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  • EU’s Juncker takes aim at Hungary’s Orbán over fake news

    12/14/2018 3:19:59 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 14, 2018 9:57 AM | Alissa de Carbonnel, Gabriela Baczynska
    European Union leaders on Friday backed a plan to tackle fake news on the internet and the bloc’s chief executive rounded on one of the EU chiefs, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, as one of the main culprits in spreading disinformation. The EU plan endorsed by the bloc’s 28 national leaders is largely aimed at guarding against what the United States, NATO and the EU say are Russian attempts to undermine Western democracies. But European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said the bloc should also look within its own ranks in its fight against disinformation and he zeroed in on Orbán...
  • Mick Mulvaney to replace John Kelly as 'acting' chief of staff, Trump says

    12/14/2018 2:44:17 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | Alex Pappas
    President Trump on Friday named White House budget director Mick Mulvaney as his new “acting” chief of staff, saying the former South Carolina Republican congressman will replace John Kelly as his top aide. “I am pleased to announce that Mick Mulvaney, Director of the Office of Management & Budget, will be named Acting White House Chief of Staff, replacing General John Kelly, who has served our Country with distinction,” Trump tweeted. “Mick has done an outstanding job while in the Administration. I look forward to working with him in this new capacity as we continue to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”...
  • Mulvaney Named Acting Chief of Staff

    12/14/2018 2:27:54 PM PST · by DoodleDawg · 26 replies
    Twitter ^ | 12/14/18 | President Trump
    I am pleased to announce that Mick Mulvaney, Director of the Office of Management & Budget, will be named Acting White House Chief of Staff, replacing General John Kelly, who has served our Country with distinction.
  • U.S. Stock Market Exodus Is Second-Biggest Ever, BofA Says

    12/14/2018 2:26:26 PM PST · by aimhigh · 26 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 12/15/2018 | Ksenia Galouchko
    Investors rushed out of U.S. equity funds in the second-biggest weekly exit on record, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch, as the market sell-off pushed traders to seek safe havens. U.S. stock funds bled $27.6 billion in the days through Dec. 12, which includes last Friday’s plunge in the S&P 500 Index that capped the worst week for the gauge since March, according to BofA’s note, which cited EPFR Global data. This is the second-biggest redemption since February’s spike in the VIX volatility measure, according to Jefferies Financial Group Inc.
  • Big Washington clean-up bill leads House Democrats' list

    12/14/2018 2:17:41 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 14, 2018 | by David Morgan
    When the Democrats take over the U.S. House of Representatives in three weeks, their first order of business is expected to be a wide-ranging bill about political corruption, voter disenfranchisement and cleaning up campaign finance. An outline of the bill, titled H.R. 1, shows it would require presidential candidates to disclose their tax returns, which Trump has refused to do despite decades of precedent. The bill calls for automatic, early and online national voter registration, as well as an end to partisan gerrymandering of House voting districts, the practice of changing electoral district boundaries to favor a party. Members of...
  • French generals accuse Macron of treason over UN Migration Compact

    12/14/2018 2:02:04 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 37 replies ^ | December 14, 2018 | Caroline Piquet (@caroline_piquet)
    Ten generals signed the open letter written by General Antoine Martinez. The signatories include top level figures, such as an admiral, a colonel, as well as the former French Minister of Defense Charles Millon. They are from the network of the Volontaires pour la France (VPF) The generals warned Macron that the deal will mean less sovereignty for France, providing yet another reason for “an already battered people” to “revolt”. They accuse Macron of being “guilty of a denial of democracy or treason against the nation” for signing the Compact without allowing a public debate on the issue, or consulting...
  • Mueller memo says Flynn's lies were 'voluntary and intentional'

    12/14/2018 1:47:26 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    NBC "News" ^ | December 14, 2018 | By Tom Winter (D-NBC) and Rich Schapiro (D-NBC)
    Federal prosecutors Friday rejected former national security adviser Michael Flynn's suggestion that he should have been warned of the consequences of lying to the FBI, telling a judge that Flynn's false statements were "voluntary and intentional." In a memo to the court, prosecutors from special counsel Robert Mueller's office said there was no basis for Flynn's implication that he was coerced into lying when he spoke to the FBI on Jan. 24, 2017. "The interview was voluntary, and lacked any indicia of coercion," the memo says. Flynn was "relaxed and jocular" during the interview session, it adds. Prosecutors said in...
  • Mueller urges judge to reject Michael Flynn’s ‘attempt to minimize’ his lies before sentencing

    12/14/2018 1:44:48 PM PST · by conservative98 · 21 replies
    CNBC ^ | PUBLISHED 2 HOURS AGO | UPDATED 12 MIN AGO | Kevin Breuninger
    Special counsel Robert Mueller on Friday urged a federal judge to reject an attempt by President Donald Trump’s former national security advisor Michael Flynn “to minimize the seriousness” of his crime days before his sentencing date. But Flynn should still receive a light sentence, Mueller added. Flynn had pleaded guilty last year to lying to the FBI about his contacts with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. In a court filing this week, Flynn’s lawyers noted that he was interviewed without a lawyer present and was not told in advance that lying to the FBI was a crime. The special...
  • Mueller probe has cost more than $25M so far

    12/14/2018 1:43:02 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/14/18 | Lydia Wheeler
    Special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election has cost the Department of Justice (DOJ) more than $25 million, according to new and previous expenditure reports. The special counsel’s office said in a new filing Friday that the expenses for Mueller’s team over the six-month period from April 1 to Sept. 30 added up to $4.5 million. The bulk of those costs came from personnel compensation and benefits, which totaled about $2.9 million. Another $580,000 was spent on travel and transportation, and $942,787 was spent on rent, communications and utilities. The DOJ, which supports to...
  • Warren in College Commencement Speech: ‘I Am Not a Person of Color’

    12/14/2018 1:38:29 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 35 replies
    Warren in College Commencement Speech: ‘I Am Not a Person of Color’ BY: Paul Crookston December 14, 2018 3:56 pm Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) lamented the racism of her fellow white Americans Friday in a commencement speech at Morgan State University, a historically black college. Admitting she is "not a person of color" after years of identifying as Cherokee, Warren focused on her economic message and how it ought to help disadvantaged minorities, the Washington Post reports. At the Baltimore college, she blamed America for failing to open doors for everyone and even overtly harming black people. "As a...
  • Johnson & Johnson knew for decades that asbestos lurked in its baby powder

    12/14/2018 1:12:40 PM PST · by JonPreston · 14 replies
    NBC News ^ | 12/14/18 | Reuters
    Internal documents show that the company's powder was sometimes tainted with carcinogenic asbestos and that J&J kept the information quiet. J&J didn’t tell the FDA that at least three tests by three different labs from 1972 to 1975 had found asbestos in its talc — in one case at levels reported as “rather high.”
  • Californians are asking Google, 'Should I move out?'

    12/14/2018 12:43:42 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 31 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | December 14, 2018 | By Amy Graff,
    Of all the possible "should I?" questions, the one Californians are typing into the Google search engine the most is "Should I move out?" This probably isn't surprising when you consider all your friends who are priced out of California's sky-high housing market and constantly talking about moving to Oregon, where they can buy a sweet bungalow in Portland for $300,000. (Admit it, you have thought about this too.) Using Google Trends data, AT&T's All Home Connections identified the most popular "Should I?" questions each state Googled in 2018 - and the results are fascinating, and at times hilarious. Texans...
  • Kellyanne Conway trolled by husband following CNN appearance

    12/14/2018 12:40:35 PM PST · by conservative98 · 87 replies
    NY Post ^ | December 14, 2018 | Yaron Steinbuch
    White House adviser Kellyanne Conway spent 39 minutes defending President Trump on CNN on Thursday night — but got no love from her husband, George, who trolled her on Twitter. The president’s counselor sparred with host Chris Cuomo on his primetime show, where she claimed it’s a “slur” to accuse Trump of lying. “You took a shot at the president tonight. You called him a slur I’m not going to repeat,” Conway said. When Cuomo asked what slur she was referring to, Conway replied, “You’re saying he’s not telling the truth. That’s a slur. That’s a slur.” She insisted that...
  • Mueller rebukes Flynn, who 'chose' to make false statements to FBI

    12/14/2018 12:31:21 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 59 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/14/18 | Morgan Chalfant
    Special counsel Robert Mueller on Friday rebuked former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn for suggesting that FBI agents had duped him into lying about his contacts with the Russian ambassador. “Nothing about the way the interview was arranged or conducted caused the defendant to make false statements to the FBI on January 24,” Mueller wrote in a filing Friday afternoon, asking a federal judge to reject Flynn’s attempt to “minimize the seriousness of those false statements to the FBI.” “The defendant chose to make false statements about his communications with the Russian ambassador weeks before the FBI interview, when he...
  • Mystery Mueller mayhem at a Washington court

    12/14/2018 12:24:07 PM PST · by Magnatron · 37 replies
    CNN Fake News ^ | 14 December 2018 | Katelyn Polantz, Laura Robinson, Em Steck and Sam Fossum
    Fridays at the DC federal courthouse are typically days of high alert for the press corps trying to discern what special counsel Robert Mueller's next legal action will be. But this Friday, court officials went to extreme measures to ensure it was as difficult as possible to figure out what Mueller's team was doing as the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit held a secret and mysterious argument about a grand jury subpoena challenge. An entire floor of the courthouse was closed to the public and press for more than an hour. During that time, attorneys...
  • A million dollar traffic stop will help Hurricane Michael recovery [Gulf County, Panama City area]

    12/14/2018 12:10:31 PM PST · by Red Badger · 22 replies ^ | Posted Dec 13, 2018 at 4:43 PM Updated Dec 13, 2018 at 4:47 PM GCSO deputies repo | By ZACK McDONALD
    GCSO deputies reported a traffic stop at about midnight Wednesday on Brian Setterich Road resulted in the recovery of almost half a million dollars in U.S. currency, more than 34,000 oxycodone pills and a variety of cocaine, heroin and marijuana. WEWAHITCKA — A late night traffic stop ended with Gulf County Sheriff’s Office deputies making a historic drug bust – seizing more than a million dollars in cash and narcotics – that could go toward storm recovery, officials reported. Storm Cinque Sims, 29, of Callaway, was arrested in connection with the incident. GCSO deputies reported a traffic stop at about...
  • Yellow vests shutdown Tower Bridge as protest rages on (UK Brexit)

    12/14/2018 12:05:01 PM PST · by RightGeek · 15 replies
    Daily Star ^ | 12/14/2018 | Jamie Micklethwaite
    THE yellow vest protests which caused havoc in Paris have hit the UK with London Bridge at a complete standstill. The group of yellow vest protesters, believed to be pro-Brexit, completely blocked Westminster Bridge. The group have now moved down the river and blocked traffic at Tower Bridge, causing havoc in the capital. They are seen on Facebook Live chanting: "What do we want? Brexit. "When do we want it? Now?"
  • PG&E wants rate hike to fund wildfire safety

    12/14/2018 12:04:05 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 20 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 12/13/18 | Dale Kasler
    PG&E asked California regulators for a $1.1 billion rate hike Thursday, saying more than half the money would be spent on improving wildfire safety. The embattled utility, under investigation for its possible role in the Camp Fire last month, told the Public Utilities Commission that the rate hike would increase household electric bills an average of $8.73 a month. Natural gas customers would pay an additional $1.84 a month if the PUC approves the increase. PG&E has already been sued multiple times over the Camp Fire, and the company’s losses could be in the billions — adding to the potential...
  • Emerson College Poll: Trump Gets Best Job-Approval Numbers Since February 2017

    12/14/2018 11:59:20 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/14/2018 | Ed Morrissey
    You’d never know it from news coverage — or from last month’s midterms — but the electorate has warmed up to Donald Trump. An Emerson College poll shows the president getting his best job approval ratings since near the beginning of his presidency. That doesn’t make them good, but it’s going in the right direction: The last Emerson poll of 2018 finds President Trump’s job disapproval rating fell below 50% for the first time this year, with approval at 43% and disapproval at 47% on his job performance. These are the strongest job numbers for the President in an...
  • Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg hails immigrants as debate rages over asylum seekers

    12/14/2018 11:43:54 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 36 replies
    ABC "News" ^ | December 14, 2018 | By Devin Dwyer (D-ABC)
    Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, in her first public remarks following a health scare last month, hailed immigrants as the “vanguard” of an effort to remove “stains” of discrimination from American society. “The Constitution sets out the aspiration to form a more perfect union,” Ginsburg said, addressing 31 newly naturalized American citizens who had just taken the oath of allegiance. “While we have made huge progress, the work of perfection is far from done. Many stains remain." “As well informed citizens you will play a vital part in that endeavor,” she said. “First by voting in elections, serving on...