Trump’s nuclear remarks test bid to improve Russia ties

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump upped the stakes on Friday in a back-and-forth exchange with President Vladimir Putin over nuclear weapons that tested the Republican's promises to improve relations with Russia. Offering a glimpse of how he might conduct diplomacy after taking office on Jan. 20, Trump reportedly welcomed a nuclear arms race with Russia and China and boasted that the United States would win it.

Congressman Wants FDA to Take Action Against “Fake Milk”

Got milk? Vermont's sole congressman says if it's from soybeans, almond or rice, it should not be labeled as milk. Democratic Rep. Peter Welch, Republican Idaho Rep. Mike Simpson and 23 other members of Congress have signed a letter asking the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to investigate and take action against manufacturers of what they say is "fake milk."

In deep-red Kansas, even Republicans have had enough of Republicans

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... One bright bit from the 2016 elections is that there really does appear to be a limit to how badly you can screw up a state's economy before voters have had enough. Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has been testing the theory mightily during his tenure, slashing taxes for corporations and the rich, cutting state services, and creating gargantuan state deficits while promising magic ponies that continually fail to arrive.

$4 million in funding announced for San Bernardino terror attack survivors, family of victims

In this file photo, Paula Harold, who was a survivor in the Dec. 2nd shooting, wipes tears as she and her husband, Anthony Harold, listen to public comments during a San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors' special meeting regarding the workers' compensation issues Nov. 28. SAN BERNARDINO >> Survivors and family members of those killed in the Dec. 2, 2015, terror attack at the Inland Regional Center will get the financial support they need, according to a statement released Friday. The Department of Justice has awarded $4 million to support both the long- and short-term needs of the survivors and the family members of those who perished in the attack, the statement released by Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-San Bernardino, said.

If it comes from plants, is it milk?

Got milk? Twenty-five bipartisan members of Congress say if it's from soybeans, almond or rice, it should not be labeled as milk. Democratic Vermont Rep. Peter Welch and Republican Idaho Rep. Mike Simpson, leading the charge against "fake milk," signed a letter along with other Congressional members, asking the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to investigate and take action against manufacturers of "milk" that doesn't come from cows.

MCAS-Yuma rescue unit could stay

Local military boosters and public safety agencies are optimistic about Marine Corps Air Station-Yuma and its lifesaving skills remaining in southwest Arizona, with its survival included in a defense appropriations bill awaiting the president's signature. The SAR unit at the base is now the last of its kind in the country, and was due to be disbanded along with another in North Carolina in 2015.

South Koreans to march against president on Christmas Eve

California's attorney general is pursuing new charges against the operators of a website advertising escort services two weeks after a judge tossed an earlier case. California's attorney general said Friday that she was pursuing new pimping charges against the operators of Backpage.com, a website that advertises escort services, just two weeks after a judge tossed an earlier case.

BRIEF-Maxim Power Corp enters agreement to sell maxim power (USA) to hull street energy


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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla./MOSCOW, Dec 23 U.S. President-elect Donald Trump upped the stakes on Friday in a back-and-forth exchange with President Vladimir Putin over nuclear weapons that tested the Republican's promises to improve relations with Russia. Dec 23 Halliburton Co on Friday said it had reached a $100 million settlement to resolve a long-running securities fraud class action lawsuit against the oilfield services provider that twice reached the U.S. Supreme Court.

BRIEF-Hawaiian Electric Companies submit updated energy plans


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Dec 23 Halliburton Co on Friday said it had reached a $100 million settlement to resolve a long-running securities fraud class action lawsuit against the oilfield services provider that twice reached the U.S. Supreme Court.

One month out, Trump inauguration lacks star power

On January 18, 2009, the stars turned out in force in front of the Lincoln Memorial at a concert honoring then-President-elect Barack Obama. Denzel Washington spoke to kick off the event, then Bruce Springsteen performed, and then Mary J. Blige, Jon Bon Jovi, James Taylor, Garth Brooks, John Legend, John Mellencamp, Josh Groban, U2, Usher, Stevie Wonder, Shakira, Beyonce and many more.

Trump co-chair wishes death on Obama, calls 1st lady male

California's attorney general is pursuing new charges against the operators of a website advertising escort services two weeks after a judge tossed an earlier case. California's attorney general said Friday that she was pursuing new pimping charges against the operators of Backpage.com, a website that advertises escort services, just two weeks after a judge tossed an earlier case.

White House denies UN resolution was swipe at Netanyahu

Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes denied Friday that President Barack Obama was trying to "get back" at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by abstaining from a controversial UN Security Council vote condemning Israeli settlements. "Absolutely not," Rhodes told CNN's Jim Acosta on "The Situation Room."

Obama moves to split cyberwar command, NSA

With weeks to go in his tenure, President Barack Obama on Friday moved to end the controversial "dual-hat" arrangement under which the National Security Agency and the nation's cyberwarfare command are headed by the same military officer. It is unclear whether President-elect Donald Trump will support such a move.

Trump co-chair wishes death on Obama, calls 1st lady male

A wealthy businessman who co-chaired president-Elect Donald Trump's state campaign confirmed to The Associated Press on Friday that he told an alternative newspaper he hoped President Barack Obama would die from mad cow disease and that the first lady would "return to being a male." Carl Paladino , a millionaire real estate developer who unsuccessfully ran for governor in 2010 as a Republican, made the comments in response to a survey by Artvoice , a Buffalo publication that asked local artists, performers and business owners for their New Year's wish list.

Senate Dems pledge close look at stock trades by HHS nominee

Senate Democrats say they will closely examine stock trades by President-elect Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Department of Health and Human Services. The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that Republican congressman Tom Price of Georgia traded more than $300,000 in shares of health care-related companies in recent years while backing legislation that could potentially affect them.

Republicans vow to reverse Obama’s ‘absolutely shameful’ Israel policies

Republican leadership reacted with fury to the Obama administration's decision to abstain from a UN Security Council vote condemning Israel's settlement enterprise on Friday, vowing to reverse his policy gains and punish the UN for repeatedly targeting the Jewish state. President-elect Donald Trump said on Twitter that things would change after he takes office next month, and House Speaker Paul Ryan called the vote an "absolutely shameful" blow to peace.

More states consider working around the Electoral College

In this Dec. 19, 2016 file photo, protesters demonstrate ahead of Pennsylvania's 58th Electoral College at the state Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa. After the election that saw the winner of the popular vote fall short of the U.S. presidency, legislators in states including Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New Mexico said they plan to introduce legislation that would require their state's Electoral College voters cast ballots for the presidential candidate who earns the most votes nationwide, regardless of the statewide results.

UN condemns Israeli settlements as Obama declines to veto

In a striking rupture with past practice, the United States allowed the U.N. Security Council on Friday to condemn Israeli settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem as a "flagrant violation" of international law. In doing so, the outgoing Obama administration brushed aside Donald Trump's demands that the U.S. exercise its veto and provided a climax to years of icy relations with Israel's leadership.

Furniture store owner pleads guilty to 12 felony counts

After resolving what his attorney called "complicated financial issues," former Fleming Furniture owner Danny Kelley accepted a plea agreement Thursday in McCracken Circuit Court, pleading guilty to 12 felony theft charges. Kelley, 69, was initially charged with one count of theft by deception, under $10,000; nine counts of theft by failure to make required disposition of property, over $500 but less than $10,000; one count of theft by failure to make required disposition of property, over $10,000; and one count of theft of services.

Obama’s stunning parting shot at Israel


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The UN Security Council has voted to pass a resolution condemning Israel's settlement construction. The United States abstained in the voting, allowing the resolution to pass.

The ‘grudge match’ between Obama and Israel ‘has finally reached its peak’


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The UN Security Council passed a resolution Friday urging Israel to halt building settlements on occupied Palestinian land, in an unexpected vote from which the US abstained. The US's ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power, abstained from voting on the resolution, which has been perceived as a slight against Israel.

2016: The year of the hammer and the squeeze

I count myself among those who close this year pondering the state of affairs globally, nationally, and personally. A number of historians have noted the changes we see in national opinion, the break-up of historic alliances, and the flows of displaced peoples and disruptions this creates are well known patterns.

Fla. scientists seek meeting with Trump on climate change

A group of Florida scientists has written a letter to President-elect Donald Trump , asking for a meeting to discuss climate change while he is at his Florida home for the Christmas holiday. The Miami Herald reported Friday that the 10 scientists from Florida's largest universities sent the letter this week asking for a meeting.

Trump’s team and Trump don’t mesh on expanding the U.S. nuclear arsenal


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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... Both Philip Bump at The Washington Post and Sam Stein at The Huffington Post have taken note of the apparent conflict between Donald Trump and his staff over the meaning of his tweet Thursday morning about expanding America's nuclear arsenal: The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes "strengthen the military potential of strategic nuclear forces, especially with missile complexes that can reliably penetrate any existing and prospective missile defense systems."

ICYMI: Why Hotel Groups Say Seattle’s New Worker Protections Are Illegal

As Sydney mentioned in Morning News , three groups representing local hotels-the American Hotel and Lodging Association, the Washington Hospitality Association, and the Seattle Hotel Association-are suing the City of Seattle in an effort to block recently passed new protections for hotel workers in the city. Initiative 124, the latest union-backed, worker-friendly measure embraced by Seattle, passed handily in November and will require panic buttons and other protections against sexual harassment and assault.

US Senator Graham says Obama policy on Israel ‘flat-out reckless’

Senator Lindsey Graham said on Friday that US foreign policy under President Barack Obama "has gone from naive and foolish to flat-out reckless" after the United States abstained from voting on a UN resolution condemning Israeli settlement activity. The senior Republican senator, in a note on Twitter after the vote, said: "With friends like these, #Israel doesn't need any enemies."

What the 114th Congress did and did not do

Congress wrapped up the 114th session early Saturday, a tumultuous two years marked by the resignation of a House speaker, a fight over a Supreme Court vacancy, bipartisan bills on health care and education and inaction on immigration and criminal justice.

Behind The Scenes At Saturday Night Live

Via Business Insider and NBC comes this look at how they change sets so quickly in between skits on Saturday Night Live. This is how they went from the Trump and Putin based cold open to the monologue, all in about 2 and a half minutes.

DoJ vs big banks: $60 billion in fines for toxic mortgages

Since the global financial crisis, the world's largest banks have agreed to pay close to $60 billion in fines just to the U.S. Department of Justice for creating and selling toxic mortgage-backed investments. These don't include the tens of billions that the banks have also paid in connection with lawsuits from investors or other federal agencies.

Trump: U.S. must a greatly strengthena nuclear capability

President-elect Donald Trump has re-opened the debate over nuclear proliferation, calling for the United States to "greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability" until the rest of the world "comes to its senses" regarding nuclear weapons. His comments Thursday on Twitter came hours after Russian President Vladimir Putin said strengthening his country's nuclear capabilities should be a chief military objective in the coming year.

Cotton: Say, Why Did Obama Reject Republicans’ Proposal to Fight Russian Disinformation?

In light of the Left's fresh obsession with combating the alleged crisis of "fake news," as well as getting to the bottom of Moscow's malign influence and meddling, the Senator from Arkansas raises a rather interesting point , doesn't he? Via Politico : The White House opposed a Republican-led push earlier this year to create an executive-branch task force to battle Russia's covert information operations, according to a document obtained by POLITICO.

Vladimir Putin offers cooperation with Donald Trump in Christmas letter

Russian President Vladimir Putin asked to "restore the framework of bilateral cooperation" with the U.S. in a letter to President-elect Donald Trump earlier this month - which the transition team released Friday. The letter offers Christmas and New Year's wishes, then Mr. Putin suggests the two nations find a way to get beyond the loggerheads of the last few years.

‘Faithless elector’ challenges Minnesota law

To whom does an elector owe a duty of faithfulness? To his political party, to whom he pledged to vote for its presidential candidate, or to his conscience, which requires him not to? And when the elector votes against his oath, what role, if any, should the state play? Muhammad Abdurrahman, the "faithless elector," wants to protest a Minnesota law that requires members of the Electoral College to follow the statewide vote. So the DFL elector disregarded a pledge he made to vote for the Hillary Clinton/Timothy Kaine ticket and cast his vote for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders for president and U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, for vice president.

People and Practices: Dec. 26

DeWitt Mackall Crounse & Moore S.C., an affiliate of DeWitt Ross & Stevens S.C., announced the addition of two attorneys, Catherine Krisik and John Thomas , to its Minneapolis office. Krisik earned her J.D. from Southwestern University School of Law and her B.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

With nearly a 2.9 million-vote margin, Clinton the most successful loser in U.S. presidential history

Hillary Clinton received nearly 2.9 million more votes than President-elect Donald Trump, giving her the largest popular vote margin of any losing presidential candidate. Certified results in all 50 states and the District of Columbia show Clinton winning nearly 65,844,610 votes - 48 per cent - to Trump's 62,979,636 votes - 46 per cent - according to an analysis by The Associated Press.

Venezuela’s claim of victim status in bribery case unlikely to convince U.S.


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The logo of the Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA is seen at a gas station in Caracas, Venezuela December 23, 2016. A flag bearing the logo of Tradequip is pictured at its headquarters in Maracaibo, Venezuela April 2, 2016.

Deutsche Bank tells staff no bailout needed for US settlement: source

Deutsche Bank sought to reassure staff about its financial strength on Friday, in the wake of a US$7.2 billion settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice over its sale and pooling of toxic mortgage securities. The logo of Germany's largest business bank, Deutsche Bank is seen in front of one of the bank's office buildings in Frankfurt, Germany, October 27, 2016.

Opinion Line

If you are not already familiar with the concept of "hubris," you would do well to learn it. You will be hearing it a lot in the coming months.

Trump in Palm Beach: Tiger Woods to join president-elect on links, Golf Digest says

President-elect Donald Trump and Tiger Woods are scheduled to play golf today at the Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, according to a report in Golf Digest that cites a source close to Trump. Donald Trump with Tiger Woods after the final round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship at the Trump Doral Golf Resort & Spa on March 10, 2013 in Doral, Florida.

Trump: US must ‘greatly strengthen’ nuclear capability

President-elect Donald Trump takes a question from a member of the media at Mar-a-Lago, in Palm Beach, Fla., Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016. Trump on Thursday abruptly called for the United States to "greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability" until the rest of the world "comes to its senses" regarding nuclear weapons.

Official: Israel turned to Trump to head off UN resolution

Israel's prime minister turned to President-elect Donald Trump to help head off a critical U.N. resolution after learning that the White House did not intend to veto the measure, an Israeli official said Friday. The admission marked a final chapter in the icy relations between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Barack Obama over the last eight years, and signaled an era of close ties between Israel and the incoming Trump administration.

The Latest: Putin says cease-fire needed across Syria

President Vladimir Putin says it's necessary to establish a cease-fire across the entire territory of Syria, to be followed by peace talks. Putin, speaking at an end-of-year news conference Friday, said that now that Syrian government forces have taken full control of Aleppo, "the next stage should be a cease-fire on the entire territory of Syria and the launch of talks on a political settlement."

The five biggest obstacles to Trump’s plan to overhaul the tax code

Treasury Secretary nominee Steven Mnuchin waits after a meeting with Senator Orrin Hatch on Capitol Hill December 8, 2016 in Washington, DC. If confirmed, he is expected to lead Trump's tax reform efforts./ AFP PHOTO / Brendan Smialowski President-elect Donald Trump likes to say he will "drain the swamp" of special interests when he takes up residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Boost for Stansted as Eurowings announce Munich flights

London Stansted received an early Christmas present this week with the news that German carrier, Eurowings, will begin flights to Munich next summer. London Stansted received an early Christmas present this week with the news that German carrier, Eurowings, will begin flights to Munich next summer.

Orthodox Union wants nontpartisan response to Trump interfaith inaugural event

Amid preparations for an interfaith prayer during Donald Trump's inaugural weekend, the Orthodox Union called on faith leaders to demonstrate a nonpartisan approach to the event. The plea by Nathan Diament, head of the public policy arm of the Orthodox Union, the main communal association for Orthodox Judaism, which the Associated Press quoted W ednesday, came amid speculation that some imams and Latino Catholics may boycott the event announced by the Trump campaign Wednesday over his remarks in recent months over those minorities and other groups.

Jack Lam sued for dubious Fort Ilocandia ownership

Chinese gaming tycoon Jack Lam and four others are facing charges filed by the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption for violating the anti-dummy law. The four others charged before the Department of Justice are former executives of the Fort Ilocandia resort hotel in Laoag, Ilocos Norte: The VACC accused Lam and others of using dummy companies to circumvent the 40-percent ownership requirement for foreigners in the Philippines in relation to the operations of the Fort Ilocandia, the casino operations of which was recently shut down upon government orders.

The Latest: Putin: Democrats should apologize over emails

Russian President Vladimir Putin says U.S. Democrats should have apologized to American voters over the information revealed by hackers who posted Democratic National Committee e-mails. Responding to accusations of Russian meddling in the U.S. election, Putin said at an annual news conference Friday that the hackers could have been located anywhere.

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On his way out of office, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has approved raises of 2 percent to 4 percent for state employees. Pence, now the vice president-elect, says Indiana "would not be a state that works" without dedicated government workers.

Sorry Abbas, Vacation is Over

December 23, 2016, it is a date that has remained fresh in the minds of many of us. The day when the Obama administration's petulant hatred of Netanyahu and naive approach to foreign policy culminated in an American abstention on UNSC Resolution 2234.

Senator Rand Paul’s 2016 Festivus Twitter Storm

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul delivered his first gift of the holiday season with a Twitter storm of Festivus Tweets, including the "airing of grievances," and it's the best thing you'll see from Washington all day. Good morning Seinfeld fans and Happy Festivus everywhere! Today I'll have my annual #AiringofGrievances .

The Perils of Hyperbole

With just under a month until Donald Trump's inauguration, many liberals have ratcheted up the hyperbole to the point of derangement. The New York Times editorial board has called for the abolition of the Electoral College, dismissing it as nothing more than an artifact of slavery.

The Old College Try

As Orwell memorably put it, sometimes the "restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men." In that spirit, The Scrapbook will reiterate to our liberal friends: Donald Trump is going to be president of the United States.

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Since November 8, Democrats have been searching for a scapegoat. Hillary Clinton's defeat couldn't possibly signal voters' rejection of the liberal policies that Barack Obama advanced and Clinton vowed to continue, so progressives are on a quest to find the real culprit.

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The election of Donald Trump initially seemed to be a lifeline to an American military suffering from unrelenting budget cuts-a loss of more than $250 billion in spending power from the 2009 budget alone-and an equally punishing pace of operations. The morning after the election, Forbes magazine confidently predicted the restoration of at least $500 billion in defense spending.

Israel appealed to Trump team to delay U.N. vote on settlements

Under heavy Israeli pressure, Egypt on Thursday indefinitely postponed a planned U.N. vote on a proposed Security Council resolution that sought to condemn Israeli settlement construction in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, diplomats and Western officials said, just a few hours before the vote was set to take place. Israeli officials reached out to President-elect Donald Trump's transition team at the "highest levels" to try to table the UN resolution demanding a halt to Israeli settlement expansion on Palestinian territory, CBS News' Margaret Brennan reports.

BIDEN: As I watched a Trump rally in October, I said, ‘Son of…

BIDEN: As I watched a Trump rally in October, I said, 'Son of a gun - we may lose this election' After President-elect Donald Trump's stunning victory in November, Joe Biden is joining other Democrats pleading the party to refocus its attention on a voting bloc with which they failed to connect in 2016: working-class voters. In a wide-ranging interview with the Los Angeles Times , Biden said he noticed issues with Hillary Clinton's campaign early in the election.

Deutsche Bank to Settle Toxic Mortgage Case with US for $7.2 Billion

Deutsche Bank has agreed to a $7.2 billion settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice over its sale and pooling of toxic mortgage securities in the run-up to the 2008 financial crisis. The agreement in principle, announced by Deutsche Bank's Frankfurt headquarters early Friday morning, offers some relief to the German lender, whose stock was hit hard in September after it acknowledged the Justice Department had been seeking nearly twice as much.

Keep pets safe during holidays

As we celebrate joyfully with friends and family this holiday season, American Humane, the country's first national humane organization, reminds pet owners to take safety steps to ensure that the holidays are just as merry for their furry friends. When you deck the halls, keep in mind that many holiday decorations can be dangerous for your pet.

Legal Loophole Lets Feds Delete Tons Of Official Records

A loophole in federal law allows Environmental Protection Agency employees and other federal workers get away with deleting millions of official records created using cellphone text messaging, according to government transparency experts. The Federal Records Act and EPA policy allow individual employees who create and receive cell phone text messages to decide whether a particular one constitutes a federal record before deleting or preserving it.

Donald Trump-Islamic Hero

Donald Trump has gone to great pains making clear to one and all, that his words before the invasion of Iraq when he favored it were misunderstood because he really opposed the war in Iraq. Raghhad Saddam Hussein, the daughter of Saddam Hussein, has come out with words of praise for Donald Trump, the hero of Saddam's followers.

Nobody Asked Me but

We offer observations on the human condition from a 26 year old mind trapped in an 86 year old body. There are unconfirmed reports that Ben Carson,by mistake went to the Washington D.C, metro because he though he was now in charge of all transportation.

Editorial: Trump won – get over it

Anne Devlin, from Plano cries Monday in the gallery of the House of Representatives after the Electoral College voted at the state Capitol in Austin, Texas. The ballots of three dozen Texas presidential electors Monday put Donald Trump over the 270 electoral votes needed to formally win the White House.

The Road to Liberty

Last week in this space we sketched the case for a party of liberty. We noted that "one lesson of 2016 is that it's time to worry about liberty again."