Who in the GOP will stand up to Trump?

President-elect Donald Trump's victory tour was more than just an opportunity to strut and preen around the country like a peacock. Who in the GOP will stand up to Trump? President-elect Donald Trump's victory tour was more than just an opportunity to strut and preen around the country like a peacock.

Obama prepares to block sale of new offshore drilling rights in much of U.S. Arctic, Atlantic

President Barack Obama is preparing to block the sale of new offshore drilling rights in much of the U.S. Arctic and parts of the Atlantic, a move that could indefinitely restrict oil production there, according to two people familiar with the decision. Obama will invoke a provision in a 1953 law that gives him wide latitude to withdraw U.S. waters from future oil and gas leasing, said the people, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the decision had not been announced.

Warrant Related to Clinton Emails to Be Unsealed Tuesday

A federal judge in New York has ordered that a search warrant and supporting documents that authorized the FBI in the final days before the election to examine a laptop computer in connection with Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server be unsealed Tuesday at noon. The laptop's hard drive, which sources say was discovered in an unrelated investigation into alleged sexting by former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner, had been used by Weiner and his estranged wife, top Clinton adviser Huma Abedin.

Cities, counties plan immigrant legal aid after Trump’s win

Major U.S. cities and counties are beefing up legal services for immigrants to help them fight deportation and avoid fraudulent lawyers in the wake of Donald Trump's election and his hard-line immigration enforcement promises. Tapping local government funds to represent immigrants in federal proceedings provides an early example of the type of pushback the Republican incoming president will receive in Democratic strongholds.

FBI agent leaked details about Phil Mickelson insider trading case

An FBI agent is being investigated by the Department of Justice after he admitted to leaking information to reporters about an insider trading case involving golfer Phil Mickelson. While Mickelson was never charged with any wrongdoing himself, he did have to pay the roughly $1 million that he earned on an insider stock tip to the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Maduro claims victory in cash crackdown

The front and back of the newly-issued 20,000 Bolivar is displayed in Caracas, Venezuela. Venezuelan Central Bank president Nelson Merentes unveiled the new series of higher-denominated bills as triple-digit inflation and a currency meltdown leave the country's largest note worth just around 2 US cents on the black market.

Democrats keep pointing fingers everywhere but at themselves :0

The party that has had a decades-long soft spot toward Moscow and has been reluctant to believe the Kremlin might have aggressive intentions or, say, cheat on an arms-control agreement, is in a frenzy over Russian hacking that supposedly denied Hillary the victory that was rightfully hers. John Podesta, the chairman of a Hillary campaign that considered accepting the results of an election part of American writ as of about two months ago, refused several times on "Meet the Press" Sunday to say the presidential election was "free and fair."

United and saddened, New Mexico electors vote for Clinton

Protesters in Santa Fe, N.M., urge electors nationwide to vote against Donald Trump as a crowd of protesters gather Monday, Dec. 19, 2016, outside the state Capitol. Protesters in Santa Fe, N.M., urge electors nationwide to vote against Donald Trump as a crowd of protesters gather Monday, Dec. 19, 2016, outside the state Capitol.

Trump revolt goes nowhere as Clinton loses more electoral votes

While demonstrators made their voices heard at Electoral College gatherings all across the country, their plea to individual electors to rebel and drop Donald Trump went absolutely nowhere, as Hillary Clinton was actually the candidate who had more electors refuse to vote for her, with the final outcome moving President-Elect Trump one step closer to the White House. The biggest group of rogue electors was in Washington State, where three of them cast votes for former Secretary of State Colin Powell, and one voted for a native American environmental activist named Faith Spotted Eagle, instead of Clinton.

Vermont Electoral College members vote Clinton

President-elect Donald Trump's opponents failed to convince key voters to overturn his status as president-elect. Monday more electors broke from the voters of their state than have in the past, but Donald Trump kept far more than necessary in his corner to hang onto his claim to the presidency.

Anniston’s Center for Domestic Preparedness suspends use of toxins in training

Anniston's Center for Domestic Preparedness has suspended use of all chemical and biological material until further notice as officials continue to probe how almost 10,000 first responders were exposed to toxic ricin over a five-year period. In addition, the Department of Homeland Security's Inspector General is investigating how people at the center may have come in contact with the poison.

Trump cruises to Electoral College victory despite protests

Protesters demonstrate ahead of Pennsylvania's 58th Electoral College at the state Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa., Monday. The demonstrators were waving signs and chanting in freezing temperatures Monday morning as delegates began arriving at the state Capitol to cast the state's electoral votes for president.

What Is the DOL Fiduciary Rule, Coming in 2017?


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The relationship many of you have with your retirement investment advisor will change on April 10, 2017. It could result in your advisor charging you higher fees while providing you with less guidance - or in you getting no guidance at all.

Obama grants clemency to 231 people

President Barack Obama on Monday granted clemency to 231 individuals, the largest single day act of his presidency and totaling 1,324 total while in office. Obama granted 153 commutations, bringing the total number of commutations while he's been in office to 1,176, including 395 life sentences.

Bill Clinton: “One thing” Donald Trump knows “is…

Former President Bill Clinton was clearly still working through his post-election feelings when he told a local New York reporter that President-elect Donald Trump "doesn't know much," but "one thing he does know is how to get angry, white men to vote for him." Addressing several topics related to the election at a small bookstore near the Clintons' Chappaqua home earlier this month, the former president took aim at his one-time friend.

it’s Official: The Electoral College makes Trump the 45th president


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Donald Trump secured the necessary 270 electoral votes on Monday to formally be elected as the 45th president of the United States. Trump won the popular vote in 30 states and one of Maine's districts - which, along with Nebraska, splits up its electors by district - giving him 306 electoral votes.

Net Neutrality Rule to Get Scrutiny From FCC Republicans – Soon’

Republicans poised to control the Federal Communications Commission next month said they'd revisit the net neutrality regulation "as soon as possible," laying out plans to address a rule they've opposed and that Democrats support. The statement Monday from Commissioners Ajit Pai and Michael O'Rielly indicates that opponents of the rule such as top broadband providers AT&T Inc. and Comcast Corp. may not need to wait for Congress to grapple with the regulation that requires equal treatment of web traffic.

History can teach both parties

Precisely four times in modern North Carolina history, voters have elected a new governor or lieutenant governor of one party and legislative majorities of the other party. In all four instances, the legislature stripped the newly elected executives of some power.

Donald Trump off to a strong start in Elec…

Donald Trump started racking up electoral votes Monday even as anti-Trump protesters across the country tried to persuade the Electoral College to prevent him from winning the White House. Trump didn't lose any electors with votes counted in 10 states that he won Nov. 8: Georgia, Kentucky, Nebraska, North Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, Arkansas, South Carolina, Mississippi and Oklahoma.

Ten principles for user-protection in hostile states

The Tor Project's "Ten Principles for User Protection in Hostile States" is both thoughtful and thought-provoking -- it's a list that excites my interest as someone who cares about the use of technology in improving lives and organizing political movements ; and also as a science fiction writer The principles are interesting in part because of the way they walk up and down the ladder of Lessig's four principles of regulation , while taking for granted that the reader agrees that users should be protected -- this having become a hotly debated question all over the world, whether we're talking about jihadis, political dissidents, trolls, democratic opposition politicians or children being stalked by marketers or sexual predators.

Judge orders release of Clinton email search warrant

A federal judge in New York has ordered the public release of the search warrant that FBI agents used to reopen their investigation of Hillary Clinton 's use of a private email server just weeks before the presidential election. U.S. District Judge P. Kevin Castel ruled Monday that the public had a right to see the warrant, which was secretly filed with the court on Oct. 20. Agents used the warrant to get access to emails stored on a computer belonging to Anthony Weiner , the estranged husband of top Clinton aide Huma Abedin .

President Obama Warns Trump About Executive Orders, Unilateral Foreign Policy and War Making


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President Obama warned President-Elect Trump about overusing executive orders to get his domestic agenda through. In an interview with NPR that aired today, Obama explained that "the legislative process is always better" than an executive order, "in part because it's harder to undo."

Liberal Hypocrisy on Trump’s Protectionism: New at Reason

Liberal commentators are aghast at President-elect Donald Trump's bullying tactics to prevent American companies such as Carrier from leaving for cheaper climes elsewhere. But when it comes to similar behavior on the part of liberal heroes, especially Bernie Sanders, most on the left have not an unkind word to spare.

A peek at the Electoral College from around the nation

In ceremonies in fifty state capitals and the District of Columbia, the states convened their electors to elect the next President of the United States, in a mix of symbolism, history, and a bit of raw political feelings as well. "I want to congratulate all of you on your role on this historic day," said Gov. Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania.

Trump taps fellow NY businessman, veteran for Army job

President-elect Donald Trump on Monday tapped another billionaire businessman for an administration job, naming Army veteran and fellow New Yorker Vincent Viola to be his secretary of the Army. Trump planned an afternoon of meetings with other businessmen and former U.S. government officials as he works to complete his team.

The Latest: GOP leaders say they are open to repeal of HB2

North Carolina's Republican legislative leaders are taking some jabs at Gov.-elect Roy Cooper even as they say they'll go along with a plan for a special session to repeal the state's HB2 law. Senate Leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore issued a joint statement Monday saying that they will be ready to act when outgoing Republican Gov. Pat McCrory calls them into a special session.

Gov-elect: End near for North Carolina’s ‘bathroom bill’

In a stunning development, the North Carolina law widely derided as the "bathroom bill" appeared to be on its way out after it tarnished the state's reputation, cost it scores of jobs and contributed to the Republican governor's narrow loss. Democratic Gov.-elect Roy Cooper announced Monday that legislators will hold a special session to repeal the law known as HB2 that limits protections for LGBT people.

China to hand back US probe within 24 hours: US official

The Chinese military is expected to return a seized underwater probe to the US Navy in the South China Sea on Tuesday, a US defence official said. The small craft, taken around 50 nautical miles northwest from Subic Bay in the Philippines last week, will be handed over to the crew of a US warship in the vicinity of Scarborough Shoal.

Electoral College Members Meeting Across the Country to Cast Votes

But in cases where breast milk is not available from an infant's mother, getting access to saf... - The 538 electors are meeting Monday to cast their votes in the last step of the presidential election. But what is usually a formality has taken on new significance this year with Donald Trump's election and calls for electors to defect.

Colorado Springs experts say threat of hacking goes far beyond Russia’s suspected email poaching

In a world where enemies can destroy a power grid with a key stroke, devastate the economy with malware or even kill hospital patients with a computer virus, the hack of Democratic National Committee emails was far less damaging than what experts say could be in the offing. But that doesn't mean that the world's most prominent political hack hasn't gotten the cybersecurity industry's attention.

Cheers and Jeers: Monday


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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... Once again it's end-of-the-year list season. It's an addiction---we can't help but collectively start wrapping up the previous twelve months in neat little boxes: Best, Worst, Top, Bottom, Winners, Losers The Departed, The Elected, The Meaning of it All and, of course, "The Quotes."

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FBI, US Dept of Justice officials named witness in NIA’s Pathankot charge sheet

The NIA, which named Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Maulana Masood Azhar and three others as accused, submitted scientific, oral and technical evidences before the special court. Six protected persons, a jailed terrorist and officials of Federal Bureau of Investigation and US Department of Justice figure as witnesses in the charge sheet filed by NIA in the January 2 Pathankot air base attack.

David Lynch Chews on a Donut in New ‘Twin Peaks’ Teaser: WATCH


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Director/creator David Lynch returns as FBI Regional Bureau Chief Gordon Cole and eats a donut - and that's all - in a new teaser for the Showtime reboot of Twin Peaks coming this year. The most recent teaser featured a bunch of returning cast members talking about their excitement at being involved with the show again.

There Is Only One Way To Stop Trump

Blue America hasn't spent precious time since the election asking you to sign petitions for impractical symbolic appeals to the electoral college, or to waste your money on an un-winnable, pointless Senate race in Louisiana. We are very focused on what can be done-- politically-- to break the back on Trumpism.

Mike’s Blog Round Up

Hello, everyone. It's good to be back. When I was here last, the horrible week of the election, the round-ups were, admittedly, awfully bleak, with no reason to be upbeat, but I did stress, in the last round-up that week, that there must be "firm opposition and resistance" so as not to "allow this fascism to take hold."

The Fed should’ve done this years ago


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We are used to Fed Chair Yellen's cautious statements about the economy. Inflation was running below the Fed's 2% target, and there was still slack in the jobs market justifying low interest rates, according to Ms.

Elections 44 mins ago 7:26 a.m.What to know about the Electoral College 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.

John McCain at odds with Trump over Russia


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McCain, chairman of the Armed Services Committee, on Sunday joined Democrats in calling for a special select committee to investigate foreign cyberattacks, putting him at odds not only with the incoming GOP president but with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who favors allowing the Intelligence committee to take the lead on the inquiry. "We need a select committee.

UPDATE 1-Chinese, U.S. militaries discuss return of undersea drone – Foreign Ministry

The Chinese and U.S. militaries are having "unimpeded" talks about the return of U.S. underwater drone taken by a Chinese naval vessel in the South China Sea last week, China's foreign ministry said on Monday. The drone, known as an unmanned underwater vehicle , was taken on Thursday in waters off the coast of the Philippines, the first seizure of its kind in recent memory.

Point by Point Response to Likud Party Propaganda

As Israel's myriad human rights abuses and contraventions of international law have become impossible to deny, one argument that apologists for Israel routinely fall back on is: While Israel has engaged in human rights and other abuses, other countries commit far worse abuses. Therefore, it is wrong - and possibly indicative of anti-Semitism - to focus excessively on Israel's wrongs.

Israeli Squatters at Palestine’s Amona accept relocation to other Palestinian-owned Land

Residents of the illegal settlement outpost of Amona in the central occupied West Bank voted on Sunday to approve a relocation plan put forward by the Israeli government, after weeks of discussions trying to assuage settler anger over the mandated evacuation of the outpost. Israeli news outlet Haaretz reported that the settlers residing in Amona in the Ramallah district - an outpost considered illegal by both the Israeli government and the international community - had decided to accept an evacuation plan which would see the majority of them relocated to a nearby hilltop by Dec. 25 following a ruling by the Israeli Supreme Court stating that the outpost was illegally built on privately owned Palestinian land.

McCain sees Russia hacking as threat, at odds with Trump

This June 3, 2016, file photo shows Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., delivering his speech titled "America's Enduring Commitment to Security and Prosperity in Asia" at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies Distinguished Public Lecture in Singapore. McCain is joining Democrats in calling for a special select committee to investigate Russian interference in the U.S. election.

Trump’s Cabinet selections signal pointed shift after Obama

Propelled by populist energy, President-elect Donald Trump's candidacy broke long-standing conventions and his incoming Cabinet embodies a sharp turn from the outgoing Obama administration. Trump, a Republican who pledged major changes after eight years of a Democratic White House, has assembled nominees for a Cabinet that includes many business executives who have never served in government, and military leaders are in line to oversee defense and homeland security.

Volkswagen faces deadline in possible emissions scandal deal


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Volkswagen faced a Monday deadline to tell a federal judge whether it had reached a deal with U.S. regulators and attorneys for car owners on the remaining 80,000 diesel vehicles that cheated on emissions tests. U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer gave the sides more time to negotiate by twice postponing a Friday hearing to update him on a potential settlement.

Arizona’s Electoral College members set to vote for Trump

Arizona's 11 Electoral College voters are set to gather Monday to formally cast their ballots for Republican Donald Trump. The meeting of the electors at the state Capitol comes as they have each been inundated with tens of thousands of emails, hundreds of letters and untold numbers of phone calls urging them not to cast their ballots for Trump.

China: Foreign ministry says talks with U.S. over sea drone return underway

The oceanographic survey ship, USNS Bowditch, which deployed an underwater drone seized by the Chinese navy in South China Sea, Dec 16, 2016. Source: U.S. Navy/Handout via Reuters THE Chinese and U.S. militaries are having "unimpeded" talks about the return of U.S. underwater drone taken by a Chinese naval vessel in the South China Sea last week, China's foreign ministry said on Monday.

Anti-crime group urges speedy trial of De Lima’s cases

CRIME group called on the Department of Justice on Monday to expedite the legal proceedings on the criminal cases filed against Senator Leila de Lima. In a press conference, Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption led by Chairman Emeritus Dante Jimenez launched a coalition that would specifically focus on the illegal drug cases in the country, including the drug trafficking cases filed against De Lima.

Beijing sees US drone as part of South China Sea spying efforts

China is deeply suspicious of any US military activities in the resource-rich South China Sea, which China claims almost in its entirely. An underwater drone taken by a Chinese naval vessel in the South China Sea last week is part of US surveillance efforts in the disputed waterway, but Beijing won't likely make a big fuss about its handover, Chinese state media and experts said.

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.

Samsung Scores Victory Over Apple

A unanimous Supreme Court on Tuesday sided with smartphone maker Samsung 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 at issue are only a tiny part of the devices.

California marchers protest against Trump as Democrats vow policy fight

About 2,000 people protesting against the rhetoric and proposals of US President-elect Donald Trump marched peacefully through downtown Los Angeles on Sunday in advance of Monday's planned Electoral College vote to formally choose him as leader. Trump, a Republican businessman who campaigned against illegal immigration and threatened to imprison Democratic rival Hillary Clinton if elected, lost the popular vote in the Nov. 8 US election but won the contest for the electoral college, which is calculated on a state-by-state basis.

GOP electors cite rural voice in Electoral College

In this Nov. 3, 2014l file photo, then-Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell, speaks at a campaign rally in Anchorage Alaska. 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.

EU Brandishes Climate Credentials Amid Doubts Over Trump’s Aims

As U.S. President-elect Donald Trump pledges to bolster industries blamed for global warming, the European Union is forging ahead with legislation meant to increase the cost of the dirtiest forms of energy. Environment ministers from the EU are due to meet in Brussels on Monday for deliberations over tighter emission caps on power plants and factories, aiming to make good on a vow to slash greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide by 40 percent in 2030 compared with 1990 levels.

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Trump aides: Russian meddling not a big deal

DECEMBER 17: President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a thank you rally in Ladd-Peebles Stadium on December 17, 2016 in Mobile, Alabama. President-elect Trump has been visiting several states that he won, to thank people for their support during the U.S. election.

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GOP electors defend rural voice

SEPTEMBER 14: Former U.S. President Bill Clinton speaks at a campaign event for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton at a College of Southern Nevada campus on September 14, 2016 in North Las Vegas, Nevada. Hillary Clinton is expected to be back on the campaign trail tomorrow after taking time off to recover from pneumonia.

Schumer wants devices recalled

In this Nov. 29, 2016, file photo, Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., speaks to the media on Capitol Hill in Washington. Schumer is increasing the heat on the federal government to consider recalling e-cigarette batteries and devices that explode and catch fire, injuring users.

Loss and Aggression


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Regarding your post today about Russia - it should not at all be underestimated despite weak economy and diminished status. I wrote to you in August of 2008 during Russia's incursion into Georgia, saying that they also have ideas for Crimea and the Baltic states.

GOP again eyes sanctuary cities ban due to political tide

Texas Republicans have spent years trying to crack down on illegal immigration across the southern border with Mexico. Emboldened by the election of Donald Trump, however, the time may finally be right for the GOP to mobilize an assault on loosely defined "sanctuary cities," especially with two large counties eyeing such policies.

U.S. Spy Agencies Leak Intel to News Outlets, but Won’t Brief Electors?


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The mapped results of the 2016 U.S. presidential election, and the number of electoral votes allocated to each state. Amid a nationwide protest effort aimed at convincing members of the Electoral College to reject Donald Trump and serious concerns about alleged interference in the U.S. election by Russia's government, a new poll out Sunday reveals majority support for delaying Monday's scheduled vote until electors are given an official intelligence briefing on the matter.

Half of Americans approve of Trump’s transition handling

Fifty percent of Americans say they approve of the way President-elect Donald Trump is handling the transition and his preparations to take the Oval Office, while 41 percent disapprove, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. But Trump's approval score is significantly below Barack Obama's in December 2008 and Bill Clinton's in December 1992 .