The Party of Liberty, Now More Than Ever

"At all times sincere friends of freedom have been rare, and its triumphs have been due to minorities, that have prevailed by associating themselves with auxiliaries whose objects often differed from their own; and this association, which is always dangerous, has sometimes been disastrous, by giving to opponents just grounds of opposition." Being complacent and short-sighted moderns, we tend to take the triumph of liberty for granted.

Electoral College: What to Know About Mondaya s Vote

The Electoral College's usually ceremonial role has come under focus in the aftermath of the 2016 election due to a number of factors - including that Democrat Hillary Clinton won the national popular vote by a significant margin, and the finding by the CIA and FBI that Russia used hacking to try to influence the election. In light of these circumstances, pundits and members of the public are considering what role the 538 electors can and should play in deciding the final outcome of the election.

McCormick Said to Be Trump Front-Runner for Defense Deputy

Hedge fund manager and former Army officer David McCormick is the front-runner to serve as President-elect Donald Trump's deputy defense secretary, according to three people familiar with the presidential transition. McCormick, president of Bridgewater Associates Inc., the world's biggest hedge fund, was eyed earlier as a possible Treasury secretary, a post that ultimately went to former hedge fund investor Steve Mnuchin.

Flooded Glen Oaks High returning to campus but to temporary classrooms

Students from Glen Oaks High School in Baton Rouge are set to return their school grounds for classes sometime in the spring, but they will be moving back into a sea of temporary classrooms because a return to the permanent buildings will have to wait another two more years at least. East Baton Rouge Parish Superintendent Warren Drake said he's received preliminary approval from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to purchase and install at least $7.5 million worth of temporary buildings at the high school, including a cafeteria, career-and-technical building and 30 classrooms.

“Outraged for black womanhood” By Sir Ronald Sanders

After a lifetime in Caribbean and international politics, I thought the time had long since passed when I could be outraged by any event. But I was outraged last week and I continue to seethe over the fact that Pamela Ramsey Taylor , the director of a Clay County, West Virginia, non-profit who was removed from her post after she called Michelle Obama an " ape in heels " in a November Facebook post, will be re-instated in her job on December 23. What signal does this re-instatement send to Americans, black and white? Indeed, what statement does it make to the rest of the world? This is not only blatant racism getting a pass; it is a most disturbing endorsement of it.

Vermont expected to go for Clinton in Electoral College

A national groundswell of protests and other activities aimed at getting the Electoral College not to vote for Republican Donald Trump for president isn't expected to have any impact in Vermont. The state's three electors are required by law to vote for Democrat Hillary Clinton because she won the popular vote in the state.

Senior GOP Lawmaker Calls for Investigation of CIA Director Over Media Leaks on Russian Hacking

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Former Indianapolis Mayor William Hudnut dies at 84

In a Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014 file photo, former Indianapolis Mayor Bill Hudnut poses for a photo before an NFL football game between the Indianapolis Colts and the Houston Texans, in Indianapolis. William H. Hudnut III, the former Indianapolis mayor credited with revitalizing the city's downtown after years of decline, died early Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016, in hospice care in Maryland following a lengthy illness, according to a family spokesman.

A Spy Coup in America?

As Official Washington's latest "group think" solidifies into certainty -- that Russia used hacked Democratic emails to help elect Donald Trump -- something entirely different may be afoot: a months-long effort by elements of the U.S. intelligence community to determine who becomes the next president. I was told by a well-placed intelligence source some months ago that senior leaders of the Obama administration's intelligence agencies -- from the CIA to the FBI -- were deeply concerned about either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump ascending to the presidency.

Venezuela leader says cash crackdown a victory over foes

Venezuela's president said Sunday that the sudden decision to scrap the country's most-used currency bill was an economic triumph over the country's enemies even as the government sent troops and police to cities where riots and looting broke out over the measure. In a national radio and television broadcast, Nicolas Maduro said his abrupt action had flooded the country's banks with currency deposited by Venezuelans racing to get rid of the paper bills while also devastating Colombian-border currency traders he blames for the bolivar's precipitous plunge in value against "the criminal dollar."

Trump aides push back on suggestions of Russian meddling

President-elect Donald Trump's incoming White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, second from right, attends a meeting with former White House Chiefs of Staff in the office of current White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough at the White House in Washington, Friday, Dec. 16, 2016. From left are, Andrew Card, Bill Daley, Samuel Skinner, Priebus and Rahm Emanuel.

Donald Trump says supporters were ‘vicious’ and ‘violent,’ but now they’re ‘mellow’ and ‘cool’

President-elect Donald Trump spoke to a crowd of over 11,000 people during his Thank You Tour stop in Orlando on Friday night, where he said that many of his supporters were "violent" during the campaign season. "You people were vicious, violent, screaming, 'Where's the wall? We want the wall!' Screaming, 'Prison! Prison! Lock her up!' I mean, you are going crazy," he said.

a Saturday Night Livea Pokes Fun at Trumpa s Misspelled Tweets,…

Alec Baldwin returned to Saturday Night Live this weekend to reprise his role as Donald Trump, taking jabs at the president-elect's relationship with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, his cabinet picks, his misspelled tweets, and the refusal by some musicians to perform at his inauguration. But also notable about the episode is the return of cast member Kate McKinnon's Hillary Clinton in a sketch later in the show, inspired by the 2003 romantic comedy Love Actually .

Electors, do your duty and cast your ballot for the man who WON the election

Left-wing malcontents and their Democratic enablers have been going all-out to steal the presidency from its rightful recipient, Donald J. Trump, by attacking a fundamental element of our republic: The Electoral College. Suddenly, liberals who normally have nothing but contempt for the Constitution and our nation's founding principles and institutions have become constitutional experts , shouting from the rooftops that there is no provision in our bedrock governing document that requires electors to the Electoral College to actually cast a ballot for the candidate who won their state.

Long Tangled Webs


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The US last elected a political outsider to the presidency in the 1950s, in a landslide election . By common consent, Dwight David Eisenhower worked out extremely well.

POLL: A majority of Republicans think Trump won the popular vote

A survey conducted by the research company Qualtrics showed that 52% of Republican voters think that Donald Trump won the popular vote in November's general election, despite nationwide totals giving Hillary Clinton almost a 3 million-vote edge. The survey, published Sunday and first reported on by the Washington Post , found that in total, 29% of people surveyed thought Trump won the popular vote.

“Corruption” Then And Now

Donald Jr., Ivanka, and Eric Trump sit at the head of the table during their father's meeting with tech giants. Remember how the "news" media was going on and on about the Clinton Foundation - at least when they weren't going on and on abut Hillary Clinton's emails, or airing entire Trump rallies for free? Media "coverage" of the 2016 campaign was almost entirely devoid of discussion of the important issues.

Trump Cabinet excites his voters: ‘We have to trust him’

In this Dec. 13, 2016 photo, Shay Chamberlain poses for a picture in her small clothing store and boutique in Menomonie, Wis. As each Cabinet announcement draws fresh criticism of Donald Trump's latest appointees, many Americans who voted for him, like Chamberlain, say the president-elect is doing what he promised to do: draining the swamp.

Van Jones: ‘Cyber war is real war’

"This is baffling to anybody with a functioning brain stem," he told Jake Tapper Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union." Jones said the country and the President-elect must "be honest" about the extent of Russia's intervention in the US election.

Five enduring mysteries about Trump’s victory

More than many other election in recent history, this heated contest included a number of bizarre game-changing moments that seemed to swing the race in dramatic new directions. And weeks after the election's surprising outcome, people are still debating what produced the result.

Trump action on health care could cost Planned Parenthood

One of President-elect Donald Trump's first, and defining, acts next year could come on Republican legislation to cut off taxpayer money from Planned Parenthood. Trump sent mixed signals during the campaign about the 100-year-old organization, which provides birth control, abortions and various women's health services.

Sen. John McCain calls for Russia hacking investigation:…

Sen. John McCain , R-Ariz., on Sunday again decried Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 presidential race and called for a select Senate committee to investigate the country's cyber activities during the election. On CNN's "State of the Union," McCain told host Jake Tapper that there was "no doubt" Russia interfered with the election.

GOP electors cite rural voice in Electoral College

In this image from video, Electoral College voter Jim Skaggs is interviewed by The Associated Press in Bowling Green, Ky., Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016. As the Electoral College prepares formally to choose Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States, some Republican electors say they are defending rural and small-town America against big-state liberalism and its support for national popular vote leader Hillary Clinton.

GOP electors cite rural voice in Electoral College

As members of the Electoral College prepare to choose Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States, some Republican electors say they are defending rural and small-town America against big-state liberalism and its support for national popular vote leader Hillary Clinton. "Our Founding Fathers established the Electoral College because those larger states, those larger areas, don't necessarily need to be the ones that rule," said Mary Sue McClurkin, a Republican elector from Alabama.

China says it seized US Navy drone to ensure safety of ships

China says its military seized a U.S. Navy unmanned underwater glider in the South China Sea but it will give the drone back. But President-elect Donald Trump says the Chinese government should be told "we don't want the drone they stole back" and "let them keep it!" This comes after United States officials had confirmed that they "secured an understanding" for the return of the device.

Trump says Michelle Obamaa s a no hopea comment about the past

President-elect Donald Trump said first lady Michelle Obama "must have been talking about the past" when she said there's no sense of hope after his election. Trump, speaking Saturday at the final rally of his postelection "thank you" tour, then resisted escalating the spat further, suggesting "she made that statement not meaning it the way it came out."

Michelle Obama Feels Hopeless

Michelle Obama is feted and loved around the world for no other apparent reason than the fact that she walks around with a vagina that has ancestral roots in the Dark Continent. Eight years ago when her mulatto hubby was running for president, she flashed her giant white teeth and purplish gums to announce: For the first time in my adult life, I am really proud of my country because it feels like hope is finally making a comeback.

Facebook to Offer Tools to Combat Fake News

Facebook Inc said on Thursday that it would roll out a number of new tools to prevent fake news stories from spreading on the social media network. The company will make it easier for users to flag fake articles on their News Feed and will also work with organizations such as fact-checking website Snopes, ABC News and the Associated Press to check the authenticity of stories.

Election questions leave US distrustful, like other nations


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Americans' enduring confidence that their elections are unimpeachably fair is teetering. Welcome to what much of the world calls reality, especially Russia's neighbors.

Who’s jockeying for a head start in the race to become Maine’s next governor?

The behind-the-scenes campaign for the Blaine House in 2018 has begun, with Republicans waiting to see if federal officeholders jump in, Democrats looking early at a potential insider-outsider race and independents mulling bids. It's a race that could reshape Maine, with the term-limited Paul LePage leaving the governorship in 2019, eight years after taking office in a historic year for Republicans that set Democrats back after 40 years in which they largely controlled state government.

Distinguished persons of the week

This week we saw the shocking spectacle of our president-elect parroting Vladimir Putin's propaganda line and attempting to discredit the unanimous view of our intelligence agencies that Russia sought to meddle in our presidential election. On Friday the intelligence community had enough.

Trump says Michelle Obama’s ‘no hope’ comment about the past

President-elect Donald Trump said first lady Michelle Obama "must have been talking about the past" when she said there's no sense of hope after his election. Trump, speaking Saturday at the final rally of his postelection "thank you" tour, then resisted escalating the spat further, suggesting "she made that statement not meaning it the way it came out."

What a Trump Presidency Means for Muni Bonds

By Michael Cohick via Iris.xyz While we remain bullish on the municipal asset class going into 2017, Donald Trump's upset win over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election caught many people in the investment community by surprise. We will examine what the aftermath of the 2016 election may portend for municipal bonds going forward.

What Happened to Social Security in 2016?

Americans rely on Social Security for their financial security in retirement, and after a year of many changes to Social Security in 2015 , 2016 saw some of those changes reach final implementation, while some newer ones came to the forefront. This year has also set the stage for what is likely to become a more contentious debate in the years to come.

Senator: Exploding e-cigarette recalls need to be considered

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is increasing the heat on the federal government to consider recalling e-cigarette batteries and devices that explode and catch fire, injuring users. Schumer, a New York Democrat, has called e-cigarettes "ticking time bombs" and said they continue to cause injuries including severe burns.

a Peaceful Transfer of Power?

Tomorrow in the United States in the 50 state capitals and Washington, DC, the Electoral College will meet to choose the next President of the United States. Writing in Federalist Paper Number 68 on March 12, 1788, one of the founding fathers of the American Constitution, Alexander Hamilton, had this to say: "All these advantages will be happily combined in the plan devised by the convention; which is, that the people of each state shall choose a number of persons as electors, equal to the number of senators and representatives of such state in the national government, who shall assemble within the state and vote for some fit person as president.

Don’t forget election outrage; put it to good use

The CIA, according to The Washington Post, has now determined that hackers working for the Russian government worked to tilt the 2016 election to Donald Trump. This actually has been obvious for months, but the agency was reluctant to state that conclusion before the election out of fear that it would be seen as taking a political role.

Your View: The Democratic Party’s path forward


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It has been over a month since the 2016 presidential election. For Democrats, the collective empty feeling and sleepless nights are still present.

Donald Trump accuses China of ‘unpresidented’ action in capturing US drone

Donald Trump yesterday accused China of "unpresidented" action in its capture of a US drone, risking a diplomatic crisis that both sides had been seeking to avoid. China said it would return the US navy's unmanned underwater glider, which it seized on Thursday , "in an appropriate manner" after behind-the- scenes talks with the US, which had lodged a formal complaint over the incident.

Iran calls for meeting to consider US sanctions

Tehran, Dec 18 : Iran has called for a joint meeting with the six world powers to discuss the recent US extension of Iran Sanctions Act. [NK World] Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Saturday called for the meeting with the US, Britain, China, Russia, France and Germany to discuss the sanctions, which Tehran said were a violation of the nuclear agreement, Xinhua news agency reported.

Senseless selfies, creepy clowns and Trump’s triumph make year of odd news

A person dressed in a clown costume stands amongst attendees during the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade in Manhattan, New York, US, October 31, 2016. Photo: Reuters/Andrew Kelly/File Photo Searches for selfies led to many bad decisions, an outbreak of creepy clown sightings chilled even horror maestro Stephen King, and a hard-fought campaign ended with the election of former reality TV star Donald Trump as president of the United States.

Hail to the Chief: Ebony to Release President Obama Commemorative Issue

To mark the political ascent and enduring legacy of President Barack H. Obama, Ebony has published a special commemorative edition, "Hail to the Chief: Saluting Eight Years of Excellence." This stylish, thought-provoking issue is a unique collection of exclusive photographs, archival Ebony articles and hard-hitting analyses from leading African-American writers including award-winning poet, author and civil rights activist, Nikki Giovanni; MSNBC award-winning journalist Joy-Ann Reid; culturally astute critic Eric Deggans; pop culture pundit Tour; and New York Times best-selling author Baratunde Thurston.

Soybeans Is Being Pulled Down

The only thing that now supports the soybean futures price above $10, is the expected weather problems in Argentina and Brazil. But, in my opinion, the market's belief in that this will actually happen is beginning to fade.

Revealed: The speech the Irish Government had prepared for a Clinton win

Evidence has emerged that the Government would have been more excited about the US election result if it had been won by Hillary Clinton. Rivals Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton shake hands before one of their political debates in the run up to the US presidential election Photo: AP Photo/David Goldman Evidence has emerged that the Government would have been more excited about the US election result if it had been won by Hillary Clinton.

Confused by America’s voting system? Welcome to the club

A native of East India, Dr. Rachakonda Prabhu is having a hard time explaining the United States electoral college to his friends around the world. The 69-year-old Las Vegas physician is one of Nevada's six Democratic presidential electors who will ceremonially cast their ballots for Hillary Clinton on Monday at the state Capitol in Carson City.

Could this be the last-shot bid to stop Trump becoming US president?

Pressure on members of the US electoral college to select someone other than Donald Trump as president has grown dramatically - and noisily - in recent weeks, causing some to waver but yielding little evidence that Trump will fall short when electors convene in most state capitals on Monday to cast their votes. Carole Joyce of Arizona expected her role as a Republican Party elector to be pretty simple: she would meet the others in Phoenix and carry out a vote for Trump, who won the most votes in her state and whom she personally supported.

FCC Chair Wheeler To Step Down

The Federal Communications Commission is about to get a big shakeup in terms of personnel and quite likely in policy. On Thursday, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler [seen here], who pushed through controversial rules protecting net neutrality and guarding consumer privacy, announced he will step down from the commission on Jan. 20, the same day that Donald Trump will be inaugurated as president.

Cyber Threats To Worsen in 2017

While 2016 has been a difficult year for network security, 2017 promises to be a lot worse. That's the prediction from cybersecurity firm Trend Micro, which said the coming year will include an increased breadth and depth of cyberattacks, with malicious threat actors differentiating their tactics to capitalize on the changing technology landscape.

The year’s biggest story? You know the answer

It's as much a part of the holiday season as eggnog, Big Crosby music, the Sun Miser-Snow Miser throwdown and the Suisun City boat parade: My annual story-of-the-year tournament. We've done it several times and the concept is simple: The biggest stories of the year compete head-to-head, like college basketball teams in March Madness.

Today in History: Dec. 18, 2016

On Dec. 18, 1916, during World War I, the 10-month Battle of Verdun ended with French troops succeeding in repulsing a major German offensive. In 1863, in a speech to the Prussian Parliament, Prime Minister Otto von Bismarck declared, "Politics is not an exact science."

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Students at Penn removed the dominating portrait of Shakespeare from the wall of the Heyer Staircase in Fisher-Bennett Hall and replaced it with that of self-described "black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet" Audre Lorde. The Weekly Standard's Scrabook tentatively describes Lord's poetry as "agitprop," which is about as good a one-word description as any.

Biden, mourners pay tribute to John Glenn, American hero

The nation's vice-president and a retired Marine Corps general were among the dignitaries, family members and other mourners who choked up Saturday during a memorial tribute to the late space hero John Glenn. Roughly 2,500 people gathered at Mershon Auditorium on the Ohio State University campus for "a celebration of life" for the former fighter pilot, history-making astronaut and longtime Democratic U.S. senator from small-town Ohio.

Trump says US should let China keep the drone

President-elect Donald Trump said Saturday on Twitter the United States should let China keep the U.S. Navy's unmanned underwater glider that it seized in the South China Sea. "We should tell China that we don't want the drone they stole back.- let them keep it!" Trump tweeted a few hours after the U.S. military announced it had reached an understanding with China for the return of the underwater glider.

Donald Trump targets China; tweets ‘we don’t want the drone they stole back’

China said Saturday its military seized a US Navy unmanned underwater glider in the South China Sea but it would give the drone back. But President-elect Donald Trump tweeted later that the Chinese government should be told "we don't want the drone they stole back" and "let them keep it!" This comes after United States officials had confirmed that they 'secured an understanding' for the return of the device.

Daily Show with Trevor Noah EDITS Clip from Trump’s…

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah EDITS clip from the "Thank You" Rally in Grand Rapids, MI to ATTACK PEOTUS Trump- The original video of the rally, the one The Daily Show uses is from Tucker Carlson Tonight. At 44:10 Tucker Carlson Tonight video from Good News Daily youtube channel there is booing from the crowd when Trump mentions Hillary Clinton, along with Bill Clinton, and Barack and Michelle Obama, and their unexpected campaign trip to Michigan.

Trump: China Can Keep The Drone They Stole

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump speaks at the USA Thank You Tour event at the Wisconsin State Fair Exposition Center in West Allis, Wisconsin, U.S., December 13, 2016. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton President-elect Donald Trump criticized China Saturday for unlawfully seizing a U.S. naval research drone operating legally in international waters in the South China Sea.

Biden, other mourners choke up in tribute to John Glenn

The nation's vice president and a retired Marine Corps general were among the dignitaries, family members and other mourners who choked up Saturday during a memorial tribute to the late space hero John Glenn. Roughly 2,500 people gathered at Mershon Auditorium on the Ohio State University campus for "a celebration of life" for the former fighter pilot, history-making astronaut and longtime Democratic U.S. senator from small-town Ohio.

Trump Tillerson Environment Q and A

President-elect Donald Trump this week tapped Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson to serve as his secretary of state. If confirmed by the Senate, where opposition is emerging, the move could have broad consequences for U.S. environmental policy and affect the role the U.S. plays in multinational discussions about climate change.

Trump Says on Twitter That China Can Keep Seized US Navy Drone

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On victory lap, few signs emerge Trump will focus on unifed nation

President-elect Donald Trump on Saturday wrapped up his postelection victory tour, showing few signs of turning the page from his blustery campaign to focus on uniting a divided nation a month before his inauguration. At each stop, the Republican has gloatingly recapped his election night triumph, reignited some old political feuds while starting some new ones, and done little to quiet the hate-filled chants of "Lock her up!" directed at Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.

Pope eats with homeless on 80th birthday, gets 70,000 emails

Pope Francis celebrated an active if low-key 80th birthday on Saturday, sharing breakfast with eight homeless people before celebrating Mass with cardinals as greetings poured in from around the world. The pontiff received more than 70,000 email messages wishing him a happy birthday, as well as telephone calls and telegrams from world leaders and religious figures.

Help a Reader Out

Longtime reader and commenter Newdealfarmgrrrlll, who now mostly lurks, but stalks me on facebook has had a rough go of it, and I thought many of you might want to help out: I've been drowning in medical bills the last six years, and after yet another layoff two years ago and subsequent early retirement, I've depleted my savings and get constantly derailed by minor emergencies. Over a third of my monthly income goes to various debits paying down outstanding medical bills and insurance premiums.

Nonprofit gives dogs homes, heals veterans 19 minutes ago

From left, Katelynn Curry, Trish Hastings, Sara Hastings, and William Hastings, 2, pet Miley, a 4-year-old female mastiff, at the Merry Pitmas Adoption Event at PetSmart on Saturday. Rebel Rescue, a Victoria nonprofit tasked with finding homes for pit bulls, bulldogs, boxers and other "bully breeds," relies on donations to continue operation.