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  • Pennsylvania primaries could herald shift of power in U.S. House

    05/15/2018 10:23:33 AM PDT · by mikelets456 · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | 5/15/2018 | Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Voters head to the polls on Tuesday in crucial party primaries in Pennsylvania, a state that has become central to Democrats’ hopes of retaking control of the U.S. House of Representatives. The state offers Democrats the opportunity to pick up as many as five seats from Republicans in congressional elections in November, analysts said. Democrats need a net total of 23 to assume the House majority, which would likely derail Republican President Donald Trump’s policy agenda. Pennsylvania’s politics were thrown into turmoil earlier this year when the state Supreme Court found that the current congressional districts had...
  • Trump ends Iran nuke deal

    05/08/2018 11:58:48 AM PDT · by mikelets456 · 34 replies
    AP ^ | 5/8/2018 | AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump announced Tuesday the U.S. will pull out of the landmark nuclear accord with Iran, declaring he’s making the world safer but dealing a profound blow to allies and deepening the president’s isolation on the world stage. “The United States does not make empty threats,” he said in a televised address from the White House Diplomatic Room. Trump said the 2015 agreement, which included Germany, France and Britain, was a “horrible one-sided deal that should never ever have been made.” He added that the United States “will be instituting the highest level of economic sanction.”...
  • Republicans might need to start panicking about a key Senate seat in a deep-red state

    04/05/2018 8:57:01 AM PDT · by mikelets456 · 60 replies
    Former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen, a Democrat, is leading Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn by double digits going into the Senate race to replace retiring Sen. Bob Corker, according to a poll released Thursday. The poll, conducted by Middle Tennessee State University, shows 45% of registered voters favor Bredesen, while just 35% would back Blackburn. In addition, 17% are undecided. For registered independents, preference for Bredesen over Blackburn increases to 12 points. A fifth of Republican respondents would cross the aisle and vote for Bredesen, compared to just five percent of Democrats who would do so for Blackburn. Blackburn's poor performance...
  • Obama DOJ Forced FBI To Delete 500,000 Fugitives From Background Check Database

    03/16/2018 5:38:06 AM PDT · by mikelets456 · 35 replies
    DC ^ | 3/16/2018 | DC
    WASHINGTON — The Justice Department under Barack Obama directed the FBI to drop more than 500,000 names of fugitives with outstanding arrest warrants from the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, acting FBI deputy director David Bowdich testified Wednesday. Fugitives from justice are barred from buying a firearm under federal law. But what is a fugitive from justice? That definition has been under debate by the FBI and the ATF. According to The Washington Post, the FBI considered any person with an outstanding arrest warrant to be a fugitive. On the other hand, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and...
  • A modern land run? Trump move opens Utah to mining claims under 1872 law

    02/02/2018 5:48:25 AM PST · by mikelets456 · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2/2/2018 | Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw federal protections from millions of acres of Utah wilderness will reopen much of the iconic terrain to gold, silver, copper, and uranium land claims under a Wild West-era mining law, according to federal officials.Starting at 6 a.m. on Feb. 2 – the moment Trump’s proclamation reducing the size of the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments takes effect – private citizens and companies will be allowed to stake claims for hard rock mining in a process governed by the General Mining Law of 1872, according to the U.S. Bureau...
  • Controversial FBI agent co-wrote initial draft of explosive Comey letter reopening Clinton

    02/01/2018 11:51:20 AM PST · by mikelets456 · 25 replies
    CNN ^ | 2/1/2018 | CNN
    Washington (CNN)Emails obtained by CNN show the FBI agent at the center of a Capitol Hill storm played a key role in a controversial FBI decision that upended Hillary Clinton's campaign just days before the 2016 election: the letter to Congress by then-FBI Director James Comey announcing the bureau was investigating newly discovered Clinton emails. The new revelation about FBI agent Peter Strzok comes as Republicans accuse him of being sympathetic to Clinton while seeking to undermine Donald Trump during the heat of the 2016 campaign season. Strzok, who co-wrote what appears to be the first draft that formed the...
  • Trump proposes US citizenship plan for 1.8 mn undocumented immigrants

    01/26/2018 8:22:54 AM PST · by mikelets456 · 89 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 1/26/2018 | Yahoo
    Washington (AFP) - US President Donald Trump's administration has unveiled a sweeping new immigration plan to Congress that offers 1.8 million young unauthorized immigrants known as "Dreamers" a path to citizenship over 10-12 years. In a comprehensive reform that will be formally presented next week, Trump also asked Congress Thursday to eliminate the popular "green card lottery" program and severely restrict family immigration, steps analysts say could cut in half the more than one million foreign-born people moving to the country annually.
  • These Ellis Island documents reveal a surprising truth about Donald Trump's immigrant mother

    01/12/2018 10:47:51 AM PST · by mikelets456 · 70 replies
    Splinter ^ | 1/12/2018 | Solinter
    Here's what Donald Trump has to say about low-wage immigrants on his website: "The influx of foreign workers holds down salaries, keeps unemployment high… We need to control the admission of new low-earning workers." 00:00 00:00 What Trump doesn't say, however, is that his own mother would once have fit into that category. When Mary Anne Macleod, who later gave birth to The Donald, first emigrated to the U.S. from Scotland at age 18, she came with only $50 in her possession and a job as a domestic servant. The new details about Macleod's journey to the U.S. were brought...
  • Trump's First Year Of Job Growth Was Below President Obama's Last Six Years

    01/09/2018 7:33:49 AM PST · by mikelets456 · 22 replies
    Forbes ^ | 1/6/2018 | Forbes
    Over the September to December timeframe, there were 163,000 additional jobs per month and for the year 171,000 jobs were added monthly. This compares to President Obama’s last six years where the job market averaged at least 174,000 per month and hit 250,000 in 2014. It isn’t too surprising that job growth has slowed since the unemployment rate has dropped to very low levels. While the job number was below expectations, the Dow Industrials increased 220 points or 0.9%, the S&P 500 was up 19 points or 0.7% and the NASDAQ gained 58 or 0.8%.
  • Myth of the Big flip or Southern strategy---Help.

    01/05/2018 12:10:31 PM PST · by mikelets456 · 35 replies
    Levin ^ | 1/5/2018 | Me
    I'm getting into this debate more and more with people and getting nowhere. They're saying the parties somehow "flipped" and say the Republicans were previously the racist democrat party of KKK, Slavery and Jim Crow. I contest that the Republican principals were the same under Lincoln as they are today. Also, voters from the South let go of their ties to the racist Democrats and starting voting for Republicans. I'm looking for facts starting from Teddy Roosevelt, to WW, Coolidge, FDR and through the late 1960's...A lot of you on here are historians and I value your input. I believe...
  • Democrat advantage 2018 midterms

    12/20/2017 2:46:22 PM PST · by mikelets456 · 54 replies
    Cnn ^ | 12/20/2017 | Cnn
    Democrats' already wide advantage over Republicans in a hypothetical Congressional matchup has grown, according to a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS. At the same time, enthusiasm about voting next year has increased among Democrats nationwide following an unexpected win in Alabama's Senate special election and a strong showing in Virginia's state government elections last month. Among registered voters, 56% say they favor a Democrat in their congressional district, while 38% prefer a Republican. That 18-point edge is the widest Democrats have held in CNN polling on the 2018 contests, and the largest at this point in midterm election cycles...
  • Mueller Subpoenas Trump Deutsche Bank Records

    12/05/2017 5:54:45 AM PST · by mikelets456 · 77 replies
    WSJ ^ | 12/2/2017 | WSJ
    Special prosecutor Robert Mueller zeroed in on President Donald Trump’s business dealings with Deutsche Bank AG as his investigation into alleged Russian meddling in U.S. elections widens. Mueller issued a subpoena to Germany’s largest lender several weeks ago, forcing the bank to submit documents on its relationship with Trump and his family, according to a person briefed on the matter, who asked not to be identified because the action has not been announced. “Deutsche Bank always cooperates with investigating authorities in all countries,” the lender said in a statement to Bloomberg Tuesday, declining to provide additional information.
  • Navajo Nation leaders call Trump out for ‘careless’ Pocahontas comment

    11/30/2017 10:21:12 AM PST · by mikelets456 · 63 replies
    Daily news ^ | 11/29/2017 | Daily news
    President Trump invoking Pocahontas as a derogatory term during an event honoring Navajo Code Talkers cuts deep for many Native Americans. The White House denied the President was using the name as a racial slur, but several Navajo Nation leaders and residents said on Tuesday that Trump has once again managed to make the name offensive. Navajo Nation council delegate Amber Kanazbah Crotty called Trump’s remark “problematic” and said his words diminish the experience of Pocahontas and all Native Americans. Crotty said in a statement that Trump’s “careless” comment is the “latest example of systemic, deep-seated ignorance of Native Americans...

    11/15/2017 8:47:31 AM PST · by mikelets456 · 50 replies
    News week ^ | 10/28/2017 | Newsweek
    In a single evening, and at the hand of a single man, shootings at Mandalay Bay in Los Vegas added more than 500 to the pool of Americans who have to be treated for gun injuries. The cost of these wounds cannot be calcuated. Beyond the financial expense, the societal and emotional expenses are difficult to imagine. But researchers have quantified one corner of the problem: hospital expenses. Gunshot wounds cost Americans $2.8 billion in hospital bills alone per year, according to a new analysis published in the journal Health Affairs, released coincidentally a day after the Las Vegas attack....
  • Repeal a banking rule

    10/25/2017 9:00:39 AM PDT · by mikelets456 · 5 replies
    US news ^ | 10/25/2017 | US news
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is welcoming a congressional measure killing the ability of millions of Americans to band together to sue bank or credit card companies to resolve financial disputes in a major win for Wall Street. The Senate narrowly voted late Tuesday night to nullify the rule, with Vice President Mike Pence casting the final vote to break a 50-50 tie. The measure now goes to President Donald Trump for his signature. "President Donald J. Trump applauds the Congress for passing," the resolution, the White House said in a statement shortly after the vote that highlighted its...
  • White privilege, social justice, inequality taught at Christian college---Yes, my daughter's school!

    10/09/2017 1:32:37 PM PDT · by mikelets456 · 44 replies
    Me ^ | 109/2017 | Me
    So my daughter came home from college a few weeks back saying they're teaching "White privilege, social justice, inequality and income inequality" at her college....a Christian college. There's a white privilege survey that she did, discussions on inequality, unfair advantages, etc--- I was appalled as was my daughter. However, she stood up in class calling out these lies and the teacher let her speak at the end to make her point but ran out of time. The "professor" said she could continue the next day---which she did, but there was a student that was brought into that particular class that's...
  • The shocking US vote not to condemn the death penalty for LGBT people

    10/09/2017 1:14:07 PM PDT · by mikelets456 · 10 replies
    CNN ^ | 10/5/2017 | CNN
    (CNN)The past week saw two remarkable developments at the United Nations, and the world took notice of both. One was the passage of a resolution condemning the use of the death penalty as punishment for consensual gay relations. LGBT groups viewed the moment as a major milestone, what the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association called a "historic first." Celebrations, however, were muted. That's because of the other occurrence: The United States, until recently a leader in the global effort to advance human rights, voted against the resolution. Even though the UN Human Rights Council's measure does not...
  • Rachel Maddow ratings skyrocket---HOW!?

    08/02/2017 1:05:29 PM PDT · by mikelets456 · 45 replies
    Blaze ^ | 8/2/2017 | Blaze
    There’s appears to be a new sheriff in town. Amid the constant political news coming from President Donald Trump’s White House — much of which is unfavorable to the president — leading MSNBC network anchor Rachel Maddow has found herself dominating her competition. For the month of July, Maddow handedly defeated her competition each night she was on TV in overall ratings, save for three nights: twice at the beginning of July when Fox News host Tucker Carlson bested her and on July 11 when Fox host Sean Hannity topped her by just a few thousand viewers. That night, Hannity’s...
  • California Restricts State-Funded Travel To 4 More States Over LGBT Laws

    06/23/2017 8:00:41 AM PDT · by mikelets456 · 37 replies
    WJ ^ | 6/23/2017 | WJ
    California has banned non-essential state-funded travel to four states in response to what Attorney General Xavier Becerra has decided are anti-LGBT rights laws those states have enacted over the past year. Texas, Alabama, South Dakota and Kentucky join the list first created last year. North Carolina, Kansas, Mississippi and Tennessee were the first states put on the list. California tax dollars “will not be used to let people travel to states who chose to discriminate,” Becerra said.
  • U.S. economy bogs down in first quarter with slowest growth in 3 years, GDP shows

    04/28/2017 10:33:07 AM PDT · by mikelets456 · 9 replies
    Market watch ^ | 4/28/2017 | Market watch
    The government’s official scorecard for the U.S. economy in the first quarter pointed to the weakest growth in three years, but the slowdown appeared tied to temporary effects that are likely to give way a rebound in the coming months. Gross domestic product increased at a meager 0.7% annual pace in the first three months of the year, down from 2.1% and 3.5% in the back half of 2016. Economists polled by MarketWatch had forecast a 0.9% increase. In recent trading, the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.15% and the S&P 500 index SPX, -0.15% fell slightly.