NYT: It’s Time To Abolish The Electoral College

The Left certainly was hammering this point home after President-elect Donald J. Trump's upset win over Hillary Clinton on November 8 and now The New York Times has joined the "let's abolish the Electoral College because our gal lost" bandwagon. Again, the op-ed by the publication's editorial board has no sense of history.

Navy accepts delivery of future USS Giffords

The Navy accepted delivery of the future USS Gabrielle Giffords during a ceremony, Dec. 23, 2016, in Mobile, Ala. Gabrielle Giffords is the ninth littoral combat ship to be delivered to the Navy and the fifth of the Independence variant to join the fleet.

Letter writer fears return to 19th century rape of land

Donald Trump's pick of fossil fuel-friendly Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to serve as the head of the Environmental Protection Agency means we can finally start plundering the planet again without regard to the consequences. Let's emulate the regulation-free 19th century when we raped and pillaged the environment to enrich the greedy robber barons - the 1 percent of their day.

Supreme Court: Synthetic drugs criminalized when carryout owner sold them –

The Ohio Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that "controlled substance analogs," such as Spice and K2, were criminalized by statute as early as Oct. 17, 2011. Writing for the majority, Justice Paul E. Pfeifer stated that while controlled substance analogs, or synthetic drugs, were not specifically included in Title 29, the state's criminal statutes, when defendant Hamza Shalash was arrested and indicted for selling them in 2011 and early 2012, other provisions of the Revised Code incorporated synthetic drugs into Title 29 at the time.

Japan’s Abe offers ‘everlasting condolences’ at Pearl Harbor

Under a warm Oahu sun, with the tranquil, teal waters of Pearl Harbor behind them, former enemies came together Tuesday to acknowledge the tremendous loss caused by the Japanese attack on U.S. military installations in Hawaii 75 years ago. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Barack Obama made a historic pilgrimage to the site where the devastating surprise attack sent America marching into World War II.

Obama says he would have won a third term had he run

In an interview released Monday, President Barack Obama expressed confidence that he would have won the 2016 election had it been possible for him to seek a third term. Obama made his remarks to The Axe Files , the podcast of his former adviser David Axelrod, now director of the University of Chicago Institute of Politics.

Trump decries his foundation’s closure, overstating its giving

President-elect Donald Trump is lashing out in defense of his charitable foundation as he prepares to shutter it before taking the oath of office next month. In a series of tweets Monday evening, Trump claimed that he had given "millions" to the foundation he began in 1987 and that all of the money raised went to "wonderful charities."

Lee Camp and John Stauber

Not worried enough about our future? Check out this: That's disgusting -- they snuck an act into a bill and now they're going to be on their propaganda mission. Here's a thought: I don't want to hear politicians talk about fake news.

New Year’s resolutions for Colorado’s finest

Half the fun of making New Year's resolutions is the inevitable feeling of relief when we abandon them in mid-March or, let's be honest, late January. This year, instead of setting myself up for failure, I thought it'd be more fun to help out some of Colorado's finest with their goals for 2017.

Russia calls US move to better arm Syrian rebels a ‘hostile act’, attempt to influence Trump

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The Force Has Left the Building: ‘BradCast’ 12/27/2016

Guest host Nicole Sandler with former CIA analyst and Air America Radio host Jack Rice, who disputes Ray McGovern's assessment of claims that Russia hacked the U.S. election... It's a very white Christmas for many on the right, as 'PDiddie' finds in this year's collection of Holiday toons... Guest: Daniel Nichanian on proactive, state-by-state measures Dems can and must take to expand voting rights; And much more!... Freakishly hot Arctic; New Obama drilling bans; Climate change juiced extreme events: NOAA; Trump voters support carbon regulation; PLUS : Solar now world's cheapest energy... Also: NC's brazen GOP coup a model for nation, and Obama's last ditch efforts to save the planet from Trump... High lead levels in 1000s of towns; Water safe again in Corpus Christi; Int.

Op-ed: Nothing sweet about Mayor Kenney’s soda tax

Mayor Kenney's plan to add a tax of 1.5 cents per ounce on sugary beverages sold in the city is a very sour deal for low- and middle-income Philadelphians and would have dire consequences for the long-suffering citizenry. This atrocious, punitive tax is supposed to take effect this Sunday, Jan. 1, but we the people with common sense simply can't allow it to happen.

A look back at 2016

The year 2016 is almost in the history books, and some happenings in the Northeast could fill at least a chapter. From politics to crime to schools to business and other areas, plenty happened this year.

U.S. appeals court revives Clinton email suit

In a new legal development on the controversy over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's emails, an appeals court on Tuesday reversed a lower court ruling and said two U.S. government agencies should have done more to recover the emails. The ruling from Judge Stephen Williams, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, revives one of a number of legal challenges involving Clinton's handling of government emails when she was secretary of state from 2009 to 2013.

Trump supporter who insulted Obamas says it was a ‘mistake’

A businessman who co-chaired the Trump campaign in New York state said Tuesday his recent derogatory statements about President Barack Obama and his wife weren't meant for publication but were nevertheless "inappropriate" and a "mistake." Carl Paladino said he intended his email response to a weekly alternative publication's survey to only go to a couple friends, not the newspaper.

High-Ranking Defector Outlines North Korea’s Intent To Go Nuclear In 2017

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un guides the multiple-rocket launching drill of women's sub-units under KPA Unit 851, in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency April 24, 2014. REUTERS/KCNA North Korea is "racing ahead with nuclear development after setting up a plan to develop it at all costs by the end of 2017," Thae Yong-ho, formerly a diplomat at the North Korean Embassy in London, said at a press conference, reports Yonhap News Agency.

Russia Calls U.S. Move To More Easily Arm Syrian Rebels A ‘Hostile Act’

Syrians walk over rubble of damaged buildings, while carrying their belongings, as they flee clashes between government forces and rebels in Tariq al-Bab and al-Sakhour neighborhoods of eastern Aleppo towards other rebel held besieged areas of Aleppo, Syria November 28, 2016. REUTERS/Abdalrhman Ismail/File Photo Moscow accused the U.S. Tuesday of a "hostile act" for taking action to more easily arm the Syrian rebels, Reuters reported Russia Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova as saying.

Chicago Sees Year-End Shooting Surge


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More than sixty people were shot - a dozen of them fatally - over the Christmas weekend in Chicago. Seven people were shot and killed on Christmas Day - eclipsing the holiday total for the past three years combined, according to The Chicago Tribune .

The Dead People Are Being Buried Under My Lawn


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Social Media lets you be exposed to just how miserably weird people are. I'm not one who thinks it's wrong to speak ill of the dead, especially when it comes to politicians and other people who, in life, had massive amounts of power over the lives of other people.

Illegal Aliens rush to border as Obama sets new record


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A huge influx of illegal aliens are rushing to enter the United States before incoming Trump administration can put more restrictive border controls into place. Since Election Day, the influx of unaccompanied minors and families in the company of children has set new records, according to the Federation on American Immigration Reform -- a nonprofit that advocates border security and immigration reform.

Trump revealed the impotence of celebrities

Donald Trump Trump revealed the impotence of celebrities Washington Post to add more than 60 journalists in 2017 GOP rep Duffy considering Senate run in 2018: report MORE 's lack of star power at his inauguration on January 20th, here's a telling story from the campaign to look back on. The date was November 5, just three days before the election.

Obama’s shameful parting shot at Israel

The United Nations stooped to a new low last week, passing a Security Council resolution with the transparent goal of delegitimizing Israel and damaging the prospects for a lasting negotiated peace with the Palestinians. The Obama administration's decision to abstain, allowing the UN's highest body to condemn Israel in such harsh and biased terms, declare settlements an illegal obstacle to peace, and call the eternal capital of the Jewish people "occupied," is unprecedented and dangerous.

GOP adviser died of overdose

Republican media adviser R. Gregory Stevens, who was found dead in the Beverly Hills, Calif., home of actress Carrie Fisher on Feb. 26, died of an overdose of cocaine and the painkiller OxyContin, according to the Los Angeles County coroner's office. A spokeswoman at the coroner's office read to The Washington Times portions of the report, which was completed Friday.

Abe, Obama make Pearl Harbour pilgrimage

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and US President Barack Obama were to make a joint pilgrimage to the site of the Pearl Harbour attack on Tuesday to celebrate "the power of reconciliation." Japan's PM Shinzo Abe and Defence Minister Tomomi Inada receive a briefing from Dr John Byrd , Defence POW/MIA Accounting Agency laboratory senior manager, on the identification process at Joint Base Pearl Harbour-Hickam in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Today in History: December 27

On Dec. 27, 1904, James Barrie's play "Peter Pan: The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up" opened at the Duke of York's Theater in London. In 1927, the musical play "Show Boat," with music by Jerome Kern and libretto by Oscar Hammerstein II, opened at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York.

Will Trump drop populism like a bad habit?

President-elect Donald Trump waves to members of the media after a meeting with military leaders at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Fla., on Dec. 21. Disdain for Beltway insiders and suspicion that the rich have the system rigged were at the heart of President-elect Donald Trump's campaign. He correctly perceived how badly Hillary Clinton's conflicts, courting of Wall Street and corruption would turn off voters.

Abbas eyes Paris summit after UN slams Israeli settlements

The Palestinian president said Tuesday that he hopes an upcoming Mideast conference in France will set a timetable for independence after the U.N. delivered a harsh rebuke over the construction of Israeli settlements in lands claimed by the Palestinians. Israel is meanwhile advancing plans for thousands of new homes in east Jerusalem despite the U.N. Security Council resolution.

Obama Boasts of Third Term: I Could Have Won

President Barack Obama believes he could have won a third term in office, if given the opportunity, telling former adviser David Axelrod that he would have been able to mobilize the majority of voters around his vision for America. "What I would argue is, is that the culture actually did shift, that the majority does buy into the notion of a one America that is tolerant and diverse and open and and full of energy and dynamism," Obama said.

Sean Spicer: Tweeting Will Be ‘Really Exciting Part’ of Trump’s Presidency

President-elect Donald Trump will continue to tweet after Inauguration Day, because "he has this direct pipeline in the American people, where he can talk back and forth," incoming White House press secretary Sean Spicer told Rhode Island news station WPRI. "I think that his use of social media is gonna be something that's never been seen before," Spicer said, adding that Trump's engagement with supporters via social media will be "a really exciting part of the job."

Anti-Abortion Groups Hoping Trump Takes Tough Action on Day One

Anti-abortion groups are looking for President-elect Donald Trump to start toughening abortion policies as soon as he takes office, The Hill reports. Until Trump makes his choice to fill the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court, there are other areas where he can start making his mark on abortion policy, according to the website.

Huckabee: UN Trying to Push Israel Into a ‘Suicide Pact’

With its resolution on Israel, the United Nations is attempting to push Israel into "accepting borders that would essentially be a suicide pact," and the Obama administration was most likely behind the vote, former Gov. Mike Huckabee said Tuesday. "Silence is agreement, and by the U.S. being silent and abstaining [from the vote], they did agree to it, and I think they helped orchestrate it," Huckabee, a strong advocate of Israel, told Fox News' "Fox & Friends" program.

Israel plans more settlements; Abbas looks to Paris summit

A Palestinian shepherd poses for a picture as he stands on the back of his donkey, near the Israeli settlement of Argaman, in the Jordan Valley, a strip of West Bank land along the border with Jordan, Monday, Dec. 26, 2016. less A Palestinian shepherd poses for a picture as he stands on the back of his donkey, near the Israeli settlement of Argaman, in the Jordan Valley, a strip of West Bank land along the border with Jordan, Monday, ... more Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu holds a doughnut during the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2016.

Obama, Japana s Abe to seek reconciliation at Pearl Harbor

Putting 75 years of resentment behind them, the leaders of the United States and Japan are coming together at Pearl Harbor for a historic pilgrimage to the site where the bloodshed of the surprise attacks drew America into World War II. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit Tuesday with President Barack Obama is powerful proof that the former enemies have transcended the recriminatory impulses that weighed down relations after the war, Japan's government has said.

The Predictable Perfidy Of Obama

Yesterday I pointed out how Samantha Power had deliberately misquoted Reagan to back up her heartfelt desire to destroy Israel. It's worth remembering how fervently she hoped that one day America could invade Israel to "protect" her chosen people.

Whole Foods’ – Cultural Appropriation’ of the Chopped-Cheese…

There is, in the parts of New York City above 125th Street, something called the chopped-cheese sandwich, or, as one local calls it, the drug-dealer sandwich. As a former resident of the South Bronx who was before that a Philadelphia resident, I will let you in on a little secret: The chopped-cheese sandwich is a knock-off of the Philly cheesesteak sandwich, which is itself - how to put this gently? - garbage food.

Obama, Japan’s Abe to seek reconciliation at Pearl Harbor

Putting 75 years of resentment behind them, the leaders of the United States and Japan are coming together at Pearl Harbor for a historic pilgrimage to the site where the bloodshed of the surprise attacks drew America into World War II. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit Tuesday with President Barack Obama is powerful proof that the former enemies have transcended the recriminatory impulses that weighed down relations after the war, Japan's government has said.

Israel says ‘reducing’ ties with nations over UN vote

Israel's foreign ministry said Tuesday the country was "reducing" ties with nations that voted for last week's UN Security Council resolution demanding a halt to settlement building in Palestinian territory. Refuting reports that ties had been suspended, foreign ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon said in a message to journalists that Israel was "temporarily reducing" visits and work with embassies, without providing further details.

Abe to visit Pearl Harbor today

Japanese Prime Minister Shizo Abe laid wreaths at various cemeteries and memorials Monday ahead of a visit to the site of the 1941 bombing that plunged the United States into World War II. Abe landed at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam and then headed to National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, where he laid a wreath.

Photo credit: Douliery Olivier/Sipa Usa Usa/Newscom

President Barack Obama meets with President-elect Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House on Thursday in their first public step toward a transition of power November 10, 2016 in Washington, D.C. Photo credit: Douliery Olivier/Sipa USA USA/Newscom Barack Obama told his former adviser and campaign manager, David Axelrod, that he could have beaten Donald Trump had the president been able to run again in 2016. The Washington Post reports on Obama's appearance on Axelrod's podcast.

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President-elect Donald Trump criticized the United Nations on Monday, claiming it has "such great potential" that itA s not meeting. In a Monday afternoon tweet, Trump said the U.N. "is just a club for people to get together, talk and have a good time."

Obama Says He Would Have Won A Third Term Had He Run

President Barack Obama, joined by first lady Michelle Obama, thanks service members and their families at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, in Kaneohe Bay, Christmas Day. In an interview released Monday, President Barack Obama expressed confidence that he would have won the 2016 election had it been possible for him to seek a third term.

Trumps pick for ambassador to Israel sparks hot debate

If President-elect Donald Trump wanted to show he planned to obliterate President Barack Obama's approach to Israel, he might have found his man to deliver that message in David Friedman, his pick for U.S. ambassador. The bankruptcy lawyer and son of an Orthodox rabbi is everything Obama is not: a fervent supporter of Israeli settlements, opponent of Palestinian statehood and unrelenting defender of Israel's government.

Slain man’s family hits the streets on his birthday

The children were found disheveled with dirt, animal hair, urine and feces in their clothing and encrusted into their skin, according to court paperwork. The children were found disheveled with dirt, animal hair, urine and feces in their clothing and encrusted into their skin, according to court paperwork.

California teens rescued after boat capsizes in Florida Keys

Three stranded teenage boys from California called 911 and calmly sat atop a capsized boat before being rescued from waters off the Florida Keys, authorities said Wednesday. By MARIA ZAMUDIO For The Associated Press Newly widowed, Kay McCowen quit her job, sold her house, applied for Social Security and retired to Mexico.

Obama, Japan’s Abe decry ‘horrors of war’ at Pearl Harbor

The leaders of Japan and the United States sought to remind the world that even the most bitter enemies can become allies, during a historic pilgrimage to the hallowed waters of Pearl Harbor. Seventy-five years after Japan's surprise attack, Abe and President Barack Obama peered down Tuesday at the rusting wreckage of the USS Arizona, clearly visible in the tranquil, teal water.

a Senate Dems Condemn Obamaa

Some Senate Democrats have issued scathing statements against President Barack Obama and his administration's decision to break with longstanding tradition to veto anti-Israel resolutions, choosing, instead, to abstain from voting in a United Nations Security Council vote. The vote called for a halt to Israeli construction in the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem.

Japanese prime minister lays wreaths at Hawaii cemeteries

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe laid wreaths at various cemeteries and memorials Monday ahead of a visit to the site of the 1941 bombing that plunged the United States into World War II. Abe landed at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam and then headed to National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, where he laid a wreath.

The Latest: Barack and Michelle Obama dining out in Honolulu

President Barack Obama laughs with his daughter Malia as they eat shave ice in front of Island Snow Hawaii in Kailua, Hawaii, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016, during the first family's annual vacation. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are having dinner with friends at a high-end restaurant in Honolulu.

Optimism abounds for ’17

NEW YORK Emotionally wrenching politics, foreign conflicts and shootings at home took a toll on Americans in 2016, but they are entering 2017 on an optimistic note, according to a new poll that found a majority believes things are going to get better for the country next year.

Indiana’s vouchers wow GOP

Indiana lawmakers originally promoted the state's school voucher program as a way to make good on America's promise of equal opportunity, offering children from poor and lower-middle-class families an escape from public schools that failed to meet their needs.

Obama confident he could have won the White House again

Obama, who ends his second and final term in office in just over three weeks, said he believes the American public still supports his progressive vision, despite having voted for Trump President Barack Obama. Photo/AFP President Barack Obama says he could have been reelected for a third term and that the nation still largely embraces his political vision despite last month's election of Donald Trump to succeed him.

Airport flight instructor in Ohio plans drone training forum

A flight instructor at a small airport in northern Ohio is planning a seminar next month for people interested in drones as a hobby of for commercial uses. The class at the Fremont Airport on Jan. 14 will focus on helping drone operator pass a test that's required by the Federal Aviation Administration for drones weighing a half-pound or more.

Donald Trump says United Nations is ‘just a club for people to have a good time’

SWAT teams dispatched, families flee from 'gunfire' and dozens are arrested... all for the sake of a few holiday bargains: Massive brawls break out at malls across the country packed with shoppers Frantic search for actress, 46, after she vanishes en route to Christmas Day dinner and a mystery man is spotted driving her car a day later How long can you REALLY keep your leftovers? Experts reveal how carving meat off the bone, adding salt to your eggs and storing cakes in the freezer could make your meals last months Senior Facebook engineer is arrested for 'responding to an ad posted by an undercover cop posing as 15-year-old girl offering sex for cash' Japan's prime minister pays his respects at Punchbowl cemetery after arriving in Hawaii for his historic Pearl Harbor visit - but don't expect an apology Bikini-clad Ivanka Trump and shirtless husband Jared enjoy a Four Seasons family ... (more)

Grading My 2016 Forecasts

It's good practice to look back at your previous forecasts and see how you have done. This isn't always a fun exercise if you do it honestly, but it helps keep you humble and should make you do better in the future.

Citizens’ Voice

"A sanctuary city is ridiculous. An illegal alien is an illegal alien. After all this talk about immigration, to condone illegal aliens is just stupid.

PA Governor Wolf to Face 2017 Challenges

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf will head into 2017 with perhaps even bigger challenges than his first two years in office. Meanwhile, Pennsylvania state government's post-recession deficit looks as bad as ever and fear is rife in the Capitol that 2017 will bring a second drawn-out budget stalemate.

Lack of American Leadership,’ – Unconscionable’: At Least 15 Senate…

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power addresses the U.N. Security Council on December 23, 2016 after the U.S. abstention allowed passage of a resolution condemning Israel for settlement activity in disputed territory. Republican lawmakers unsurprisingly slammed a U.N. Security Council resolution condemning Israel and the Obama administration's decision to allow it to pass, but almost one-third of the Democratic caucus in the U.S. Senate 15 of the 46 senators have also come out publicly since Friday against the move.