales from renewable options such as wind and solar by 2030. But under the new agreement, the utilities will aim to produce a minimum 25% of their energy from renewable sources and a further 25% from energy-efficiency measures by that same year. This 50% green-energy goal will effectively govern the stateís energy...
  • Steel maker JSW to build new plant, invest $500M [In Ohio] after Trump tariffs [$500M In Texas]

    06/23/2018 4:27:12 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 23 replies
    Fox Business ^ | Published June 21, 2018 | Henry Fernandez
    Trump tariffs drive $500M investment in a new Ohio steel plant JSW Steel USA CEO John Hritz says the company is investing $500M to build a steel plant in Ohio instead of India during a First on FOX Business interview with Edward Lawrence. A major investment is kickstarting Americaís steel industry. JSW Steel USA plans to invest $500 million to build a new factory in the U.S. Combined with a previous announcement that JSW will modernize an existing plant, the Indian-owned company is making a total investment of $1 billion after President Trumpís tax reform and tariffs on imported steel.
  • Mixed-race family asks Blue Bell Ice Cream to change flavor name to be more inclusive

    06/22/2018 6:06:13 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 185 replies
    CBS News ^ | June 21, 2018 | CAITLIN O'KANE
    The mother of a mixed-race family is asking a popular ice cream manufacturer to change the name of one of its flavors to be more inclusive. Traci Schmidley says she is a mother of six and a foster mom to more. Some of her children are black and some are white. She says it was her 10-year-old son who first noticed the name of the ice cream, "The Great Divide." "The Great Divide" is half vanilla and half chocolate. The container has a line right down the middle dividing the off-white vanilla from the chocolate brown. When the family bought...
  • Why do we need more people in this country, anyway?

    06/22/2018 4:35:27 PM PDT · by Bratch · 76 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | June 21, 2018 | Michael Anton
    As Capitol Hill Republicans attempt for ‚ÄĒ what, the eighth? ninth? ‚ÄĒ time in the¬†past two decades to jam through an amnesty that their voters have explicitly, loudly and repeatedly said they do not want, it‚Äôs worth asking a question that is rarely raised: Does the United States ‚ÄĒ¬†population¬†320‚Äąmillion and rising ‚ÄĒ need more people? If so, why? To most ears, the question sounds blasphemous, which illustrates the rottenness of our immigration debate. Actually, ‚Äúdebate‚ÄĚ is far too generous. One side has made sure that there is no debate. Good people want more immigration, and bad people object or raise...
  • OPEC Gives In To Trump's Demands, Agrees To Increase Production To 1 Million BBLs A Day

    06/22/2018 8:40:12 AM PDT · by Proud White Trump Supporter · 94 replies
    AP wired services twitter ^ | 6-22-18 | WiredSources
    BREAKING: OPEC countries give in to President Trump's demands, agree to increase oil production by almost 1 million barrels a day - AP
  • Microsoft Employees Demand Cancelation of $19.4M ICE Contract over Trump Border Policy

    06/22/2018 8:24:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 06/22/2018 | Paula Bolyard
    Nearly 100 Microsoft employees signed a letter that was posted on the company's internal messaging system demanding that their employer cancel a $19.4 million contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) over President Trump's immigration policies. The letter, addressed to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, called on the company to take an ethical stand, "putting children and families above profits," and to demonstrate that commitment by canceling a massive contract for the Azure cloud computing platform. According to a January blog post at Microsoft, the company received an Authority to Operate (ATO) designation for Azure Government to provide services for...
  • ["IF"]...we will be placing a 20% Tariff on all of their [EU] cars coming into the U.S.

    06/22/2018 7:32:39 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 33 replies
    Twitter ^ | 7:25 AM - 22 Jun 2018 | Donal J. Trump 45th President of the United States of America
    Based on the Tariffs and Trade Barriers long placed on the U.S. and it great companies and workers by the European Union, if these Tariffs and Barriers are not soon broken down and removed, we will be placing a 20% Tariff on all of their cars coming into the U.S. Build them here!
  • OPEC ministers strike deal to increase oil production

    06/22/2018 7:19:14 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 6 replies
    CNBC ^ | 1 Hour ago
    OPEC ministers announced a deal on Friday that will increase oil supplies from the producer group, which has been capping output in order to balance the market and boost prices for the last 18 months. The agreement came after a week of tense negotiation at OPEC's headquarters in Vienna, Austria. Top OPEC producer Saudi Arabia faced the challenge of convincing a handful of reluctant producers including Iran, Iraq and Venezuela to support an output hike. In the end producers agreed to start pumping more so that they are no longer overshooting the target they set in November 2016. Then, the...
  • Robots Are Making $6 Burgers in San Francisco

    06/22/2018 6:51:25 AM PDT · by mac_truck · 41 replies
    SF Eater ^ | 6/22/2018 | Ellen Fort
    San Francisco is ground zero for tech companies, from social media to bioengineering. Itís also a city obsessed with food, and often the first destination for international chains like Michelin-starred Tsuta Ramen to break into the U.S. market. Itís a city teeming with early adopters and forward thinkers, like the team behind Creator, both a restaurant and a culinary robotics company that will offer the worldís first robot-made burgers when it opens June 27. The machine isnít a parody of a human with robotic arms and fingers, flipping burgers and assembling buns on a conveyor belt. Itís an all-inclusive burger-making...
  • EU makes good on threat to tax $3.2B in U.S. exports

    06/22/2018 6:34:43 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 35 replies
    UPI via Breitbart ^ | 22 Jun 2018
    June 22 (UPI) ó The European Union followed through Friday with new tariffs on more than $3 billion worth of imports from the United States, a response to steel and aluminum taxes set by President Donald Trump. The 28-member bloc imposed a 25 percent tariff on about 200 American products, including steel, aluminum, corn, rice, orange juice, cigarettes, peanuts, cigars, T-shirts, cosmetics and clothing. A 10 percent tariff was also slapped on U.S.-made playing cards. A 50 percent duty was leveraged on other select items like dishwashing machines, certain seagoing vessels and umbrellas.
  • Massachusetts has lost Teddy Kís art of the Washington deal

    06/22/2018 5:42:45 AM PDT · by luke1825 · 11 replies
    lowell sun ^ | june 22 | peter lucas
    Gov. Charlie Bakerís flip flop over sending a Massachusetts National Guard helicopter to the southern border practically guarantees elimination of Greater Boston as a site for a new U.S. Army headquarters and the 500 jobs that go with it. Not that Boston was going to get it anyway ó given the nasty anti-Donald Trump attitude of the stateís top political figures, including the Republican governor. But it had a shot, mainly because it has the academic, research and business climate the army was looking for. However, Bakerís protest about the ďinhumaneĒ Trump policy of separating immigrant children from their parents...
  • Trade conflict already sapping German economy

    06/22/2018 4:44:25 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 18 replies
    AFP ^ | June 22, 2018
    STUTTGART (GERMANY) (AFP) - An industrial powerhouse built on massive exports and a gigantic car industry, Germany is among the nations most sensitive to mounting trade tensions between the United States and other major economies. US President Donald Trump has in recent weeks struck his first tariff blows at the European Union and China, who both vowed retaliation -- risking a tit-for-tat trade conflict on two fronts that could weigh on the global economy. "Germany's second economic miracle is over," influential daily Die Welt wrote this week, comparing the years of steady growth since the financial crisis to the post-World...
  • German Car Makers Call on EU to Scrap Auto Tariffs to Preserve Access to U.S. Market

    06/22/2018 1:01:31 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 41 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 20, 2018 | Liam Deacon
    Germanyís leading car manufacturers have called on the European Union (EU) to scrap its import tariffs on U.S. cars, which are far higher than those imposed on European cars entering America. The firms called for all tariffs to end, on both the EU and U.S. side, to boost free but also fair trade across the Atlantic, passing the message to the U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell.
  • ABC's" Roseanne' Spinoff Officially a Go ó Without Roseanne Barr

    06/21/2018 6:20:32 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 63 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | June 21, 2018
    After canceling the comedy following star Roseanne Barr's racist tweet, the Disney-owned network has found a way to move forward with the original cast, creators and likely crew as 'The Conners.' Weeks after its stunning decision to cancel Roseanne, ABC is officially moving forward with a spinoff of TV's current No. 1 series ó without controversial star Roseanne Barr. Following aggressive talks with exec producer Tom Werner, the Disney-owned broadcaster has handed out a 10-episode, straight-to-series order for Roseanne spinoff The Conners (working title). The new take, which will also be a multicamera comedy and premiere in the fall, will...