Sen. Cruz Praises Rick Perry Nomination to Energy Secretary

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz stopped by the North Texas Food Bank Thursday, where he helped pack boxes with his father and other volunteers. "I just want to encourage folks to make a difference, volunteer in your community and help someone out who is struggling, who needs a friend, who needs some food, who just needs some love and make a difference in people's lives," Cruz said.

15 busted in central Texas meth ring

Federal authorities and law enforcement in Texas arrested 15 people accused of being a part of a methamphetamine distribution ring operating in central Texas. According to a release from the U.S. Department of Justice, the 15 defendants are each charged with one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

Obama uses rare constitutional maneuver on Iran sanctions bill

Obama uses rare constitutional maneuver on Iran sanctions bill On Iran sanctions bill, Obama employed a constitutional maneuver not used since 1995. Check out this story on publicopiniononline.com: http://usat.ly/2hT65f2 US President Barack Obama expresses regret that he hasn't been able to shut down the military detention center at Guantanamo Bay during his eight years in office.In his first news conference since Republican tycoon Donald Trump was elected to succeed him, Obama also says the Iran and climate deals would be difficult to unravel under Trump.

‘Community swell’ needed to address racial justice and policing in America

More than two years after the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, the fraught relationship between law enforcement and African Americans continues to spark controversy and calls for action. This tension - and how to address the divide between communities and the police - were examined at a policy forum held Friday, Dec. 9, at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs .

Emergency trainees mistakenly exposed to deadly ricin

Shipping mistake with bioterror pathogen ricin exposes almost 10,000 trainees over about five years at Alabama terrorism response center. Emergency trainees mistakenly exposed to deadly ricin Shipping mistake with bioterror pathogen ricin exposes almost 10,000 trainees over about five years at Alabama terrorism response center.

Mississippi court OKs challenge to questioned execution drug

A Mississippi man sentenced to death for the murder of a community college student won consent from the state's highest court Thursday to challenge a lethal injection drug that's been blamed for botched executions and other problems around the country. The Mississippi Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision , said Charles Ray Crawford can use a federal civil rights law to pursue a lawsuit in state court over the use of the sedative midazolam in executions.

U.S. judge halts Texas rules on fetal tissue disposal: plaintiff

A U.S. judge on Thursday temporarily halted until Jan. 6 a Texas regulation due to take effect next week that requires abortion providers to dispose of aborted fetal tissue either through burial or cremation, a women's reproductive health group in the suit said. The regulation, set to take effect on Dec. 19, also requires hospitals and other medical facilities to bury or cremate miscarried fetuses.

U.S. charges Nigerian with role in cyber scam targeting thousands

A Nigerian man is facing U.S. charges that he participated in scams targeting thousands of victims globally in which company executives or vendors were impersonated in emails directing employees to make large wire transfers. David Chukwuneke Adindu, 29, pleaded not guilty in Manhattan federal court on Wednesday to charges including wire fraud, prosecutors said, more than three weeks after the FBI said he was arrested at a Houston airport.

Intel analysis shows Putin approved election hacking

A US official familiar with the US intelligence assessment of the Russia election-related hacking said the understanding is that the operation was carried out with sophisticated hacking tools, the equivalent of those used by the US National Security Agency. The use of the advanced tools suggests Russian President Vladimir Putin was involved in the hacks, a person familiar with the matter said, adding that it was more than a US intelligence assumption at this point.

Democratic NC governor-elect threatens to sue over GOP bills to limit his powers

North Carolina Gov.-elect Roy Cooper said Thursday he's ready to fight in court against Republican legislation moving through a surprise General Assembly session that would undercut his powers as he takes office next month. The outgoing attorney general was already headed to a rough relationship with the Republican-led legislature before lawmakers convened themselves into a special session Wednesday and launched attacks on the Democrat's powers.

Huma says she never received FBI warrants for email searches :0

Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin told a Manhattan federal judge in a court filing Thursday that neither she nor Anthony Weiner ever received FBI search warrants for emails found on her estranged husband's computer - raising questions about whether FBI warrants for the emails were ever issued, and if so to whom. In the letter, Abedin's lawyer said she is unable to comment on a Los Angeles lawyer's request for FBI warrants tied to her emails, because "the government has never provided her with a copy of the warrant it reportedly obtained to search certain emails."

White House, Trump team clash over alleged Russian hacking

Washington, Dec 16 : The White House on Thursday clashed with President-elect Donald Trump's transition team over alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. [NK US] "It is just a fact that the Republican nominee for President was encouraging Russia to hack his opponent because he believed it would help his campaign," Xinhua news agency quoted White House spokesman Josh Earnest as saying during the daily briefing.

Yeah, There’s Really No GOP Elector Rebellion Happening

Yeah, this Hamilton Electors effort is not going to work, and the Associated Press took a survey of 330 electors and found that a) there are more than enough of them that are voting for President-elect Donald J. Trump on December 19; and b) there's little interest to cause a constitutional crisis over this election. In short, as many have already known for quite some time, this Hail Mary effort to block Trump is going to go down in flames: Whether they like Trump or not, and some plainly don't, scores of the Republicans chosen to cast votes in the state-capital meetings told AP they feel bound by history, duty, party loyalty or the law to rubber-stamp their state's results and make him president.

Feds Give 20 More Years to Glen Canyon Dam on Colorado River

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Women on the march: Bay Area women to rally in DC, locally

Woman rally as part of a nationwide protest against US President-elect Donald Trump outside of Trump Tower in New York on December 12. / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY Jordan Spiegel cried the night Donald Trump was elected president. The 14-year-old high school freshman from Walnut Creek not only looked forward to Hillary Clinton becoming the first female president, she despaired of the sexist, racist and xenophobic rhetoric that marked the celebrity mogul's campaign.

Marin IJ Readersa Forum for Dec. 16

In Tuesday's IJ there was a quote from an individual suggesting that the number of school districts in Marin is “absurd” and that there are “massive redundancies” that “divert monies from the classroom.” While I might agree with the author regarding the number of districts, I believe that had he done a bit of research, he would have found that previous studies suggested that in Southern Marin there would be educational benefits to primary districts unifying around the three Tamalpais Union district's comprehensive high schools, while there would be little cost savings.

Russian hacking requires independent investigation

The Trump-Russia scandal continues to widen, with revelations that are making it increasingly clear that not only do we need a full investigation, but that investigation needs to be independent and bipartisan, and include public hearings. Some Republicans, including Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, have suggested that the Senate Intelligence Committee can handle it.

Facebook has come under pressure over false news on the site

Facebook has unveiled a string of measures it is introducing to ensure users are not presented with fake news on the site. The move follows an onslaught of criticism directed at the social media giant centred on concerns it was not taking effective action to stop people's feeds being swamped with false reports.

With Democrats Like These…

Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia was asked by the hosts of Fox and Friends if he was going to change parties and become a Republican and he said being a Democrat has been his identity, but "my brand is being very independent." He then tried to explain to Brian Kilmeade why begin a republican or a democrat shouldn't interfere with being a good American.

Dylann Roof’s Victims Remembered By CNN As Trial Comes To A Close

CNN host Brianna Keilar took a moment out of reporting on the Dylann Roof trial to play a recording of the call made to 911 from inside the church after Roof shot 9 people dead to start a race war. After playing a recording of the 911 call made from the church that night, Brianna Keilar read the names of the victims to ensure that we don't only remember Roof, but those whom he murdered in cold blood.

California electors favor changing electoral college

Only 55 California residents will directly cast votes for president, and many of them don't think they or anyone else should have that exclusive right. As the electoral college prepares to meet in state capitols around the country on Monday, many of California's electors say they'd prefer to reform or eliminate the body that formally elects U.S. presidents.

Hope for cancer fight as study shows FDA-approved diabetes drug…

EXCLUSIVE: 'We'd hear a body had been found and hold our breath.' Family of North Carolina girl located in Ohio FIVE YEARS after vanishing will reunite with the 21-year-old who's now engaged CIA officials REFUSE to brief Congress on the truth about Russian hacking claims - and are rebuked by GOP congressman for 'disgraceful' move Santa Con? Doubts are raised over touching story about Father Christmas who held a terminally ill boy in his arms as he died 'Meh' food, terrible commutes and brilliant people with nothing challenging to do: Google employees reveal what they hated most about working at the company famous for its perks Ex-Milwaukee cop who shot and killed a young black man during a traffic stop is charged with reckless homicide PIERS MORGAN: Harry marrying a spunky American divorcee would have sent the Royals into fury 80 years ago.

Hood: State economy outpaces nation again

North Carolina's economy continues to outperform the national and regional averages - which is one reason why, the results of the gubernatorial election notwithstanding, the state's policy fundamentals are unlikely to change in the foreseeable future. A few days ago, the federal government released its latest estimates of gross domestic product by state.

Senate Democrats Will Introduce Legislation to Force Trump to Deal With His Conflicts

Five top Senate Democrats say they will introduce legislation when Congress returns for its new session in January that would force Donald Trump to sell off at least some of his assets and solve his complicated conflict-of-interest problems. Trump owns hundreds of businesses and has a broad range of financial interests, from traditional investments such as stocks and bonds to large real estate holdings to licensing deals in the United States and abroad.

North Carolina Republicans plot legislative coup against democracy to usher in a new era of Jim Crow


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Donald Trump has won the presidency after narrowly carrying a few states to put him above 270 electoral votes.But according... Senate Republicans refused to give President Obama's pick to replace Supreme Court Justice Scalia even the courtesy of a... Republican Gov. Pat McCrory, while Democrats also gained a majority on the state Supreme Court, breaking the Republican stranglehold on North Carolina's state government. Now, though, Republicans have used the pretext of a lame-duck special legislative session-ostensibly convened for disaster relief-to introduce a slew of measures that and even the high court itself.

Labor Secretary Tom Perez is running for DNC chair


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Donald Trump has won the presidency after narrowly carrying a few states to put him above 270 electoral votes.But according... Senate Republicans refused to give President Obama's pick to replace Supreme Court Justice Scalia even the courtesy of a... Labor Secretary Tom Perez is running for Democratic National Committee chair, he told DNC members Thursday after a lot of very heavy hinting. Perez has been an effective and respected labor secretary, but he enters the DNC race after Rep. Keith Ellison has locked up a great deal of support, including the AFL-CIO endorsement .

Obama Admin Grilled Over Downplaying Iran’s Role in Syria

The Obama administration is facing mounting criticism that it is deliberately downplaying Iran's role in ongoing atrocities in Syria in order to avoid endangering the nuclear deal, a characterization the administration has rejected but that experts and journalists continue to wage. An exchange between State Department spokesperson John Kirby and reporters at Wednesday's regular press briefing became heated after Associated Press reporter Bradley Klapper suggested that the administration has spent months minimizing Iran's role in Syria.

The electoral voters speak, and they’re not outa

Republican electors have been hounded to abandon Donald Trump, but they appear to be in no mood for an insurrection in the presidential campaign's last voting ritual. The electoral voters speak, and they're not out for a revolt Republican electors have been hounded to abandon Donald Trump, but they appear to be in no mood for an insurrection in the presidential campaign's last voting ritual.

Book publishers hope for common ground with Trump

Authors and First Amendment advocates have been lamenting the election of Donald Trump, but the book industry's trade group believes it can do business with his administration. In a five-page letter to the Republican president-elect, the Association of American Publishers outlined its views Thursday on copyright, entrepreneurship and other issues.

The electoral voters speak, and they’re not out for a revolt

Republican electors have been hounded to abandon Donald Trump, but they appear to be in no mood for an insurrection in the presidential campaign's last voting ritual. This most untraditional of elections is on course to produce a traditional outcome Monday - an Electoral College ticket to the White House for the president-elect.

GOP rep suggests intel officials waging ‘disinformation campaign’ against Trump

A Republican member of the House Intelligence Committee suggested on Thursday that the nation's intelligence community may be waging a "disinformation campaign" against President-elect Donald Trump Attorney General Lynch has some advice for Trump: Use facts Wheeler to step down as FCC chairman GOP rep suggests intel officials waging 'disinformation campaign' against Trump MORE During an interview on Fox News's "Kelly File," Rep. Pete King blasted the intelligence agencies over leaks that indicated that Russia was trying to help Trump in the election.

Trump lashes out at transparency critics over Twitter

President-elect Trump on Thursday lashed out at the White House and critics of his decision to cancel a press conference where he was to detail how he would separate his business from the presidency. Trump initially played media critic Thursday morning, ripping magazine Vanity Fair as having "really poor numbers" and being "way down, big trouble, dead!" The magazine published a negative review of a restaurant in Trump Tower on Wednesday and Trump sparred regularly with editor Graydon Carter when he covered Trump in New York.

A look at recent disputed environmental actions under Obama

Republicans and business groups pledge to reverse or block a string of recent and pending actions from the administration of President Barack Obama. President-elect Donald Trump campaigned on promises to reverse course on some of Obama's environmental initiatives, including a moratorium on new federal coal sales.

In Columbus, DNC Chair Candidates Map Out Roads Of Reform To Win Again In 2018 And Beyond

On a snowy, bitterly cold day Saturday, candidates who are in the running to become the next Chairman of the Democratic National Committee rendezvoused in Columbus to discuss reforms the party needs if it hopes to become relevant and win elections, big and small, again in 2018 and beyond. The results of the Nov. 8 elections were devastating to Democrats, who lost the presidency and the U.S. Senate and the House at the national level and scads of state races across the land.

Obama declines to sign Iran sanctions renewal, but it still becomes law

In an unexpected reversal, President Barack Obama declined to sign a renewal of sanctions against Iran but let it become law anyway, in an apparent bid to alleviate Tehran's concerns that the U.S. is backsliding on the nuclear deal. Although the White House had said that Obama was expected to sign the 10-year-renewal, the midnight deadline came and went Thursday with no approval from the president.

Russia Meddling Freak-out: What Happens When Democrats Lose

Of course, there's no evidence backing Democrats' original claim that the Russian government hacked the U.S. election, so now they've reduced the charges to meddling, and hope no one, including electoral college voters, notice. Even the pro-Clinton Washington Post admitted that the alleged hackers were "one step removed" from the Russian government.

COLUMN-U.S. Energy Department unfairly criticised over spending, forecasts: Kemp


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LONDON, Dec 15 The U.S. Department of Energy has become a lightning rod for criticism in parts of the Republican Party and the fossil fuels industry unhappy about the Obama administration's energy and climate policies. Presidential candidate Rick Perry promised to abolish the Department of Energy along with the Departments of Commerce and Education during a debate in 2011.

What Was Learned From the Fed’s Rate Hike?

Jim Caron, senior fixed income portfolio manager at Morgan Stanley Investment Management, and Bloomberg's Michael McKee examine the message sent by the Federal Reserve as they raised rates for the first time in a year on Wednesday. He speaks on "Bloomberg Daybreak: Americas."

Morning Meeting: Fed’s Economic Outlook

Isabelle Mateos y Lago, global macro investment strategist at BlackRock, examines the economic projections of the Federal Reserve as the central bank raised interest rates for the first time in a year. She speaks on "Bloomberg Daybreak: Americas."

Erdogan’s Koza Group Power Grab Spills Into U.K. Courts

Koza Altin Isletmeleri AS sued its parent in British courts to block the Turkish government from taking control of the company after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan started to crack down on suspected sympathizers of a failed army coup. Akin Ipek, a tycoon whose family owns Koza Altin and other businesses in Turkey, claims that dozens of trustees with close ties to Erdogan were unlawfully appointed by the company in a plot to wrest control through orders from government-appointed judges.

The CutSenate Report Calls on the Department of Justice to…

The Senate Judiciary Committee released a new report on Tuesday, calling on the Department of Justice to investigate Planned Parenthood over claims the organization and medical-research companies sold fetal tissue. The report is merely the latest in a series of ongoing attacks against Planned Parenthood by Republican lawmakers.

politicsWhy the GOP Is Drawn to Donald TrumpAuthoritarianism in…

Donald Trump's intellectual critics on the left and on the right have long viewed him in roughly similar terms - as an ignorant, authoritarian demagogue - but have disagreed on the intellectual tradition from which he has sprung. Anti-Trump conservatives have depicted him as a non-ideological figure, or even a progressive , who chose the Republican Party for no particular reason, and who shares none of its salient characteristics.

Trump Tries to Soothe Tech Chiefs With Pledge He’s an Ally

Technology industry leaders including Facebook Inc.'s Sheryl Sandberg and Amazon.com Inc.'s Jeff Bezos met with Donald Trump on Wednesday, seeking to persuade a man whose presidential bid many of them opposed to avoid policies they believe would hurt their companies. Jobs, immigration and China were major topics, while infrastructure, education and repatriation of technology companies' overseas cash were also discussed, according to a person briefed on the summit.

Carter leads his final anti-IS conference amid uncertainty

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter is convening his final war-planning conference with core members of the anti-Islamic State coalition, dogged by questions about what Donald Trump 's arrival in the White House next month will mean for the future of the coalition. Closing out a nearly two-week overseas trip that included a stop in Iraq , Carter was meeting Thursday with his counterparts from 14 nations.

Obama allows Iran sanctions renewal without signing bill

President Barack Obama allowed US sanctions against Iran to be renewed on Thursday, but in a surprise move declined to actually sign the legislation that brings the sanctions into force. "The extension of the Iran Sanctions Act is becoming law without the president's signature," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said in a statement.

1 dead, 9 missing in Azerbaijan offshore oil rig accident

A new study says taxpayers will fork over nearly $10 billion more next year to cover double-digit premium hikes for subsidized health insurance under President Barack Obama's law. Taxpayers will fork over nearly $10 billion more next year to cover double-digit premium hikes for subsidized health insurance under President Barack Obama's law, according to a study being released Thursday.

The Electoral College class of 2016

The sharp divisions left by last month's presidential election have cast more attention than usual on the Electoral College. The Associated Press attempted to talk to all 538 electors to get an idea of the pressure they are under, what they think about their Constitutional duty and what they make of longshot efforts to derail Donald Trump's ascension to the White House when they meet Monday.

The electoral voters speak and theya re not out for a revolt

Although pestered to a fare-thee-well to abandon Donald Trump, Republican electors appear to be in no mood for an insurrection in the presidential campaign's last voting ritual. This most untraditional of elections is on course to produce a traditional outcome Monday - an Electoral College ticket to the White House for the president-elect.

Key dates in Electoral College process

" Election Day isn't the final step in picking a president: Under a system that's been tweaked over two centuries, the election sets in motion a timeline and process by which the 538 members of the Electoral College select the president. A look at key dates before and after the people vote: " Sometime before Election Day: Political parties in each state select slates of potential electors for their presidential candidates.

Electoral College has had tie votes, hanging chads, chaos

" The Founding Fathers set up the Electoral College to ensure a well-informed, geographically diverse group of electors would choose the nation's presidents. The framers of the Constitution didn't quite think that through when they failed to provide for separate ballots for president and vice president.

Study: Premium hikes add $10B to taxpayers’ health law tab

Taxpayers will fork over nearly $10 billion more next year to cover double-digit premium hikes for subsidized health insurance under President Barack Obama's law, according to a study being released Thursday. The analysis from the Center for Health and Economy comes as the Republican-led Congress is preparing to repeal "Obamacare" and replace it with a GOP alternative whose details have yet to be worked out.

Foreign Meddling in Our Vote? Remember How This Feels

As we prepare to enter a surreal new era of American politics, Greg Kafoury, one of the nation's most tenacious litigators and a longtime CounterPuncher, has stepped forward with a generous matching grant proposal for the last month of the year. Greg will match ALL donations of $25 and more up to a total of $5000.

President Trump, Mexico’s Worst Nightmare

As we prepare to enter a surreal new era of American politics, Greg Kafoury, one of the nation's most tenacious litigators and a longtime CounterPuncher, has stepped forward with a generous matching grant proposal for the last month of the year. Greg will match ALL donations of $25 and more up to a total of $5000.

Pantsuit Pursuit

On the heels of the presidential inauguration, an event is coming that will allow community members to show solidarity and share their support for those who may be most affected by this transition of power.

TB Joshua’s victory verdict for Ghana’s Akufo-Addo coming true?

If the main opposition candidate in the yet-to-be concluded Ghana's presidential election is finally declared winner, it would validate the prediction made by the leader of the Synagogue of all Nations, Prophet TB Joshua. Earlier in November, Joshua had predicted that Nana Akufo-Addo would win the ongoing Ghana's presidential elections by 53%.

Trump ditches media for golf game, offers New Year’s wishes

President-elect Donald Trump ditched his press pool once again, traveling to play golf at one of his clubs without a pool of journalists on hand to ensure the public has knowledge of his whereabouts. Before he went golfing Saturday, Trump tweeted an unusual New Year's message to friends and foes: "Happy New Year to all, including to my many enemies and those who have fought me and lost so badly they just don't know what to do.

Uninsured rate hits new low due to Obamacare: report

More Americans now have health insurance than ever before, with the uninsured rate declining across all 50 states because of the Affordable Care Act , according to a new report from The Commonwealth Fund released. Following full implementation of the ACA's health coverage provisions in 2014, every state experienced a decline in the percentage of uninsured working-age adults and low-income adults, the report stated.

Uninsured rate hits new low due to Obamacare: report

More Americans now have health insurance than ever before, with the uninsured rate declining across all 50 states because of the Affordable Care Act , according to a new report from The Commonwealth Fund released. Following full implementation of the ACA's health coverage provisions in 2014, every state experienced a decline in the percentage of uninsured working-age adults and low-income adults, the report stated.

Las Crucens weigh in on America’s future undera

Las Crucens weigh in on America's future under Trump administration LAS CRUCES - About twenty people gathered Wednesday in Las Cruces to share views on Donald Trump's impending presidency. Check out this story on lcsun-news.com: http://lcsun.co/2hPOUeu Randy Harris writes down the concerns of a group gathered at Peace Lutheran Church, part of the "Great Conversations" series of group discussions, Wednesday December 14, 2016.

Cal Thomas: Mike Pence says Trump has a mandate

When Mike Pence becomes the 48th vice president of the United States next month, he will take on the role of a political lobbyist for Donald Trump's activist agenda. In an interview I conducted with Pence in his transitional office next to a sandwich shop in Washington, he said he believed voters gave Donald Trump a "mandate."

The Latest: Trump team says Energy questions unauthorized

In this June 15, 2012, file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson shake hands at a signing ceremony of an agreement between state-controlled Russian oil company Rosneft and ExxonMobil at the Black Sea port of Tuapse, southern Russia. President-elect Donald Trump selected Tillerson to lead the State Department on Monday, Dec. 12, 2016.

Most Valley Congressmen, senators support cyber hacking probe


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With Illinois Senator Dick Durbin calling for a National Intelligence Estimate on the subject, most - but not all - members of the Wabash Valley Congressional delegation support investigations by Congress and the Obama Administration into possible Russian intervention in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Durbin is among nine Democratic senators who this week called on James Clapper, director of national intelligence, to provide an authoritative assessment of the collective judgment of the nation's 16 intelligence agencies into allegations Russia intervened in the election, possibly to assist Donald Trump, and publication of an unclassified summary of key judgments by Jan. 20, 2017.

Trump tells anxious tech leaders: ‘We’re here to help’

To continue reading up to 10 premium articles, you must register , or sign up and take advantage of this exclusive offer: Apple CEO Tim Cook, right, and PayPal founder Peter Thiel, center, listen as President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with technology industry leaders at Trump Tower in New York, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016. NEW YORK - President-elect Donald Trump, who faced fierce opposition from some Silicon Valley leaders during the election campaign, strove to assure the titans of tech on Wednesday that his administration is "here to help you folks do well."

Eric Brakey says he may seek U.S. Senate seat


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After winning re-election last month by a wide margin, 28-year-old state Sen. Eric Brakey is eyeing what might come next. He has ruled out a possible gubernatorial bid in 2018 but hedged on whether he might take aim at U.S. Sen. Angus King, an independent who plans to seek a second term as Maine's junior senator.

Trump’s choice for leading diplomat is no fan of sanctions

In this June 15, 2012, file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson, now secretary of state-designate, shake hands at a signing ceremony of an agreement between state-controlled Russian oil company Rosneft and ExxonMobil at the Black Sea port of Tuapse, southern Russia. If there's one thing Republicans and Democrats have agreed on in foreign policy, it is the power of sanctions.

NBC: Putin Personally Behind Hacking of DNC

U.S. intelligence officials now believe with "a high level of confidence" that Russian President Vladimir Putin became personally involved in the covert Russian campaign to interfere in the U.S. presidential election, senior U.S. intelligence officials told NBC News. Two senior officials with direct access to the information say new intelligence shows that Putin personally directed how hacked material from Democrats was leaked and otherwise used.

Even Now, Leftist Statists Can’t Imagine a World They…

There is a story freshly put out by BuzzFeed titled " No One In Congress Wants To Regulate Fake News ," and if you know anything about journalism, then you know this story can only come about if someone is actually calling for Congress to do so. The very people who have been preaching about the Fake News Menace are the ones who are outraged that Hillary Clinton lost, and they need someone or something to blame.

White House spokesman suggests Trump knew of Russia’s alleged…

White House press secretary Josh Earnest suggested that President-elect Donald Trump had advance knowledge of Russia's alleged interference in the US presidential election before Election Day. Earnest made the comments while addressing journalists on Wednesday, The Hill reported , pointing to Trump's own statements on the campaign trail.

This is what field trips to prison are like


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When an execution is scheduled at Central Prison in Raleigh, N.C., a select group of witnesses is invited to attend. In a small room crammed with blue plastic chairs, the families of the victim and of the condemned are seated together, inches apart, watching the culmination of their common story through two layers of glass.

REPORT: Intelligence officials believe Putin was directly involved in the Democratic Party hacks


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Russian President Vladimir Putin listens during a meeting in the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, on Monday, Nov. 14, 2016. US intelligence officials believe Russian President Vladimir Putin was likely directly involved in the hacking campaign that targeted Democratic Party officials and organizations during the US presidential election, NBC News reported Tuesday.

Proposal Advances to Decriminalize Street Vending

Los Angeles is the only major city in America that prohibits street vending, but that may be changing after a City Council committee today advanced a proposal to decriminalize it. The proposal put forward by council members Joe Buscaino and Curren Price would replace criminal penalties with a permit system enforced through fines and property confiscation.