The flag has always been yours and mine

After the elections and Donald Trump's win, when half the country was mourning and the other half was celebrating, I did not participate in any of the heated arguments on social media. It seemed that everyone was talking in circles - people who once shrugged off Hillary Clinton's email scandal as an unimportant detail were now mired in the minutiae of Trump's legal battles, and people who said Trump should not accept the election results now said that Clinton should - and, frankly, I scrolled past the majority of it for more cat videos.

High court sides with Samsung in patent dispute with Apple

The Supreme Court unanimously sided with smartphone maker Samsung on Tuesday in its high-profile patent dispute with Apple over design of the iPhone. The justices said Samsung may not be required to pay all the profits it earned from 11 phone models because the features it copied from the iPhone were only a part of Samsung's devices.

House snuffs out conservativesa IRS impeachment push

Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on Feb. 10, 2016. The House on Tuesday voted to bottle up articles of impeachment filed against Koskinen by hard-line conservatives upset about the agency's targeting of political groups.

Trump DC hotel attracting foreign envoys and controversy

Donald Trump's new luxury hotel in Washington D.C. has been attracting foreign envoys, special interest groups - and a bit of controversy. One of the latest groups to book the hotel is the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think-tank whose big donors will gather there Tuesday night for a speech from Vice-President-elect Mike Pence.

U of Illinois won’t be designated ‘sanctuary’ for immigrants

The University of Illinois will not label its three campuses as sanctuaries for immigrant students illegally living in the U.S., school leaders said Tuesday as they pushed aside pressure from faculty and others to make the designation. Petitions from students and faculty at campuses in Urbana-Champaign, Chicago and Springfield were among efforts by students and others at more than 100 colleges and universities around the country to make the schools sanctuaries for immigrants following President-elect Donald Trump 's promises to crack down on illegal immigration.

Iran president: Trump won’t be able to harm the nuclear deal

In this photo released by official website of the office of the Iranian Presidency, President Hassan Rouhani, center, Science Minister Mohammad Farhadi, right, and head of the President's office Mohammad Nahavandian, left, listen to the national anthem at the start of a ceremony marking Student Day at Tehran University in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. Rouhani said Tuesday his country will not allow incoming U.S. President Donald Trump to "tear up" Tehran's landmark nuclear deal with world powers.

La Grange man sentenced for drug trafficking Updated at

Huberto Espindola-Soto, 37, was sentenced to 146 months, or 12 years and 2 months, and 5 years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine, 500 gram or more of methamphetamine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking crime, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Justice. On Nov. 12, a DEA task force officers arrested Espindola-Soto.

Democrats: McConnell fix for miners’ health care inadequate

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he has found a way to protect health care benefits for thousands of retired coal miners whose benefits are set to expire at the end of the year. But Democrats say the solution offered by the Kentucky Republican is only temporary and does not protect pension benefits that also are at risk.

Sen. Scott: Justice Thomasa story should be told at African American Museum

South Carolina's first African American U.S. senator has asked the Smithsonian Institution to reconsider their omission of Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas from the exhibits in the new National Museum of African American History and Culture. I was saddened and extremely disappointed to learn that the museum excluded the celebration of one of the nation's most influential African Americans and preeminent legal minds Smithsonian officials did not have any immediate comment on the request for Sen. Tim Scott .

Whistleblower protections expanded to include government contractors

A bill to strengthen protections for employees who blow the whistle on fraud, waste and mismanagement in government contracts has gained congressional approval and now will head to the president's desk to be signed into law. The bill, sponsored by Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri, permanently expands whistleblower protections to nearly all contractors and subcontractors for the federal government, except for those who work in the intelligence community.

Morning Joe Gets Scoops On Trump’s Transition While Its Hosts Reportedly Advise Him

MSNBC Morning Joe co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski have reported multiple scoops on President-elect Donald Trump's transition efforts and potential cabinet selections since the election. The exclusives come as the pair, who often give Trump friendly coverage, have confirmed that they regularly speak directly to Trump and have reportedly been advising him, including on his cabinet selections.

President-elect Donald Trump to attend Army-Navy game

A spokesperson for Donald Trump 's transition team has confirmed that the President-elect of the United States will attend this Saturday's Army-Navy game in Baltimore, the 117th meeting between the service academies. Trump will follow tradition and sit on the Army side of the field for the first half, the Navy side the second.

Conservatives Seek to Force House Vote on Impeaching IRS Chief

House conservatives intend to re-launch an effort Tuesday afternoon to force a vote to impeach Internal Revenue Service commissioner John Koskinen this week in the final days of this congressional session. The impeachment drive, confirmed by Representative Jim Jordan of Ohio and his office, comes after he and other members of the House Freedom Caucus had agreed to delay such action in September, at the urging of Speaker Paul Ryan and other party leaders.

Gingrich: US Will ‘No Longer’ Automatically Follow China’s Wishes

President-elect Donald Trump sent a signal to Beijing "we are going to be much tougher," by agreeing to speak with Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen by telephone, and the United States will no longer "automatically do what the Chinese want us to do," former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Tuesday. "We have gone through a long period where we basically tried to take care of the Chinese and hoped they would mature into a democracy," Gingrich told Fox News' " America's Newsroom ."

White House: Trump’s $4B Figure on Air Force One Is Questionable

The White House said Tuesday it does not know where President-elect Donald Trump got his figure of more than $4 billion to replace the Air Force One plane that transports presidents, a spokesman said on Tuesday. Trump urged the federal government on Tuesday to cancel an order with Boeing Co to develop a new Air Force One, saying costs were more than $4 billion and "out of control."

The 22-Year-Old Student Who Ran T…

A 22-year-old Arizona State University senior ended the 2016 campaign as Trump's political director in Arizona. The Trump campaign won Arizona by around 90,000 votes, in a state that was considered a toss-up until election day.

Why Does Trump Lie About Voter Fraud?

New York Times editorial board: The long-running Republican war against the right to vote has now gone national at the instigation of President-elect Donald Trump, who has promoted the lie that millions of illegal votes were cast in the presidential election. There is not a scintilla of evidence for this claim, and Trump's own lawyers have admitted as much, stating in a court filing opposing a recount in Michigan that "all available evidence suggests that the 2016 general election was not tainted by fraud or mistake."

Middle-Market Woes Inspire Starbucks’s Bet on Luxury Coffee

Middle-Market Woes Inspire Starbucks's Bet on Luxury Coffee - As core clientele loses spending power, chain readies push into realm of $12-a-cup java - About 25 years ago, Starbucks Corp. decided to become a public company on the bold idea that customers across the country would pay more than $1 for a cup of coffee.

Merkel’s U-Turn Angela Merkel calls for Germany Burka Ban saying …

MERKEL'S U-TURN Angela Merkel calls for Germany BURKA BAN saying 'the full veil is not appropriate here' in astonishing U-turn - The German Chancellor made the announcement at a party conference having recently declared she will stand for re-election - ANGELA Merkel today completed The day's must-read political news and opinion pieces are scattered across hundreds of news outlets and blogs, too many for any one person to read. Fortunately, memeorandum arranges all of these links in a single, easy-to-scan page.

Emanuel Urges Rauner to Support Chicago as Sanctuary City

Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaks during a vigil at the Center on Halsted in the Boystown neighborhood held to honor the victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting on June 13, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. Mayor Rahm Emanuel sponsored a resolution that calls on Gov. Bruce Rauner to publicly support his efforts to promote Chicago as a sanctuary city for immigrants, according to the Chicago Tribune .

Merkel’s party doubles down on “values” after Trump and Brexit

Dec 6 After a U.S. presidential election and Brexit campaign that were tarnished by lies, vicious political attacks and deceptive online news stories, Germany is promising to double down on facts, values and seriousness. At a congress of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives on Tuesday, speaker after speaker talked about the importance of respect and moderation in politics, with some criticising social media platforms Facebook and Twitter for facilitating the spread of false news.

How much clout will Chicago lose with Trump administration?

Nowhere will political power evaporate more dramatically at noon on Jan. 20 than in the third-largest U.S. city, a bastion of Democratic power that's enjoyed special access to Washington during President Barack Obama's eight years in the White House. When Donald Trump becomes the 45th president, Chicago will trade a first family and top advisers with deep ties to the city for a chief executive who has repeatedly called it a violent mess embodying the failed policies of his predecessor and the Democratic Party.

Beyonce leads Grammy nominations with 9 nods

Beyonce performs at a get-out-the-vote event for the Hillary Clinton campaign in Cleveland, Nov. 4, 2016. BeyonceA*s nine nods for A'Lemonade,A' her album and film exploring race and infidelity, led the field as nominations for the 59th Grammy Awards were announced on Dec. 6. less FILE -- Beyonce performs at a get-out-the-vote event for the Hillary Clinton campaign in Cleveland, Nov. 4, 2016.

Congress ready to use Obamacare savings for medical innovation bill

Even as Republicans try to figure out how best to repeal and replace the health law changes made by President Obama, lawmakers in Congress are on the verge of approving a bill that would funnel almost $4 billion dollars from the controversial health law into government programs for medical innovation. Tucked away in the almost one thousand pages of the plan known as the "21st Century Cures Act" are two provisions that shift the contents of two pots of money funded through Obamacare, a move that has drawn some fire from outside health groups.

Peter Lucas: Romney couldn’t read us. How will he read the world?

U.S. foreign-policy sage Henry Kissinger used to tell Harvard students that the test of a good statesman was his ability to sense the evolution of an event before it happened. What President Richard Nixon's secretary of state meant was that a successful diplomat had to be able to read the character of his foreign counterpart as well as have the ability to take the pulse of the country he was dealing with.

The Latest: Pence says Flynn Jr. has no role in transition

In this Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016, photo, President-elect Donald Trump arrives at Carrier Corp in Indianapolis. Trump is slated to hold the second stop of this "thank you" tour Tuesday, Dec. 6, in North Carolina, less than a we... Vice President-elect Mike Pence says the conspiracy-minded son of a key adviser to Donald Trump has no role in the president-elect's transition.

Iran president: Trump won’t be able to harm the nuclear deal

Iran's president said on Tuesday that his country will not allow incoming U.S. President Donald Trump to "tear up" Iran's landmark nuclear deal with world powers and also warned Tehran will react to any extension of American sanctions. The comments by Hassan Rouhani came during a speech at the University of Tehran commemorating the killings of Iranian students protesting a visit by then-U.S. Rouhani's remarks show the high-wire stakes he faces after Trump's inauguration in trying to defend the deal struck by his moderate administration.

Dunham and Coates, mutual admirers, talk writing and Trump

"Girls" creator Lena Dunham and author-essayist Ta-Nehisi Coates, strangers until Monday night, found they had a lot in common. "If what has to happen is that I get metaphorically strung up by my toes because I think we were all born equal and beautiful, then that's just what's going to happen," Dunham said.

Beyonce leads Grammy noms with 9; Kanye, Rihanna score 8

In this Nov. 4, 2016 file photo, Beyonce performs at a Get Out the Vote concert for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in Cleveland. The pop star is the leader of the 2017 Grammys with nine nominations, including bids for album of the year with "Lemonade," and song and record of the year with "Formation," announced Tuesday, Dec. 6. The singer, who already has 20 Grammys, is also the first artist to earn nominations in the pop, rock, R&B and rap categories in the same year.

Federal appeals court puts ACA lawsuit on hold

A federal appeals court ordered Monday that a lawsuit filed against the Affordable Care Act by lawyers for the House of Representatives be put on temporary hold until after the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump. The order issued by the US District Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit reflects the change of administration, and it delays the briefing schedule in the case until Trump is in office.

How DraftKings, FanDuel hope to woo the feds

When DraftKings and FanDuel announced last month that they planned to merge, it spelled the end of a costly war for market share in the daily fantasy sports industry. FanDuel, founded in 2009, and DraftKings, which came on the scene three years later, had spent hundreds of millions of dollars on advertising and ended in a virtual tie.

Torture Is OK With Americans

Once upon a time in America, we Americans believed in the basic principles of human decency. Today, millions of Americans have lost respect for international law that protects those who serve in the military from abuse when captured.

Nobody Asked Me but

We offer observations on the human condition from a 26 year old mind trapped in an 86 year old body. I suspect if Kim Jong un offered Trump the right to build hotels in his country, Donald would OK atomic bombs for him.

Man who killed woman when he was a teen is resentenced

A judge has ruled that a Durango man who was convicted of killing a Southern Ute woman when he was 17 will become eligible for release in 20 years. The Durango Herald reports 38-year-old Raymond Cain was resentenced Monday because of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling earlier this year that prohibits juveniles from being sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.

Iranian President Threatens US Over Sanctions Extension

In this photo released by official website of the office of the Iranian Presidency, President Hassan Rouhani, center, Science Minister Mohammad Farhadi, right, and head of the President's office Mohammad Nahavandian, left, listen to the national anthem at the start of a ceremony marking Student Day at Tehran University in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. Iran's President Hassan Rouhani is threatening the United States with a "harsh reaction", after Congress voted last week to renew sanctions against the country for an additional 10 years.

UK man found guilty in case linked to Brussels bomb suspect

Relatives of Walter Scott, the black motorist fatally shot while fleeing a traffic stop, say they are confident justice will prevail even though a South Carolina jury could not reach a verdict in the murder trial... Relatives of Walter Scott, the black motorist fatally shot while fleeing a traffic stop, say they are confident justice will prevail even though a South Carolina jury could not reach a verdict in the murder trial of a... The bizarre rumors began with a leaked email referencing Hillary Clinton and sinister interpretations of references to pizza parties.

Iran president: Trump won’t be able to harm the nuclear deal

The threat of a terror attack against a busy commuter rail station in the Los Angeles area has prompted authorities to increase security throughout the region and urge commuters to report any suspicious behavior... The threat of a terror attack against a busy commuter rail station in the Los Angeles area has prompted authorities to increase security throughout the region and urge commuters to report any suspicious behavior they see.

Obama’s UN envoy refers to Armenian genocide

Has the Obama administration quietly recognized the World War I-era killings of Armenians as genocide? The ... The term has long been taboo for U.S. officials, including President Barack Obama, who have instead talked of mass atrocity and historical tragedy. But Obama's U.N. ambassador last week went further than her boss by describing the event as genocide.

Stopgap spending bill to be unveiled as Congress finishes up

A bipartisan bill to speed government drug approvals and bolster biomedical ... WASHINGTON - Congress is quickening its pace toward adjourning late this week, marching toward a final vote on legislation boosting medical research and speeding drug approvals and readying a separate stopgap spending bill to prevent the government from shutting down this weekend. The temporary budget bill, scheduled to be unveiled Tuesday, would keep federal agencies functioning into next spring, giving the new Congress and the incoming Trump administration time to approve more than $1 trillion to fund federal agencies through the Sept.

Colleagues paint caustic portrait of artist colony founder

This still frame from exclusive video provided by San Francisco TV station KGO-TV, made late Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, shows Derick Ion Almena, front, and Micah Allison, partly hidden behind him, the couple who operated the Ghost Ship ware... . This March 12, 2015 booking photo provided by the Glendale, Calif., Police Department shows Derick Ion Almena.

Trump heads back out on road for ‘thank you’ tour

In this Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016, photo, President-elect Donald Trump arrives at Carrier Corp in Indianapolis. Trump is slated to hold the second stop of this "thank you" tour Tuesday, Dec. 6, in North Carolina, less than a we... The threat of a terror attack against a busy commuter rail station in the Los Angeles area has prompted authorities to increase security throughout the region and urge commuters to report any suspicious behavior... The threat of a terror attack against a busy commuter rail station in the Los Angeles area has prompted authorities to increase security throughout the region and urge commuters to report any suspicious behavior they see.

Names and faces

In this Aug. 10, 2015, file photo, Stephen Colbert participates in "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" segment of the CBS Summer TCA Tour in Beverly Hills, Calif. a Stephen Colbert , host of the Kennedy Center Honors gala Sunday night, greeted the crowd of Washington insiders as "endangered swamp-dwellers," referencing President-elect Donald Trump's "drain the swamp" campaign pledge.

Recount’s leader visits Trump Tower

Jill Stein went to Trump Tower on Monday to press her case for recounts in three closely contested states in last month's presidential election. Stein, the Green Party presidential nominee and now the leader of the recount campaign, made her appearance hours after a federal court ruling early Monday that ordered Michigan elections officials -- over the protests of President-elect Donald Trump and his allies -- to begin a recount by noon Monday.

Trump won’t tip hand on pipeline

Industry leaders on Monday urged President-elect Donald Trump to make approval of the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline a "top priority" when he takes office next month, while opponents who have protested the project for months vowed to stay put on their North Dakota encampment despite harsh wintry weather and a tribal leader's call to leave. The moves come after the Army Corps of Engineers declined to issue a permit for the $3.8 billion pipeline to cross under a Missouri River reservoir in southern North Dakota near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.

Senate advances bill to speed drug OKs

A bipartisan bill to speed government drug approvals and bolster biomedical research cleared its last procedural hurdle in the Senate on Monday. The 85-13 vote for cloture, or closing debate and preventing a filibuster on the bill, puts the measure on track for final legislative approval by the Senate as early as today.

Rep. Garrett: Staff working to clear open constituent cases

Outgoing Rep. Scott Garrett says his office has been furiously working to clear every constituent with an open casework file before Democrat Josh Gottheimer takes over his seat. The Record reports the 5th District Republican said Monday that he hasn't responded to correspondence from his challenger because he has nothing to tell him yet.

New North Carolina governor to face resolute GOP legislature

North Carolina's next governor campaigned to work if elected on bending back state government's recent right-ward turn, including the repeal of a law outgoing Gov. Pat McCrory signed limiting LGBT rights known as House Bill 2. But Democrat Roy Cooper may have trouble doing that given that Republicans will still hold veto-proof majorities when he takes office next month. GOP legislative leaders are resolute in keeping their conservative policies intact.

Tech companies move to target terrorist propaganda online

Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube are joining forces to more quickly identify the worst terrorist propaganda and prevent it from spreading online. The new program announced Monday would create a database of unique digital "fingerprints" to help automatically identify videos or images the companies could remove.

Mike Pence Returns to Campaign Trail for GOP Senate Candidate in Louisiana

Nearly a month after the GOP won the presidential election, Vice President-elect Mike Pence is back on the campaign trail helping Republicans try to increase its U.S. Senate majority. The Indiana governor appeared in New Orleans on Saturday with Republican Senate candidate John Kennedy to urge GOP voters to turn out for the last day of early voting prior to Louisiana's Dec. 10 runoff between Kennedy and Democrat Foster Campbell.

Saudi court sentences 15 to death in Iran spy cell trial

The founder of a ramshackle Oakland artists' colony where dozens of people burned to death saw himself as a kind of guru and loved to surround himself with followers but showed chilling disregard for their... The founder of a ramshackle Oakland artists' colony where dozens of people burned to death saw himself as a kind of guru and loved to surround himself with followers but showed chilling disregard for their well-being,... A therapist who used music to help kids cope with trauma. A woman who taught at a Montessori school.

Shutdown averted, Senate backs stop-gap spending bill

With less than hour to spare, the Senate late Friday backed legislation averting a government shutdown as coal-state Democrats retreated on long-term health care benefits for retired miners and promised a renewed fight for the working class next year. The 63-36 vote sent the stop-gap spending bill to President Barack Obama, who signed the measure early Saturday morning.

Republican Elector: We ‘should reject’ Trump

Christopher Suprun, a Republican elector who is one of the 538 people tasked with casting votes to officially appoint the next president of the United States, says he will not vote for President-elect Donald Trump. In a New York Times column published on Monday , Suprun argued that Trump has done little to reach beyond his base of supporters since winning the election last month, and called it troubling that the president-elect has chosen to lean further into the controversial bombast that defined his raucous campaign.

Joe Biden floats a potential 2020 presidential run

Vice President Joe Biden floated the idea of a 2020 presidential run on Monday, after reporters asked him if he ever planned to run for office again. Though his comments fall well short of a commitment to challenge President-elect Donald Trump in four years, Biden seems to be at least leaving the door open.

New York Asks US Government for $35M in Trump Security Costs

New York City asked the U.S. government for up to $35 million to cover security costs for protecting President-elect Donald Trump in his home atop a Manhattan skyscraper, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Monday. Trump, a Republican, has spent most of his time since Election Day in his apartment at Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue, forcing police to work with the U.S. Secret Service to provide intensified security measures in one of the city's busiest neighborhoods.

Offshore Deepwater Rebound?

Statoil was awarded blocks 1 and 3 in the Saline Basin in the Deepwater exploration tender in the Mexican Round 1. The blocks cover an area of about 5,650 km2 in the largely unexplored deepwater areas of the Saline Basin. Statoil will be the operator of blocks 1 and 3, at 33.4% equity, with partners BP and Total participating equally with the remaining equity.

Trump not saying what hea ll do about Dakota Access pipeline

Industry leaders are urging President-elect Donald Trump to make approval of the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline a "top priority" when he takes office next month, while opponents who have protested the project for months are vowing to stay put on their sprawling North Dakota encampment despite harsh winter weather and a tribal leaders' call to leave. The moves come after the Army declined to issue a permit for the $3.8 billion pipeline to cross under a Missouri River reservoir in southern North Dakota near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.

Biden doesn’t rule out 2020 presidential run

After a Senate session Monday, Biden joked with reporters who asked if he would run for office again. President-elect Donald Trump has chosen former Campaign 2016 rival Ben Carson to become secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Republicans in Congress target governors for help in bid to ax Obamacare

Republicans are trying to rope the country's governors into their Obamacare repeal effort, soliciting feedback from the state executives Monday as they plot their strategy for early next year. While they've said dismantling the Affordable Care Act is their top priority in the new year, congressional Republicans are still sketching out what comes next, and the governors, who have grappled with the effects of Obamacare and the uninsured up close, could provide a lifeline for the GOP.

Joe Biden leaves the door open for a 2020 run

Vice President Joe Biden said Monday he might not be going anywhere just yet, leaving the door open to a presidential run in 2020. After he wrapped at a Senate session Monday, Biden told reporters about how much he enjoyed working in the chamber over his long career there.

DA: a Every single leada in Oakland inferno being pursued

OAKLAND >> Murder charges remain a possibility as an Alameda County investigative team continued to look into why a horrific fire broke out at a Fruitvale District warehouse, killing 36 people, authorities said Monday afternoon. District Attorney Nancy O'Malley promised that “no stone would be left unturned” during the investigation, which remained as painstakingly slow as the cleanup, three days after the blaze at the building known as the “Ghost Ship.” She would not comment on whether Derrick Ion Almena, the resident of the warehouse and the subject of harsh words by people who know him, has been interviewed yet.

Texas elector says he will not cast his vote for Donald Trump

A Texas elector said Monday that enough is enough - he will not cast his vote for President-elect Donald Trump as part of the Electoral College process on December 19. Christopher Suprun, a paramedic from Texas who served as a firefighter during the Sept. 11 attacks, wrote in an editorial published in The New York Times that even though he is a Republican elector, he will not vote for Trump.

Obama’s lame-duck red tape

The bowels of the federal bureaucracy aren't exactly Santa's workshop, but legions of Barack Obama's elves are working 24/7 to leave behind large lumps of coal in the Christmas stocking of Donald Trump. Which is odd, because the president's loathing of all things anthracite and bituminous is well known.