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  • Pruitt is hitting the brakes on Obama's failed fuel economy standards (WINNING!!!)

    04/06/2018 12:18:41 PM PDT · by Drew68 · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06 April 2018 | Arianna Wilkerson
    On Monday, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt announced his plans to scrap Obama-era Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards for passenger cars and trucks, which require automobile manufacturers maintain a fleet-wide average of 54.5 miles per gallon (mpg) by 2025. This bold move by Pruitt will result in more affordable vehicles and additional cash in the pockets of families across the country. Mandates under the previous administration were negotiated when the economy was depressed and retail gas prices approached $4 per gallon. Proponents of tougher fuel economy standards used these circumstances to argue for ever-more fuel-efficient cars....
  • Rand Paul is reading the Spending Bill. Here are some highlights. (Twitter)

    03/23/2018 11:01:49 AM PDT · by Drew68 · 81 replies
    Twitter ^ | 03/23/2018 | Senator Rand Paul
    o $12m for Scholarships for Lebanon o $20m for Middle East Partnership Initiative Scholarship Program o $12m in military funding for Vietnam o $3.5m in nutrition assistance to Laos o $15m in Developmental assistance to China o $10m for Women LEOs in Afghanistan o $1m for the World Meteorological Organization o $218m for Promoting Democracy Development in Europe (yep..the birthplace of democracy needs promoting) o $25m for International Religious Freedom o $10m for disadvantaged Egyptian Students o $1.371bn for Contributions to International Organizations o $51m to promote International Family Planning and Reproductive Health o $7m promoting International Conservation o $10m...
  • Child pornography links found in Bitcoin's blockchain

    03/22/2018 6:43:55 AM PDT · by Drew68 · 38 replies
    Mashable ^ | 3/21/18 | Stan Schroeder
    Some of Bitcoin's most important features — the immutability and the distributed nature of its blockchain — might spell trouble for the cryptocurrency. A German team of researchers have found some objectionable content within Bitcoin's blockchain, including links to child pornography and, possibly, at least one such image. Since the totality of Bitcoin's blockchain has to be downloaded in order to mine Bitcoin or run a full Bitcoin node — a program that validates transactions on the network — that means anyone who does so is in possession of potentially illegal content. In the vast majority of cases, the data...
  • Mississippi boy, 9, fatally shoots teen sister in head over video game controller, police say

    03/19/2018 11:20:01 AM PDT · by Drew68 · 71 replies
    Fox News ^ | 03/19/2018 | Fox News
    <p>A 9-year-old boy fatally shot his 13-year-old sister in Mississippi on Saturday afternoon when she refused to hand over a video game controller, authorities said.</p> <p>The victim, Dijonae White, was shot in the back of the head and the bullet entered her brain, Monroe County Sheriff Cecil Cantrell told reporters, according to WLOV-TV.</p>
  • Jeff Sessions says prosecutors won't pursue "small marijuana cases"

    03/10/2018 12:55:20 PM PST · by Drew68 · 39 replies
    CBS News ^ | 03/10/2018 | CBS
    WASHINGTON -- Federal prosecutors won't take on small-time marijuana cases, despite the Justice Department's decision to lift an Obama-era policy that discouraged U.S. authorities from cracking down on the pot trade in states where the drug is legal, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Saturday. Federal law enforcement lacks the resources to take on "routine cases" and will continue to focus on drug gangs and larger conspiracies, Sessions said, speaking at a Federalist Society event in Washington, D.C. The comments come after the Trump administration in January threw the burgeoning marijuana legalization movement into uncertainty by reversing the largely hands-off approach...
  • MS-13 is ‘taking over the school,’ one teen warned before she was killed (WaPo)

    03/10/2018 12:30:25 PM PST · by Drew68 · 64 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 3/9/18 | Michael E. Miller
    BRENTWOOD, N.Y. — The old minivan appeared near the school on a Tuesday morning, its Illinois plates the only thing out of place in the blue-collar suburbs of central Long Island. But as backpack-toting teenagers passed by on their way to Brentwood High, the van’s doors suddenly swung open. Out sprang members of the violent street gang MS-13, armed with baseball bats. They attacked three 16-year-old students they suspected of being rivals before driving off. When police spotted the van in the same neighborhood the following afternoon and surrounded it at gunpoint, the MS-13 members were in the midst of...
  • Will Smith says Georgia ‘gotta do something about these bugs’

    02/28/2018 12:54:41 PM PST · by Drew68 · 98 replies ^ | 2/28/18 | WKRN
    SAVANNAH, GA (Nexstar) — Actor Will Smith showed no fear when he squashed a giant cockroach in “Men in Black,” but he may have just met his match in the insect realm. Sand gnats. Smith is currently filming his new movie “Gemini Man” near Savannah, Georgia. He says he’s being swarmed not by his loving fans, but by tons of blood-thirsty sand gnats. Smith posted a video on his Facebook page Tuesday saying, “I love Georgia but y’all gotta do something about these bugs… I’m just saying y’all need to fix it.” In case you’re already asking why Smith hasn’t...
  • Driver opens fire on African migrants in Italian city of Macerata

    02/03/2018 7:16:21 AM PST · by Drew68 · 50 replies
    Guardian ^ | Feb 03, 2018 | Damien Gayle
    A man has opened fire on pedestrians in the Italian city of Macerata, injuring several African migrants in an attack that police said appeared to be racially motivated. Local media reported that at least six migrants, five men and a woman, had been shot by a man driving and firing from his car window. Police told residents to stay out of the way and avoid open places before announcing that a man had been arrested. The state broadcaster, Rai, said the suspect was a 28-year-old white Italian man from Macerata. Police later published a photo of him, with an Italian...
  • Teen shot in head after new internet challenge goes wrong (Memphis, TN)

    01/27/2018 6:33:14 AM PST · by Drew68 · 51 replies
    wbrc ^ | 26 Jan 2018 | Staff
    MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Not many people have heard of it, but a dangerous internet challenge is gaining popularity. According to Memphis Police Department, one of the city's latest shootings stemmed from this challenge. It's called the No Lackin Challenge. On YouTube, videos of the No Lackin Challenge show people pulling guns on their friends and their friends pulling out a gun too. However, no one pulls the trigger. Early Thursday morning, a 17-year-old was shot in the head at E's cafe on Union Avenue. According to the affidavit, 21-year-old Sherman Lackland was sitting in a booth with two people...
  • 'It had never been done on television before': The oral history of "Breaking Bad"

    01/20/2018 8:13:06 AM PST · by Drew68 · 159 replies
    Esquire ^ | 16 Jan 2018 | Emma Dibdin
    Television changed the night of January 20, 2008: Breaking Bad, a bold and singular drama about a downtrodden, dying high school teacher so desperate for cash that he starts cooking crystal meth, would come to define a golden era of television. But nobody knew that on the night the show premiered. In fact, there was every reason to assume the show, debuting on a then-nascent network with no track record in original programming, wouldn’t last past its first season. Breaking Bad was not a ratings hit, not a household name, not a show that earned a spot in the zeitgeist...
  • Teen killed in shooting in Franklin County juvenile courtroom (Ohio)

    01/20/2018 5:44:53 AM PST · by Drew68 · 36 replies
    NBC4 Columbus ^ | 17 Jan 18 | Staff
    COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The Columbus Division of Fire confirms one person is dead after a shooting Wednesday in a Franklin County juvenile courtroom. The shooting was called out at approximately 12:41pm in the 400 block of South Front Street. According to Deputy Chief Rick Minerd with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, the shooting took place during a hearing involving 16-year-old Joseph Haynes. Haynes was in court on for a hearing regarding a menacing with a firearm charge. Minerd said that during the hearing there was an altercation in the courtroom involving a deputy, Haynes, and family members. During that altercation,...
  • Woman who accused Roy Moore of sexual misconduct sues him for defamation (Leigh Corfman)

    01/04/2018 2:50:07 PM PST · by Drew68 · 158 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 01/04/2018 | Beth Reinhard
    In a lawsuit that echoes a civil case against President Trump, an Alabama woman on Thursday sued failed U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore and his campaign for defamation, citing harsh personal attacks she faced after coming forward with allegations he touched her sexually when she was 14 years old. Leigh Corfman is not seeking financial compensation beyond legal costs. She is asking for a declaratory judgment of defamation, a public apology from Moore, and a court-enforced ban on him or his campaign publicly attacking her again. She said in a statement that the suit seeks “to do what I could...
  • US Department of Transportation cracking down on CDLs for trucks hauling trailers

    01/04/2018 5:18:38 AM PST · by Drew68 · 35 replies
    Denver ABC 7 ^ | 1/2/2018 | Mycah Hatfield
    <p>GLENPOOL, Oklahoma — The U.S. Department of Transportation is cracking down on people towing things behind their vehicles.</p> <p>Sean Johnson trains horses and transports them across the country for shows. As of now, he has been able to hit the road driving his truck and trailer with a Class C driver's license. That will soon change.</p>
  • Teenage girl, man killed outside teen club in Hillsborough leave behind newborns (Tampa, FL)

    01/02/2018 4:53:21 PM PST · by Drew68 · 56 replies ^ | 01/02/2018 | Corey Davis
    HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – A teenage girl was among two people who were shot and killed by security guards outside a pop-up teen club in Hillsborough County on Monday night. Jyhaad D. Grant, 25, and Julissa D. Jackson, 15, were found dead inside a vehicle after they were shot by two security guards who said they feared for their lives. Grant and Jackson were Tampa residents. Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded a 911 call at 11:30 pm about a shooting at a facility known as “The Club” located at 5809 50th St. N. The facility is a storage...
  • Tonya Harding is the latest national punchline to find pop culture redemption

    01/01/2018 4:38:49 PM PST · by Drew68 · 59 replies
    Washington Post (via The Oklahoman) ^ | 12/29/17 | Stephanie Merry
    Disgraced figure skater Tonya Harding re-entered the public eye earlier this month when she showed up for the Los Angeles premiere of "I, Tonya." She was snapped on the red carpet, laughing with the actress who plays her, Margot Robbie, and getting silly with the film's big scene-stealer, Allison Janney. All of this may have seemed strange to anyone who hasn't seen the movie. Isn't Tonya Harding the eternal villain of our collective memories? Why is Hollywood embracing her? For some people, she will forever be the woman responsible for making fellow figure skater Nancy Kerrigan cry, "Whyyyyyy?" She'll always...
  • Two US presidents on two Iranian crackdowns (only CNN could spin things this way)

    01/01/2018 7:52:46 AM PST · by Drew68 · 37 replies
    CNN ^ | 01/01/2018 | Stephen Collinson
    (CNN)When protests erupted in Iran in 2009, then-President Barack Obama reacted cautiously, concerned that a forceful intervention could make America -- reviled as the "Great Satan" by Iranian revolutionaries -- a rallying cause for the clerical regime. Eight years on, with demonstrations and violence breaking out again in Iranian cities, the US position is reversed, with President Donald Trump and his team almost gleefully leaping at the chance to line up alongside Iranian protesters. In one of his first tweets of the new year, Trump was openly rooting for regime change. "Iran is failing at every level despite the terrible...
  • Devin Nunes, targeting Mueller and the FBI, alarms Democrats and some Republicans with his tactics

    12/31/2017 11:10:39 AM PST · by Drew68 · 104 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/31/2017 | Karoun Demirjian
    Rep. Devin Nunes, once sidelined by an ethics inquiry from leading the House Intelligence Committee’s Russia probe, is reasserting the full authority of his position as chairman just as the GOP appears poised to challenge special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation of possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian officials. The California Republican was cleared in December of allegations he improperly disclosed classified information while accusing the Obama administration of exposing the identities of Trump affiliates on surveillance reports. Since clearing his name, Nunes has stepped up his attacks on Mueller’s team and the law enforcement agencies around...
  • Virginia court tosses out one-vote victory that briefly ended GOP majority in House

    12/20/2017 12:03:10 PM PST · by Drew68 · 102 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 20 Dec 17 | Jim Morrison and Fenit Nirappil
    A three- judge panel declined to certify the recount of a key House race today, saying that a questionable ballot should be counted in favor of the Republican and tying a race that Democrats had thought they had won by a single vote. “The court declares there is no winner in this election,” said Circuit Court Judge Bryant L. Sugg, after the judges deliberated for more than two hours. The court’s decision leaves the race for the 94th District tied at 11,608 votes for each Del. David Yancey, the Republican incumbent, and Shelly Simonds, his Democratic challenger. And it leaves...
  • US tax reform breaks global rules, EU says (European finance ministers are worried)

    12/20/2017 9:17:07 AM PST · by Drew68 · 55 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | December 19th, 2017 | Nils Zimmermann
    European finance ministers are worried. They say the United States' big tax reform bill contains measures that would unfairly disadvantage European business and contravene global fair-taxation rules. Are they right? Last week, the finance ministers of Europe's five biggest economies — Germany, France, the UK, Spain and Italy — wrote an anxious letter to their American colleague, US Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin, and copied it to all senior Republican politicians in the Congress and Senate. The letter's thrust: The draft US tax bill, if passed as written a week ago, would represent a break with global fair-taxation rules as applied...
  • Twitter suspends far-right British figure retweeted by Trump

    12/18/2017 7:18:40 AM PST · by Drew68 · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 18th, 2017 | Avery Anapol
    A far-right British activist who gained prominence after President Trump retweeted her anti-Muslim tweets in November had her Twitter account suspended on Monday as part of the social network’s effort to crack down on hate speech. Jayda Fransen, the deputy leader of far-right British group Britain First, saw her account suspended as part of a Twitter-wide crackdown on hate gorups. In November, President Trump retweeted three videos from Fransen's account that purported to show Muslims committing acts of violence. Fransen’s account, along with others connected to Britain First, now appear to be suspended. Trump’s retweets prompted lawmakers in the U.S....