2017: Good Riddance to Bad Rubbish

The great thing about New Year's Eve is that we can all briefly pretend like next year will be better. Drinking allows that to be possible I guess. Also, stay off the roads tonight. It's amateur hour out there.

Trump Embarrasses White House Staff With NY Times Interview

After I returned home from New York to see my family for the holidays in my first weeklong vacation in almost four years , I read some of Trump's insane interview with Michael Schmidt from The New York Times at Mar-A-Lago, and it was truly terrifying. Can you imagine any president of the U.S. conducting an interview with a major news service where none of his aides or staffers were present or even knew it was happening? As word trickled back to the White House, advisers worked to reach the president, with Trump's personal aide interrupting at one point to hand him a cellphone with White House communications director Hope Hicks on the line; she checked in on the interview from afar.

Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy VINDICATED after federal judge declares…

Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy has long claimed he was wronged by the Obama administration's overly aggressive prosecution of him and his family in 2014 over his refusal to pay bogus grazing fees he said he never owed. As reported by The Daily Caller , court documents unsealed last week provide details about how a team of prosecutors assigned to convict Bundy and his sons Ammon and Ryan, along with family friend Ryan W. Payne, following an armed standoff near their Nevada ranch failed to hand over exculpatory evidence to a federal court.

Here are the most important, but CENSORED, news stories of 2017

Professional journalism took a major hit this past year as one establishment media outlet after another became afflicted with Trump Derangement Syndrome and spent the better part of the past 12 months manufacturing one story after another . Normal confirmation of information through multiple, independent sources was one of the biggest casualties of the year as networks and newspapers like CNN , the Washington Post , The New York Times , Politico , and the networks - ABC News in particular - were duped time and again into running with Deep State information about President Donald J. Trump and his administration that turned out to be patently and demonstrably false.

The Long Knives Come Out for Devin Nunes

The #Resistance tried to take House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes out once before with at totally spurious ethics charge. Now he's back with a vengeance and the Washington Post is again involved in the effort to stop him.

Not much hope for California’s U.S. Senate race with choices like these

If the 2018 U.S. Senate race in California proceeds as expected, voters will ultimately have their pick of incumbent Sen. Dianne Feinstein or state Senate Leader Kevin de Len. With that set of choices, voters will have the misfortune of having to choose between an incumbent whose re-election bid most think will be a "bad thing" for California, according to a Berkeley IGS poll, and an opponent whose name 43 percent don't recognize and of those who do only a minority like him, according to a Sextant Strategies & Research/Capitol Weekly poll of 1,554 likely voters.

Trump Offers New Year’s Eve Message

President Donald Trump capped 2017 on Sunday with a video self-tribute touching on what he sees as the high points of his achievements and rhetoric from his first year in office. He gave a plug to American exceptionalism, too.

Chief Justice says courts will take a closer look at sexual harassment

U.S. Supreme Court Justices, including Chief Justice John Roberts , arrive in the House chamber prior to U.S. President Barack Obama's final State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress in Washington January 12, 2016. REUTERS/Evan Vucci/Pool WASHINGTON -- Chief Justice John Roberts used his annual report on the federal judiciary Sunday to promise a careful evaluation of its sexual misconduct policies and to highlight the work of court employees following the year's Roberts touched only briefly on the issue of workplace sexual misconduct , which has in recent months brought down men in entertainment, politics and the media.

Travel ban case likely to end up before Supreme Court in 2018

The Supreme Court already has heard major cases on gay and First Amendment rights and police searches, and the justices are likely to add a momentous case about presidential power to their list early in the new year. With President Trump's travel ban policy once again before the high court, legal analysts predict the justices will agree to speed the case onto their docket in 2018, setting up a ruling by the end of June.

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Brilliant-brilliant-brilliant. With a single tweet, Donald Trump has forcefully pushed Democrats into a corner and likely secured a full victory for plans for a new wall on the nation's southern border.

ND to track medical pot from ‘seed to sale’ to keep drugs out of wrong hands

North Dakota's entry into medical marijuana will require establishing a monitoring system that will enable officials to track the product from seed to final sale. It will have to account for medical marijuana that initially will be grown at up to two operations and distributed through up to eight dispensaries around the state to an estimated 1,900 patients, which expected to double to about 3,800 for the 2019-21 biennium.

Former Joint Chiefs chairman: Nuclear war with North Korea closer than ever

A former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff warned that President Trump's rhetoric aimed at North Korean likely indicates a more aggressive approach to countering the rogue regime's nuclear weapons program. A former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff warned that President Trump's rhetoric aimed at North Korean likely indicates a more aggressive approach to countering the rogue regime's nuclear weapons program.

Trump offers New Year’s Eve message

President Donald Trump capped 2017 on Sunday with a video self-tribute touching on what he sees as the high points of his achievements and rhetoric from his first year in office. American exceptionalism got a plug, too.

17 in ’17: Trump’s most eye-popping tweetsa oeCan you imagine what the…

From threatening North Korea with nuclear annihilation and Mexico with a military invasion to taunting his critics and undermining members of his own Cabinet, Trump has used Twitter in ways that have riled Washington and unnerved America's allies. While his staff and Republican leaders have pleaded with him to rein in his Twitter use, Trump insists it lets him speak directly to Americans by bypassing "biased" news outlets.

Domestic disputes are the most deadly calls for cops

Sunday morning's deadly domestic dispute call outside of Denver may not surprise police or those who study dangers to law enforcement officers. One officer was killed in Douglas County, Colorado, and four other deputies plus two civilians were shot in the domestic disturbance at an apartment complex.

Georgia woman caught in racist rant at Dollar Tree

Pictured: Sheriff's deputy killed by gunman who fired 100 ROUNDS in 'ambush attack' that left four other cops and two civilians injured in New Year's Eve tragedy near Denver Police arrest man found with an arsenal of weapons on the top floor of a Houston hotel on New Year's Eve - in chilling echo of the Vegas massacre - just hours before a huge 'ball drop' party was set to take place below Palestinians remove their envoy from Washington in protest after President Trump proclaims Jerusalem to be the capital of Israel and plans to move U.S. embassy there Are you an energetic horse or a lonely pig? Feng Shui expert reveals what 2018 has in store for YOU - according to the Chinese Zodiac Man, 34, is arrested for giving unwanted massage to a boy, 13, as they waited at an airport luggage carousel before handing him money to say 'thank you' Dramatic video captures massive 40 car pile-up as ... (more)

Consultant: Dems need luck to win 8th Congressional District

Political consultants say Democrats running for a Phoenix-area congressional seat vacated by Republican Trent Franks' resignation amid allegations of sexual harassment face an uphill climb due to the GOP's strong registration edge and their own party's likely focus on other Arizona races. The Arizona Capitol Times reports Dr. Hiral Tipirneni, an emergency room physician, and Brianna Westbrook, a transgender woman working in the automotive industry, are in the running to replace Franks in the 8th Congressional District special election.

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Former Democratic National Committee chairman Ed Rendell says if former Vice President Joe Biden runs against President Trump in 2020 he would "win overwhelmingly." In an interview with New YorkA s AM 970 radio host John Catsimatidis, Rendell said Biden is the DemocratsA "superstar" and has a real chance of winning in 2020.

Why Defense Secretary Jim Mattis Doesn’t Carry Challenge Coins:…

Iran protests: 'Iron fist' threatened if unrest continues - Iran's Revolutionary Guards have warned anti-government protesters they will face the nation's "iron fist" if political unrest continues. - Three days of demonstrations over falling living standards have become the biggest show Iran blocks Instagram and Telegram apps, warns protesters will 'pay the price' for unrest - ISTANBUL - Iran on Sunday blocked Instagram and the messaging app Telegram, official media reported, after three days of escalating anti-government unrest.

Does the White Working Class Really Vote Against Its Own Interests?

Iran protests: 'Iron fist' threatened if unrest continues - Iran's Revolutionary Guards have warned anti-government protesters they will face the nation's "iron fist" if political unrest continues. - Three days of demonstrations over falling living standards have become the biggest show Iran blocks Instagram and Telegram apps, warns protesters will 'pay the price' for unrest - ISTANBUL - Iran on Sunday blocked Instagram and the messaging app Telegram, official media reported, after three days of escalating anti-government unrest.

Ohio’s move to toss inactive voters from rolls goes to court

Joseph Helle was expecting a different sort of reception when he returned home from Army tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and showed up to vote in his small Ohio town near Lake Erie. His name was missing from the voting rolls in 2011, even though Helle had registered to vote before leaving home at 18 and hadn't changed his address during his military service.

Va. man accused of obstructing terrorism probe

Federal authorities arrested and charged a Sterling, Virginia, man with attempting to obstruct a terrorism investigation on Friday, accusing him of acting in a manner that was "indicative of an individual planning and researching how to conduct an attack," according to records filed in federal court. The filing says Sean Andrew Duncan, who moved to Sterling from western Pennsylvania in June, had owned a phone that revealed prolific research into materials relating to the Islamic State, terrorist attacks, weapons, surveillance tactics and body armor.

Ex-Clinton aide hangs Trump ‘cheerleader’ out to…

The former head of the Republican Party in South Carolina ran into a buzzsaw during an MSNBC appearance on Sunday afternoon when he tried to dismiss the bombshell report about a former Trump adviser bragging about having dirt on Hillary Clinton in early 2016, which set in motion a U.S. intelligence investigation. Saturday afternoon, the New York Times reported that Trump adviser George Papadopoulos drunkenly boasted to an Australian diplomat about having information on the former Secretary of State in March of 2016 -with the Australians turning around and alerting U.S. authorities.

Do You Still Think Al Franken Is Leaving the Senate? Well

How many people were predicting that Minnesota Senator Al Franken was bluffing, when he gave his angry speech, announcing his departure from the Senate? Following his announcement, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton appointed his Lt. Governor Tina Smith to take Franken's place, but many saw Franken's announcement as a ploy.

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County health officials said six more deaths were reported this week, as were 3,873 confirmed cases of the illness. At this time in 2016, only four deaths were attributed to the virus, they said Wednesday.

Golden State Warriors coach: ‘Our core values’ as a nation…

Iran protests: 'Iron fist' threatened if unrest continues - Iran's Revolutionary Guards have warned anti-government protesters they will face the nation's "iron fist" if political unrest continues. - Three days of demonstrations over falling living standards have become the biggest show How Can Trump Help Iran's Protesters? Be Quiet.

Trump versus the FBI

The attempt to tease, weave and develop a narrative against President Donald J. Trump over a Russian connection began almost immediately after his victory in November last year. This was meant to be institutional oversight and probing, but in another sense, it was also intended to be an establishment's cry of hope to haul the untenable and inconceivable before some process.

A Bowl of Snow

From a mountain top bright with snow I watch the peasants plant rice below. Like motes in a bleary eye or black counters on a go board they shift position as the day unfolds.

collective neurosis

Several of his poems have been published as Saturday Poems in the Pittsburgh- Post Gazette and the Thomas Merton Center of Pittsburgh has published several of his poems in NewPeople.

Cost of War

Penny for you thought Nickel for your soul The band is tuning the instruments Bass drum banging, boom boom boom Our saxophonist refuses to repent For touching the violinist When alone in the practice room They are practicing patriotic melodies Star Spangle Banner America the Beautiful God Save the Queen? Such madness this must be a dream Or to the aware A nightmare At half time the band marches forth As one we rise to stand To salute Old Glory for all it's worth The land of the free! Remember the Maine and all that pain But forget Wounded Knee To Hell with Nat Turner and don't examine slavery Don't dare whisper out the Liberty Damn the British! Damn the Spanish! Damn the Mexicans! Damn the Indians! Damn the Kaiser! Damn the Japs! Dams those Nazis Damn them Reds Damn the Arabs! Damn the entire world except for me! They just hate our liberty Damn supposed to forget that ship And I let it ... (more)

Good Grace Watchmen

You come to me like the wind As I see your proudest achievement A place where you can lack all shame This is the message she sends A friend's sadness I hear now on my way But the rain is too much to stop Through summer you had to keep it If true love is not of the mundane What does this say about the Sanctity of life? The fact I can only feel it when I think of your name Now I think of war The place for order in this scheme The shadow of nuclear death is ever present I, and my great wise friends propose That the solution is in community This is a modern adaptation of Aristotle's politics Applied to the wider arena Liam Hutchinson is a poet from Bath in the United Kingdom.

Gloaming Lilies

Ginger root lying on a brown paper sack Can liberty and justice win our country back? Praying for my life not to be As useless as a plastic bag tangled a stream. As a walk through the woods Or as a ship on the sea Visions fearful but beautiful Speak comfort to me.

Lovely War

I promise to never leave you and I know you'll do the same, I feel as though I need you, my strange pleasure, my lovely pain. I was a teen when you came into my life, uninvited like a lunging pike.

Aliud actatis annum iam sole

Before our birth it deigned to shine to lend life worth both mine and thine. Dr T.P. Wilkinson writes, teaches History and English, directs theatre and coaches cricket between the cradles of Heine and Saramago.

Focus, Discipline, Craft

Some days, you nail it hard and true to the waiting pagea almost taking off your own fingers with the force of the mental hammer-swing. On other occasions, it's like wresting an inner snake, who's fighting with all of its might from inching out slowly into the revealing outside light.

The Cygnus and the Rebel

Daniel Jakopovich is a writer, researcher, vegan abolitionist and a peace campaigner. He was the founder and editor of the Novi Plamen journal for peace studies, politics and culture , and was a guest lecturer in Politics, Political Economy and Sociology at the University of Cambridge and at several other universities.

Wisconsin to end pesticide spraying program

Wisconsin is reducing its efforts to slow the spread of the leaf-eating gypsy moth by preparing to end a program that helps fight localized outbreaks in already infested parts of the state. The state Department of Natural Resources is ending the aerial pesticide spraying program because of a decline in requests from local communities and because of growing private-sector alternatives to federally subsidized spraying.

Bernstein: Trump presidency characterized by his lies

"There's no reason to believe almost anything Donald Trump says," Bernstein told CNN's "State of the Union" when asked about the administration's promise not to fire special counsel "Because what we know is that the president of the United States and his presidency is characterized above all else by the lying of the president of the United States." Trump said earlier this month that he is not considering firing Mueller, who is leading the probe into Russia's election meddling and any potential ties between Trump campaign staff members and the Kremlin.

Kelly: Trump doesn’t ask ‘how other presidents did this’

Donald John Trump House Democrat slams Donald Trump Jr. for 'serious case of amnesia' after testimony Skier Lindsey Vonn: I don't want to represent Trump at Olympics Poll: 4 in 10 Republicans think senior Trump advisers had improper dealings with Russia MORE remains "fairly unconventional" after a year in office, noting he rarely asks how other presidents have made decisions in the past. "The norms and conventions are exactly what he ran against and, in his view, are why we're in the fix we're in.

Ruling but no resolution on which teen killers merit parole

Nearly two years after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that prison inmates who killed as teenagers are capable of change and may deserve eventual freedom, the question remains unresolved: Which ones should get a second chance? Now the ruling - which came in the case of a 71-year-old Louisiana inmate still awaiting a parole hearing - is being tested again in that same state, where prosecutors have moved in recent months to keep about 1 in 3 former juvenile offenders locked up for the rest of their lives.

Top 10 best things of

As we approach the end of President Donald Trump's first year in office, the list of extraordinary things he has done -- for both good and ill -- is nothing short of remarkable. Trump inspires such deep emotions in his critics and supporters that many have struggled to objectively assess his presidency.

Top 10 best things of

As we approach the end of President Donald Trump's first year in office, the list of extraordinary things he has done -- for both good and ill -- is nothing short of remarkable. Trump inspires such deep emotions in his critics and supporters that many have struggled to objectively assess his presidency.

High school issue a test for new council

WITH THE new City Council wasting no time reversing course on the Lowell High School project, the two remaining pro-Cawley Stadium councilors will have to decide quickly what their role in the process will be. Councilor Rodney Elliott has said on several occasions that, while he was disappointed by the results of the November election, he must respect the will of the voters.

High school issue a test for new council

WITH THE new City Council wasting no time reversing course on the Lowell High School project, the two remaining pro-Cawley Stadium councilors will have to decide quickly what their role in the process will be. Councilor Rodney Elliott has said on several occasions that, while he was disappointed by the results of the November election, he must respect the will of the voters.

Year in Review: Gottheimer Is Building a Wall – of Money

Rep. Josh Gottheimer has raised over $2.2 million ahead of next year's congressional midterm elections, the most of any House candidate running in New Jersey in 2018, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission. Gottheimer, a former speechwriter for President Bill Clinton, was first elected to represent his North Jersey district in 2016, unseating Republican incumbent Scott Garrett in the process.

Ex-Sheriff David Clarke calls reports ofbeing probed by FBI – fake news’

Former Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke lashed out Saturday at what he called the "lying lib media," after multiple reports claimed he was under investigation by the FBI.Clarke dismissed the reports as "fake news." According to the Washington Examiner, several news organizations reported Friday that an FBI search warrant in March allowed the agency to look into Clarke's personal email.Clarke, who resigned as a sheriff in August, tweeted, "BREAKING NEWS! When LYING LIB MEDIA makes up FAKE NEWS to smear me, the ANTIDOTE is go right at them.

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For all the squabbling that social media platforms are notorious for, their relevance to the media landscape plays an important role in times of protest. This was evident with Black Lives Matter, among other movements.

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For all the squabbling that social media platforms are notorious for, their relevance to the media landscape plays an important role in times of protest. This was evident with Black Lives Matter, among other movements.

Yet another candidate seeks Stefanika s seat

The large pool of candidates vying for Rep. Elise M. Stefanik's congressional seat continues to grow as Greenwich Democratic Town Supervisor Sara Idleman announced her decision to run Thursday. “I gave it serious thought and decided I would run and jump in near the first of the year,” Idleman said in a phone interview Thursday afternoon.

Yet another candidate seeks Stefanika s seat

The large pool of candidates vying for Rep. Elise M. Stefanik's congressional seat continues to grow as Greenwich Democratic Town Supervisor Sara Idleman announced her decision to run Thursday. “I gave it serious thought and decided I would run and jump in near the first of the year,” Idleman said in a phone interview Thursday afternoon.

College student dies suddenly on flight home for Christmas

Her last words were her vows: Inspirational breast cancer sufferer, 31, marries in hospital bed ceremony just hours before she dies Pictured: Law firm partner and family man, 58, who shot dead Pamela Anderson's attorney and injured another lawyer at their office holiday party moments after he was fired Mystery as 'very healthy' college student, 18, dies in his sleep on a flight that was taking him home for Christmas Man finds four-year-girl playing alone in the snow in her pajamas... then she leads police to her mother's dead body in their nearby home 'Death to the Ayatollah': Two demonstrators are 'shot dead' in Iran after angry crowds burn down a government building and torch cars as thousands take to streets in biggest revolt since 2009 'Oppressive regimes cannot endure forever': Donald Trump warns Iran the 'world is watching' as he backs the protesters' calls for change 'It is ... (more)

Erica Garner, Activist and Daughter of Eric Garner, Dies at 27

How the Russia Inquiry Began: A Campaign Aide, Drinks and Talk of Political Dirt - WASHINGTON - During a night of heavy drinking at an upscale London bar in May 2016, George Papadopoulos, a young foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign, made a startling revelation to Australia's top diplomat Trump campaign aide prompted Russia investigation in drunken revelation: report - Former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos - reportedly prompted the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election by drunkenly revealing knowledge of Russian opposition research How Can Trump Help Iran's Protesters? Be Quiet.

Sofia Richie out with boyfriend Scott Disick in Colorado

Her last words were her vows: Inspirational breast cancer sufferer, 31, marries in hospital bed ceremony just hours before she dies Pictured: Law firm partner and family man, 58, who shot dead Pamela Anderson's attorney and injured another lawyer at their office holiday party moments after he was fired Mystery as 'very healthy' college student, 18, dies in his sleep on a flight that was taking him home for Christmas Man finds four-year-girl playing alone in the snow in her pajamas... then she leads police to her mother's dead body in their nearby home 'Death to the Ayatollah': Two demonstrators are 'shot dead' in Iran after angry crowds burn down a government building and torch cars as thousands take to streets in biggest revolt since 2009 'Oppressive regimes cannot endure forever': Donald Trump warns Iran the 'world is watching' as he backs the protesters' calls for change 'It is ... (more)

Demi Lovato flaunts pert derriere in racy Instagram snap

Her last words were her vows: Inspirational breast cancer sufferer, 31, marries in hospital bed ceremony just hours before she dies Pictured: Law firm partner and family man, 58, who shot dead Pamela Anderson's attorney and injured another lawyer at their office holiday party moments after he was fired Mystery as 'very healthy' college student, 18, dies in his sleep on a flight that was taking him home for Christmas Man finds four-year-girl playing alone in the snow in her pajamas... then she leads police to her mother's dead body in their nearby home 'Death to the Ayatollah': Two demonstrators are 'shot dead' in Iran after angry crowds burn down a government building and torch cars as thousands take to streets in biggest revolt since 2009 'Oppressive regimes cannot endure forever': Donald Trump warns Iran the 'world is watching' as he backs the protesters' calls for change 'It is ... (more)

Unlikely source propelled Russian meddling inquiry

During a night of heavy drinking at an upscale London bar in May 2016, George Papadopoulos, a young foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign, made a startling revelation to Australia's top diplomat in Britain: Russia had political dirt on Hillary Clinton. About three weeks earlier, Papadopoulos had been told that Moscow had thousands of emails that would embarrass Clinton, apparently stolen in an effort to try to damage her campaign.

After rocky first month, Trump ends first year with strong finish

If President Donald Trump's first month in office was notable for its mixture of chaos and dysfunction, the last month of 2017 showed a constant combatant who had reason to believe that his refusal to back down paid off with passage of a sweeping tax overhaul. Senator Dean Heller reacts as U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a lunch meeting with Senate Republicans to discuss healthcare at the White House in Washington, U.S., July 19, 2017.

Vanity, thy unpresidential name is Donald Trump

President Donald Trump pauses as the media departs after he spoke in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017. The thing Donald Trump does worst in the White House - and there are so many, many things, big and small, that he does poorly - is being presidential.

Ruling but no resolution on which teen killers merit parole

Nearly two years after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that prison inmates who killed as teenagers are capable of change, the question remains unresolved: Which ones deserve a second chance? Now the ruling - in favor of a 71-year-old Louisiana inmate still awaiting a parole hearing - is being tested again in that state, where prosecutors have moved to keep 1 in 3 offenders imprisoned for crimes committed as juveniles locked up for good. "There is no possible way to square these numbers with the directive of the Supreme Court," said Jill Pasquarella, supervising attorney with the Louisiana Center for Children's Rights, which found that district attorneys are seeking to deny parole eligibility to 84 of 255 juvenile life inmates.

When Companies Deny Climate Science, Their Workers Pay

After decades spreading misinformation about greenhouse gas emissions' role as a driver of climate change, the deceptive tactics of the fossil fuel industry are slowly beginning to backfire. In December, for instance, General Electric announced major cuts to its fossil-fuel-heavy power department - and the pain of this unplanned transition is already being felt by the people least responsible for the company's decisions: its workers.

Is criminal justice reform really “poised to take off in 2018”?

The question in the title of this post is prompted by this lengthy Washington Examiner article headlined "Criminal justice reform poised to take off in 2018." Here are excerpts: Criminal justice reform came back with such renewed energy this year after sputtering out in Congress in 2016 that meaningful bipartisan legislation is poised for success in 2018.

2017 political moments sure to melt the heart

But as we close out 2017, it might be good for the soul to take a look back at some of the moments that showcased humor, compassion and the resilience of the human spirit. This bright moment came after one of the most tragic events of the year, when a gunman opened fire on a team of Republican lawmakers practicing for a charity baseball game in June.

Shock new figures reveal hospitals with NO beds spare

'It is terrible for our family': Furious children of Prince Philip aide hit out at Netflix show for false portrayal of their father as a philanderer and reveal they are hiding it from their ailing mother, 94 Pictured: Law firm partner and family man, 58, who shot dead one co-partner and injured another at their Christmas party moments after they told him he was being ousted Five students from one school, an old man of 97 and a mother who confronted a playground bully: Three of the 343 victims of gun crime in blood-soaked Baltimore which is fast becoming murder central Man finds four-year-girl playing alone in the snow in her pajamas... then she leads police to her mother's dead body in their nearby home Would-be thieves are electrocuted by 24,000-volt transformer and DIE inside Detroit lighting facility as they try to steal copper wire 'She could have warned us': Angry residents of ... (more)

Judge Says Pennsylvania Election Districts Give Republicans an Edge,…

Man arrested in 'Call of Duty' 'swatting' hoax that led to fatal police shooting - A 25-year-old California man was arrested in connection to an online quarrel between two "Call of Duty" gamers that prompted a hoax call and led to a man being killed by police in Kansas. Los Angeles man arrested in 'swatting' call that preceded fatal police shooting in Kansas - Los Angeles police arrested a 25-year-old man in a suspected "swatting" hoax 911 call in Kansas that ended in the fatal police shooting of an unarmed man.

Report: Trump DC Hotel employee wrote in email that Trump ‘is…

How the Russia Inquiry Began: A Campaign Aide, Drinks and Talk of Political Dirt - WASHINGTON - During a night of heavy drinking at an upscale London bar in May 2016, George Papadopoulos, a young foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign, made a startling revelation to Australia's top diplomat Trump campaign aide prompted Russia investigation in drunken revelation: report - Former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos - reportedly prompted the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election by drunkenly revealing knowledge of Russian opposition research Police kill a man at his home while responding to a fake call - A prank call to police led to a man's death at a home in Wichita, Kansas - and a man in California has been arrested in connection with the crime.

How Can Trump Help Iran’s Protesters? Be Quiet.

How the Russia Inquiry Began: A Campaign Aide, Drinks and Talk of Political Dirt - WASHINGTON - During a night of heavy drinking at an upscale London bar in May 2016, George Papadopoulos, a young foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign, made a startling revelation to Australia's top diplomat Trump campaign aide prompted Russia investigation in drunken revelation: report - Former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos - reportedly prompted the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election by drunkenly revealing knowledge of Russian opposition research Police kill a man at his home while responding to a fake call - A prank call to police led to a man's death at a home in Wichita, Kansas - and a man in California has been arrested in connection with the crime.

NYCHA let children live in homes they knew were toxic from lead paint …

How the Russia Inquiry Began: A Campaign Aide, Drinks and Talk of Political Dirt - WASHINGTON - During a night of heavy drinking at an upscale London bar in May 2016, George Papadopoulos, a young foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign, made a startling revelation to Australia's top diplomat Trump campaign aide prompted Russia investigation in drunken revelation: report - Former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos - reportedly prompted the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election by drunkenly revealing knowledge of Russian opposition research Police kill a man at his home while responding to a fake call - A prank call to police led to a man's death at a home in Wichita, Kansas - and a man in California has been arrested in connection with the crime.

Was a Drunken Conversation Really All the Probable Cause the FBI…

Today the New York Times ran a piece that could best be described as either "alternative history" or "propaganda" that appears sourced from inside the FBI. The gist of the story is that George Papadopoulos, a guy no one had heard of before his indictment by Robert Mueller on some chickensh** charges of lying to federal investigators started the whole investigation .

MSNBC analyst warns Election Day 2018 will be ‘Judgment Day’ for Republicans

MSNBC analyst - and proud Muslim-American - Dean Obeidallah told Washington Post columnist Jonathan Capehart that the coming "blue wave" of Democratic victories going to be "Judgment Day" for the Republican Party. Obeidallah said that the momentum has been building since the day President Donald Trump was elected, from the Women's March to the #MeToo movement to Democratic victories in Virginia and Alabama .

Kerry Katona’s ex George Kay ‘demands A 20k a month’

'It is terrible for our family': Furious children of Prince Philip aide hit out at Netflix show for false portrayal of their father as a philanderer and reveal they are hiding it from their ailing mother, 94 Pictured: Law firm partner and family man, 58, who shot dead one co-partner and injured another at their Christmas party moments after they told him he was being ousted Five students from one school, an old man of 97 and a mother who confronted a playground bully: Three of the 343 victims of gun crime in blood-soaked Baltimore which is fast becoming murder central Man finds four-year-girl playing alone in the snow in her pajamas... then she leads police to her mother's dead body in their nearby home Would-be thieves are electrocuted by 24,000-volt transformer and DIE inside Detroit lighting facility as they try to steal copper wire 'She could have warned us': Angry residents of ... (more)

Erica Garner, who became outspoken activist after her dad was police chokehold victim, has died

Erica Garner, who became a nationally-known activist against police abuse following her father's death after he was put in a police chokehold, has died following a recent heart attack, her official Twitter site confirmed. She "suffered major brain damage from a lack of oxygen while in cardiac arrest," a family member wrote on Erica Garner's verified Twitter page on Wednesday.

FBI Russia probe helped by Australian diplomat tip-off: NYT

Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos told an Australian diplomat in May 2016 that Russia had political dirt on Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, the New York Times reported on Saturday. Then-Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton at a campaign rally in Raleigh, North Carolina, U.S. November 8, 2016.

Ringo Starr, Barry Gibb Knighted by Queen

The Beatles drummer Ringo Starr and BeeGees co-founder Barry Gibb have been awarded knighthoods by Britain's Queen Elizabeth in her 2018 New Year honors list. 77-year-old Starr, whose real name is Richard Starkey, is the second Beatle to be knighted, 21 years after Paul McCartney.

RightNOW Women PAC Releases

RightNOW Women PAC is proud to support and endorse the following candidates for the 2018 election cycle: Marsha Blackburn , Beth Lindstrom , Carla Nelson , Jenifer Sarver , and Leah Vukmir . I am so grateful to have the support of RightNOW Women PAC, a group that will make a big difference in my race against Senator Elizabeth Warren, " says Beth Lindstrom , Republican candidate for U.S. Senate from Massachusetts.

The big problem with Trumpa s strategy to attack Michael Flynna s credibility: His own mouth

The White House has fired a warning shot in Michael Flynn's direction, with The Post's Carol D. Leonnig reporting that it plans to label him a liar who can't be trusted if he makes claims against it. The strategy isn't that shocking - President Donald Trump seemed to preview it with that fateful tweet, and his lawyers have hinted in this direction too - though it makes it crystal-clear that Trump's loyalty to his former national security adviser is far from absolute.

Australian diplomat’s tip a factor in FBI’s Russia probe

An Australian diplomat's tip, and not a ,dirty dossier, from a former MI6 spy, appears to have triggered FBI probe into Russian meddling in the US election In May 2016, Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos met an Australian diplomat for a night of heavy drinking at a London bar He told Alexander Downer, the Australian high commissioner to the United Kingdom, that Russia had obtained dirt on Hillary Clinton Trump backers have alleged the Russia probe was ignited by a salacious dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele An Australian diplomat's tip, and not a 'dirty dossier' from a former MI6 spy, appears to have helped persuade the FBI to investigate Russian meddling in the US election.

Nursery teacher puts blanket over struggling boy’s FACE

A far cry from Mar-a-Lago! Eerie pictures show the abandoned Donald J. Trump State Park that started out as land for a lavish golf course but ended up dilapidated and virtually worthless Man finds four-year-girl playing alone in the snow in her pajamas... then she leads police to her mother's dead body in their nearby home REVEALED: How 'brash and boastful' Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos prompted FBI's Russia probe 'by drunkenly telling top Australian diplomat that Moscow had dirt on Hillary Clinton' Tongue-in-cheek obituary for lifelong Cleveland Browns fan, 80, says his death was caused by the 'hopeless condition' of his beloved 0-15 team Would-be thieves are electrocuted by 24,000-volt transformer and DIE inside Detroit lighting facility as they try to steal copper wire REVEALED: Parolee arrested over savage quadruple murder 'KNEW the 22-year-old victim who was tied up and ... (more)

Democrats think 2018 will be a good year, but are they realistic…

Los Angeles man arrested in 'swatting' call that preceded fatal police shooting in Kansas - Los Angeles police arrested a 25-year-old man in a suspected "swatting" hoax 911 call in Kansas that ended in the fatal police shooting of an unarmed man. - The LAPD took Tyler Barriss of Los Angeles Iran protests: Government supporters join counter rallies - Crowds of pro-government supporters demonstrated Saturday in Iran after two days of rare anti-government protests which spread to a number of cities.

9 Celebrity feuds of 2017, starring Donald Trump

Whether you relish President Donald Trump's combative style or are overcome with anxiety when he tweets, one thing is clear: Trump never backs down in a feud, and he is not likely to start in 2018. In fact, the celebrity-mogul-turned-President details his fighting philosophy in a chapter called "Revenge" in his 2007 book, "Think Big and Kick Ass in Business and Life."

NYT: Former Trump campaign adviser told Australian diplomat Russia had dirt on Clinton

George Papadopoulos told an Australian diplomat that Russia had "political dirt" on Hillary Clinton in May of last year, a conversation that might have played a role in the FBI's decision to open an investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, according to a report published Saturday. The New York Times reported that Papadopoulos, then a foreign policy adviser to Donald Trump's campaign, was drinking at an upscale London bar when he told Australia's top diplomat in Britain, Alexander Downer, that Russia had political information on Clinton.

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On December 27th CNN Legal Analyst Paul Callen appeared on television to discuss his recent Op-Ed that runs counter to the preferred engineering of CNN executive narrative sellers. Paul Callen had accepted the CNN-echo chambered position that President Trump was making unfounded accusatory statements toward the FBI and Department of Justice.

Don’t Worry, Be Happy

Scorpene power for the Indian Navy PM Narendra Modi commissioned India's first Scorpene class submarine, the INS Kalvari, in Mumbai on December 14. The Scorpene submarine is a class of diesel-electric attack submarines designed by French naval defence and energy company DCNS and is being manufactured by Mazagon Dock Ltd in Mumbai. The submarine can undertake multiple missions, including anti-surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare, intelligence gathering, mine laying and area surveillance.

Top 10 stories in Las Cruces in 2017

Sarah Silva,left, then the executive director of NM CAFe speaks with Las Cruces Police Chief Jaime Montoya, at the intersection of Picacho and North Main Street, about how the group would end the protest and march that started after ICE raids were held eariler in the day. NM CAFe held a press conference which than turned into a march that blocked traffic on multiple intersection in downtown Las Cruces.

Ethics probe casts long shadow as legislators start new year


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The new year brings a resumption of formal sessions on Beacon Hill after about as tumultuous a "recess" that the Legislature has ever seen. Sen. Stan Rosenberg stepped aside as president of the Senate after The Boston Globe reported that several men - some with business before the Legislature - had accused Rosenberg's husband, Bryon Hefner of sexual misconduct.

Personal news

My wife gave birth to our son Benjamin on December 24. That probably means I'll be cutting back on posting in the coming year. I do want to do a couple things, though: namely raise a lot of money and keep reminding everyone what a disaster the Republican tax scam bill is.

If War With North Korea Comes, What Are the U.S. Military’s Most Powerful Weapons?

If a war broke out between the U.S. and North Korea, the U.S. military would have an array of powerful weapons at its disposal that would give it a massive advantage over the rogue state. The U.S. military is ranked number one in the world in terms of overall capabilities, while North Korea's military comes in 23rd place, according to the 2017 ranking of the world's militaries from the Global Firepower Index.

FBI Russia probe helped by Australian diplomat tip-off – NYT

WASHINGTON: Former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos told an Australian diplomat in May 2016 that Russia had political dirt on Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, the New York Times reported on Saturday. The conversation between Papadopoulos and the diplomat, Alexander Downer, in London was a driving factor behind the FBI's decision to open a counter-intelligence investigation of Moscow's contacts with the Trump campaign, the Times reported.

North Korea To US: Get Ready For More Nukes In 2018

North Korean state media celebrated the country's nuclear and ballistic weapons achievements in the face of unprecedented pressure from the U.S. and the international community. "Do not expect any change in its policy," the Korean Central News Agency asserted in a new report titled "No Force Can Prevail over Independence and Justice."

North Korea To US: Get Ready For More Nukes In 2018

North Korean state media celebrated the country's nuclear and ballistic weapons achievements in the face of unprecedented pressure from the U.S. and the international community. "Do not expect any change in its policy," the Korean Central News Agency asserted in a new report titled "No Force Can Prevail over Independence and Justice."

6 story lines to watch on Beacon Hill in 2018

The new year brings a resumption of formal sessions on Beacon Hill after about as tumultuous a "recess" that the Legislature has ever seen. Sen. Stan Rosenberg stepped aside as president of the Senate after The Boston Globe reported that several men - some with business before the Legislature - had accused Rosenberg's husband, Bryon Hefner of sexual misconduct.

6 story lines to watch on Beacon Hill in 2018

The new year brings a resumption of formal sessions on Beacon Hill after about as tumultuous a "recess" that the Legislature has ever seen. Sen. Stan Rosenberg stepped aside as president of the Senate after The Boston Globe reported that several men - some with business before the Legislature - had accused Rosenberg's husband, Bryon Hefner of sexual misconduct.

Erica Garner, who became outspoken activist after her dad was police chokehold victim, has died

Erica Garner, who became a nationally-known activist against police abuse following her father's death after he was put in a police chokehold, has died following a recent heart attack, her official Twitter site confirmed. Garner, 27, had been hospitalized following a heart attack on Dec. 24. She "suffered major brain damage from a lack of oxygen while in cardiac arrest," a family member wrote on Erica Garner's verified Twitter page on Wednesday.

Erica Garner, who became outspoken activist after her dad was police chokehold victim, has died

Erica Garner, who became a nationally-known activist against police abuse following her father's death after he was put in a police chokehold, has died following a recent heart attack, her official Twitter site confirmed. Garner, 27, had been hospitalized following a heart attack on Dec. 24. She "suffered major brain damage from a lack of oxygen while in cardiac arrest," a family member wrote on Erica Garner's verified Twitter page on Wednesday.

No More Free Money to Pakistan: President Trump Cuts Off $255 Million in Military Aid to Pakistan

The monetary aid was denied to the Pakistan government in response to its ineffective action against terrorists and militants on its soil. The Hindustan Times reported: The Trump administration on Friday announced the United States will deny Pakistan military aid amounting to $255 million as it expects Islamabad to take decisive action "against terrorists and militants on its soil".

Senators’ Russia trip scuttled because of ‘black list’

The Russian Embassy says it refused entry to Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, of New Hampshire, because she's on a "black list" created in response to U.S. sanctions. Shaheen and Republican Sens. Ron Johnson, of Wisconsin, and John Barrasso, of Wyoming, planned to travel to Russia in January, but the trip is now canceled.

Senators’ Russia trip scuttled because of ‘black list’

The Russian Embassy says it refused entry to Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, of New Hampshire, because she's on a "black list" created in response to U.S. sanctions. Shaheen and Republican Sens. Ron Johnson, of Wisconsin, and John Barrasso, of Wyoming, planned to travel to Russia in January, but the trip is now canceled.

All Comedy is Conservative:


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There's lots to marvel at in the partial transcript the New York Times released of reporter Michael Schmidt's interview with President Trump yesterday. But I think my favorite part has got to be this little bit about health care: But Michael, I know the details of taxes better than anybody.

Michigan scrambles to address chemical contaminants in water

While the city of Flint still recovers from a lead-tainted water crisis, Michigan is scrambling to combat potential health risks in other tap water that stem from chemicals long used in firefighting, waterproofing, carpeting and other products. Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, have been detected at military bases, water treatment plants and, most recently, an old industrial dump site for footwear company Wolverine World Wide.

Hundreds of new laws to take effect in 2018

It was a big year in the Illinois statehouse with lawmakers ending an historic budget impasse and approving an income tax hike, overhauling how public schools get funding and allowing automatic voter registration. The laws cover numerous topics, including the expansion of taxpayer-funded abortions, celebrating Barack Obama's presidency, allowing tax credits for private school scholarships, criminal justice reforms and a circus-related ban.

Everything you need to know about celebrating New Year’s

PICTURED: Two men arrested over savage quadruple murder appear in court charged with killing a mother, 36, her son, 11, her daughter, 5, and her lesbian lover, 22, who were 'tied up and had their throats slit' Eric Garner's daughter Erica, 27, dies a week after suffering a massive heart attack: Black Lives Matter icon passes away after she was placed in a coma The secret codes doctors use to INSULT their patients right in front of them - and why the lingo harms your health care Stop worrying about mixing drinks: Sticking to one type of booze this New Year's Eve will NOT prevent your hangover Call of Duty player, 25, is arrested for swatting hoax after cops shot his online gaming rival dead because he 'called 911 pretending to be the victim and said he'd shot his father and was holding his mother and brother hostage' 'The alphabet now stops at Y': Best-selling mystery author Sue Grafton ... (more)

Everything you need to know about celebrating New Year’s

PICTURED: Two men arrested over savage quadruple murder appear in court charged with killing a mother, 36, her son, 11, her daughter, 5, and her lesbian lover, 22, who were 'tied up and had their throats slit' Eric Garner's daughter Erica, 27, dies a week after suffering a massive heart attack: Black Lives Matter icon passes away after she was placed in a coma The secret codes doctors use to INSULT their patients right in front of them - and why the lingo harms your health care Stop worrying about mixing drinks: Sticking to one type of booze this New Year's Eve will NOT prevent your hangover Call of Duty player, 25, is arrested for swatting hoax after cops shot his online gaming rival dead because he 'called 911 pretending to be the victim and said he'd shot his father and was holding his mother and brother hostage' 'The alphabet now stops at Y': Best-selling mystery author Sue Grafton ... (more)

In impromptu interview, Trump touches on N. Korea, Russia inquiry and Roy Moore

President Donald Trump said Thursday that he believes Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel in the Russia investigation, will treat him fairly, contradicting some members of his party who have waged a weekslong campaign to try to discredit Mueller and the continuing inquiry. During an impromptu 30-minute interview with The New York Times at his golf club in West Palm Beach, the president did not demand an end to the Russia investigations swirling around his administration, but insisted 16 times that there has been "no collusion" discovered by the inquiry.

Marine Corps Legend ‘Iron Mike’ Mervosh Passes

He impacted hundreds of thousands of Marines. His leadership during his service and after were exemplary," according to , founder of Iwo Jima Flag Raising Monument West, a non-profit to build a new Iwo Jima flag raising monument and memorial site at Mike held the record for longest-serving SNCO in all services: 19 1 2 years.

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President Trump gave an impromptu half-hour interview with the New York Times on Dec. 28. We combed through the transcript and here's a quick roundup of the false, misleading or dubious claims that he made, at a rate of one every 75 seconds. "Virtually every Democrat has said there is no collusion.

Chance The Rapper wants to make film on President Donald Trump

The 'No Problem' hitmaker took to his Twitter account yesterday to pitch a new film idea to fans and potential executives as he explained the plot would revolve around an old iPod and the music on it would change the way the controversial Republican leader - who took over from Barack Obama this year - viewed the world. "President Trump gets an old Ipod for christmas... This is his very first ipod... But not only is it his first Ipod, he's actually never listened to music before in his life.

US appeals court: Feds erred in Hawaii fishery expansion

Federal agencies were wrong to allow Hawaii's longline swordfish industry to expand fishing efforts while allowing the hooking or entangling of more endangered sea turtles, a U.S. appeals court ruled. The panel of judges on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled this week that the National Marine Fisheries Service failed to consider scientific data that showed the loggerhead turtle population would significantly decline when it set limits for the industry.

Candidates opposing Trump foolhardy

Candidates vying to fill the congressional seat that will be vacated by U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa do no service to Hawaii by framing campaigns as opposition to the Trump administration, even if it plays well in this bluest of blue states. Read More

Boko Haram: Saraki lauds US over sale of fighter jets to Nigeria

President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has commended the United States government for its support on Nigeria's bid to defeat the Boko Haram insurgents in the North-east zone through the approval of the sale of A29 Super Tucano fighter jets to the Nigerian Air Force. Saraki was responding to Wednesday announcement by the Nigeria Air Force that the US Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Stuart Symington had presented Letters of Offer and Acceptance which represents the official American government's offer to sell defence articles and services to Nigeria during a visit to Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Sidique Abubakar.

What Russian Journalists Uncovered About Russian Election Meddling


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Much of what we learned came from American journalists, who brought us revelation after revelation about how the Kremlin meddled in the presidential election. Through these reporters' domestic sources-in the White House, Congress, and the intelligence community-we learned how Russians bought Facebook ads aimed at sowing division; how Russian government agencies hacked the Democratic National Committee and congressional races ; how Russians loosely affiliated with the Kremlin reached out to the Trump campaign ; and how the Kremlin turned the popular Kaspersky Labs anti-virus software into a spying tool.

Time to Give Clinton’s Server Technician the Mueller Treatmentby…

Alas, when a year passes, a mothballed prosecutor finds himself thinking about the statute of limitations. As 2018 beckons, it has me thinking about Paul Combetta - the Platte River Networks technician who used the "BleachBit" program to destroy thousands of Hillary Clinton's emails when they were under congressional subpoena and preservation orders.

We laughed. We cried. This is what we read most in 2017.

Go figure: The storyline of Donald Trump's first year in office was eclipsed by those of a kiss cam, a diet trend, a dead elk and well, an actual eclipse. In fact, lunar events and Trump's whirlwind presidency both cracked our list of top-read stories twice, the only topics to take multiple spots.

US military to accept transgender recruits from Jan 1

Washington, Dec 30 : The Pentagon has said it will begin accepting transgender military recruits on Monday, after President Donald Trump's administration decided not to appeal a court order blocking his ban. The Department of Justice announced on Friday it would delay challenging the stay on President Trump's transgender ban before the Supreme Court, the Hill magazine reported.

Trump on Iran: ‘Time for change!’

President Donald Trump on Monday morning continued his daily tweets on the deadly protests in Iran, calling for change to an autocratic system there that he says is rife with repression and corruption. "Iran is failing at every level despite the terrible deal made with them by the Obama Administration," Trump wrote.

Nearly half of Puerto Rico clients still without power

Puerto Rico authorities said Friday that nearly half of power customers in the U.S. territory still lack electricity more than three months after Hurricane Maria. Officials said 55 percent of the nearly 1.5 million customers have power, marking the first time the government has provided that statistic since the Category 4 storm hit on Sept.

Trump lays out immigration deal demands

Washington, Dec 30 - US President Donald Trump has said that there will be no deal to protect hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants from deportation without funding to build a wall along the US-Mexico border, the media reported. The Democrats have been told, and fully understand, that there can be no DACA without the desperately needed wall at the Southern Border and an end to the horrible Chain Migration and ridiculous Lottery System of Immigration etc, Trump tweeted on Friday.

Making bombers even better

This story from the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar is about Minot Air Force Base's B-52s being the first B-52s in the Air Force to employ the brand-new conventional rotary launcher upgrade in combat operations. The upgrade allows the B-52 to carry more smart bombs.

EDITORIAL: The escape from Illinois

When the progressive political class preaches equality and prosperity, but bleeds productive citizens dry by treating them as little more than human ATMs, there should be little surprise when those same citizens take themselves to greener pastures. While Illinois was once the fifth-most-populous state in the nation, Reason magazine reports that U.S. Census data shows that the state has now been surpassed by Pennsylvania.

Deep State Takedown

When Donald Trump gets hit, he always hits back even harder. So when the deep state decided to conduct a legal witch hunt against President Trump and his family, they should have expected that Trump would return the favor.

Lincoln Automobiles Now ‘Partners’

Ford's luxury line now offers - scratch that, includes as standard equipment - a "complimentary" membership in CLEAR , which is the Department of Homeland Security's "fast" and "efficient" biometric cattle tag program, already in use at public airports and other public-access venues. But not, it's worth a mention, at private-access airports - i.e., general aviation, where the Heimatsicherheitsdeinst does not fondle and grope, nor body scan travelers rich enough to avoid public air travel.

Trump’s Triumphs

No other political figure has so dominated our discourse. And none, not Joe McCarthy in his heyday in the early '50s, nor Richard Nixon in Watergate, received such intensive and intemperate coverage and commentary as has our 45th president.

Paul Krugman

In his latest article, he laments the power of Donald Trump and the Republican Party. He tries to offer eschatological hope.

Tax plan sends nation in wrong direction

It is amazing how quickly the Republican Party has permitted President Trump to completely pervert and take over the party lock, stock and barrel. His leadership and their willing support have exposed the Republican Party as the party of the rich and for the rich at the expense of the vulnerable.

Apple: Sorry We Slowed Down Your iPhone

Apple just published a letter to customers apologizing for the "misunderstanding" around older iPhones being slowed down, following its recent admission that it was, in fact, slowing down older phones in order to compensate for degrading batteries. "We know that some of you feel Apple has let you down," says the company.

3+ months after Maria, barely half of Puerto Rico has power

Puerto Rico authorities said Friday that nearly half of power customers in the U.S. territory still lack electricity more than three months after Hurricane Maria, sparking outrage among islanders who accuse the government of mismanaging its response to the Category 4 storm. Officials said 55 percent of the nearly 1.5 million customers have power, marking the first time the government has provided that statistic since Maria hit on Sept.

Russia probes head into new year with no immediate end in sight

Congressional investigators say they are increasingly concerned about threats to the coming midterm election with multiple probes into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election still incomplete with no immediate end in sight. Among their top concerns, according to sources: Russia's ability to further exploit and potentially influence American voters using social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter to circulate fake political ads containing disinformation.

White House gears up for infrastructure push, dubbed a easiest of alla by Trump

Fresh off his tax bill victory, President Donald Trump plans to kick off 2018 with a renewed push for a massive infrastructure spending program, a key campaign promise which he recently described as "the easiest of all" to achieve but one that could face some significant roadblocks in the months ahead. The White House is planning a "mid-to-late January" roll out of the president's infrastructure plan leading up to his first State of the Union address on January 30, where rebuilding the nation's roads, bridges, airports and railways is expected to be a major theme, an administration official tells ABC News.

Secret Service raids Memphis hotel; 6 arrested

Agents discovered two people who had warrants out of Louisiana that were staying at Candlewood Suites on Centennial Drive in Memphis. Elinescu, Nauris Matei, Alexandru Nita, Aurel Poenaru, Adrian Barbu, and Costinel Matei were all arrested and face charges of drug possession and criminal simulation.

Trump says ‘no agreement’ for Hudson River tunnel funding plan

The Trump administration indicated that they are rejecting the Obama-era agreement where the federal government was to pay for half the project; while New York, New Jersey and the Port Authority was to pay the rest. ALBANY - The Trump administration on Friday delivered what could be a crippling blow to the mammoth multibillion-dollar project to build a new rail tunnel under the Hudson River.

Tax reform may help US corporations a little too much, Rubio saysFox Business

Sen. Marco Rubio speaks at a press conference about the ongoing relief efforts in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria at the Capitol Building in Washington, U.S., September 26, 2017. The Republican Party passed sweeping tax reform last week, which is largely expected to boost the U.S. economy through several business-friendly initiatives, but one prominent senator thinks the bill may go a little too far in helping America's biggest corporations.

Still No Evidence Of Trump-Russia Collusion As 2017 Draws To A Close

Since President Donald Trump shocked the country with hisvictory in the 2016 election, Democrats have attacked Trump with the accusation that he - or at least his campaign - colluded with the Russian government's hacking of Democratic emails during the campaign. And yet, as 2017 draws to a close, none of the four investigations into Russian election meddling has turned up any evidence of collusion.

Aaron Blake: Trump’s strategy to attack Flynn won’t work

The White House has fired a warning shot in Michael Flynn's direction, with The Washington Post's Carol D. Leonnig reporting that it plans to label him a liar who can't be trusted if he makes claims against it. The strategy isn't that shocking - President Trump seemed to preview it with that fateful tweet, and his lawyers have hinted in this direction too - though it makes it crystal-clear that Trump's loyalty to his former national security adviser is far from absolute.

The top five undercovered news stories of 2017, from the left and right

President Donald Trump surrounded by members of congress and supporters as he speaks during an event on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, to acknowledge the final passage of tax overhaul legislation by Congress. Trump's unpredictable, pugnacious approach to the presidency often worked against him as Republicans navigated a tumultuous but ultimately productive year in Congress.

Our View: Taking a look back at 2017

Many people will raise their glasses when the new year hits as they sing "Auld Lang Syne," or at least the words they can remember. Dig through those words and you'll find a song about remembering the people that have passed through our lives.

More Like a Decade:


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The Year of Lost Opportunities : Trump's accomplishments are meager, and pretty ordinary Republican stuff. The tax bill contains an important structural reform, implementing a "territorial" tax system that brings the United States closer into accord with the practices of other countries with advanced economies.

US military to accept transgender recruits

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2017 was a year of chaos, division and disruption in national politics


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President Donald Trump delivers his inaugural address after being sworn in as the 45th president of the United States in front of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 20. So did chaos, division and disruption, and a sense that the guardrails that usually had kept the capital and American politics on a normal path had collapsed under the weight of it all.

2017: The year in review

WHAT A SIGHT! Piper Truza watches a phase of a partial solar eclipse visible in Detroit on Aug. 21. Millions of Americans gazed in wonder through telescopes, cameras and disposable protective glasses as the moon blotted out the sun in the first full-blown solar eclipse to sweep the U.S. from coast to coast in nearly a century. President Barack Obama wipes away tears as he speaks at McCormick Place in Chicago on Jan. 10, 2017, giving his presidential farewell address.

Democrats are deluded about tax cuts’ effect on 2018 elections


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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer hold a press conference at the U.S. Capitol on Dec. 20. If Democrats do well in the 2018 midterm elections, it won't be because of the Trump tax cuts. Democrats' hyperbole notwithstanding, voters are not going to vote against Republicans for putting more money in their pockets.

Has Trump’s approval rating caught up to Obama’s?

President Donald Trump claimed Friday that his approval ratings at this point in his presidency rival those of Barack Obama, citing a report from "Fox & Friends." "While the Fake News loves to talk about my so-called low approval rating, @foxandfriends just showed that my rating on Dec. 28, 2017, was approximately the same as President Obama on Dec. 28, 2009, which was 47 percent...and this despite massive negative Trump coverage & Russia hoax!" he tweeted.

Virginia GOP pushes to declare winner in disputed House race

It's time to pick the winner in a bitterly contested election that could decide the balance of power in the Virginia House of Delegates, Republican leaders said Friday, while urging a recount court to reject a bid by a Democratic challenger to reverse its decision declaring the race a tie. Lawyers for Republican Del.

USS John McCain crew rated it ‘below average’ before deadly collision

Crewmembers serving aboard the USS John S. McCain were overworked, unprepared and unhappy in the year leading up to its collision with a merchant vessel in the Pacific that killed 10 Navy sailors, according to a report obtained by UPI. In a 163-page report detailing the results of a mandatory climate survey aboard the Navy destroyer, its 142 crew members rated 17 of 18 major categories "below service average."

‘Breakfast Club’ Never-Before-Seen Footage To Be Included In Re-Release Of Movie

Fans of the popular 1985 teen film "The Breakfast Club" can look forward to a treat in 2018 when the film is re-released on DVD and Blu-ray with 50 minutes of never-before-seen footage. According to CNN Friday , part of the new footage of the 80s John Hughes classic features a previously-deleted scene that includes Ally Sheedy and Molly Ringwald's characters having a conversation in the girls bathroom.

The Latest: Election officials to pick House winner Jan. 4

The Latest on a hotly contested race that could determine the balance of power in Virginia House of Delegates : Virginia elections officials have set next Thursday as the day they will pick the winner in a bitterly contested race that could decide the balance of power in the Virginia House of Delegates. The board announced Friday that it will meet that day to randomly draw the name of the winner in the Newport News-based 94th District, barring any intervention from a recount court.

Report: Plane crash killing 3 due to plane stalling out

A plane crash in Texas last year that killed three people from Oklahoma was the result of the pilot flying too slowly, which caused the plane to stall out, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. The NTSB report on the crash determined that the pilot, Dana Gray, was trying to land at Hobby Airport in Houston when the plane went down.

Happy Digital Day

Amazon has done it again. Three years in, you surely have heard of Prime Day - the deals holiday the online commerce giant created out of thin air.

Unsealed Court Docs Show How Prosecutors Tried To Rig Bundy Trial

Unsealed court documents detail how the team of prosecutors tasked with convicting Cliven Bundy and his sons of crimes relating to a 2014 armed standoff failed to turn over potential exculpatory evidence to the court, The Oregonian reports. The Bundys' case ended in a mistrial Dec. 20 after Judge Gloria Navarro ruled that prosecutors violated the civil rights of the defendants by withholding evidence supporting the Bundys' case.

Indiana lawmaker proposes law for snowflakes triggered by NFL anthem protests

How do Republicans keep their base happy? It may fly in the face of letting the free market work on its own A state representative in Indiana wants to force the Indianapolis Colts to choose between their profits and their players' right to protest. Republican Rep. Milo Smith, is proposing a law that would allow Colts fans who are offended by protests of the national anthem from members of that team to receive a refund within the first quarter of the game, according to Indy Star .

Trump says Russia inquiry makes U.S. a look very bada

President Donald Trump said Thursday that he believes Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel in the Russia investigation, will treat him fairly, contradicting some members of his party who have waged a weekslong campaign to try to discredit Mueller and the continuing inquiry. During an impromptu 30-minute interview with The New York Times at his golf club in West Palm Beach, the president did not demand an end to the Russia investigations swirling around his administration, but insisted 16 times that there has been “no collusion” discovered by the inquiry.

Key Question in Miss. School Funding Formula Rewrite: How Are Future Amounts Set?

Mississippi lawmakers will again attempt to rewrite the state's school funding formula in the legislative session beginning Tuesday, but it remains unanswered how they will decide what to spend. House and Senate Republicans say they expect to adopt a formula based on one discussed last year, which would provide a base amount for every student, and then extra money for students who need additional services, such as high schoolers, special education students, and children learning English.

Naval War College Museum unveils exhibit to teach about WW I


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The U.S. Naval War College Museum has unveiled a new exhibit to teach people more about World War I. It focuses on the Navy's role in the war, using Navy Adm. William S. Sims' career as the lens to tell the story through.

Franken vows to not give up his ‘voice’ after he resigns

Sen. Al Franken vowed that he is "not giving up my voice" in his first public appearance in his home state of Minnesota since announcing plans to resign amid sexual misconduct accusations. "Here's my promise to you," he told about 300 supporters, family members and friends gathered Thursday night at the Machine Shop event space in northeast Minneapolis, according to the Star Tribune.

Letter threatens Coyne, Trump: Brook Park blotter

Threats, Engle Road: An anonymous letter containing vague, "possible" threats to Brook Park Mayor Tom Coyne and President Donald Trump was received at Brook Park City Hall Nov. 9 - two days after Trump was elected president. The rambling, seven-page letter quoted Bible verses and included newspaper clippings.

.com | Russia probe makes US ‘look very bad’ – Trump

US President Donald Trump on Thursday said he believes the probe into Russian meddling in the US election "makes the country look very bad," according to The New York Times. Speaking to the newspaper, Trump said he believes special counsel Robert Mueller will treat him fairly - a view in contrast with recent attacks on Mueller's credibility from Republicans, who have pressed for a new independent prosecutor to investigate anti-Trump bias.

Russia probes head into new year with no immediate end in sight

Congressional investigators say they are increasingly concerned about threats to the coming midterm election with multiple probes into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election still incomplete with no immediate end in sight. Add Russia Investigation as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Russia Investigation news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

Illinois’ Andrzejewski Maps the Swamp


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Illinois' Adam Andrzejewski has published a report that shows the federal government is even bigger and costlier than we think. The report titled " Mapping The Swamp " was produced by Open The Books, an independent nonprofit that tracks federal spending using the government's own numbers.

While in Washington, Trump stays close to home

After living in Washington for about a year, President Donald Trump has yet to enjoy a single nonworking meal at a restaurant that doesn't pay him rent. He hasn't taken in a performance at the Kennedy Center; hasn't been to a sporting event; hasn't toured most of the sights.

Year in Review: Top Five Legal Developments of 2017

The guidance provides an overview of scientific considerations for demonstrating the interchangeability of a biosimilar product to its reference product. As we previously reported , over 50 public comments were filed in response to the draft guidance, including multiple biopharma industry organizations , several groups representing physicians , and numerous biopharma companies .

Appeal denied for death row inmate convicted of killing wife

A federal appeals court has denied an Arizona death row inmate's appeal convicted of killing his wife, overturning a lower court's ruling that the man received ineffective assistance of counsel. A ruling Thursday by a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says Michael Apelt's defense was deficient but that Arizona courts' findings that the deficiency didn't harm Apelt's defense weren't unreasonable.

1 percenters get more dough

With great fanfare, pomp and ceremony, congressional Republicans and our tax-evader-in-chief Donald Trump rolled out a tax package they believe to be the greatest thing since sliced bread. But that, of course, depends on who gets how many slices.

Sharon Stone, 59, wears gown with SHEER skirt at gala

At least 12 dead - including a one-year-old baby - after huge fire rips through Bronx apartment block and is battled by 170 New York City firefighters Waitress claims co-worker STOLE her share of $300k lotto winnings after their boss gave them a ticket to split as a Christmas bonus President Trump says 'there was no Russia collusion' but he believes Robert Mueller 'is going to be fair' in his investigation EXCLUSIVE - White power at the White House: Trump intern flashed 'alt-right' symbol used by notorious extremists during group photo with the President Roy Moore loses again: Democrat Doug Jones is officially declared the winner of the Alabama Senate election after judge turned down voter fraud claims I'm NOT a pedophile and I've got the polygraph to prove it says failed Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore in sworn affidavit 'Caught RED HANDED': Trump attacks China over claim it's ... (more)

Two Romanians arrested for hacking D.C. surveillance cameras

Two Romanian nationals were arrested trying to leave the country for allegedly taking over Washington D.C. surveillance cameras right before President Trump's inauguration. Mihai Isvanca and Eveline Cismaru were arrested earlier this month in Bucharest and now await extradition to the U.S. on charges of wire fraud and attacking protected computers, according to court filings from the Department of Justice.

Trump administration rescinding rules for oil, gas drilling

President Donald Trump's administration is rescinding proposed rules for hydraulic fracturing and other oil- and gas-drilling practices on government lands, government officials announced Thursday. The rules developed under President Barack Obama would have applied mainly in the West, where most federal lands are located.

Impromptus: Balls and strikes, &c.by Jay Nordlinger Since the rise of …

Should we "call balls and strikes"? Should we ump the Trump presidency? Should we go day by day, issue by issue, pointing out what's "good" and what's "bad"? Or should we take an overall stance on Trump - his fitness for office, and his effect on the country and world? There is merit to both approaches, I think, and many of us have done some of each. I can tell you this about umping: It's far more pleasant to call pitches that are favorable to Trump, rather than unfavorable.

Matt Bellamy’s fiancee Elle Evans goes TOPLESS

At least 12 dead - including a one-year-old baby - after huge fire rips through Bronx apartment block and is battled by 170 New York City firefighters Waitress claims co-worker STOLE her share of $300k lotto winnings after their boss gave them a ticket to split as a Christmas bonus President Trump says 'there was no Russia collusion' but he believes Robert Mueller 'is going to be fair' in his investigation EXCLUSIVE - White power at the White House: Trump intern flashed 'alt-right' symbol used by notorious extremists during group photo with the President Roy Moore loses again: Democrat Doug Jones is officially declared the winner of the Alabama Senate election after judge turned down voter fraud claims I'm NOT a pedophile and I've got the polygraph to prove it says failed Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore in sworn affidavit 'Caught RED HANDED': Trump attacks China over claim it's ... (more)

In this July 23, 2013, file photo, Anthony Weiner speaks

In this July 23, 2013, file photo, Anthony Weiner speaks during a news conference alongside Huma Abedin in New York. Several emails with classified information from former Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin were among a tranche of documents released Friday that were found on Anthony Weiner's personal computer during an FBI probe.

Trump’s 2017, in 17 tweets

Through a little less than a year in office, President Donald Trump has tweeted more than 2,300 times, using Twitter to attack political opponents, announce policy shifts, rant about the media, spread propaganda and, in frequent pitched outbursts, seek to undermine public confidence in the Russia investigation. When it's been suggested he set his phone aside and more meticulously manage his message, Trump reacts angrily.

Top 10 stories: Women emboldened in year of #metoo

By DAVID CRARY AP National Writer NEW YORK - The wave of sexual misconduct allegations that toppled Hollywood power brokers, politicians, media icons and many others was the top news story of 2017, according to the Associated Press' annual poll of U.S. editors and news directors.

Business briefs a ” December 29

Bill Bolander and Clark Pence of Pence, Brooks, Bolander and Shepherd Insurance in Greenfield recently received awards from their parent company, Shepherd Insurance. Pence received "Rookie of The Year" from the Shepherd organization for his outstanding sales accomplishments in his first year with the company and in the insurance business.

MSNBC’s Tur and Panel Lament No New Gun Control in 2017

On Thursday's MTP Daily on MSNBC, during the show's regular "The Lid" segment, substitute host Katy Tur and her three guests fretted over the failure of gun control advocates to pass any new gun laws in the aftermath of high-profile mass shootings in 2017. Even the lone Republican-leaning panel member -- MSNBC contributor Susan Del Percio -- was coming down on the left-leaning side of the issue as she also seemed unhappy with Congress moving ahead with expanding concealed carry rights nationwide.

Government seeks change to order lifting Trump refugee ban

In this Dec. 21, 2017, file photo, Mariko Hirose, right, a litigation director at the Urban Justice Center, addresses reporters as Mark Hetfield, president & CEO of HIAS, left, and Rabbi Will Berkowitz, Jewish Family Service of Seattle CEO, look on in front of a federal courthouse after speaking with media in Seattle. The government has asked a federal judge to change his order that partially lifted a Trump administration refugee ban.

Judge dismisses public-pay abortion challenge, appeal next

AP photo Illinois Assistant Attorney General John Wolfsmith argues in Sangamon County Circuit Court in Springfield, Ill., Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017, against a lawsuit challenging a law allowing publicly financed abortions set to take effect Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. Wolfsmith said the plaintiffs in the case, 11 Christian and conservative groups and a dozen state legislators, were trying to stall for time by delaying implementation of the law to June 1. A judge dismissed the lawsuit, saying the plaintiffs' arguments are "political questions" best left to the General Assembly.

Inmates, reporters appeal order ending interviews lawsuit

Inmates and reporters have appealed a judge's order that ended a lawsuit over a ban on face-to-face media interviews with prisoners convicted for their roles in Ohio's deadly 1993 prison riot. Federal Judge Edmund Sargus said earlier this month that the state prison system clarified the media policies that were criticized in the 2013 lawsuit by the Ohio chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union.

Trump administration rescinding rules for oil, gas drilling

President Donald Trump's administration is rescinding proposed rules for hydraulic fracturing and other oil- and gas-drilling practices on government lands, government officials announced Thursday. The rules developed under President Barack Obama would have applied mainly in the West, where most federal lands are located.

South County Politics: Legislators say that capital budget tops other priorities

South Snohomish County Democratic state legislators say that passing a capital budget is at the top of a long to-do list now that Democrats will control both the State's Senate and the State House of Representatives when the 2018 Legislature starts its 60-day session in January. Democrats took control of the Senate when a Democratic victory in a November special election gave them a 25-24 majority.

James de Bree: What the new year brings in tax reform

When I exchanged holiday greetings, many people wanted my thoughts about whether tax reform was a gift or a lump of coal in our Christmas stockings. Just as the recent brush fires randomly burned homes in neighborhoods while other houses were untouched, tax reform affects similarly situated taxpayers in an apparent hap-hazard manner.

Laughs from the Mail’s pocket cartoonist Pugh in 2017

Out in the cold: Matt Lauer chauffeurs a guest while spending the holidays in the Hamptons with his estranged wife and kids as Today tops the ratings for the FOURTH straight week without him 'We could use a little bit of that good old Global Warming': Trump uses record-low New Year's Eve forecasts and arctic blast gripping the northern US to question climate change Oregon bakers who refused to make lesbian couple a wedding cake WILL have to pay them $135,000 in damages, court rules EXCLUSIVE - White power at the White House: Trump intern flashed 'alt-right' symbol used by notorious extremists during group photo with the President Family of pharmaceutical company billionaires who were found dead in their Toronto home are 'funding a probe into their mysterious deaths' Minnesota prosecutor says he needs more time to decide whether to charge cop who shot dead Australian woman outside her ... (more)

Indian state tense ahead of citizens list targeting ‘illegal Bangladeshis’

GUWAHATI, India/NEW DELHI: India has mobilised around 60,000 police and paramilitary troops in a sensitive border state ahead of the publication of a list of citizens it says will be used to detect and deport illegal immigrants: mainly Muslims: from neighbouring Bangladesh. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party took power in the eastern state of Assam for the first time last year, vowing to act against illegal Muslim residents who take away jobs from local Hindus.

Russian President Vladimir Putin didn’t care about a victory by…

Debate rages in Washington over the true scale and impact of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, but intelligence sources say Moscow 's hacking, fake news and social media manipulation ignited a global trend that now threatens some of the world's most fragile democracies. "It's as if David slung a rock into Goliath's eye and Goliath actually stumbled," said one source, who added that "if America could be shaken by such a campaign, imagine what would happen if it were repeated in a place like Kenya."

Laws regarding data hacks, companies remain murky

Data hacks are happening at an alarming rate to some of the world's largest companies, but consumers whose personal information is being stolen are struggling to hold those companies accountable. The problem, legal analysts say, is victims have a rough time connecting any one hack to a problem with their own credit or finances - without that direct link, judges have been tossing efforts to get companies to do more than provide credit monitoring.

Water main break creates slippery conditions in Scranton

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Devin Nunes rips DOJ, FBI for failing to turn over subpoenaed documents and witnesses: Report

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes on Thursday slammed the Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation for their "failure to fully produce" documents related to the Trump dossier, saying that DOJ and the FBI should investigate themselves. "Unfortunately, DOJ/FBI's intransigence with respect to the Aug. 24 subpoenas is part of a broader pattern of behavior that can no longer be tolerated," Nunes wrote in a scathing letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in which he complained about information and witnesses subpoenaed by his committee earlier in 2017.

Government seeks change to order lifting Trump refugee ban

Lawyers with the Department of Justice have asked a federal judge to change his order that partially lifted a Trump administration refugee ban. Just before Christmas, U.S. District Judge James Robart in Seattle imposed a nationwide injunction that blocks restrictions on reuniting refugee families and partially lifted a ban on refugees from 11 mostly Muslim countries.

Republicans Only Care About Deficits As An Excuse To Hurt Working Americans

When Republicans in Congress passed a tax scheme to funnel huge amounts of money to America's most wealthy families and to powerful multinational corporations, they said that it was no big deal that this scheme would add $1.5 trillion to America's debt. Republicans said that the massive deficit spending they had created would be worthwhile, because financial elites would get a big payoff.

Vanity Fair apologizes for snipe

Registration will allow you to post comments on timesunion.com and create a timesunion.com Subscriber Portal account for you to manage subscriptions and email preferences. FILE - In this Nov. 8, 2016 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton waves as she arrives to vote at her polling place in Chappaqua, N.Y. Vanity Fair is trying to defuse criticism of a video mocking Clinton and her presidential aspirations.

Democrat Jones officially declared winner over Roy Moore

Democrat Doug Jones' historic victory over Republican Roy Moore was declared official Thursday as Alabama election officials certified him the winner of the special Senate election earlier this month, despite claims of voter irregularities from his opponent. Jones defeated Moore on Dec. 12 by about 22,000 votes in a stunning victory in a deeply red state.

Democrat Jones officially declared winner over Roy Moore

Democrat Doug Jones' historic victory over Republican Roy Moore was declared official Thursday as Alabama election officials certified him the winner of the special Senate election earlier this month, despite claims of voter irregularities from his opponent. Jones defeated Moore on Dec. 12 by about 22,000 votes in a stunning victory in a deeply red state.

Apple CEO Tim Cook gets a big bump in pay, use of private aircraft

For Apple CEO Tim Cook, fiscal year 2017 brought good tidings in the form of a hefty 47 percent pay increase and use of a private aircraft. Apple's CEO since 2011 saw his salary rise to about $12.8 million in fiscal year 2017, which ended in September, from about $8.7 million in the prior fiscal year, according to a SEC filing from Apple on Wednesday.

Ninth Circuit Tells EPA To Crack Down On Lead Paint

A panel of three judges from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that the Environmental Protection Agency needs to modernize regulations governing the use of lead paint quickly after new information on its dangers was revealed. Before the decision, the EPA told the panel that updated regulations taking into account the new data would be developed within six years.

Ninth Circuit Tells EPA To Crack Down On Lead Paint

A panel of three judges from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that the Environmental Protection Agency needs to modernize regulations governing the use of lead paint quickly after new information on its dangers was revealed. Before the decision, the EPA told the panel that updated regulations taking into account the new data would be developed within six years.

Hillary Clinton Endorses Factually Inaccurate Attack On FBI

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton endorsed a factually inaccurate attack on the FBI on Thursday that characterized the agency as politically biased. Clinton and several of her prominent supporters shared a tweet from Harvard Law School professor Laurence Tribe, who is known for spreading anti-Trump conspiracy theories.

Blackburn: Returning Entitlement Programs to States Could Make Sense

Much of the increased federal spending is in entitlements, "because basically it's on autopilot," Rep. Marsha Blackburn said Thursday, and sending some of the responsibility for programs back to the states may be a step toward bringing costs back under control. "Absolutely members of the House want to address the healthcare issues, Medicaid and, of course, I think there is a lot of support for sending Medicaid back to the states," the Tennessee Republican told Fox News' "America's Newsroom" program.

Blackburn: Returning Entitlement Programs to States Could Make Sense

Much of the increased federal spending is in entitlements, "because basically it's on autopilot," Rep. Marsha Blackburn said Thursday, and sending some of the responsibility for programs back to the states may be a step toward bringing costs back under control. "Absolutely members of the House want to address the healthcare issues, Medicaid and, of course, I think there is a lot of support for sending Medicaid back to the states," the Tennessee Republican told Fox News' "America's Newsroom" program.

Analysis: Sen. Toomey drove tax bill away from populism

As they scrambled to finish their sweeping tax bill in late October, House lawmakers arrived at a surprising decision: They wouldn't cut the income tax rate for the wealthy. That choice broke with conservative economic principles, which call for lower rates for high earners to spur investment and boost the economy.

Government seeks change to order lifting Trump refugee ban

Lawyers with the Department of Justice have asked a federal judge to change his order that partially lifted a Trump administration refugee ban. Just before Christmas, U.S. District Judge James Robart in Seattle imposed a nationwide injunction that blocks restrictions on reuniting refugee families and partially lifted a ban on refugees from 11 mostly Muslim countries.

Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi sell condo for $5.85m

White power at the White House: Trump intern flashed 'alt-right' symbol used by notorious extremists during group photo with the President PICTURED: Murdered lesbian couple and their two children found 'bound and with their throats slashed' in an act of 'savagery' in their own home in upstate New York Why Americans are dying younger than people in other rich countries: Drugs, obesity and expensive healthcare are hitting the US harder than anywhere else Life-threatening arctic blast causes waterfalls to freeze and windows to crack as officials warn frostbite is possible with just 30 minutes of exposure as temperatures plunge to record-breaking lows in northern and eastern US Jersey thaw! Town cancels annual Polar Bear Plunge over fears it will be too COLD for participants as temperatures are predicted to dip to 18F 'Caught RED HANDED': Trump attacks China over claim it's secretly ... (more)

Deborah Knigh only changes her sheets every Three Weeks

White power at the White House: Trump intern flashed 'alt-right' symbol used by notorious extremists during group photo with the President PICTURED: Murdered lesbian couple and their two children found 'bound and with their throats slashed' in an act of 'savagery' in their own home in upstate New York Why Americans are dying younger than people in other rich countries: Drugs, obesity and expensive healthcare are hitting the US harder than anywhere else Life-threatening arctic blast causes waterfalls to freeze and windows to crack as officials warn frostbite is possible with just 30 minutes of exposure as temperatures plunge to record-breaking lows in northern and eastern US Jersey thaw! Town cancels annual Polar Bear Plunge over fears it will be too COLD for participants as temperatures are predicted to dip to 18F 'Caught RED HANDED': Trump attacks China over claim it's secretly ... (more)

Deborah Knigh only changes her sheets every Three Weeks

White power at the White House: Trump intern flashed 'alt-right' symbol used by notorious extremists during group photo with the President PICTURED: Murdered lesbian couple and their two children found 'bound and with their throats slashed' in an act of 'savagery' in their own home in upstate New York Why Americans are dying younger than people in other rich countries: Drugs, obesity and expensive healthcare are hitting the US harder than anywhere else Life-threatening arctic blast causes waterfalls to freeze and windows to crack as officials warn frostbite is possible with just 30 minutes of exposure as temperatures plunge to record-breaking lows in northern and eastern US Jersey thaw! Town cancels annual Polar Bear Plunge over fears it will be too COLD for participants as temperatures are predicted to dip to 18F 'Caught RED HANDED': Trump attacks China over claim it's secretly ... (more)

Congresswoman Kay Granger speaks to the Star-Telegram editorial board Wednesday, July 5, 2017.

Trump a success? Ask a liberal; Granger tax vote 'irresponsible'; A wish for peace during the holidays; Trump: A threat to the free world?; What did the bears do to you? A letter writer suggested Americans will vote a straight Democratic ticket. Why would anyone want to go back to rampant illegal immigration, policies that make us less secure in regards to terrorism, an ineffective foreign policy that did nothing to stop our enemies from becoming armed with nuclear weapons, a stagnant economy, and an administration that sided with anti-police hate groups? Another reader asks for country over party, yet the other party's 2016 candidate was proven without a doubt of lying to the FBI .

Congresswoman Kay Granger speaks to the Star-Telegram editorial board Wednesday, July 5, 2017.

Trump a success? Ask a liberal; Granger tax vote 'irresponsible'; A wish for peace during the holidays; Trump: A threat to the free world?; What did the bears do to you? A letter writer suggested Americans will vote a straight Democratic ticket. Why would anyone want to go back to rampant illegal immigration, policies that make us less secure in regards to terrorism, an ineffective foreign policy that did nothing to stop our enemies from becoming armed with nuclear weapons, a stagnant economy, and an administration that sided with anti-police hate groups? Another reader asks for country over party, yet the other party's 2016 candidate was proven without a doubt of lying to the FBI .

CNN Avoids Asking Dem Rep About Misconduct Settlement Related to Sexual Assault

On Wednesday, Daily Caller Associate Editor Peter Hasson reported that CNN avoided asking any probing questions to New York Democratic Congressman Gregory Meeks regarding his recently exposed settlement in a case where he was accused of trying to cover up a sexual assault. "CNN anchor Pamela Brown interviewed New York Democratic Rep. Gregory Meeks for five straight minutes on Wednesday [during The Lead ] without once asking him about the taxpayer-funded settlement paid out to a former staffer after he allegedly fired her in retaliation for reporting a donor-related sexual assault," Hasson reported.

CNN Avoids Asking Dem Rep About Misconduct Settlement Related to Sexual Assault

On Wednesday, Daily Caller Associate Editor Peter Hasson reported that CNN avoided asking any probing questions to New York Democratic Congressman Gregory Meeks regarding his recently exposed settlement in a case where he was accused of trying to cover up a sexual assault. "CNN anchor Pamela Brown interviewed New York Democratic Rep. Gregory Meeks for five straight minutes on Wednesday [during The Lead ] without once asking him about the taxpayer-funded settlement paid out to a former staffer after he allegedly fired her in retaliation for reporting a donor-related sexual assault," Hasson reported.

NYT Gushes Over Prince Harry’s Old Obama Chat: Things ‘Important to Him Have Not Changed’

New York Times reporter Ceylan Yeginsu filed breaking news from London: A three-month old interview with a former president! Prince Harry interviewed Barack Obama in Toronto in September, and the interview aired on BBC's Radio 4: " A Prince and a President: BBC's Obama Interview ." The online headline was cornier: "When Harry Met Barry: The BBC Obama Interview": It was a case of the famous interviewing the famous.

NYT Gushes Over Prince Harry’s Old Obama Chat: Things ‘Important to Him Have Not Changed’

New York Times reporter Ceylan Yeginsu filed breaking news from London: A three-month old interview with a former president! Prince Harry interviewed Barack Obama in Toronto in September, and the interview aired on BBC's Radio 4: " A Prince and a President: BBC's Obama Interview ." The online headline was cornier: "When Harry Met Barry: The BBC Obama Interview": It was a case of the famous interviewing the famous.

Judge rejects Roy Moorea s suit in Alabama Senate race

Alabama Democrat Doug Jones on Thursday will be officially declared the winner of a U.S. Senate race after a judge rejected Republican Roy Moore's last-ditch effort to stop the certification of Jones' historic upset in a deep-red state. Montgomery Circuit Judge Johnny Hardwick denied Moore's request for a restraining order to stop Alabama's canvassing board from certifying Jones' victory on Thursday.

Obama Admits Fear Of Dangerous Social Media Use In Prince Harry…

Though he didn't call Donald Trump by name, in his interview with Prince Harry, Barack Obama warned other world leaders against using social media to spread misinformation! Amidst reports that Barack Obama, 56, is on the Royal wedding invitation list, while a certain someone might not be, the former President urged those in leadership positions not to use social media to spread misinformation and foster division during his interview with Prince Harry, 33, for BBC Radio 4's Today show on Dec. 27. While he didn't name him, it's pretty clear that Obama was talking about Donald Trump, 71, who is known for his itchy Twitter thumb! "All of us in leadership have to find ways in which we can recreate

Big Ten: Spartans shine, Badgers look to get back on track

Stacked Michigan State looks like a favorite to return to the national semifinals for the first time since 2015, when Wisconsin gave the Big Ten a Final Four twosome. Just getting above .500 before league play picks up again would be an achievement for the young Badgers after an injury-plagued start to this season.

Charity donations likely to drop next year due to tax law


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In this season of giving, charity seems to be getting an extra jolt because next year the popular tax deduction for donations will lose a lot of its punch. Traditionally generous Americans may have less incentive to give to charitable causes next year because of the newly minted tax law.

Minn. IT Chief Tom Baden Announces Plan To Step Down

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Roy Moore’s Last Gasp


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A suspicious "diversion of votes" from the Republican to the Democrat. Unsecured voting machines.

Judicial Watch: DOJ, Mueller ‘Wanted to Hide the Truth’ on How Agent…

Judicial Watch, a government watchdog group based in Washington, D.C., has filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the FBI for records about the reassignment of FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok, who was removed from Speical Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into alleged Trump-Russia collusion in the 2016 presidential campaign apparently because of anti-Trump and pro-Clinton texts he shared with his mistress, Lisa Page, an FBI lawyer who also briefly worked on the Mueller team. "It is disturbing the FBI has stonewalled our request about the Mr. Strzok demotion for four months," said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.

President slams Vanity Fair over Hillary Clinton video

President Donald Trump is lashing out at Vanity Fair, after the magazine said an online video mocking Hillary Clinton "missed the mark." The video posted over the weekend shows editors of Vanity Fair's Hive website offering toasts and New Year's resolutions for Clinton, including that she vow to take up knitting, volunteer work or any hobby that would keep her from running again for president.

No Second Chances for Promega Damages Claim

On remand from the Supreme Court of the United States, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed a district court decision granting defendant's motion for judgment as a matter of law that patent owner failed to prove its infringement case under 35 USC 271 and 271 , and denying plaintiff's motion for a new trial on damages and infringement. Promega Corp. v.

Howard Dean: Republicans will be “nailed with corruption” for GOP tax bill

Former chair of the Democratic National Committee Howard Dean said the GOP would be "nailed with corruption" as a result of the recently passed tax bill pointing out that more than a dozen Republican lawmakers stand to personally benefit from the new legislation. "The Republican Party is going to get nailed with corruption because of the tax bill," Dean said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" Thursday.

At Military Bowl Parade, local family pays homage to fallen son

Chris Middleton, of Crownsville, and Uncle of Airman First Class Nathan McDavitt, prepares the float during the annual Military Bowl Parade, held downtown Annapolis on Thursday morning. Chris Middleton, of Crownsville, and Uncle of Airman First Class Nathan McDavitt, prepares the float during the annual Military Bowl Parade, held downtown Annapolis on Thursday morning.

At Military Bowl Parade, local family pays homage to fallen son

Chris Middleton, of Crownsville, and Uncle of Airman First Class Nathan McDavitt, prepares the float during the annual Military Bowl Parade, held downtown Annapolis on Thursday morning. Chris Middleton, of Crownsville, and Uncle of Airman First Class Nathan McDavitt, prepares the float during the annual Military Bowl Parade, held downtown Annapolis on Thursday morning.

CNN’s Poppy Harlow shoots down GOP’s Tom Cole after he…

CNN host Poppy Harlow called out Republican U.S Rep. Tom Cole of Oklahoma after he suggested that Russia's interference in the U.S. election was not unusual or disturbing. During an interview on Thursday, Harlow noted that Cole had recently called Russia's hacking of the U.S. election "nothing to hyperventilate about."

Woody Kaine, son of Sen. Tim Kaine, gets probation, fine for role in protest at Minn. Trump rally

The youngest son of Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., was sentenced to a year of probation and ordered to pay $236 in fines and fees for his role in disrupting a Minnesota rally in support of President Donald Trump. About 400 people attended the Trump rally March 4 at the Minnesota state Capitol in St. Paul, and about 75 to 125 counterprotesters arrived, according to criminal complaints.

Trump lashes out at Vanity Fair over Clinton video

In this Nov. 8, 2016 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton waves as she arrives to vote at her polling place in Chappaqua, N.Y. Vanity Fair is trying to defuse criticism of a video mocking Clinton and her presidential aspirations. In a statement Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017, the magazine said the online video was an attempt at humor that regrettably "missed the mark."

Colorado ski areas pay record $20M in White River forest

Ski areas in Colorado's White River National Forest paid more than $20 million in fees to the U.S. Forest Service last fiscal year, but none of that money is directly reinvested in maintaining the nation's most-visited recreation forest. The Aspen Times reports that the fees, paid by 11 ski areas for the fiscal year ending Sept.

Army secretary calls for second review in Medal of Honor case from Civil War

The Army's top political appointee has directed the service to launch a rare additional review in a case for the nation's highest award for combat valor, the Medal of Honor, after the Defense Department inspector general's office found errors in how the case was handled the first time. Army Secretary Mark T. Esper directed a panel known as the Senior Army Decorations Board to again review the case of a Cpl.

Army secretary calls for second review in Medal of Honor case from Civil War

The Army's top political appointee has directed the service to launch a rare additional review in a case for the nation's highest award for combat valor, the Medal of Honor, after the Defense Department inspector general's office found errors in how the case was handled the first time. Army Secretary Mark T. Esper directed a panel known as the Senior Army Decorations Board to again review the case of a Cpl.

FEMA Selling Off Trailers Despite Victim Demand

The federal government typically spends up to $150,000 apiece - not counting utilities, maintenance or labor - on the trailers it leases to disaster victims, then auctions them at cut-rate prices after 18 months of use or the first sign of minor damage, the Associated Press has learned. Officials have continued the practice even amid a temporary housing shortage in Texas, where almost 8,000 applicants are still awaiting federal support nearly four months after Hurricane Harvey landed in the Gulf Coast.

FEMA Selling Off Trailers Despite Victim Demand

The federal government typically spends up to $150,000 apiece - not counting utilities, maintenance or labor - on the trailers it leases to disaster victims, then auctions them at cut-rate prices after 18 months of use or the first sign of minor damage, the Associated Press has learned. Officials have continued the practice even amid a temporary housing shortage in Texas, where almost 8,000 applicants are still awaiting federal support nearly four months after Hurricane Harvey landed in the Gulf Coast.

For Democrats, path to majority runs through New York, New Jersey

If there's going to be a Democratic wave in the 2018 midterm elections, look for it to wash ashore in New York and New Jersey. House Democrats have targeted all but one Republican - Rep. Chris Smith in New Jersey's reliably conservative fourth district - in the two states, where former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton beat President Trump in 2016.

For Democrats, path to majority runs through New York, New Jersey

If there's going to be a Democratic wave in the 2018 midterm elections, look for it to wash ashore in New York and New Jersey. House Democrats have targeted all but one Republican - Rep. Chris Smith in New Jersey's reliably conservative fourth district - in the two states, where former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton beat President Trump in 2016.

Building, items lost in NCCC mall fire pegged at P1.6-B

AROUND P1.6 billion worth of properties of the New City Commercial Center Mall Davao was damaged including the building structure and its content when a massive fire hit the homegrown establishment for more than 30 hours over the weekend and left 38 dead. "Nasa estimated damage tayo ng P1.6 billion including the building and the stocks," Bureau of Fire Protection Fire Superintendent Honey Fritz Alagano said yesterday during a press briefing.

Building, items lost in NCCC mall fire pegged at P1.6-B

AROUND P1.6 billion worth of properties of the New City Commercial Center Mall Davao was damaged including the building structure and its content when a massive fire hit the homegrown establishment for more than 30 hours over the weekend and left 38 dead. "Nasa estimated damage tayo ng P1.6 billion including the building and the stocks," Bureau of Fire Protection Fire Superintendent Honey Fritz Alagano said yesterday during a press briefing.

Roy Moore files lawsuit to block Alabama Senate result

Failed candidate Roy Moore has doubled down on his claims of voter irregularities in Alabama's U.S. Senate race in a last-ditch effort to stop the certification of the Democratic opponent who pulled off a historic upset last month in a traditionally deep-red state. Moore asked a judge late Wednesday to issue a restraining order to stop the state's canvassing board from certifying Doug Jones' victory on Thursday.

Roy Moore files lawsuit to block Alabama Senate result

Failed candidate Roy Moore has doubled down on his claims of voter irregularities in Alabama's U.S. Senate race in a last-ditch effort to stop the certification of the Democratic opponent who pulled off a historic upset last month in a traditionally deep-red state. Moore asked a judge late Wednesday to issue a restraining order to stop the state's canvassing board from certifying Doug Jones' victory on Thursday.

If Aliens landed, would we care?

According to a survey put out by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, half of Americans believe in aliens, but only 20 percent of them believe in alien abduction stories. Filmmaker and crypto-zoologist Bill Brock at "America's Stonehenge" in New Hampshire, a 4,000 year old rock formation of unknown origin that looks like an astrological map when viewed from the air.

If Aliens landed, would we care?

According to a survey put out by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, half of Americans believe in aliens, but only 20 percent of them believe in alien abduction stories. Filmmaker and crypto-zoologist Bill Brock at "America's Stonehenge" in New Hampshire, a 4,000 year old rock formation of unknown origin that looks like an astrological map when viewed from the air.

VIDEO: UN envoy Nikki Haley gets prank called by Russian comedians

Trump, in Washington, stays close to home - WASHINGTON - After living in Washington for nearly a year, President Donald Trump has yet to enjoy a single non-working meal at a restaurant that doesn't pay him rent. He hasn't taken in a performance at the Kennedy Center This 17-Year-Old Was Brutalized During A Police Encounter And His Family Want To Know Why - Officials in Alabama have launched an investigation after 17-year-old Ulysses Wilkerson was brutally beaten during a police encounter on Saturday.

VIDEO: UN envoy Nikki Haley gets prank called by Russian comedians

Trump, in Washington, stays close to home - WASHINGTON - After living in Washington for nearly a year, President Donald Trump has yet to enjoy a single non-working meal at a restaurant that doesn't pay him rent. He hasn't taken in a performance at the Kennedy Center This 17-Year-Old Was Brutalized During A Police Encounter And His Family Want To Know Why - Officials in Alabama have launched an investigation after 17-year-old Ulysses Wilkerson was brutally beaten during a police encounter on Saturday.

17 of 2017’s Most Popular Stories

With control of the White House and both chambers of Congress, Republicans had high hopes of pushing an ambitious agenda forward and making good on last year's campaign promises. But their long-held promise of repealing and replacing the 2010 health care law stalled in the Senate in one of the most dramatic moments of the year.

Roy Moore’s files legal challenge against Alabama election defeat

'Evidence': Roy Moore has begun a legal challenge to his defeat in the Alabama Senate election, claiming irregularities in the vote - Bloomberg Doug Jones was confirmed as Alabama's first Democratic senator in 25 years after state officials rejected a challenge to the shock result by his defeated Republican rival, Roy Moore. Mr Jones, whose victory was ratified by John Merrill, Alabama's secretary of state on Thursday afternoon, will be sworn in by Vice President Mike Pence on January 3 when the US Senate returns.

Sean Davis: The top 10 undercovered news stories of 2017

There were so many gigantic news events in 2017 that the merely huge, or yooge, got the dog-bites-man treatment. What happened while we were focused on the president's tweets; the attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act; the hurricanes in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico; the tax bill; and #MeToo? Opinion asked two close observers of the media environment, Adam H. Johnson and Sean Davis , to list the top 10 under-covered stories of the year.

Kennedy, Moulton offer Democrats two paths for the future

One congressman is a low-key member of a political dynasty who is strategically inserting himself into policy debates and laying out what he thinks Democrats still need to learn. The other is a retired Marine and combat veteran who has tangled with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and has already logged a high-profile trip to Iowa more than three years ahead of the next presidential caucus.

The Administration Claims Crime Is on the Rise. So Why Did the FBI Delete Key Crime Data?

Ten days before Christmas, Attorney General Jeff Sessions held a rare press conference to discuss one of his top priorities in his first year at the Justice Department. "We've seen a deadly increase in violent crime," he said, announcing that the department was dispatching 40 additional federal prosecutors across the country to combat what Sessions believes is a dawning new era of violent crime.

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House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes has issued a subpoena to David Kramer, a former State Department official who, in late November 2016, traveled to London to receive a briefing and a copy of the Trump dossier from its author, former British spy Christopher Steele. Kramer then returned to the U.S. to give the document to Sen. John McCain.

Christmas Came Early for Americaa s UFO Community

On December 16, UFO researchers and enthusiasts, along with the general public, were treated to an unexpected gift from the New York Times . In a front-page investigation, the country's most august news organization grappled with a topic that's usually relegated to the fringes, detailing a $22 million Pentagon effort to study unexplained aerial phenomena that ran from 2007 to 2012.

Bundle up: Bitter cold weather takes hold of northern US

Bitter cold weather has taken hold of much of the northern United States and is expected to stay put for days to come as two Minnesota cities already have set record low temperatures and a city in Pennsylvania continues to dig out from a record snowfall. The National Weather Service reported International Falls, Minnesota, the self-proclaimed Icebox of the Nation, plunged to 37 degrees below zero, breaking the old record of 32 below set in 1924.

The Nostradamus of the Balkans has prophesied

While we celebrate every new year about the uncertain future that's ahead of us, and hoping that that uncertainty comes in the brightest shades, we have some tradition that we practice each year. We make the 'new year new me' promise to ourselves and our friends on social media, and we go online revisiting prognostications for the future from so-called mystics and other alleged seers.

Mark Leggio receives fine for excessive contributions

Influential Upland businessman Mark Leggio was recently fined $6,000 by the Federal Election Commission for excessive contributions made to the campaign of a California congresswoman. The fine and order to cease and desist were detailed in an agreement reached in May between Leggio and the commission, according to FEC records.

Bird Droppings: Arizona Cardinals look to end season on high note in Seattle

If you haven't been following along, Justin has been doing a great job of helping you get to know some prospect names as we trudge through the Bowl Season, but the big names are going to start coming up, so make sure to follow along. If Bruce Arians returns in 2018, he would have plenty to look forward to Bruce Arians has many reasons to return next season -- but the most important one is his continued passion and excitement for the job.

Alabama’s Roy Moore files late challenge to Senate election result, alleging fraud

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Boeing Receives Contract For Japan KC-46 Tanker

Through the Foreign Military Sale process, the U.S. Air Force has awarded Boeing a $279 million contract for the Japan Air Self-Defense Force's first KC-46 tanker and logistics support, marking the aircraft's first international sale. Japan chose Boeing's KC-46 tanker over competitors following its KC-X aerial refueling competition.

French Defense Agency Backs Tethered Drone Project

Elistair, French designer and manufacturer of tethered drone systems has signed an agreement with the DGA French Defense procurement Agency for the financing of its AIRWATCH project, under the RAPID program Dual Innovation Support Scheme. The AIRWATCH project aims at developing a smart tethered drone for surveillance and telecommunications endowed with an unlimited flight time thanks to its micro-tether providing continuous power from a ground station, and considerably enlarging drones field of applications for defense, private and public safety, or national security.

The Latest: UN chief following protests in Iran

The U.N. says Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is following news of the protests in Iran and assessing whether to make contact with the government or anyone else about them. Deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said Tuesday that the U.N. was "evaluating the situation and trying to see what contacts would be most helpful."

Will top-two – jungle primary’ aid Dianne Feinstein?

Strong irony is in the air as California heads into the hot political year of 2018, with an initiative to end the state's "top two" primary election system in play just as top two, also known as the "jungle primary," may be about to accomplish its central purpose. That aim was to allow voters in the minority party to influence elections and elect more moderate members of the larger party when their own party either has no candidate in a race or fields a sure loser.

Looking ahead to 2018 US Senate, House races

When President Donald Trump was inaugurated in January, Republicans had already been in control of both congressional chambers for more than two weeks. Conservative control over the federal government was extended to the Supreme Court in April when the Senate confirmed Neil Gorsuch as an associate justice.

POLL: Barack Obama is most admired man for 10th year in a row

Former President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton remain the most admired man and woman in the United States -- a 10-year trend for Obama and 16 years running for Clinton. Gallup's December poll found 17% of respondents named Obama the man they admired most, a dip from 22% of respondents saying the same last year.

Scoreboard Roundup — 12/27/17

Two Milwaukee police officers are being hailed as heroes after they dragged teenagers from a fiery, overturned, car on Tuesday night during a harrowing incident... -- With the collapse of the ISIS caliphate in 2017, what's left of the terrorist group in Iraq and Syria is on the run, with some fighters moving west toward Damasc... Tremont, Ill. -Precision Planting's annual Winter Conference will feature six venues this season with various dates, but the event in Tremont will run for four days.

A cruel new front in the war on reproductive rights

Georgeanne Usova of the American Civil Liberties Union, left, and others protested on Oct. 20 against the Trump administration's policy to block detained undocumented teens from accessing abortion services. In early September, a 17-year-old pregnant teen sought to have a legal abortion in Texas.

Trump’s stock market cheerleading could be a risky bet

President Donald Trump seems determined to ignore the small print disclaimer that brokers use to warn investors eying a bumper return - stocks can go down as well as up. Trump has made the rollicking year on Wall Street a centerpiece of his political message, repeatedly taking credit for the bull run, as if he personally steered the Dow Jones industrial average through a year of smashed record highs.

The Age of Reflexive Antagonism

No thinker has done a better job documenting the dizzying deterioration of our national fabric than this social psychologist. Through his many books, lectures, and popular articles, Haidt has diagnosed our condition, and his verdict isn't good.

Top Picks a ” December 28

The Banister Family bluegrass group bring the sounds of bluegrass, gospel and traditional country to the Hancock County Public Library, 900 W. McKenzie Road, at 7 p.m. Jan. 4. Roger Banister formed the bluegrass group "Buck's Stove & Range Company" at Ball State University 15 years ago and has since toured full time throughout the Midwest, overseas for the United Service Organization and the Department of Defense. Later, Roger formed a family band with his wife Jan on electric bass and sister Denise Kocur on rhythm guitar.

Egyptian parliament moves to make atheism a crime

The Egyptian parliament's committee on religion has announced plans to make disbelief in God a crime . Under the current law against "contempt of religions" atheists can be prosecuted for expressing their disbelief in public but the committee's proposal would go further and criminalise disbelief itself.

The left and the politics of hate

Michael Goodwin, in his December 24 New York Post column , admitted to being surprised that the Democrats are continuing impeachment politics. He commented, "I assumed it would last six months at most[.] ... But it's clear now that the mob-like motivation isn't going to disappear.

The left in extremis?

We may be watching the death throes of the American left as it spirals into the black hole of excess. The left has pushed its issues so hard and far that leftists have lost all credibility.

Martin Shkreli’s ex-lawyer found guilty of financial fraud


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In this Dec. 17, 2015, file courtroom sketch, from left, defense attorney Baruch White, pharmaceutical entrepreneur Martin Shkreli, defense attorney Jonathan Sack and co-defendant Evan Greebel, appear in court in New York. Greebel, a lawyer accused of helping Shkreli cover up a financial fraud, was convicted of conspiracy charges Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017, by a federal jury in the Brooklyn borough of New York.

AP News in Brief at 9:04 p.m. EST

Freezing temperatures and below-zero wind chills socked much of the northern United States on Wednesday, even setting a record in a Minnesota city so cold it's called the Icebox of the Nation, and will stay put for days to come as snow-hardened Erie digs out from a record snowfall. The National Weather Service reported International Falls and Hibbing, Minnesota, set record low temperatures on Wednesday morning.

AP News in Brief at 9:04 p.m. EST

Freezing temperatures and below-zero wind chills socked much of the northern United States on Wednesday, even setting a record in a Minnesota city so cold it's called the Icebox of the Nation, and will stay put for days to come as snow-hardened Erie digs out from a record snowfall. The National Weather Service reported International Falls and Hibbing, Minnesota, set record low temperatures on Wednesday morning.

AP News in Brief at 9:04 p.m. EST

Freezing temperatures and below-zero wind chills socked much of the northern United States on Wednesday, even setting a record in a Minnesota city so cold it's called the Icebox of the Nation, and will stay put for days to come as snow-hardened Erie digs out from a record snowfall. The National Weather Service reported International Falls and Hibbing, Minnesota, set record low temperatures on Wednesday morning.

Prosecutor Aiding Mueller Brags About ‘Legal Resistance’ To POTUS …

In a stunning display of political bias, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who is aiding special counsel Robert Mueller's probe, boasted Tuesday about waging "legal resistance," against the Trump administration. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who is reportedly assisting special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, boasted of his successful resistance to the Trump administration in a Tuesday Medium post.

Prosecutor Aiding Mueller Brags About ‘Legal Resistance’ To POTUS …

In a stunning display of political bias, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who is aiding special counsel Robert Mueller's probe, boasted Tuesday about waging "legal resistance," against the Trump administration. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who is reportedly assisting special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, boasted of his successful resistance to the Trump administration in a Tuesday Medium post.

Media Coverage In 2017 Marked By Bombshells That Weren’t

Establishment journalists claim that the Trump era has produced a "golden age" of journalism, but media coverage in 2017 was plagued with errors and "bombshells" that turned out to be anything but. CNN botched a major story in December when they alleged that Donald Trump Jr. was colluding with Wikileaks over stolen documents.

Media Coverage In 2017 Marked By Bombshells That Weren’t

Establishment journalists claim that the Trump era has produced a "golden age" of journalism, but media coverage in 2017 was plagued with errors and "bombshells" that turned out to be anything but. CNN botched a major story in December when they alleged that Donald Trump Jr. was colluding with Wikileaks over stolen documents.

10 Things to Know for Thursday

Lake Michigan is steaming in the morning as temperatures dipped below zero at North Avenue Beach, Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017, in Chicago. Meteorologists warn of sub-zero frigid arctic air and dangerously cold wind chills.

10 Things to Know for Thursday

Lake Michigan is steaming in the morning as temperatures dipped below zero at North Avenue Beach, Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017, in Chicago. Meteorologists warn of sub-zero frigid arctic air and dangerously cold wind chills.

Brrr! After record snow, bitter cold ahead for northern US

Freezing temperatures and below-zero wind chills socked much of the northern United States on Wednesday, even setting a record in a Minnesota city so cold it's called the Icebox of the Nation, and will stay put for days to come as snow-hardened Erie digs out from a record snowfall. The National Weather Service reported International Falls and Hibbing, Minnesota, set record low temperatures on Wednesday morning.

Harry and Barry


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According to CNN , British officials fear the political consequences if Prince Harry and his bride-to-be invite Barack and Michelle Obama, with whom they are friends, to their wedding, but not President Trump. I don't know whether these officials have any reason to expect political consequences in that event, but if they do, perhaps they should also worry about the interview Harry conducted with Barack Obama today on BBC radio.

Obama beats out Trump as most admired man in 2017, new poll finds

Former first Lady Michelle Obama and former President Barack Obama are introduced at the inaugural Obama Foundation Summit on October 31, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. Former President Barack Obama topped President Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton edged out Michelle Obama in Gallup's annual poll of Americans on the most admired man and woman.

Dingell: Dems Need More Information Before Talking Impeachment

"We need to make sure that we are going in a very detailed, thorough way of getting all of the facts that we need before you ever start down that kind of path," the second-term Michigan Democrat told Mike Emanuel on Fox News . "I think that for everybody, this election is going to be about the economy," Dingell added.

Sen. Sanders to swear in de Blasio for second term as mayor of New York

Sen. Bernie Sanders will swear in Mayor Bill de Blasio for his second and last term as mayor of New York on New Year's Day, the mayor's office announced. "Senator Sanders' progressive leadership has helped reshape the American political debate in favor of men and women long left out of our city and nation's prosperity," de Blasio said in a statement to CNN on Wednesday.

Trump, GOP Leaders to Meet at Camp David, Plot Agenda

Eager for more legislative achievements before Washington's focus shifts to the midterm elections, President Donald Trump plans to start the new year by meeting with Republican congressional leaders to plot the 2018 legislative agenda, the White House said. After returning to Washington from Florida, where he is spending the holidays, Trump will host House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky at the rustic Camp David presidential retreat in Maryland during the weekend of Jan. 6-7.

Trump, GOP Leaders to Meet at Camp David, Plot Agenda

Eager for more legislative achievements before Washington's focus shifts to the midterm elections, President Donald Trump plans to start the new year by meeting with Republican congressional leaders to plot the 2018 legislative agenda, the White House said. After returning to Washington from Florida, where he is spending the holidays, Trump will host House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky at the rustic Camp David presidential retreat in Maryland during the weekend of Jan. 6-7.

BuzzFeed White House correspondent fired after sexual misconduct

Last month, BuzzFeed News began investigating several of its staffers after their names appeared on a Google spreadsheet titled "S----y Media Men" that was being passed around media circles. Last month, BuzzFeed News began investigating several of its staffers after their names appeared on a Google spreadsheet titled "S----y Media Men" that was being passed around media circles.

Bush/McCain associate subpoenaed to reveal dirty dossier sources

On Wednesday, Rep. Devin Nunes , who chairs the House Intelligence Committee, issued a subpoena to an associate of Sen. John McCain , who allegedly traveled to the United Kingdom to receive a copy and a briefing on a salacious, uncorroborated dossier from a former British spy, Christopher Steele. David J. Kramer, a former State Department official who is now a senior fellow at the McCain Institute for International Leadership, traveled to London in November 2016 and met with Steele.

Bush/McCain associate subpoenaed to reveal dirty dossier sources

On Wednesday, Rep. Devin Nunes , who chairs the House Intelligence Committee, issued a subpoena to an associate of Sen. John McCain , who allegedly traveled to the United Kingdom to receive a copy and a briefing on a salacious, uncorroborated dossier from a former British spy, Christopher Steele. David J. Kramer, a former State Department official who is now a senior fellow at the McCain Institute for International Leadership, traveled to London in November 2016 and met with Steele.

I Think Porter Agrees With Chad


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Trump, GOP congressional leaders to plot agenda in January

Eager for more legislative achievements before Washington's focus shifts to the midterm elections, President Donald Trump plans to start the new year by meeting with Republican congressional leaders to plot the 2018 legislative agenda, the White House said. After returning to Washington from Florida, where he is spending the holidays, Trump will host House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky at the rustic Camp David presidential retreat in Maryland during the weekend of Jan. 6-7.

Yet again, SUSD seeks stable long-term leadership

By comparison, four San Joaquin County school districts with more than 10,000 students have had no more than seven in the same time frame. When Eliseo Davalos was named superintendent of the county's largest school district in July 2016, SUSD officials were hopeful he would bring much-needed stability and a desire to lead the district for many years.

Unlicensed work camps under investigation for usage of food stamp benefits


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A sign marks the entrance to the Faith Based Therapeutic Community Corporation recovery program in Fort Gibson. The program is under investigation for alleged food stamp fraud.

LeBron vs. MJ: Obama Weighs in on the Big Debate

President Barack Obama smiles up at National Basketball Association Hall of Fame member and legendary athlete Michael Jordan before awarding him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House November 22, 2016, in Washington, DC. Obama presented the medal to 19 living and two posthumous pioneers in science, sports, public service, human rights, politics and the arts.

Trump, in Washington, stays close to home


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After living in Washington for nearly a year, President Donald Trump has yet to enjoy a single non-working meal at a restaurant that doesn't pay him rent. He hasn't taken in a performance at the Kennedy Center; hasn't been to a sporting event; hasn't toured most of the sights.

Trump, GOP Hill leaders to meet at Camp David in January

Eager for more legislative achievements before Washington's focus shifts to the midterm elections, President Donald Trump plans to open the new year by meeting with Republican congressional leaders to map out the 2018 legislative agenda, the White House said. After returning to Washington from Florida, where he is spending the holidays, Trump will quickly host Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin at the rustic Camp David presidential retreat in Maryland's Catoctin Mountains during the weekend of Jan. 6-7, the White House said.

Thousands of Puerto Rico police owed overtime call in sick

In this Nov. 15, 2017 photo, some roofs damaged by the whip of Hurricane Maria are shown still exposed to rainy weather conditions, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The Department of Homeland Security's internal watchdog says his office will be investigating how a tiny Florida company won more than $30 million in contracts for desperately needed relief supplies following Hurricane Maria.

Russians saw a strange sight this week

Scottsbluff Rural Fire Captain Paul Reisig says... -- Two teachers took a school ugly sweater contest to the next level when they outfitted their tops with bells -- and used them to play music for a delighted... -- A St. Petersburg resident shared a photo on social media of blue-colored snow in his neighborhood. Some are now concerned that the snow has... Tremont, Ill.

Black steps down as US House budget chair amid governor bid

U.S. Rep. Diane Black announced Wednesday that she is stepping down as House Budget Committee chairwoman, but will remain in Congress as she runs for governor of Tennessee. The Republican's decision follows passage of a wide-spanning tax reform law that she and her committee helped usher through the legislative process.

Rep. Blackburn: Congress’ Momentum Will Continue in ’18

The momentum that is already happening under President Donald Trump is continuing with Congress, and will continue moving forward in 2018, as "everybody realizes the American people want to see things done," Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., said Wednesday. "People are excited about what happened with tax reform," Blackburn told Fox News' "Overtime Outnumbered."

SDFD looking for a new batch of brave recruits

The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department is holding open enrollment for its next batch of firefighter recruits. Think you have what it takes? In addition to risking their lives to put out fires, firefighters are often the first emergency response personnel to arrive at emergency situations involving sick or injured people.

AIS, AtoN, MTS – and you

The United States Army Corps of Engineers , supported by Alion Science and Technology , has put forth considerable effort during the last two years to further extend the capabilities of the existing Automatic Identification System network to improve the safety and efficiency of navigation along the inland rivers. The USACE works with the United States Coast Guard and other agencies and stakeholders to operate and maintain the nation's Marine Transportation System .

Eni Begins Drilling Oil Well in Alaska’s Beaufort Sea

Italian oil producer Eni this week began drilling a new well in U.S. waters off the north coast of Alaska, becoming the first company to do so since 2015, federal regulators said on Wednesday. The oil and gas firm is working from an artificial island in the Beaufort Sea about three miles off Oliktok Point in the Arctic Ocean.

Lockheed joins Gray Wolf missile development program

The Air Force has awarded Lockheed Martin the second deal, after Northrop Grumman, for development and demonstration of a new low-cost cruise missile called Gray Wolf. The terms of the $110 million deal were made public by Lockheed Martin on Wednesday in announcing the five-year contract for phase 1 of Gray Wolf development.

British diplomats make predictions for Trump in 2020

According to The Telegraph , President Donald Trump is expected to win re-election in 2020. The UK-based daily wrote that senior diplomats in service to the United Kingdom believe that despite a proliferation of negative headlines in the establishment press, Trump has managed to keep hold of support among his constituents since his inauguration in January of this year.

Trump’s Clinton tweets cut against James Comey firing explanation

When President Donald Trump fired James Comey in May, he said he was acting on the recommendation of Justice Department leaders who had faulted the FBI director for publicly releasing "derogatory information" about Hillary Clinton at the conclusion of the email server investigation one year earlier. Yet with each tweet about the Clinton probe, Trump seems to be further undermining his administration's stated rationale for a termination that's now central to special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation.