John Alexander retains Bennelong in by-election

'You p****d away your career being a spoiled brat': Craig Sager's daughter Kacy destroys axed ESPN reporter Britt McHenry in epic Twitter rant over family insult Cringeworthy moment Trump's pick for lifetime federal judge appointment fails to answer BASIC questions about the law and admits never having tried a case in brutal confirmation hearing hearing Tax cut bill goes public as GOP slashes rates for the wealthy, nixes Obamacare penalty, expands child tax credits, dramatically lowers corporate taxes and opens up new Alaska oil drilling The man who stole my childhood: Dylan Farrow shares her grief at the release of Woody Allen's new movie being celebrated by stars Kate Winslet and Justin Timberlake Off the menu: Morgan Spurlock's 'Super Size Me' sequel is pulled from the Sundance Film Festival after his shocking sexual misconduct confession 'A bubble almost guaranteed to burst': Wolf of ... (more)

Tax bill boosts oil, gas drilling _ and renewable energy

The Republicans' tax package would boost traditional forms of energy such as oil and gas while also supporting renewable energy such as wind and solar power - and even extend a hand to buyers of electric cars. An agreement by House and Senate negotiators would open Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling, while preserving tax credits for wind power and other clean energy.

Commuters lose transit, parking, biking benefits in tax bill

Count commuters among the losers in the Republican tax bill that the House and Senate are expected to vote on next week. The final bill agreed to by Republican negotiators and released late Friday eliminates the tax incentive for private employers that subsidize their employees' transit, parking and bicycle commuting expenses.

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Religious schools, homeschoolers to get a boost in GOP tax plan, thanks to Ted Cruz and Mike Pence - Washington Examiner Religious schools, homeschoolers to get a boost in GOP tax plan, thanks to Ted Cruz and Mike Pence Washington Examiner Parents would get new federal tax breaks for sending their children to private or religious schools or teaching them at home if the final Republican tax overhaul bill becomes law.

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Perhaps adding to the chorus of criticism against the near end of week game, the stakes were pretty low for last night's Thursday Night Football with neither the Denver Broncos nor the Indianapolis Colts in the playoffs running this season.At least with their 25-13 win, the NFL team from the Mile High City snapped an eight-game losing streak on the road in Week 15 of the season. Not that many were interested, it seems - and we don't just mean all those empty seats in Lucas Oil Stadium on Thursday in a season sideswiped by protests, controversy and ratings declines.

Guest Column: Partisan, yes, but of social justice

I admit to being partisan. However, rather than being a supporter of any party, I am a partisan of social justice, of the idea that all people should be valued equally, that privilege through birth, wealth, or connections, must not play a part in any democratic exercise.

Tax bill boosts oil, gas drilling – and renewable energy

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas, talks to reporters at the Capitol after Republicans signed the conference committee report to advance the GOP tax bill, in Washington, Friday, Dec. 15, 2017. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas, talks to reporters at the Capitol after Republicans signed the conference committee report to advance the GOP tax bill, in Washington, Friday, Dec. 15, 2017.

Major media players start commission for sexual misconduct

The biggest figures and institutions in entertainment have established a commission to be chaired by Anita Hill that intends to combat sexual misconduct and inequality in the industry in the wake of the huge wave of revelations spurred by allegations against Harvey Weinstein . A statement Friday announced the founding of the Commission on Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality in the Workplace, a group that grew out of a meeting called by "Star Wars" producer Kathleen Kennedy and several other prominent women in the industry.

Others say: Accusers should be heard

Few things have changed so profoundly in America in the past year as the social and political rules for how allegations of sexual misconduct against powerful men should be handled, and what the consequences should be for those men who have been sexual aggressors. The names alone make the point.

Cascades of cash in race for district attorney

Lackawanna County DA candidate Gene Talerico meets with the Times-Tribune editorial board in Scranton on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017. Christopher Dolan / Staff Photographer Well, it took a while to get back to the old days, but the Lackawanna County district attorney race pulled it off.

Kentucky reeling from sexual assault, harassment accusations

As sexual assault and harassment allegations sweep through statehouses around the country, no place has been impacted quite like Kentucky: A state forced to confront its past salacious behavior in the midst of an historic transition to Republican rule. Kentucky's GOP House Speaker resigned his leadership position after acknowledging he secretly settled a sexual harassment claim with a woman in his office.

Today in History

On Dec. 16, 1773, the Boston Tea Party took place as American colonists boarded a British ship and dumped more than 300 chests of tea into Boston Harbor to protest tea taxes. In 1809, the French Senate granted a divorce decree to Emperor Napoleon I and Empress Josephine .

Tax bill guts unpopular ‘Obamacare’ insurance mandate

Republicans didn't get their wish to repeal former President Barack Obama's health care law, but the tax bill barreling toward a final vote in Congress guts its most unpopular provision, the requirement that virtually all Americans carry health insurance. Politically, the move is a winner for Republicans, who otherwise would have little to show for all their rhetoric about "Obamacare."

Americans pessimistic about Trump, country: AP-NORC Poll

President Donald Trump frequently casts his first year in office as a string of successes and campaign promises fulfilled. But less than a quarter of Americans think Trump has made good on the pledges he made to voters while running for president, according to a new poll by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

Female candidate quits Kansas race over 2005 harassment suit

A female congressional candidate dropped out of the Kansas race Friday over a 12-year-old lawsuit accusing her of sexually harassing a male subordinate, an unusual case of a woman facing the sort of misconduct allegations that have forced numerous men out of their jobs in recent weeks. Andrea Ramsey announced in a Facebook post that she was ending her campaign, calling allegations that she harassed her former employee and then retaliated against him "a lie."

Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Maren Morris, Keith Urban and more set to salute Elton John

Billionaire Barry Sherman and his wife, Honey, have been found dead in their Toronto, Canada mansion, officials said.Two bodies were found at 50 Old Colony Road i... - Congressman Jeff Fortenberry and Congresswoman Debbie Dingell yesterday introduced the bipartisan Recovering America's Wildlife Act i... SEWARD, Neb. - The football careers of three Concordia University seniors will extend at least into this weekend.

New London development and planning director to depart in January

New London – Tammy Daugherty, the director of the city's Office of Development and Planning and someone who has played a role in nearly every major city economic and community development initiative during her six years with the city, is leaving at the end of January. Daugherty, a licensed broker, said she plans to work for herself in the field of real estate development and project management consulting.

With Rubio, Corker onboard, GOP finalizes huge tax package

Republicans solidified support for their major overhaul of the nation's tax laws Friday, securing endorsements from wavering senators as they pushed to muscle their bill through Congress next week and give President Donald Trump his first major legislative victory. Republican Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida and Bob Corker of Tennessee announced Friday that they would back the bill, the most sweeping rewrite of the tax code in more than three decades.

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After weeks of quarrels, qualms and then eleventh-hour horse-trading, Republicans revealed the details of their huge national tax rewrite late Friday - along with announcements of support that all but guarantee approval to give President Donald Trump the Christmas legislative triumph he's been aching for. The legislation would slash tax rates for big business and lower levies on the richest Americans in a massive $1.5 trillion bill that the GOP plans to muscle through Congress next week before its year-end break.

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Billionaire Barry Sherman and his wife, Honey, have been found dead in their Toronto, Canada mansion, officials said.Two bodies were found at 50 Old Colony Road i... - Congressman Jeff Fortenberry and Congresswoman Debbie Dingell yesterday introduced the bipartisan Recovering America's Wildlife Act i... SEWARD, Neb. - The football careers of three Concordia University seniors will extend at least into this weekend.

Rockport leaders and experts discuss recovery plans

The recovery efforts in Rockport are well on their way, and throughout the week, community leaders and experts came together to discuss some short-term and long-term plans. Housing is still a big concern, but those in the meetings also talked about the importance of getting tourism going again.

Facing deportation, man taking sanctuary at Old Lyme church granted last-minute stay

Julia Chavez, from left, hugs Senior Minister Steve Jungkeit as they stand with her son Mariano Cardoso Sr. after a press conference on Friday, December 15, 2017, at the First Congregational Church in Old Lyme. Cardoso Sr., who has lived in the United States for almost 30 years, received a last minute stay of removal after being given a deportation order by the Hartford I.C.E. and had taken into sanctuary by the church.

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Billionaire Barry Sherman and his wife, Honey, have been found dead in their Toronto, Canada mansion, officials said.Two bodies were found at 50 Old Colony Road i... - Congressman Jeff Fortenberry and Congresswoman Debbie Dingell yesterday introduced the bipartisan Recovering America's Wildlife Act i... SEWARD, Neb. - The football careers of three Concordia University seniors will extend at least into this weekend.

Major media players start commission for sexual misconduct

Hollywood executives and other major players in entertainment have established a commission to be chaired by Anita Hill that intends to combat sexual misconduct and inequality across the industry. The group grew out of a meeting called by "Star Wars" producer Kathleen Kennedy and several other prominent women in the industry.

Manhattan prosecutor returns 3 ancient sculptures to Lebanon

Three ancient sculptures are being returned to their rightful owners in Lebanon as the Manhattan district attorney forms a new antiquities trafficking unit. Lawmakers in Colorado and New Mexico are revisiting their sexual misconduct policies as legislatures nationwide confront claims that they haven't done enough to protect victims.

Trump wants death penalty for anyone who kills a police officer

Taking aim at the credibility of the FBI, President Donald Trump unleashed a blistering attack on the bureau's leadership even as he praised state and local police officers as a bulwark against rising violence and crime. Trump denounced the bureau for its handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, calling it "really disgraceful" and continuing his questioning of his country's intelligence and law enforcement institutions as no president before.

Moore Not Conceding Senate Race to Jones

Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore is not conceding to Democrat Doug Jones, telling campaign supporters "it's not over." Campaign chairman Bill Armistead says that because the vote is close and approaching the state's recount requirement, "we do not have a final decision on the outcome."

Putin says U.S. hurts itself with – invented’ Trump collusion case

Russian President Vladimir Putin scoffed Thursday at allegations of collusion between U.S. President Donald Trump's campaign and Russia, saying the reports have been "invented" by Trump's foes and have hurt the U.S. political system. He also mocked his most visible critic, Alexei Navalny, who is barred from challenging Putin in the March 18 presidential vote due to an embezzlement conviction, saying those like him want to plunge Russia into a destabilized quagmire.

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Historically, women's lusts drove them to witchcraft, and today, it is men's lusts that are the root of all male witchcraft, writes Howard Hendrix of Shaver Lake. Historically, women's lusts drove them to witchcraft, and today, it is men's lusts that are the root of all male witchcraft, writes Howard Hendrix of Shaver Lake.

Poll: Most say Trump crossed line with Russia contacts

Most Americans think Donald Trump did something illegal or at least unethical regarding ties between his presidential campaign and Russia - and they think he's trying to obstruct the investigation looking into those possible connections. The deeply divided country is more concerned about health care and the economy than any collusion with the Kremlin, according to a new poll by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

Jobs are secondary in economic grants

The Southern Tier council was not one of the top winners in the 2017 Regional Economic Development Council awards in Albany on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017. If you want to relive the haze of the Woodstock Music and Arts Festival at the 50th anniversary celebration in the summer of 2019, rest assured New York will be there to help.

Net neutrality rules are dead

The Federal Communications Commission repealed the Obama-era "net neutrality" rules Thursday, giving internet service providers like Verizon, Comcast and AT&T a free hand to slow or block websites and apps as they see fit or charge more for faster speeds. In a straight party-line vote of 3-2, the Republican-controlled FCC junked the longtime principle that said all web traffic must be treated equally.

Johnson Amendment Repeal Removed from Final GOP Tax Bill(UPDATED)…

President Donald Trump's biggest religious freedom policy promise to evangelicals - repealing the Johnson Amendment - will no longer take place via Republican tax reform. A Democratic senator announced Thursday night that the repeal included in the House version of the tax bill, which would allow churches and other nonprofits to endorse candidates without losing their tax-exempt status, was removed during the reconciliation process with the Senate version, which did not include a repeal.

Why does the EPA need a Republican opposition research firm?


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No organization has embraced Donald Trump's war on the press like the Environmental Protection Agency. Now, the EPA has gone beyond even the president's tough talk and into the dark world of political opposition research.

These are the people killed on Devon roads in 2017

These are the faces and names of some of the people tragically killed in collisions on the region's roads this year The roads of Devon have taken their toll this year and accidents have sparked calls for safety improvements across the county - especially on the A38 and the North Devon Link Road. DevonLive.com has dug through its archives and here are 27 people who have died on the roads in Devon this year.

Hallmark Christmas Movies Are White Nationalist Trump Propaganda, of Course

There is a running tradition in my home. Whenever a Hallmark Channel Christmas movie comes on the question is asked: " Oh, is this the one with the female executive who is far too busy for Christmas but finds herself stuck in a small hamlet where she encounters a handsome man with whom she is belligerent but she learns to see the charms of the town and the meaning of Christmas and she ends up falling in love with the hunk and kiss in the snow on Christmas Eve while wearing scarves The gag, of course, is that is the plot of EVERY Hallmark holiday "film."

What’s in the final version of the tax cut bill

That's a significant tax break for the very wealthy, The new tax break for millionaires goes beyond what was in the original House and Senate bills. a Starting on Jan. 1, 2018, big businesses would see their tax rate fall from 35 percent to 21 percent, the largest one-time rate cut in U.S. history for America's largest companies.

Highlights of GOP compromise bill to overhaul tax code

Republicans in Congress have blended separate tax bills passed by the House and Senate into compromise legislation that seeks to achieve a sweeping overhaul of the nation's tax code. GOP leaders are looking toward passage of the final package by the House and Senate next week, with the aim of sending the measure to President Donald Trump to sign before Christmas.

Huge tax bill heads for passage as GOP senators fall in line

After weeks of quarrels, qualms and then eleventh-hour horse-trading, Republicans revealed their huge national tax rewrite late Friday - along with announcements of support that all but guarantee approval next week in time to give President Donald Trump the Christmas legislative triumph he's been aching for. The legislation would slash tax rates for big business and lower levies on the richest Americans in a massive $1.5 trillion bill that the GOP plans to muscle through Congress before its year-end break.

Austria’s chancellor says he will reject migrant quotas

EXCLUSIVE: Daddy duty! Mark Zuckerberg takes his toddler's potty to a burger restaurant and eats shaved ice as he enjoys his month-long paternity leave in Hawaii Trump refuses to rule out pardoning Michael Flynn and says Roy Moore should throw in the towel in Alabama senate race Protester in a wheelchair is shot dead by Israeli troops along with two other Palestinians as riots sparked by Trump's Jerusalem declaration continue in Gaza 'Who the hell wants to take care of them?' Trump says deporting MS-13 gang members is cheaper than housing them in jails and says visa lottery system has to end EXCLUSIVE: Republicans publicly defy Robert Mueller by holding fundraiser for Trump aide he has charged as questions mount over Russia probe Give it up Roy: Defiant Moore and his wife ignore deafening calls to concede the Alabama Senate seat election to Democrat Doug Jones as they carry on regardless ... (more)

Star Wars, Oracle and Doubts About the Tax Bill – 5 Things You Must Know

U.S. stocks are indicated to open higher on Friday, rebounding from losses in the previous session that were brought on by doubts expressed by some GOP lawmakers over the tax bill in Congress. 1 . -- U.S. stocks were indicated to open higher on Friday, Dec. 15, rebounding from losses in the previous session that were brought on by doubts expressed by some GOP lawmakers over the tax bill in Congress.

Trump slams FBI and DOJ on his way to Quantico

President Donald Trump on Friday morning said people are "very, very angry" with the Federal Bureau of Investigations and the Department of Justice about what he sees as revelations of political bias in its ranks , just before he boarded a helicopter headed for Quantico. "It's very sad when you look at the documents, and how they have done that is really disgraceful," the president said, apparently referring to a batch of text messages critical of Trump between a former agent and FBI lawyer involved with the Mueller investigation released this week.

White House aims to shift public opinion to favor merit-based immigration

The White House is embarking on a major campaign to turn public opinion against the nation's largely family-based immigration system ahead of an all-out push next year to move toward a more merit-based structure. The administration was laying the groundwork for such a drive even before an Islamic State-inspired extremist who was born in Bangladesh tried to blow himself up in Midtown Manhattan on Monday.

Hong Kong is right not to follow the US in cutting taxes

The city has many other advantages that make it attractive to international businesses, and it should make sure it retains them For once Hong Kong's lacklustre financial secretary, Paul Chan Mo-po, had something sensible to say when he declared that there was no reason for the city to follow the United States in cutting taxes. He also made the sensible remark that Hong Kong should not be overreliant on its low tax regime to remain internationally competitive.

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The FCC voted yesterday to turn over the flow of Internet traffic to commercial entities the day after traffic " into and out of Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and other companies " was, suspiciously and intentionally, redirected through a Russian node. The FCC vote was 3 to 2 along party lines, with Republicans in the majority.

Ohio’s elections chief wants new voting machines by 2020

Ohio's elections chief wants counties to modernize their voting machines before the 2020 presidential election, and he's urging the governor and state lawmakers to foot much of the bill. Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted sent a letter to Gov. John Kasich, his budget director and state legislative leaders on Thursday seeking $118 million in state capital funds for the project.

US special envoy backs unconditional talks with N. Korea

Democrats want to know why Justice Department released FBI texts - Democrats pressed the Justice Department on Thursday to explain why it released salacious, anti-Donald Trump text messages exchanged between two FBI employees who are still under investigation for their work on the Russia special counsel investigation. Poll: 54 percent say Mueller has conflict of interest - A majority of polled voters say special counsel Robert Mueller has a conflict of interest because of his past ties to former FBI Director James Comey, according to the latest Harvard CAPS-Harris survey.

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On Monday, Dec. 4, President Donald Trump, speaking in Utah, announced that the 1.35 million-acre Bears Ears national monument would be shrunk by over 80 percent, potentially making it available for mining, exploration and private use. In response, Ventura-based outdoor retailer Patagonia, along with a coalition of environmental, Native American and outdoor organizations, filed a lawsuit in an attempt to block the president's authority to make such a move.

Arlington Police Reveal Best Practices for Policing

A new report released Friday by the Arlington Police Department could help shape how departments across the country do business. Handpicked by the U.S. Department of Justice as part of a nationwide initiative on modern policing, the Arlington Police Department released a new report Friday that could shape how agencies across the country do business.

Texas lawmaker to retire amid harassment accusations

Texas Republican Rep. Blake Farenthold won't seek re-election next year, two Republicans said Thursday, adding his name to the list of lawmakers leaving Congress amid sexual harassment allegations that have cost powerful men their jobs in politics, the arts and other businesses. The accusations against Farenthold first surfaced in 2014, when a former aide sued him over sexually suggestive comments and behavior and said she'd been fired after she complained.

Second accuser prompts call for Nevada congressman to go

This Nov. 14, 2016 file photo Rep.-elect Ruben Kihuen, D-Nev.,right, speaks with reporters as Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., left, listens on Capitol Hill in Washington. The chairman of the House Democrats' campaign committee called on Kihuen to step down after a report Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, that he allegedly sexually harassed his campaign's finance director.

Rubio defection threatens GOP’s slim majority on tax bill

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas, center, embraces Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, left, as House and Senate conferees after GOP leaders announced they have forged an agreement on a sweeping overhaul of the nation's tax laws, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017. Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., ranking member of the House Ways and Means Committee, looks on at far right.

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Senator Al Franken confessed to sexual misconduct, apologized, and was drummed out of the Senate. It seems that President Trump and Judge Roy Moore have a smarter strategy.

Vietnam pilot reveals how he was shot down and ejected

How Matt Lauer seduced a Today PA into dressing room 'hostage-style' sex sessions when she asked for career advice and later sabotaged her future in media PICTURED: Drugs 'Queenpin' behind multi-million dollar weed 'fortress' is busted netting a 'fortune and using it to fund lavish lifestyle' as a respected mom in upscale California neighborhood James Comey's draft statement on the Hillary Clinton FBI email probe was edited to remove implications she was guilty of a crime before he went public Trump gives Rupert Murdoch his blessing to sell most of his media empire to Disney for $52.4billion 'after mogul promised the president the sale wouldn't affect Fox News Channel' Lookalike sisters marry their childhood sweethearts in a TRIPLE wedding ceremony lasting three hours Gun used to shoot dead Tupac Shakur was found in a Compton backyard 19 years ago but police 'lost' it amid fears it would ... (more)

No jail for fertility doctor who lied about using own sperm

The White House is embarking on a major campaign to turn the public against the nation's largely family-based immigration system ahead of an all-out push to move toward a more merit-based structure. Man accused of ramming car into crowd protesting against a white nationalist rally in Virginia, killing one and injuring dozens in August, faces court hearing.

Crude tweet gets bully king ultimate insult

A top US newspaper blasted President Donald Trump with a withering editorial, saying he was not fit to even clean the toilets in Barack Obama's presidential library or shine George W Bush's shoes.USA Today published the piece after Trump attacked a Democratic female senator in a crude tweet." Will Trump's lows ever hit rock bottom?" blared the headline of the piece from the paper's editorial board,... A top US newspaper blasted President Donald Trump with a withering editorial, saying he was not fit to even clean the toilets in Barack Obama's presidential library or shine George W Bush's shoes.

Johnson’s honed history blemished by allegation

The Kentucky lawmaker's resume included enough material for an award-winning memoir: He was a peacekeeper at the Rodney King riots in Los Angeles, a White House chaplain to three presidents and a 9/11 first responder who gave last rites to hundreds of people at Ground Zero.

Dueling statistics used at hearing on racial bias in stings

A question raised nationwide about whether federal agents display racial bias by staging phony stash-h... The White House is embarking on a major campaign to turn the public against the nation's largely family-based immigration system ahead of an all-out push to move toward a more merit-based structure. The White House is embarking on a major campaign to turn the public against the nation's largely family-based immigration system ahead of an all-out push to move toward a more merit-based structure.

Analysis: When Trump sees a rival, he knows just what to tweet

And President Donald Trump's scorching tweet on Tuesday aimed at Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is being viewed in Washington as a sign Gillibrand is a top contender for President in 2020. President Trump called Gillibrand a "lightweight" and "flunky" who would 'come to my office "begging" for campaign contributions not so long ago ."

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With possible implications for fruit and vegetable servings, the government is seeking public input on how certain foods are counted for nutrition standards in school lunches. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is inviting comments on what it called "food crediting," the system that defines how each food item fits into a meal for the National School Lunch Program and other federal child nutrition programs.

Alabama puts decency first

Democrat Doug Jones won a bitter fight for a US Senate seat in deeply conservative Alabama on Tuesday, dealing a political blow to President Donald Trump in a race marked by sexual misconduct accusations against Republican candidate Roy Moore. The stunning upset makes Jones the first Democrat elected to the US Senate from Alabama in 25 years and will trim the Republicans' already narrow Senate maj... Democrat Doug Jones won a bitter fight for a US Senate seat in deeply conservative Alabama on Tuesday, dealing a political blow to President Donald Trump in a race marked by sexual misconduct accusations against Republican candidate Roy Moore.

Net neutrality rules ditched in move that could recast internet

The US Federal Communications Commission has voted to repeal sweeping 2015 net neutrality rules, in a move that gives internet service providers a free hand to slow or block websites and apps as they see fit, or charge more for faster speeds. The approval of FCC chairman Ajit Pai's proposal marked a victory for internet service providers like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon Communications and could recast the digital landscape.

U.S. House will stop using public funds for harassment settlements

NHIAA boys' and girls' basketball have seen a few coaching changes. The Merrimack Valley of Penacook girls are among those under new leadership, but it comes under unfortunate... - The top Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives said on Wednesday that Congress was working on a package of reforms that would prohibit using taxpayer money for ... (more)

Minnesota lieutenant governor to replace Franken in U.S. Senate

The chief executive of New Hampshire Motor Speedway says he's confident that a country music festival scheduled for the venue this summer will go on as planned, despite a lawsuit by... Minnesota Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith shares a laugh at a reporter's question after Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton announced Smith to replace U.S. Senator Al ... (more)

Cybersecurity bill features rare collaboration in House; now comes the Senate challenge

House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul, R-Texas, is tantalizingly close to achieving one of his top remaining cybersecurity goals - a year before he gives up the gavel after six years of running the committee - in creating a prominent, stand-alone cybersecurity agency within the Department of Homeland Security. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Act was unanimously approved by the House on Dec. 11, and the fate of McCaul's bill is now in the hands of Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Chairman Ron Johnson, R-Wis., and other senators, who apparently want to make some last-minute tweaks to the measure.

FBI believes Cary, Huntley bank robberies linked

The FBI believes the same unknown individual robbed a Chase bank in Cary and TCF Bank at a Huntley grocery store earlier this month. FBI officials said the agency believes the same unknown individual robbed a Chase bank in Cary and a TCF Bank at a Huntley grocery store.

Rubio’s defection threatens Senate GOP’s margin on tax bill

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio declared Thursday he will vote against the GOP'S sweeping tax package unless negotiators expand its child tax credit, jeopardizing the Republicans' razor-thin margin as they try to muscle the $1.5 trillion bill through Congress next week. Rubio wants to increase the portion of the basic $2,000-per-child tax credit that would go to low-income families.

Conservative columnist: How the 2018 midterms could end the nightmare of Trump | Opinion

It is slowly dawning on Republicans and the right-wing media echo chamber that President Donald Trump's assault on democratic norms and the rule of law, his betrayal of his own populist campaign themes , his misogynist and xenophobic rhetoric, his mean-spirited vendetta against hardworking immigrants and his dangerous, erratic behavior on the world stage have ignited a backlash that could deliver in 2018 House and Senate majorities to Democrats, who barely had a political pulse a year ago. Trump's inability to distinguish his grandiose fantasies from reality will also give the midterms an urgency rarely seen in a non-presidential election.

LI woman laundered $85K to support Isis: Feds

A Long Island woman has been charged in federal court in Central Islip with laundering more than $85,000, using Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, to support ISIS, officials said Thursday. Zoobia Shahnaz of Brentwood transferred those funds out of the country and then attempted to leave the United States and travel to Syria, according to the U.S. Justice Department.

Net neutrality repeal has real estate really worried

The Federal Communications Commission's vote to end Obama-era net neutrality protections could change the way consumers use the internet, and that may have a lasting effect on a real estate industry. Today's 3-2 vote under Republican Commissioner Chairman Ajit Pai -- which fell along party lines -- ends the 2015 Open Internet Order, which regulated the way internet service providers treated content.

FCC votes to end ‘net neutrality’ unlikely to be end of debate

Lindsay Chestnut of Baltimore protested near the Federal Communications Commission in Washington on Thursday ahead of the vote on net neutrality. The Federal Communications Commission repealed the Obama-era "net neutrality" rules Thursday, giving internet service providers like Verizon, Comcast and AT&T a free hand to slow or block websites and apps as they see fit or charge more for faster speeds.

Low tomato volume sees high prices

With tomato prices soaring above $35 per carton in mid-December, some customers are cutting back, and shippers expect market conditions will be tight into the new year. Set back by Hurricane Irma in September, season-to-date shipments of Florida tomatoes this fall have totaled 3.44 million cartons through Dec. 9, down 54% from 7.4 million cartons the same time a year ago, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Farm bill landing page launched

As the 2018 farm bill continues to take shape, the House Agriculture Committee has launched a landing page on its website with information and updates related to the process. Available through the committee's current website at agriculture.house.gov/farmbill, the new resource offers users videos, facts, background and news updates.

McCain ‘increasingly frail,’ sources say

NOVEMBER 30: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) moves through the U.S. Capitol in a wheelchair November 30, 2017 in Washington, DC. The Senate is debating the proposed GOP tax reform bill and hopes to pass it before the end of the week. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

New hire puts Niles fire dept. at full strength

Dave Blados, 25, of Chardon, was sworn in last week and fire Chief David Danielson said the hiring of Blados brings the department up to a temporary authorized strength of 33, which includes a chief, three captains, six lieutenants and 23 firefighters. Blados was selected from among 16 applicants, Danielson said.

And the 2017 Hypocrisy of the Year Award Goes To . . .

It was a close call, but China finally edged out Congress for the Hypocrite of the Year Award. Congress grabbed the lead when Republicans, who bemoaned the wreckage President Obama did to the nation's credit by adding some $7 trillion to $9 trillion to our national debt, decided that adding to our debt is really a good way of stimulating growth.

Video: Navy Commander home in Monrovia for the holidays surprises his kids at school

A surprise homecoming is planned for three Monrovia Unified students who are unaware their father has concluded his tour of duty overseas and will be home for the holidays. Commander Jeffrey Mitchell, an officer in the United States Naval Reserve, has completed a one-year deployment as Senior Watch Officer at the Naval Forces Central Command in Bahrain, and will greet his children third-grader Charlotte Mitchell, fifth-grader Sawyer Mitchell, and eighth-grader Jackson Mitchell at their respective schools, Bradoaks Elementary and Clifton Middle schools.

Nielsen Talks Tough On Immigration During First Trip To Southwest Border

New Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has kept up her tough talk on immigration enforcement during a multi-day trip to the Southwest border, calling out sanctuary cities and backing President Donald Trump's proposed border wall. After a stop in Austin Tuesday to discuss Texas' anti-sanctuary cities law, Nielsen headed to the U.S.-Mexico border, where she called on local jurisdictions to cooperate with immigration authorities in the detention and deportation of criminal aliens.

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Marguerite Moniot felt frustrated and flummoxed. Despite the many hours she had spent in front of the computer this year reading consumer reviews of health insurance plans offered on the individual market in Virginia, she still did not know what plan was right for her.

Farenthold to retire from House amid harassment accusations

Texas Republican Rep. Blake Farenthold won't seek re-election next year, two Republicans said Thursday, adding his name to the list of lawmakers leaving Congress amid sexual harassment allegations that have cost powerful men their jobs in politics, the arts and other businesses. The accusations against Farenthold first surfaced in 2014, when a former aide sued him over sexually suggestive comments and behavior and said she'd been fired after she complained.

Hymns Are Sexist – Fight The Patriarchy With Hyrrs

Are you tired of being festive? Can't stand singing those cheerful holiday songs? Does the Christmas spirit just seem outdated and offensive to you? Well, you're in luck. Because ad agency Grey London has teamed up with Goldstein Music and Refuge Women's Charity to bring you Hyrrs , the woke alternative to Christmas hymns.

Bank of America Names Maria Zuber to Board of Directors

Zuber, 59, currently serves as the E. A. Griswold Professor of Geophysics and the vice president for research at Massachusetts Institute of Technology , where she is responsible for research administration and policy. She chairs the National Science Board, having been appointed as a member by President Barack Obama in 2013.

Poll: Americans Overwhelmingly Support ‘Zero Tolerance’ On Sexual Harassment

Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., and his wife Franni Bryson arrive at the U.S. Capitol Building on December 7, 2017, in Washington, D.C. Franken announced that he will be resigning in the coming weeks after being accused by several women of sexual harassment. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., and his wife Franni Bryson arrive at the U.S. Capitol Building on December 7, 2017, in Washington, D.C. Franken announced that he will be resigning in the coming weeks after being accused by several women of sexual harassment.

Rubio’s demand to expand child tax credit threatens GOP’s slim margin on tax bill

The Republicans' razor-thin margin for driving their sweeping tax package through the Senate was thrown into jeopardy Thursday when GOP Sen. Marco Rubio declared he will vote against it unless negotiators expand the tax credit that low-income Americans can claim for their children. Rubio's potential defection complicates Republican leaders' goal of muscling the $1.5 trillion bill through Congress next week, handing President Donald Trump his first major legislative victory by Christmas.

Poll: Most say Trump crossed line with Russia contacts

Most Americans think Trump did something either Illegal or unethical regarding his presidential campaign's ties to R... Graphic shows results from AP-NORC Center poll on attitudes about the investigation into Russian ties to the Trump campaign; 2c x 6 inches; 96.3 mm x 152 mm; WASHINGTON - Most Americans think Donald Trump did something illegal or at least unethical regarding ties between his presidential campaign and Russia - and they think he's trying to obstruct the investigation looking into those possible connections. The deeply divided country is more concerned about health care and the economy than any collusion with the Kremlin, according to a new poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

Actually, Barbara Comstock Has Taken the Lead on Combatting Sexual Harassment

Jennifer Rubin at the Washington Post took time recently to accuse Republicans, specifically Representative Barbara Comstock of Virginia and Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina of sounding "altogether too complacent, too passive and too resigned" to Roy Moore's failed U.S. Senate candidacy. Moore, of course, spent the last several weeks giving conflicting answers in response to accusations that he is a child molester.

Henry Louis Gates Jr. discusses his mission to marvel with ‘100 Amazing Facts About the Negro’

'God put me on earth for many reasons, and one is to integrate the history of the human community by establishing the role that black people played,' he says. Back in the late 1960s, Yale University student Gates dropped by a campus co-op one day and ran across a paperback called "100 Amazing Facts About the Negro with Complete Proof: A Short Cut to the World History of the Negro."

As sexual misconduct complaints loom, state Senate leader urges fellow Democrat step aside

California Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, at podium, speaks to reporters during a news conference in his office at the state Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017. De Leon ramped up pressure on his fellow Democrat, Sen. Tony Mendoza of Artesia, to take a leave of absence until an investigation of his alleged sexual misconduct ends.

Pelosi: Lawmaker accused of sexual misconduct should resign

The top House Democrat says a Nevada lawmaker should resign after a second woman accused him of sexually inappropriate behavior. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi first said Rep. Ruben Kihuen should resign on Dec. 2, one day after a former staffer said Kihuen sexually harassed her during his congressional campaign in 2016.

FCC votes down Obama-era ‘net neutrality’ rules

In a vote along party lines, the federal government has ended sweeping net-neutrality rules that guaranteed equal access to the internet. The Thursday vote at the Federal Communications Commission will likely usher in big changes in how Americans use the internet, a radical departure from more than a decade of federal oversight.

Franken sacrifice a tactical move

The Minnesota Democrat's remarks on Thursday marked the culmination of exactly three weeks during which eight women -- half of them anonymous -- alleged sexual misconduct by the former "Saturday Night Live" star.

The Agenda: Who will the Quinns take down with them?; Dems see chances after AL; N. Chs. goes west

Rep. Rick Quinn resigned from the legislature after two decades this week amid a wide-ranging corruption investigation Republican S.C. Rep. Rick Quinn resigned his seat yesterday and pled guilty to misconduct in office as state prosecutors closed in on his ethical entanglements and the consulting business ran by his father, Richard. The deal Rep. Quinn struck lessened the pressure on his father, but Rick could still spend some time in prison.

A Very Important Request

The FCC plans to kill Internet Neutrality today. The editor of this blog is requesting that readers and/or visitors of Cuba Journal contact their Congressman and Senators and ask them to introduce and/or support emergency legislation that will restore the regulations intoducuced by the Obama Administration in 2015 It must be veto proof, or the Hater In Chief in the White House will try to kill it with his veto power.

Joe Biden consoles daughter of cancer-stricken US senator John McCain

Former US vice-president Joe Biden has consoled the daughter of Republican senator John McCain after she began crying while discussing her father's battle with brain cancer on the chat show The View. Meghan McCain, a panellist on the program, told Mr Biden she hadn't been able to finish reading his new memoir, which centres on the 2015 death of his son Beau Biden from an aggressive tumour called glioblastoma - doctors diagnosed Senator McCain with the same type of tumour in July .

GOP Tax Plan Keeps Green Energy, Electric Car Subsidies

The House and Senate agreed Thursday to scrap a proposal eliminating a large tax credit the electric vehicle market and other green energy companies rely on to keep the fledgling industry afloat. Lawmakers spared a $7,500 electric-vehicle tax credit and a wind production tax credit that Republicans nixed to balance out the hefty tax bill, according to a Bloomberg report Thursday.

Our Opinion: The right path

If you take out a loan to buy a car that turns out to be a lemon, do you stop making payments to the bank? Some do, deciding their vehicles were such bad deals that letting the lender repossess them may be the best way out of a bad situation. About 95,000 people who took out student loans to attend for-profit institutions of higher learning are asking that the federal government forgive their debts because the schools defrauded them.

Today’s stories

The French interior ministry says a school bus and a regional train have collided in southern France, killing four children and critically injuring seven other people on the bus, the French interior ministry said 21st Century Fox says it will continue to pursue its 11.7 billion takeover offer for Sky, even though Disney is buying a large part of the company owned by Rupert Murdoch's family The developer that wanted to build three new skyscrapers, one 80 stories tall, off the downtown lakefront has been told no by the neighborhood alderman.

Absurd

Congress seldom admits to making mistakes, unless lawmakers learn they can squeeze a few extra dollars out of taxpayers by doing so.

House GOP deflates administrative state by moving to allow bikes in wilderness areas

House Republicans put the brakes on the federal bureaucracy Wednesday by advancing a bill to allow bicycles and wheelchairs in federal wilderness areas for the first time in 40 years. The House Natural Resources Committee approved on a 22-18 vote H.R. 1349, which amends the Wilderness Act to allow for non-motorized vehicles, including bikes and wheelchairs, as well as motorized wheelchairs.

Blog: Another Disclosure Requirement for California Higher Education…

All higher education institutions in California, with the sole exception of the California Community College system, will beginning with the 2018-19 academic year have to provide their students an annual summary of their total borrowing to pursue their education and an estimate of their future monthly payments. Majority Leader Ian Calderon, the author of the new law , describes its purpose as ensuring that college students have up-to-date information about their cumulative student loan debt when they are making borrowing decisions.

Republicans forge tax bill agreement

Confident congressional Republicans forged an agreement Wednesday on a major overhaul of the nation's tax laws that would provide generous tax cuts for corporations and the wealthiest Americans -- Donald Trump among them -- and deliver the first major legislative accomplishment to the GOP president.

‘If It Doesn’t Work, Blame Us’


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For weeks, Republicans have brushed aside the critique-brought by Democrats and backed up by congressional scorekeepers and independent analysts-that their tax plan is a bigger boon to the rich than a gift to the middle class. On Wednesday, GOP lawmakers demonstrated their confidence as clearly as they could, by giving a deeper tax cut to the nation's top earners.

Alabama win has Democrats broadening their target list

To Democrats, Senate candidate Doug Jones ' stunning victory in reliably Republican Alabama is more than a quirky one-off. Instead, party leaders cast the upset as a sign of growing nationwide momentum among voters opposed to President Donald Trump and an indication that Democrats shouldn't shy away from competing in Republican territory.

Alabama loss may offer a warning to Trump White House

President Donald Trump managed to endorse two different losing candidates in the same Senate race, a setback that is highlighting an experience deficit within the White House political team. "As the leader of the party, I would have liked to have had the seat," Trump acknowledged Wednesday, a day after a special Senate election in Alabama led to the election of Democrat Doug Jones.

National View: By endorsing Moore, Trump sunk the US presidency to unplumbed depths


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The first time ended badly, so when, 156 years later, Alabamians were incited to again try secession, this time from the national consensus that America is a pretty nice place, they said: No. No, that is, to rubbish like this: In April, Alabama's Republican governor, Robert Bentley, resigned one step ahead of impeachment proceedings arising from his consensual affair with an adult woman.

Kentucky Lawmaker Dies In Apparent Suicide Amid Accusations Of Sexual Assault

With friends and family standing behind him, Kentucky State Rep., Republican Dan Johnson addresses the public from his church on Tuesday to defend himself against accusations of sexual assaulting a 17-year-old girl in 2012. A Kentucky state lawmaker has apparently taken his own life following accusations that surfaced in reports by the investigative arm of Louisville Public Media - the most serious of which was the alleged sexual assault a 17-year-old girl in the basement of the church where he served as pastor.

Ky. lawmaker accused of assault dies in apparent suicide

Kentucky State Rep., Republican Dan Johnson addresses the public from his church on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, regarding allegations that he sexually abused a teenager after a New Year's party in 2013, in Louisville, Ky. Johnson says a woman's claim that he sexually assaulted her in 2013 has no merit and he will not resign.

AP sources: House, Senate leaders reach deal on tax package

Confident congressional Republicans forged an agreement Wednesday on a major overhaul of the nation's tax laws that would provide generous tax cuts for corporations and the wealthiest Americans - Donald Trump among them - and deliver the first major legislative accomplishment to the GOP president. Middle- and low-income families would get smaller tax cuts, though Trump and GOP leaders have billed the package as a huge benefit for the middle class.

Justice official defends Mueller, sees no cause for firing

House Republicans ratcheted up criticism of special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian meddling Wednesday, questioning whether there was bias on his team of lawyers but stopping short of calling for his firing or resignation. The criticism directed toward Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein at a House Judiciary Committee hearing comes after the release of anti-Donald Trump text messages exchanged between two FBI officials later assigned to the Russia probe.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai Reflects On Racist Backlash [VIDEO]

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai spoke to The Daily Caller's Vince Coglianese about the racial backlash he has received over net neutrality. Pai told The Daily Caller, "I knew we would get some backlash, both because we live in a politically toxic time in which, if you're a 'Spinal Tap' fan, everything seems to be dialed up to eleven, but also on this particular issue, that people are very passionate."

The Latest: GOP leader offers huge budget boost for military

A key House Republican has unveiled a measure to deliver a huge budget increase to the Pentagon and prevent a government shutdown at the end of next week. The measure by Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen could face a House vote next week, though there is pressure from Republicans from hurricane-hit states such as Florida and Texas to add tens of billions of dollars of storm relief.

John McCain in hospital


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U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz, is receiving medical treatment at Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington D.C., according to his office. "Senator McCain is currently receiving treatment at Walter Reed Medical Center for normal side effects of his ongoing cancer therapy.

After Doug Jones win, Bradley Byrne hints at 2020 Senate run

U.S. Representative Bradley Byrne from Alabama's 1st Congressional District and his wife Rebecca Byrne talk to supporters after he was declared the winner of his congressional seat at his election party at Moe's Original BBQ in Mobile, Ala., on March 1, 2016. From left are his wife Rebecca Byrne, daughter Laura Byrne, his son Patrick Byrne holding grandson MacGuire Byrne, and daughter-in-law Carolyn Byrne.

Democrat Jones wins Alabama U.S. Senate seat

Democrat Doug Jones won a bitter fight for a U.S. Senate seat in deeply conservative Alabama on Tuesday, dealing a political blow to President Donald Trump in a race defined by sexual misconduct accusations against Republican candidate Roy Moore. The stunning upset makes Jones the first Democrat elected to the U.S. Senate from Alabama in a quarter-century and will trim the Republicans' already narrow Senate majority to 51-49, opening the door for Democrats to possibly retake the chamber in next year's congressional elections.

Georgia editorial roundup

Savannah Morning News on the U.S. General Services Administration proposing to tear down two buildings built in 1986 and replace them with one: The federal government should not inflict Savannah's Historic District with another architectural train wreck that will detract from the historic impact of the city's Oglethorpe Plan, which dates back to ... (more)

Political theater on guns not the answer

Sen. Dianne Feinstein points to a photograph of a rifle with a "bump stock" during a news conference to announce proposed gun control legislation at the U.S. Capitol October 4, 2017 in Washington, D.C. One of the worst tendencies of politicians in the aftermath of a tragedy is the hijacking of public sentiment to promote sweeping proposals to expand government power. A recent case in point is a proposed ban on "assault weapons" after the tragic shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas.

EPA chemical safety nominee drops out amid strong opposition

President Donald Trump's pick to oversee chemical safety at the Environmental Protection Agency withdrew his nomination Wednesday after bipartisan opposition made his Senate confirmation unlikely. Officials at the White House and the Senate told The Associated Press that Michael Dourson had sent a letter asking his name to be removed from consideration to serve as head of the EPA's Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention.

Elections chief: Automatic recount unlikely in Alabama race

Still-uncounted ballots are unlikely to change the outcome of the U.S. Senate race in Alabama enough to spur an automatic recount, the state's election chief said Wednesday as Democratic victor Doug Jones urged Republican Roy Moore to concede. Speaking during an afternoon news conference in Birmingham, Jones said a concession from Moore is the "right thing" to do, and that 'it's time to heal."

Carlin scores narrow win in Iowa Senate special election

Republican State Rep. Jim Carlin narrowly defeated Democrat Todd Wendt in a special election Tuesday for a vacant state Senate seat where GOP voters dominate. In unofficial results with all precincts reporting, Carlin, of Sioux City, outlasted Wendt, of Le Mars, by 603 votes in the district, which includes the western two-thirds of Plymouth County and northern and western areas of Woodbury County, including Sioux City's Morningside neighborhood.

Roy Moore’s Loss Signals a GOP Tearing Itself Apart Ahead of 2018


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One consequence of the election results in Alabama is that the hostility between the establishment and the populist elements of the GOP coalition will rise to a new, potentially unsustainable level. Over the past 40 years, the Republican Party has largely become a coalition of two groups: white people for whom the economy and the U.S. political system work extremely well, and white people for whom the economy and our politics hardly work at all.

Can the Republican Party shake off Roy Moore?

Even though Roy Moore lost the Alabama Senate race to Doug Jones, observers on both sides of the aisle believe Moore will forever be a stain on the face of the Republican Party . Accused of sexual abuse by eight women -- one of whom was only 14 at the time -- critics say GOP support of Moore proves the Republican Party has lost its morals.

SCOTUS Accepts Another Gerrymandering Case


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Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court decided to add a handful of cases to their docket. Among the seven new cases is a familiar issue: partisan gerrymandering.

Democrats see lesson from Alabama win: Compete everywhere

To Democrats, Senate candidate Doug Jones' stunning victory in reliably Republican Alabama is more than a quirky one-off. Instead, party leaders cast the upset as a sign of growing nationwide momentum among voters opposed to President Donald Trump and an indication that Democrats shouldn't shy away from competing in Republican territory.

New political frustrations aired in Tea Party re-enactment

Some Americans are airing their frustrations with modern politics through an annual re-enactment of the historic Boston Tea Party protest. The Boston Tea Party Museum has been collecting donations of unused tea leaves for its Saturday evening commemoration of the seminal Dec. 16, 1773, protest that preceded the Revolutionary War.

Nestle Waters v. Mountain Glacier Continues


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There was a cease-fire when Mountain Glacier filed for bankruptcy and the case was stayed. Now reorganized, the company wants back into the fight.

U.S. Sets January Push for $1Tr Infrastructure Revamp

The White House is preparing to roll out a long-delayed infrastructure rebuilding plan in January, as President Donald Trump's advisers bet that voters want a $1tr road-and-bridge-building plan - even though it is opposed by some lawmakers. Trump's advisers are putting finishing touches on a plan to direct federal spending of $200bn or more - funds it would propose to offset with cuts elsewhere in the federal budget - to leverage hundreds of billions more from local governments and private investors to pay for road, rail, water and utility upgrades.

Alabama Senate race: Moore lost election thanks to Bannon, Rep. King says

Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) on former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, Roy Moore's loss in the Alabama senate race and concerns over biases within the FBI and Department of Justice. Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., took to Twitter on Wednesday saying the GOP must "dump" Steve Bannon, President Donald Trump's former chief strategist, following the Alabama election.

Two controversial federal judge nominees will not be confirmed, Senate Republican says

The Senate Judiciary Committee's top Republican said Wednesday that two of President Trump's nominees for open seats on the federal bench will not be confirmed, just a day after urging the White House to "reconsider" them. Sen. Charles E. Grassley said that based on his discussions with the White House, the nominations of Jeff Mateer and Brett Talley would not move forward through the confirmation process.

Bernie Sanders, others on political left push Trump to maintain NAFTA hard line

Sen. Bernie Sanders and other members of the anti-NAFTA left held a news conference Wednesday on Capitol Hill where they demanded that the president keep his promise to drastically overhaul the agreement. "We are here today to send a very loud and clear message to Donald Trump: for once in your life keep your promises," said Sanders, a Vermont senator and former presidential contender.

Minnesota governor will appoint his lieutenant, Tina F. Smith, to replace Franken in Senate

Alabama's surprising election outcome upended the expectations in both parties for next year's midterm campaigns, with Democrats emboldened by signs of a resurgent voter base and Republicans sensing new vulnerabilities. The victory Tuesday by Democrat Doug Jones to represent that heavily conservative state in the Senate was the latest example in a string of elections this year that Democratic leaders think represent a growing backlash against President Trump - and a potential building wave for 2018.

Harsher policies under Trump reportedly damage health of

Their fears - real and imagined - about the potential deportation of their parents are causing illness and perhaps permanent brain changes, according to a new study released Wednesday by the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonprofit leader in health-policy analysis. The study showed that legal and undocumented immigrant families are being consumed by the stresses produced by the Trump administration's harsher enforcement policies.

Democrats call for halt to GOP tax bill until Jones is seated in the Senate

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer asked Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to delay the vote on the tax bill until newly elected Senator-elect Doug Jones can cast a vote. Democrats warned Wednesday that Republican plans to speed ahead with revamping the nation's tax code could spell more electoral trouble for President Trump and his party next year, especially with young people and suburban families.

Biden consoles daughter of ailing Arizona Sen. John McCain

Former Vice President Joe Biden sought to console the daughter of ailing Sen. John McCain after she began crying while discussing her father's battle with brain cancer on ABC's "The View." Meghan McCain, a panelist on the program, told Biden on Wednesday she hadn't been able to get through his new memoir, "Promise Me, Dad," which centers on the 2015 death of his son, Beau, from an aggressive tumor called glioblastoma.

GOP hopes Alabama loss is wakeup call for Trump White House

President Donald Trump managed to endorse two different losing candidates in the same Senate race, a setback that is highlighting an experience deficit within the White House political team. "As the leader of the party, I would have liked to have had the seat," Trump acknowledged Wednesday, a day after a special Senate election in Alabama led to the election of Democrat Doug Jones.

Minnesota Lieutenant Gov. Tina Smith Will Replace Sen. Al Franken


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Minnesota Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton announced on Wednesday that Smith, his former chief of staff, would take Franken's Senate seat for a one-year term. Dayton said a special election for Franken's seat would take place on Nov. 6, 2018.

Congress secures tax deal, Trump backs 21-percent corporate rate

Congressional Republicans have reached a deal on final tax legislation, the U.S. Senate's top Republican tax writer said on Wednesday, with President Donald Trump saying he would back a sharply lowered corporate tax rate of 21 percent. The 21 percent rate would be slightly above a proposed 20-percent rate that Trump supported earlier, but still far below the present headline rate of 35 percent, a deep tax cut that U.S. corporations have been seeking for years.

‘Civil rights champion’ wins senate seat over accused child molester

Doug Jones, the Democrat who pulled off a stunning upset victory in Alabama's nail-biter Senate contest on Tuesday, is considered a champion for civil rights in a state that played a seminal role in the 1960s movement for racial equality. Jones' supporters erupted in cheers and jubilation as it became clear their portly, balding candidate had become the first Alabama Democrat to win a US Senate seat in 25 years.

Republicans strike deal on tax package

Republican negotiators on Wednesday said they've managed to strike a deal on a $1.4 trillion tax-cut package and that they'll be prepared to send it to President Trump 's desk next week. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin G. Hatch told reporters that House and Senate lawmakers working to reconcile the two chambers' versions have reached an agreement.

Pat DiNizio, the Smithereens lead singer, dies at 62

"Pat was looking forward to getting back on the road and seeing his many fans and friends," according to message on his Facebook page announcing... Pat DiNizio, who as lead singer and songwriter for the New Jersey band the Smithereens was known for such hits as "Blood and Roses" and "A Girl Like You," died Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, at age 62. Pat DiNizio, who as lead singer and songwriter for the New Jersey band the Smithereens was known for such hits as "Blood and Roses" and "A Girl Like You," died Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, John Anderson, the former Illinois congressman and presidential candidate died Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, in Washington, D.C. He was 95. Anderson served ten terms in the U.S. House of Representatives and sought the Republican presidential nomination in 1980.

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Kromer: Perhaps Republicans Nationwide Didn’t Want Roy Moore

Democrat Doug Jones won Alabama's special Senate election, defeating Republican Roy Moore -- who has been accused of sexual misconduct -- for the first Director of the Goucher Poll Mileah Kromer joined WBAL News Now Wednesday, saying this demonstrates how both parties should always be running strong candidates in every election. "This would be a very scary to election be held accountable for," Kromer said, noting the accusations toward Moore.

GOP finger-pointing starts right after Moore defeat in Alabama

The Republican finger-pointing started minutes after GOP candidate Roy Moore lost to a Democrat in deep-red Alabama's Senate race, with nervous party members fearing more of the same in the 2018 election might take away their majorities in Congress. "Congratulations to the Bannon wing of the @GOP for gifting a seat to @SenateDems in one of the reddest states," Republican Representative Carlos Curbelo of Florida wrote on Twitter Wednesday, referring to Moore backer Steve Bannon, the anti-establishment ally of President Donald Trump.

NZ dollar gets late lift from US political news

The New Zealand dollar stuck to a tight range ahead of policy decisions from a raft of central banks but got a late lift after reports that Democrat Doug Jones beat Republican Roy Moore in the US Senate race in Alabama. The kiwi dollar traded at 69.54 US cents at 5pm in Wellington from 69.29 US cents at 8am and 69.27 cents late yesterday.

Fed boosts benchmark rate for third time this year

The Federal Reserve is raising its benchmark interest rate for the third time this year, signaling its confidence the U.S. economy remains on solid footing 8 years after the end of the Great Recession. The Fed is lifting its short-term rate by a modest quarter-point to a still-low range of 1.25 percent to 1.5 percent.

Justice official defends special counsel Mueller, sees no cause for firing

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, facing congressional questions about anti-Donald Trump text messages exchanged between two FBI officials assigned to the Russia probe, defended special counsel Robert Mueller on Wednesday and said he had seen no cause to fire him or received encouragement to do so. Rosenstein appeared before the House Judiciary Committee one day after the Justice Department provided congressional committees with hundreds of text messages between an FBI counterintelligence agent assigned to Mueller's team and an FBI lawyer who was on the same detail.

Uber picks new head for Indonesia business

JAKARTA: Uber Technologies unveiled on Wednesday a new head of its Indonesian operations in a market where the online taxi company faces cutthroat competition, regulatory uncertainty and a reported U.S. probe into whether it broke bribery laws. Monika Rudijono, who has a marketing background and is the first Indonesian president of Uber in Southeast Asia's biggest economy, starts in January, the company said in a statement.

Pregnant Chrissy Teigen shows off bump in plunging pink

Salma Hayek reveals Harvey Weinstein endlessly stalked and propositioned her before forcing her to do a nude lesbian sex scene after she refused his advances - and once threatened to have her KILLED EXCLUSIVE: 'Enough was enough!': Omarosa QUITS Trump's White House after Roy Moore fiasco and more aides will follow her Will Roy Moore EVER concede? Alabama Secretary of State says 'Judge Moore is not the victor in this campaign' but alleged pedophile could stretch out election for weeks to come Who is Doug Jones? Crusading civil rights lawyer who took down the KKK and believes in late-stage abortion becomes first Democrat to win in Alabama in 25 years 'I had been expecting him to die': Mother of Philip Seymour Hoffman's three children breaks her silence about his heroin relapse after 20 years of sobriety and reveals he was set to return to rehab when he died from an overdose The big chill ... (more)

House, Senate leaders reach deal on sweeping tax package

House and Senate GOP leaders forged an agreement Wednesday on a sweeping overhaul of the nation's tax laws, paving the way for final votes next week to slash taxes for businesses and give many Americans modest tax cuts starting next year. Top GOP aides said lawmakers had reached an agreement in principle on the final package.

Harper: When Moore is Less

The defeat of Roy Moore in Tuesday's special election in Alabama, to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions, was a welcome development. But Democrats should not rush to congratulate themselves and draw too many unwarranted conclusions about the implications for the upcoming midterm elections.

Third Circuit Says U.S. District Court in 2016 Should Not Have…

Third Circuit Says U.S. District Court in 2016 Should Not Have Imposed County Distribution Requirements without Finding That They Would be Harmless On December 13, the Third Circuit issued an 18-page opinion in Constitution Party of Pennsylvania v Cortes, 16-3266. The decision says that last year's decision by the U.S. District Court, rewriting the Pennsylvania ballot access laws for minor party and independent candidates, was faulty.

Republicans accuse Justice Department of bias after release of FBI officials’ text messages

FBI officials' text messages were released Tuesday describing the possibility of a presidential victory by Donald Trump as "terrifying" and saying that Hillary Clinton "just has to win." Accusations of bias, primed by the newly released texts from FBI officials, took centre stage Wednesday when Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general who appointed Mueller as special counsel, began testifying before the House Judiciary Committee.

Most memorable TV moments of 2017

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Serval cat spotted on the savanna in Kenya’s Masai Mara

'It's NOT over': Accused pedophile Roy Moore REFUSES to concede Alabama Senate race to Doug Jones and calls for a RECOUNT despite Trump congratulating victorious Democrat Keaton Jones' estranged father is a white supremacist and a felon with 'Pure Breed' and 'White Pride' tattoos who posted 'Aryan race' memes on Facebook before going to prison Bruce Brown, the pioneering filmmaker whose stunning 1960s' classic 'Endless Summer' transformed surfing from a quirky hobby to a cultural phenomenon, dies aged 80 The big chill is here: Snowfall and freezing single-digit temperatures set to hit the Midwest and Northeast and continue into the weekend Teenage Dutch model found dead at apartment complex had been partying with 'wealthy American swingers' and had 'finger marks on her neck' when she was found naked after 'plunging 14 floors' - as her family insist foul play From cold pizza under the ... (more)

The aftermath of Alabama

Quin Hillyer, a conservative columnist who once had a stint at the D-G, offers a tough post mortem in the New York Times: Donald Trump and Steve Bannon are politically impotent. The president and his former grand strategist threw considerable weight behind Roy Moore, the polarizing Republican Senate candidate in Alabama.

Gillibrand got a fight she wants after Trump’s fiery tweet

In this July 25, 2016, file photo, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY., speaks at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Gillibrand got a fight she wants after President Donald Trump attacked her in a provocative tweet that claimed she'd begged him for campaign contributions and would "do anything" for them.

Democrat Jones defeats Moore in stunning upset

In a stunning victory aided by scandal, Democrat Doug Jones won Alabama's special Senate election on Tuesday, beating back history, an embattled Republican opponent and President Donald Trump, who urgently endorsed GOP rebel Roy Moore despite a litany of sexual misconduct allegations. It was the first Democratic Senate victory in a quarter-century in Alabama, one of the reddest of red states, and proved anew that party loyalty is anything but sure in the age of Trump.

Franken, soon-to-be-gone, but back at Senate job

Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., who said last week he'll step down in the coming weeks due to mounting allegations of sexual misconduct, attends a hearing of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., who said last week he'll step down in the coming weeks due to mounting allegations of sexual misconduct, attends a hearing of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017.

Duterte to appoint Dela Rosa as next Bucor chief

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday, December 12, confirmed that he will be appointing Philippine National Police chief Ronald dela Rosa as head of Bureau of Corrections . Dela Rosa is set to retire on January 21, 2018, when he reaches the mandatory retirement age of 56 for police officers.

Analysis: Trump bets on Moore and suffers stinging defeat

Democrat Doug Jones won a narrow but stunning victory in Alabama's Senate race, defeating Republican Roy Moore in the heavily Republican state. Alabama Senator-elect Doug Jones' supporters described joy, pride and inspiration in what they called 'a new dawn' for the state, following Jones' special election win over embattled Republican Roy Moore.

US Sen. Elizabeth Warren gets 2nd turn as comic book hero

In this Dec. 5, 2017, file photo, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., waits to speak during a meeting of the Senate Banking Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. Warren was the focus last year of a 22-page comic titled "Female Force: Elizabeth Warren" and now the publisher TidalWave Comics is bringing out a sequel, "Female Force: Elizabeth Warren #2."

College coaches’ salaries increase despite threat of new tax

A potential new tax on seven-figure salaries for employees of non-profits hasn't deterred schools from doling out huge contracts to new coaches. Football powers aiming for a national title have continued to pay the market rate for proven coaches, topped by the 10-year, $75 million deal for Jimbo Fisher at Texas A&M.; If the GOP tax overhaul becomes law - perhaps before the end of the year - the school could be on the hook for $15 million in new taxes over the life of that contract.

Alabama votes down Roy Moore

In a stunning victory aided by scandal, Democrat Doug Jones won Alabama's special Senate election Tuesday, beating back history, an embattled Republican opponent and President Donald Trump, who urgently endorsed GOP rebel Roy Moore despite a litany of sexual misconduct allegations.

Female veterans experience improvement in low back pain with course of chiropractic care

A new study finds that female veterans - one of the fastest growing populations receiving treatment through the Veterans Administration health care system - experience improvement in low back pain with a course of chiropractic care, according to the American Chiropractic Association . Published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, the study's authors note that musculoskeletal conditions such as back pain are the most common ailments among female veterans.

Ferguson reviewing nearly 8,000 old cases

The city of Ferguson is reviewing nearly 8,000 municipal court cases from before 2014 to determine which should be thrown out, a process expected to take about six months, the attorney for the St. Louis suburb told a federal judge Tuesday. U.S. District Judge Catherine Perry heard a status update on the consent agreement between Ferguson and the U.S. Department of Justice.

Congress skips chance to kill Iran deal

When President Donald Trump announced two months ago that he would not certify Iran 's compliance with the nuclear deal , he automatically triggered a 60-day review period during which Congress could decide to snap tough economic sanctions on Iran back into place -- a move that would effectively kill the landmark nuclear arms agreement. Add Iran as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Iran news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

Indra Nooyi, CEO of PepsiCo, on the Red Carpet area

Carol Wolf, a fundraiser and development manager for Sandy Hook Promise, left, with Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild, a co-chairwoman of the event. Carol Wolf, a fundraiser and development manager for Sandy Hook Promise, left, with Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild, a co-chairwoman of the event.

Democrat Doug Jones Wins the Alabama Special Election


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In a major upset, Democrat Doug Jones won the Alabama Senate special election on Tuesday to fill the seat previously held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The last time Alabama sent a Democrat to the Senate was in 1992.

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Brian Beutler reminds us of how the Democrats and Republicans behaved when Scott Brown won his Senate seat in the midst of a historic debate about health care just 8 years ago: Republican leaders are on the brink of losing more than just the Alabama Senate seat. They are, among other things, also poised to break the promises they made to Sen. Susan Collins to secure her vote for the corporate tax cut bill.

‘They treated us like …

Mei Rui, a cancer researcher and concert pianist, boarded a Spirit Airlines flight from Houston to Newark on Friday night with her 2-year-old son, mother and father. A mother from Houston was asked to leave a Spirit Airlines flight after breastfeeding her son.

Supporters of democratic U.S. Senator candidate Doug Jones

After Black Voters Drive Historic Win for Doug Jones in Alabama, Demand Grows for Policies That 'Do More' To Serve Them Doug Jones and the grassroots who powered him to victory showed us a path out of the darkness of 2016 and gave us an ideal boost of momentum as we work to take back Congress in 2018." Supporters of democratic U.S. Senator candidate Doug Jones celebrate as Jones is declared the winner during his election night gathering the Sheraton Hotel on December 12, 2017 in Birmingham, Alabama.

Charles Barkley warns Democrats: Don’t take black vote for granted

While Alabama native and basketball legend Charles Barkley was elated at Republican Roy Moore 's defeat in the state's special election - calling it "a great night for Alabama" - he also warned Democrats. When CNN host Jake Tapper asked him whether he had a message for President Trump , who backed Mr. Moore despite charges of child sex abuse, Mr. Barkley did not take the bait, even though he had called Mr. Moore "an embarrassment" earlier in the interview.

Jones wins in stunning Alabama upset

In a stunning victory aided by scandal, Democrat Doug Jones won Alabama's special Senate election on Tuesday, beating back history, an embattled Republican opponent and President Donald Trump, who urgently endorsed GOP rebel Roy Moore despite a litany of sexual misconduct allegations.

CNNa s Acosta complains of White House threat

CNN's Jim Acosta says he was warned by the White House press secretary Sarah Sanders not to ask a question during President Donald Trump's bill signing ceremony on Tuesday, further evidence of sour relations between the network and administration. Acosta said Sanders told him that if he asked Trump a question, "she could not promise that I would be allowed into a pool spray again."

Things to know about Alabama’s new US senator, Doug Jones

Doug Jones, a Democrat who once prosecuted two Ku Klux Klansmen in a deadly church bombing and has now broken the Republican lock grip on Alabama, is the state's new US senator. Jones, 63, grew up in the working-class city of Fairfield, just west of Birmingham, an area where steel mills once belched smoke that left a rust-colored haze hanging over the metro area.

Doug Jones beats Roy Moore in tight Alabama Senate race

Doug Jones pulled off a major upset victory in Alabama's special election Tuesday against Republican Roy Moore , becoming the first Democrat to win a Senate seat in the red state in more than 20 years and delivering a jolt of energy to his party ahead of the 2018 midterms. After a neck-and-neck race, The Associated Press called it for Jones about two hours after the polls closed at 8 p.m. Eastern time.

GOP edges away from 20 percent corporate rate

Republican negotiators have reached a tentative agreement to raise the corporate rate in their joint House-Senate tax bill from 20 to 21 percent as they seek revenue to pay for a variety of significant changes that could be sold as tax relief for individuals. The higher corporate rate could pay for a reduction in the top individual rate, which Republicans are talking about lowering to 37 percent - beneath the current top rate of 39.6 percent and lower than the rates set by bills passed by the House and Senate this fall.

FBI agent removed from Russia probe called Trump an ‘idiot’

In this Dec. 12, 2017, photo, President Donald Trump speaks before signing the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. An FBI agent removed from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigative team over politically charged text messages at one point referred to Trump, then the Republican presidential candidate, as an "idiot."

Peter Morici: Tougher challenges than cutting taxes

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., meets with reporters as he encourages support for Republican tax reform legislation, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017. The recent surge in stock prices and bump to gross domestic product growth have been significantly assisted by an expected cut in corporate taxes, but to permanently lock in those gains and substantially improve the lives of ordinary voters, Republicans must quickly address health care, immigration, infrastructure and problems in higher education.

Forged documents falsely accuse Chuck Schumer of sex harassment

New York Democrat Chuck Schumer was the latest politician to denounce fake news Tuesday - in his case, a set of forged documents that falsely claimed to be an allegation of sexual harassment from a former staffer. The former staffer named on the report denied any knowledge of it and said she never experienced sexual harassment from the senator.

Trump slams harassment accusers, attacks senator in crude tweet

President Donald Trump on Tuesday denounced the "fabricated stories" of women who have accused him of sexual harassment, and attacked a Democratic female US senator in a crude tweet after she demanded his resignation over the claims. As the #MeToo movement of harassment victims speaking out has gathered pace in the worlds of politics and entertainment, Trump has found himself once again in the crosshairs.

The Record: Tuesday, December 12, 2017


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We've seen men accused of sexual harassment, men apologizing, men denying and men being fired. What could women do besides report their behavior? And should we even be asking? We'll talk with Northwestern University professor Laura Kipnis and Ijeoma Oluo, editor-at-large for The Establishment.

Feud with Trump boosts Gillibrand

Kirsten Elizabeth Gillibrand Democrats turn on Al Franken Report: Franken will resign Thursday Minnesota's largest newspaper calls on Franken to resign MORE 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 triggered a full-fledged feud with the possible 2020 contender in a suggestive tweet that said she "would do anything" in return for money. Trump lashed out a day after Gillibrand said he should resign over allegations of sexual misconduct from more than a dozen women.

Frederica Wilson Backs Up Democrat Accused Of Sexual Harassment

Democratic Florida Rep. Frederica Wilson said she believes Florida Democratic Rep. Alcee Hastings and not the former congressional staffer who accused Hastings of sexually harassing her. Congress' Office of Compliance settled a sexual harassment lawsuit with the former committee staffer, Winsome Packer, for $220,000 after she accused the Democratic congressman of making sexual advances, touching her and threatening her job.

Santorum: Moore will face ethics investigation whether Trump ‘supports it or not’

Former Republican Sen. Rick Santorum said Tuesday he believes the Senate will launch an ethics investigation into Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore if he wins the election even if 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 "I have no doubt if Roy Moore wins tonight that there will be an ethics investigation," Santorum said during CNN's election night coverage. "Doesn't matter whether the president supports it or not, the president isn't a member of the Senate," Santorum said.

How Dare The New York Times Highlight Campus Insanity

Frank Bruni, by all accounts a standard liberal, noted in a Sunday column how universities are increasingly promoting a disturbing animus for white people, taking as his inspiration a recent op-ed by a Texas State University student that garnered national attention. "It used to be that when someone called me an abomination, I was in the presence of a homophobe," Bruni began his Times column.

Navy ships in deadly crashes had lengthy training lapses

Two US Navy destroyers involved in deadly collisions this year -- the USS John S. McCain and USS Fitzgerald -- had lengthy records of expired training certifications and some requirements had lapsed for more than two years, according to a new report obtained by CNN. New data submitted by the Government Accountability Office in response to questions from Rep. Joe Courtney, a Connecticut Democrat, confirmed CNN's previous reporting that both the McCain and Fitzgerald failed to fulfill key training qualifications ahead of the incidents that occurred this summer.

Will Trump’s lows ever hit rock bottom?: Our view

Lightweight Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a total flunky for Chuck Schumer and someone who would come to my office "begging" for campaign contributions not so long ago , is now in the ring fighting against Trump. Very disloyal to Bill & Crooked-USED! With his latest tweet, clearly implying that a United States senator would trade sexual favors for campaign cash, President Trump has shown he is not fit for office.

The Latest: Lawyer: Not clear Trump rules would affect women

The Latest on a court hearing in a lawsuit by California over new rules by the Trump administration allowing more employers to opt out of birth control coverage for women : A lawyer for the U.S. Department of Justice says it's not clear that new rules crafted by the Trump administration would cause any women to lose insurance coverage for birth control services. Deputy Assistant Attorney General Ethan Davis made the comments during a hearing in federal court in Oakland on Tuesday in a lawsuit filed by California to block the rules.

U.S. judge questions Trump administration on birth control rules

A U.S. judge questioned on Tuesday whether the federal government properly formulated new rules that undermine an Obamacare requirement for employers to provide insurance that covers women's birth control. New rules from the Department of Health and Human Services announced in October let businesses or non-profit organizations lodge religious or moral objections to obtain an exemption from the Obamacare law's mandate that most employers provide contraceptives coverage in health insurance with no co-payment.

5 things to watch in Alabamaa s high stakes Senate race

As Alabama votes to fill the seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the choice between Republican Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones has taken on outsized significance. Moore has faced allegations of sexual misconduct with teenagers, dividing the GOP and giving Democrats hope of picking up a seat in a reliably red state.

Lanny Keller: Confusing clash of interests with bonhomie

A decade or two ago, Louisiana's moderate-to-conservative Democrats like John Breaux in the Senate and Billy Tauzin in the House were shrewd, capable and willing to buck their party leadership as centrists in either chamber. They brokered deals with President Ronald Reagan or the Bushes across party lines, quite often winning special laws or tax provisions for Louisiana.

5 things to watch in Alabama’s high stakes Senate race

As Alabama votes to fill the seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the choice between Republican Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones has taken on outsized significance. Moore has faced allegations of sexual misconduct with teenagers, dividing the GOP and giving Democrats hope of picking up a seat in a reliably red state.

Tax package would lower top tax rate for wealthy Americans

Congressional Republicans on Tuesday rushed toward a deal on a massive tax package that would reduce the top tax rate for wealthy Americans to 37 percent and slash the corporate rate to a level slightly higher than what businesses and conservatives wanted. In a flurry of last-minute changes that could profoundly affect the pocketbooks of millions of Americans, House and Senate negotiators agreed to expand a deduction for state and local taxes to allow individuals to deduct income taxes as well as property taxes.

Decision day arrives in Alabama after long, bitter Senate campaign

Voters finally lined up and voted across Alabama on Tuesday after a scandal-stained Senate election campaign that tested the limits of party loyalty in the age of President Donald Trump and - win or lose - promised significant political consequences for Republicans everywhere. At the center of the special election was fiery Christian conservative Roy Moore - "Judge Moore" to his supporters.

As Mueller closed in, pressure mounted on Flynn and family

In the days before he pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI, and as he braced for the public revelation that he'd morphed from government target to government cooperator, Michael Flynn was reveling in the pleasures of a new grandchild, swapping cheerful observations about babies with a longtime friend and fellow grandfather. At the same time, President Donald Trump's former national security adviser also was lamenting the emotional toll of the criminal investigation he was facing, another friend recalls.

US budget deficit totals $138.5 billion in November

The federal government collected a record amount of tax income for the month of November and also had a record level of spending for the month, producing a budget deficit of $138.5 billion, up slightly from a year ago. The November deficit was 1.4 percent higher than a year ago, reflecting in part higher spending to deal with disaster relief and also higher spending by the Treasury Department on interest payments on the national debt, the Treasury Department reported Tuesday.

Merrill: Turnout about 25 percent today statewide

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill said this afternoon it looked like about 25 percent voter turnout in today's special U.S. Senate race between Democrat Doug Jones and Republican Roy Moore. The special election to replace Jeff Sessions, who became U.S. attorney general early this year, is expected to cost the state $15 million - $5 million each for the primary, runoff and general.

Sessions: terror attacks show immigration a security issue

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced in a conference and official press release that he would recuse himself from any probe into Russian interference in the U.S. election. DAVID McFADDEN Associated Press BALTIMORE - A botched suicide mission on the New York City subway system showed in the "starkest terms" that the failures of the U.S. immigration system are a national security issue, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Tuesday during a stop in Baltimore with the new Homeland Security chief.

The Latest: Homeland Security watching Alabama election

Former White House strategist Steve Bannon, spoke at Senate candidate Roy Moore's rally and argued that Tuesday's election is "greater than Judge Moore and even greater than the people of Alabama," casting it as a referendum on Trump's agenda. Former NBA star and Alabama native Charles Barkley campaigned for Doug Jones on Monday.

The Latest: Hundreds mourn Mayor Ed Lee at City Hall

Hundreds of city workers and community members went to at San Francisco's City Hall to mourn the death of Mayor Ed Lee and hear acting Mayor London Breed honor Lee. They crowded on a balcony outside the mayor's office on the second floor Tuesday overlooking the building's main floor and swarmed upper floors as Breed gave a short speech honoring Lee as a sweet and humble man who she said never wanted to be a politician.

San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee oversaw explosive growth

Mayor Ed Lee, who oversaw a technology-driven economic boom in San Francisco that brought with it sky-high housing prices despite his lifelong commitment to economic equality, died suddenly early Tuesday at age 65. A statement from Lee's office said the city's first Asian-American mayor died at 1:11 a.m. at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. Lee was surrounded by family, friends and colleagues.

Transgender woman alleges discrimination in firing

A recent UNM graduate says she was fired from an internship in Democratic Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham's office because she is transgender. In this March 17, 2017, file photo, from left, Democratic Caucus Chairman Rep. Joe Crowley, D-N.Y., Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chair Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, D-N.M., Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Calif., and Rep. Nanette Barragan, D-Calif., meet with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Female workers sue McCormick & Schmick’s over lewd behavior

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions says attack on New York City subway system showed in "starkest terms" that the failures of the U.S. immigration system are a national security issue. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions says attack on New York City subway system showed in "starkest terms" that the failures of the U.S. immigration system are a national security issue.

Voting underway in contentious Alabama Senate race

Alabama voters headed to the polls Tuesday for a pivotal special election in which allegations of inappropriate behavior against Republican candidate Roy Moore have created a unique opportunity for Democrats in the typically ruby-red Deep South. The closely watched race between Moore and Democrat Doug Jones is expected to set the stage for the 2018 midterm elections by testing the influence of President Donald Trump and his allies, such as former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, in a tight election.

The Latest: NTSB says El Faro owner had weak safety culture

In this Feb. 10, 2017, file photo, family members of El Faro crew members stand with photographs of their loved ones during a break in a U.S. Coast Guard investigative hearing in Jacksonville, Fla. Federal accident investigators on Tuesday, Dec. 12, will determine the probable cause of the sinking of the cargo ship, the worst maritime disaster for a U.S.-flagged vessel in decades that resulted in the deaths of 33 mariners.

Arkansas panel clears way for new Ten Commandments marker

An Arkansas commission cleared the way Tuesday for the installation of another Ten Commandments monument outside the state Capitol, after a prior marker was shattered when a man crashed his car into the monolith than 24 hours after it was put in place. The Arkansas Capitol Arts and Grounds Commission signed off on the final design, which will include four concrete posts for the monument's protection.

A pro-Trump 12-year-old girl interviewed Roy Moore

A pro-Trump group formed by former Breitbart News staffers arranged to have a 12-year-old girl interview Judge Roy Moore just days before Tuesday's U.S. Senate election in Alabama. Millie March sat down with the former Alabama Supreme Court justice at the state GOP headquarters in Birmingham.

Kirsten Gillibrand Fires Back at Donald Trump: – You Cannot…

"You cannot silence me or the millions of women who have gotten off the sidelines to speak out," tweets the New York Senator Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand hit back on Tuesday after President Donald Trump called her a "flunky" who "would do anything" for campaign contributions. "You cannot silence me or the millions of women who have gotten off the sidelines to speak out about the unfitness and shame you have brought to the Oval Office," the New York senator wrote.

Gillibrand to Trump: ‘You cannot silence me’

Here's the latest for Tuesday, December 12th: Alabama votes in Senate special election; NY bomb suspect claimed Islamic State allegiance; Some Congressional Democrats say Trump must resign; California fire moving towards Santa Barbara. U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY, speaks during a news conference on health care Sept.

The first Republican jumps in gov race

Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb became the first candidate Tuesday to announce plans to run for the Republican nomination for governor next year. Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb discusses the need for stronger oversight of the state's economic-development programs during a news conference at the state Capitol on Wednesday, June 7, 2017.

Alabama Senate: Turnout for vote could reach 25 percent

Alabama's top election official estimates that turnout for the hotly contested U.S. Senate election now underway will likely be around 18 to 20 percent of registered voters. Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill tells The Associated Press there's also a chance that turnout for the special election could be as high as 25 percent.

Trump Watch December 12 2017


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There's actually a way to force the Senate to vote on saving net neutrality. It's called the Congressional Review Act.

Reviewing Arconic


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Arconic and Huntington Ingalls Industries are both large-cap basic materials companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, dividends, risk, profitability, earnings and institutional ownership. 74.7% of Arconic shares are held by institutional investors.

Trump and His Supporters Make the Bubble Economy Great Again

"Well, you know, the participation rate is going to go down over time because all these boomers are retiring," said Jon Hilsenrath on Fox Business' "Mornings with Maria" Friday. Hilsenrath, a frequent guest, was referring to the labor participation , which measures the overall percentage of workers who are presently employed.

Increase in lawsuits on sex-based workplace harassment

More than 3,500 federal civil lawsuits related to harassment in the workplace have been filed so far this year, an increase over 2016, according to Lex Machina, a Menlo Park analytics firm that tracks litigation. Federal data show that the number of sex-based-harassment complaints filed in 2016 increased from the prior year.

House Speaker Ryan says he believes upbeat Treasury tax study


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U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan on Tuesday defended a one-page analysis by the Treasury Department that asserted a tax plan pushed by the Republican-led Congress would pay for itself in 10 years. FILE PHOTO: Speaker of the House Paul Ryan speaks during his weekly press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., November 30, 2017.

Oil Giant Exxon Just Caved To The Demands Of Global Warming Activists

Oil giant ExxonMobil has capitulated to activist shareholders and will begin issuing detailed reports on potential risks "climate change policies" pose to its business operations. "These enhancements will include energy demand sensitivities, implications of two degree Celsius scenarios, and positioning for a lower-carbon future," Exxon wrote in a federal regulatory filing submitted Monday night.

VA funds additional justice outreach positions in Maine

U.S. Sen. Angus King is praising the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for funding for three new staff positions in Maine. The VA announcement on Tuesday means there will be a second veterans' justice outreach specialist along with the first re-entry specialist in more than eight years to help veterans confronting homelessness and mental health and substance abuse issues.

Russia steps up its claim on Venezuela’s oil

Czar Vladimir Putin is no fool, so why did he just hurl three and a half billion dollars into Venenozuela's economic black hole? Because he wants Venenozuela's oil, and all the money he throws at Maduro's regime allows him to claim it. So, while Castrogonia continues to supply its colony of Venenozuela with its repressive machinery, Grand Putinia is quickly becoming its sole financial lifeline.

Trump administration is trying to argue that young Americans do not…

Talking 'bout my generation: Younger people are concerned with climate, but how engaged are they politically? Joe Brusky/flickr, CC BY-NC Three judges in San Francisco potentially have the power to decide how the US government deals with climate change. Later today, 21 young Americans will make the case that President Trump has endangered their future by aiding and abetting the dirty industries responsible for the global crisis.

Ohio Congress members seek federal money to fight opioid abuse

Weeks after President Donald Trump officially declared opioid abuse to be a national public health emergency, a bipartisan group of Congress members from Ohio wants him to put the government's money where his mouth is. On Monday, Republican Rep. Dave Joyce of Bainbridge Township and Democrat Tim Ryan of the Niles area released a letter signed by 48 colleagues that urged the Trump administration to allot money to address a problem that kills an estimated 144 Americans every day.

DOT Suspends Proposed Rule That Would Force Airlines To Show Baggage Fee At Booking

The U.S. Department of Transportation released a statement last week announcing it would withdraw a proposed rule that would force airlines to disclose baggage and other fees at the time of ticket purchase. The decision to rescind the yet-to-be-enforced regulation from the Obama administration received heated responses from members of Congress and airline consumer rights organizations.

US federal court considers children’s climate change lawsuit against government

A three-judge panel of the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments from attorneys for the 21 young people A federal appeals court is weighing in on an unusual lawsuit by a group of young people who say Donald Trump's administration is violating their constitutional rights by failing to address climate change. A three-judge panel of the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments on Monday from attorneys for the administration and the 21 young people, who range in age from 10 to 21 years old.

Mark Shields: Francisco Franco and the 2018 Republicans

To understand the discouraging plight for Republicans heading into the 2018 midterm elections, it might help to recall a joke popular in Spain in 1975, when Generalissimo Francisco Franco, that nation's long-ruling and ruthless dictator, lingered for endless weeks on his deathbed. As of today, there are no brave souls in President Donald Trump's inner, or even outer, circle volunteering to mention to him that the most recent four times that majority control of the House of Representatives switched from one party to the other - 1954, 1994, 2006 and 2010 - were after midterm elections.

Cuba warns U.S. of negative impact of new restrictions

Cuba on Monday expressed "deep concern" over the negative impact the decisions adopted by Washington earlier this year could have on immigration relations between the two countries, calling them "unilateral, unfounded and politically motivated." A press release issued by the Cuban Foreign Ministry after a new round of migration talks held by the two countries in Washington on Monday expressed concern over the diplomatic spat that led to the reduction of personnel at the U.S. embassy in Havana The Cuban delegation warned about the negative effect of the suspension of visas by the U.S. mission in Havana.

NJ Politics Digest: Christie, Murphy Bicker Over State Budget

The incoming and outgoing governors of New Jersey are squabbling over the state budget, with Governor-elect Phil Murphy warning of a massive budget hole and Gov. Chris Christie accusing Murphy of using faulty math. It all started when Murphy asked Christie to freeze discretionary spending to ensure the state's fiscal woes aren't made worse, according to Politico.

Ed Lee, San Francisco mayor, dead at 65


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Ed Lee, San Francisco's 43rd mayor, died early Tuesday at the Zuckerberg general hospital in the city, reports said. He was 65. "It is with profound sadness and terrible grief that we confirm that Mayor Edwin M. Lee passed away on Tuesday, December 12 at 1:11 a.m. at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital.

Alabama to vote in high stakes Senate race

Voters in Alabama are set to go to the polls in a highly anticipated election that could upset the balance of power in the US Senate. Republican Roy Moore , who has been accused of sexual misconduct, and Democrat Doug Jones are reportedly neck and neck in the Republican-dominated southern state.

FIRST: All eyes on Alabama special election; Attempted NYC…


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Alabama voters go to the polls today and decide the special election between Senate candidates Democrat Doug Jones and Republican Roy Moore Attempted suicide bombing in New York City brings the chain migration and the immigration debate back into the spotlight Fox News Exclusive: Man who acted as "go-between" reveals how British spy released Trump "dossier" to FBI, media and Capitol Hill Questions surround sudden rescheduling of FBI deputy director's closed-door testimony on agency's integrity in the Clinton email investigation, Russia probe and other cases THE LEAD STORY: All eyes are on Alabama today as voters will decide the special election between Senate candidates Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones ... After months of campaigning and reports of sexual misconduct rocked the state, Moore and Jones held competing rallies Monday night , firing their final shots ahead of today's ... (more)

Roy Moore’s wife defends against anti-Semitic claims: ‘One of our attorneys is a Jew’


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Roy Moore's wife defends against anti-Semitic claims: 'One of our attorneys is a Jew' Roy Moore's wife defended her husband at a rally Monday night against the 'fake news' claim that the U.S. Senate candidate was anti-Semitic by pointing out that one of their attorneys "is a Jew." Taking the stage at rally in Midland City, Ala., on the eve of election night, Kayla Moore accused "fake news" reports for falsely stating that the couple doesn't "care for Jews."

Richard North Patterson: Trump plays the race card yet again

His Justice Department, The New York Times reports , is investigating colleges, including Harvard, whose admissions policies supposedly disfavor whites and Asians to benefit blacks and Hispanics. This is perverse, for the evidence shows that those minorities continue to be underrepresented on American campuses.

‘Alternative facts’ remark tops 2017 list of notable quotes

The statement Conway made when asked why Trump's then-Press Secretary Sean Spicer mischaracterized the size of inauguration crowds is one of many Trump-related quotations on the list, assembled by Fred Shapiro, an associate director at the library. "I actually had to limit the amount of Trump-related quotations on the list so as not to have the list overwhelmed by him," Shapiro said.

Real target of GOP tax bills

Are the current Republican tax bills, passed by the House and Senate and being reconciled in conference committee, an attack on ? That's a reference to the government, health care and education jobs that local Democrats in Dayton, Ohio, told Sen. Sherrod Brown have been fueling the area's comeback. The Dayton area's reliance on government is in tension with its history as an incubator of private-sector inventiveness, which more than a century ago produced the first cash register, the first airplane and the first automotive electronic ignition.

Women lawmakers seek probe into Trumpa s sexual misconduct allegations

A group of nearly 60 Democratic Congresswomen has sought a thorough investigation into the sexual misconduct allegations levelled against US President Donald Trump. In a letter sent to Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reforms, the 54 women lawmakers who signed it noted that in the time of "Me Too", women across the US were coming forward with their own harrowing stories of sexual harassment and assault.

Treasury Says GOP Economic Agenda Would Pay for Tax Cuts

Tax estimate assumes that economy would grow 2.9% over long run; additional growth expected from cuts to corporate tax If the U.S. economy achieves the rapid growth the Trump administration says is possible under its economic policies, that expansion will generate enough money to pay for more than $1.5 trillion in tax cuts, according to a one-page Treasury Department memo released Monday.

Alabama Candidates Launch Last-Minute Blitz to Turn Out Voters

Democrats hope for a rare pickup in the South with Doug Jones; GOP tries to preserve its Senate majority with Roy Moore MONTGOMERY, Ala.-Alabama's Senate special election comes to a high-stakes conclusion on Tuesday, after dueling endorsements from the president and his predecessor in the Oval Office and $40 million in campaign spending. For Democrats, the race to fill the seat of Republican Attorney General Jeff Sessions is a rare opportunity to win in the Deep South and gain another vote in the Senate, where GOP leaders already struggle to muster legislative majorities.

White House Opposes Push by Trump Accusers for Sexual-Misconduct Probe

The White House on Monday opposed fresh calls for Congress to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct by President Donald Trump and demands from some Democratic lawmakers that he resign, saying any questions about Mr. Trump's behavior were answered by last year's election. During the 2016 campaign, more than a dozen women publicly alleged sexual misconduct by Mr. Trump.

Chain migration: Compassionate policy or opening the immigration floodgates?

Rep. Luis Gutierrez D-Ill., third from left, along with other demonstrators protest outside of the U.S. Capitol in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals , and Temporary Protected Status , programs, during an rally on Capitol Hill in Washington. Rep. Luis Gutierrez D-Ill., third from left, along with other demonstrators protest outside of the U.S. Capitol in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals , and Temporary Protected Status , programs, during an rally on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Oklahoma college board member chided for anti-gay comments

In this Aug. 24, 2006 file photo, Kirk Humphreys, the former mayor of Oklahoma City, speaks at a news conference in Oklahoma City. Humphreys, a member of the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents, is being criticized Monday, Dec. 11, 2017, for comparing gay people to pedophiles and politicians who have resigned recently after allegations of sexual misconduct.

Kentucky lawmaker accused of sexual assault

A Republican Kentucky lawmaker known for his inflammatory social media posts comparing President Barack Obama and his wife to monkeys has been accused of sexual assault by a woman who attended his church. Both Republican and Democratic leaders on Monday called for Dan Johnson to resign.

Obama is campaigning for Roy Moore’s Democratic opponent in the Alabama Senate race


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Former president Barack Obama recorded a robo-call for Alabama Democratic Senate candidate Doug Jones who is facing Republican Roy Moore in a special election on Tuesday. Democratic officials said that Obama had recorded the message the same time President Donald Trump recorded a message supporting Moore.

Wife of demoted DOJ official worked for Fusion GPS

Remember that senior Justice Department official demoted last week for concealing his meetings with the men behind the anti-Trump dossier? It turns out that the man's wife worked for Fusion GPS during the 2016 election. Contacted by Fox News, investigators for the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence confirmed that Nellie H. Ohr, wife of the demoted official, Bruce G. Ohr, worked for the opposition research firm last year.

Press Digest- British Business – Dec 12


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The following are the top stories on the business pages of British newspapers. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

FBI alerts Iowans and Nebraskans to email scam

"Please be assured there is no credible threat," says assistant Special Agent in Charge Kristi Johnson. "We are aware of this situation and ask anyone who may be receiving this type of email to let us know so we can properly handle it," Authorities remind folks to never give personal information to someone you didn't make contact with first.

Completion of solar electric-generation array near Las Vegas marked

Solar arrays line the desert floor of the Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone as part of the 179 megawatt Switch Station 1 and Switch Station 2 Solar Projects north of Las Vegas that were commissioned on Monday, Dec. 11, 2017. Michael Quine/Las Vegas Review-Journal @Vegass88s Solar arrays line the desert floor of the Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone as part of the 179 megawatt Switch Station 1 and Switch Station 2 Solar Projects north of Las Vegas that were commissioned on Monday, Dec. 11, 2017.

Officials dedicate 2 large solar electric generating plants

Two large solar-powered generating plants built near Las Vegas to power the operations of commercial data company Switch in northern and southern Nevada were dedicated Monday by elected, company and business officials. The industrial-sized power plants at an industrial park in North Las Vegas are designed to generate the equivalent amount of electricity to meet the needs of 46,000 Nevada homes, according to a company statement.

Democratic congresswomen call for Trump investigation

A group of Democratic congresswomen is calling Monday on the House Oversight Committee to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct against Donald Trump, adding to a growing drumbeat of voices drawing fresh attention to accusations leveled against the President by numerous women. In a letter to the panel's chairman, GOP Rep. Trey Gowdy, and the committee's top Democrat, Rep. Elijah Cummings, 54 female House lawmakers write that "the American people deserve a full inquiry in to the truth of these allegations."

Judge Rules Transgender People Can Enlist in Military

A federal judge denied a renewed bid by the Trump administration to prevent transgender people from joining the U.S. military, ordering Monday that such recruits be allowed to join beginning Jan. 1. The military announced it would begin admitting transgender recruits in light of the latest order by U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, which upholds an earlier ruling.

Trump Calls for Overhaul of Immigration System After NYC Attack

President Donald Trump said Monday's attempted terrorist attack is more evidence that the country's immigration system needs a total overhaul to end immigration based on family relationships. "Today's terror suspect entered our country through extended-family chain migration, which is incompatible with national security," Mr. Trump said in a statement.

Investigators Interview Yates About White House Meetings

Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates has been interviewed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigators about her meetings with White House officials, and she recounted concerns she had shared with the Trump administration about former national security adviser Mike Flynn, according to people familiar with the matter.

A Late 2017 Tax Plan Could Spell Trouble for Your 2018 Paycheck

If Congress passes a tax bill before year end, employers and workers will have only few days to sort out withholding for next year The largest payroll group in America is raising a big concern about the new tax plan: There simply isn't enough time to figure out withholding for 2018. In a letter sent Friday, the American Payroll Association, or APA, issued a warning to lawmakers in both the House of Representatives and Senate working on a final tax bill.

Amid North Korea Tensions, a Narrow Diplomatic Window Opens

The pace of nuclear and missile tests has slowed considerably in recent weeks and history suggests it will remain low in the coming weeks It isn't clear how many more windows of opportunity there will be to resolve the confrontation over North Korea's nuclear weapons program peacefully, but one is opening right now. Whether North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is interested in taking advantage of this chance to avoid disaster is, of course, a different question entirely.

Susman Godfrey Once Again Crushes Cravath’s Average Associate Bonuses

Susman Godfrey , the Houston-based litigation boutique that has repeatedly made news during associate bonus season, is once again paying year-end associate bonuses that far exceed the market-setting scale set by Cravath, Swaine & Moore . The firm, which has a total of 47 associates and 130 lawyers in its offices located in Houston, Seattle, Los Angeles, and New York, announced Monday it will pay associates median bonuses ranging from $45,000 to $170,000, with two associates who were exceptionally successful in business development receiving bonuses that total more than $220,000.

Who Are the Supreme Court’s Biggest Feeder Judges?

From left to right: Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; Judge Brett Kavanaugh and Chief Judge Merrick Garland of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. The path to a U.S. Supreme Court clerkship runs disproportionately through the chambers of certain circuit judges, many of whom sit on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and almost all of whom are white men.

The Latest: White House links bomb, immigration issue

A White House spokeswoman says a pipe bomb explosion in New York City's subway system shows the need for "immigration reform." Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Monday that Congress should work with the president, stressing the need to "protect our borders" and calling for a "merit-based" immigration system.

Carson Wentz Tears ACL, Out for Season

The [Philadelphia] Eagles' worst fear was realized when an MRI exam confirmed that quarterback Carson Wentz suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during Sunday's 43-35 win over the Los Angeles Rams. Coach Doug Pederson made the official announcement at a press conference Monday.

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A Brooklyn man has been arrested after allegedly detonating a homemade pipe bomb inside the Port Authority https://t.co/JdHgIez0Fe pic.twitter.com/QuNAxQRGv8 Rather than ask questions on the NEW YORK CITY MONDAY MORNING TERROR ATTACK the Fake News Media peppered Sarah Huckabee Sanders with questions on Trump accusers from 2016! After an ISIS attack in New York City Liberal hacks pepper White House Spokesman Sarah Huckabee Sanders about year-old accusations against President Trump. Several of the women who relaunched their allegations on Monday.

The Senate couldn’t refuse to seat Roy Moore. But it could kick him out.

Robert L. Walker, an attorney with the D.C. firm Wiley Rein, is a former chief counsel and staff director of the Senate and House ethics committees. If Roy Moore wins Tuesday's special election for U.S. Senate in Alabama, after he takes the oath of office the Senate will have the authority to begin an ethics investigation into multiple allegations that Moore engaged in unwanted or assaultive sexual conduct going back to the 1960s.

FEMA homes to stay in Louisiana longer, but rent required

Louisiana residents displaced by the August 2016 flooding and living in mobile homes provided by the federal government can stay in them until May. Louisiana's homeland security office says the Federal Emergency Management Agency agreed to the state's request to extend the temporary housing program - but refused to continue waiving rent for the mobile homes. Jim Waskom, director of the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, said the rent requirement could create obstacles for some displaced flood victims.

Being a Federal Appellate Judge Isn’t Quite as Glamorous as One Might Expect

Steven Calabresi, one of the Federalist Society's co-founders, in advance of the organization's most recent annual convention last month published a paper advocating that the number of authorized federal appellate judges should be increased greatly in order to rapidly counteract the majorities of Democratic appointees currently found on various federal appellate courts. This proposal is absurd and in all likelihood counter-productive for numerous reasons.

Mayor: All Chicago patrol officers now have body cameras

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said Sunday the city reached its goal to provide the cameras to more than 7,000 officers one year earlier than originally planned. They say it's the largest deployment of the technology in the U.S. Emanuel says the cameras are "an essential tool" in the city's efforts to rebuild trust between police and the community.

Firm denies Flynn texted its director on US sanctions

A whistleblower has told House Democrats that during President Donald Trump's inauguration speech, Flynn texte... . Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., the ranking member of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, leaves a secure area at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017.

U.S. Judge Chides Manafort for Helping to Write an Editorial Ahead of Trial

Ex-Trump campaign manager, who faces money-laundering charges, edited an editorial that appeared to violate a prohibition on public statements A federal judge on Monday lightly chastised Paul Manafort, the former chairman of the Trump campaign facing money-laundering charges, for helping to craft an editorial that prosecutors said violated a gag order prohibiting public statements by prosecutors and the defense before trial. U.S. District Judge Amy Jackson, however, declined to penalize Mr. Manafort for participating in the editing of the essay, which later was published in a Ukrainian English-language newspaper.

FDA Plans New Medical-Device Approval Processes

The Food and Drug Administration plans new medical-device approval processes to speed products' entry to the U.S. market, mirroring the desires of industry and President Donald Trump to clear barriers to new business. FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb, who has long espoused speedier steps to promote innovation, in an interview called for "progressive," or stepped, approvals of certain devices that would allow them to go to market with initial approvals, with further evidence to assess performance coming later.

Trump’s accusers speak out with new details of sexual…

President Donald Trump speaks at at a campaign-style rally at the Pensacola Bay Center, in Pensacola, Fla., Friday, Dec. 8, 2017. CREDIT: AP Photo/Susan Walsh President Trump called Jessica Leeds a "c**t" after allegedly groping her on an airplane in the late 1970's, Leeds said on Megyn Kelly Today Monday morning.

Trump Super PAC Gets 12-Year-Old Girl To Interview Roy Moore

A Trump-supporting super PAC arranged to have a 12-year-old girl interview Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore for a campaign video. The girl, Millie March, is well known in the political sphere for her rampant support of Donald Trump during his 2016 campaign , even though she's not old enough to vote.

Committeewoman Resigns Over RNC’s Support For Roy Moore

A member of the Republican National Committee resigned Monday over the committee's support for Roy Moore, the Alabama GOP Senate candidate who faces multiple accusations of preying on teenage girls decades ago. In an email addressed to her fellow RNC members, Nebraska committeewoman Joyce Simmons said she "strongly" disagrees with the RNC's recent decision to reinstate its financial support for the controversial Senate nominee after initially cutting off funding in the wake of the allegations.

Women to detail sexual allegations against Trump

A group of women who have publicly accused President Donald Trump of sexual harassment and assault will detail their accounts of being groped, fondled and forcibly kissed by the businessman-turned-politician at a news conference on Monday. The women, according to the group organizing the event, will call on Congress to investigate accusations of sexual misconduct against the President.

Trump accusers: “Heartbreaking” to see him elected despite sexual misconduct allegations

As the country grapples with a national reckoning over sexual misconduct allegations against powerful men from Hollywood to Capitol Hill, three women who accused the most high-profile man in the country again questioned Monday why their claims did nothing to stop him from winning the presidency. It was "heartbreaking" for women to go public with their claims against President Donald Trump last year, only to see him ascend to the Oval Office, said Samantha Holvey, a former Miss USA contestant who in October 2016 said Trump inappropriately inspected pageant participants.

Poll: Democrat Doug Jones holds double-digit lead over Roy Moore in Alabama

Greater party loyalty plus higher interest in the election among Democrats combined with more enthusiasm among Jones supporters gives him the advantage in the race to fill the U.S. senate seat previously held by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. That's according to a Fox News Poll of Alabama voters conducted Thursday through Sunday using traditional polling techniques, including a list-based probability sample with both landlines and cellphones.

Congressman DeSaulnier Wants State to Build Another Bridge Across the San Francisco Bay

Federal lawmakers are pushing the Metropolitan Transportation Commission to build a new bridge across the San Francisco Bay, but state Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, says that funding could be better used to build another cross-bay BART tunnel. Rep. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, and U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, sent a letter Wednesday urging the MTC to construct an additional east-to-west bridge south of the Bay Bridge to ease commuting traffic, which has increased by 80 percent since 2010.

Trump administration nixes proposal requiring airlines disclose baggage fees

An Obama administration proposal that would have required airlines to disclose fees for checked and carry-on bags at the start of a ticket purchase rather than later is being dropped by the Department of Transportation. The department said in a notice posted online that it is withdrawing the proposed rule - along with a second, early-stage rulemaking to force airlines to disclose more information about their revenue from fees charged for extra services - because the rules would have been "of limited public benefit."

Women detail sexual allegations against Trump

A group of women who have publicly accused President Donald Trump of sexual harassment and assault detailed their accounts of being groped, fondled and forcibly kissed by the businessman-turned-politician at a news conference on Monday. "This was serial misconduct and perversion on the part of Mr. Trump.

Obama tells Alabama voters to reject Roy Moore

Former President Barack Obama is adding his voice to the Alabama Senate race, imploring voters to go to the polls Tuesday to reject the candidacy of Roy Moore as part of an aggressive effort by Democrats to try and counter President Donald Trump's full-throated endorsement of the controversial Republican candidate. Two Democratic officials familiar with the Alabama race tell CNN that Obama recorded the phone message in recent days, at the very time Trump stepped up his own involvement in the campaign with a recorded message.

UK commitment to soft Irish border more than legally enforceable, says Davis

Britain's commitment to maintaining a soft Irish border after Brexit is "much more than legally enforceable", David Davis has said. The Brexit Secretary said the UK would seek to maintain a "frictionless, invisible" border between Northern Ireland and the Republic even if Friday's last-minute agreement to allow trade talks to start collapses in the event of a "no deal" Brexit.

Final push for Moore and Jones in Alabama Senate race

Alabama Democrats see Tuesday's special Senate election as a chance to renounce a history littered with politicians whose race-baiting, bombast and other baggage have long soiled the state's reputation beyond its borders. Many Republicans see the vote as chance to ratify their conservative values and protect President Donald Trump's agenda ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.

State and Fond du Lac band of Chippewa reach fishing and wildlife agreement

ARE YOU A WRITER? If you are interested in contributing content to ONN, please download our writer's contract pdf. Governor Mark Dayton and Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Chairman Kevin Dupuis today announced that the State of Minnesota and the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa have formalized an agreement to manage the Band's fishing, hunting and gathering rights in areas of northern Minnesota that were established in an 1854 Treaty.

Minnesota minimum wage goes up on Jan. 1

ARE YOU A WRITER? If you are interested in contributing content to ONN, please download our writer's contract pdf. Minnesota's minimum-wage rates will be adjusted for inflation beginning Jan. 1, 2018, to $9.65 an hour for large employers and $7.87 an hour for other state minimum wages.

Trump records a robo-calla for Moore ahead of Alabama vote

President Donald Trump sought to boost Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore by releasing a recorded phone call on his behalf in the final stretch of a bitter Alabama election fight marked by accusations of sexual misconduct against Moore. Moore, a 70-year-old conservative Christian and former state judge, will face off in Tuesday's election against Democrat Doug Jones, a 63-year-old former U.S. attorney.

HSBC says US officials will dismiss criminal charges

HSBC says the U.S. Department of Justice will ask a court to dismiss deferred criminal charges against the London-based bank in recognition of its efforts to strengthen safeguards against money laundering. The bank says it has lived up to all of its commitments under a five-year deferred prosecution agreement that has now expired and U.S. authorities will file a motion to dismiss the charges deferred by that deal.

Most Alabama GOP leaders say they are voting for Roy Moore

Most Republican leaders in Alabama said they plan to vote for Roy Moore on Tuesday despite sexual misconduct allegations against the former judge that have prompted others around the country to say he should never be allowed to join the U.S. Senate. Sen. Richard Shelby is an exception - he said Sunday that the "tipping point" in his decision to cast a write-in ballot rather than vote for Moore or Democrat Doug Jones was an allegation Moore molested a 14-year-old girl decades ago.

BOSTON. RACISM. IMAGE. REALITY.

Roy Moore in 2011: Getting rid of amendments after 10th would 'eliminate many problems' - STORY HIGHLIGHTS - Alabama Republican Senate nominee Roy Moore appeared on a conspiracy-driven radio show twice in 2011, where he told the hosts in an interview that getting rid Did Roy Moore spend the final weekend of the campaign in Philly? - MOBILE, Ala. - In the last weekend of Alabama's wild special Senate election, Doug Jones barnstormed the state with A-list Democrats in a bid to turn out black voters he desperately needs to win in the deep-red state.

18 crucial days: What did the president know and when did he know it?

Roy Moore in 2011: Getting rid of amendments after 10th would 'eliminate many problems' - STORY HIGHLIGHTS - Alabama Republican Senate nominee Roy Moore appeared on a conspiracy-driven radio show twice in 2011, where he told the hosts in an interview that getting rid Did Roy Moore spend the final weekend of the campaign in Philly? - MOBILE, Ala. - In the last weekend of Alabama's wild special Senate election, Doug Jones barnstormed the state with A-list Democrats in a bid to turn out black voters he desperately needs to win in the deep-red state.

How killing Net Neutrality will affect enterprise mobility

Efforts to dismantle net neutrality will likely effect enterprises and the way they do business, from how mobile apps are designed to where companies choose to store data commonly accessed on mobile devices. The Federal Communications Commission intends to vote this Thursday to repeal net neutrality rules the Obama administration implemented to ensure internet service providers treat all data the same.

Markey hits tax bill at UMass Lowell forum

The tax reform bill now in Congress is a "crime being perpetrated against ordinary people," U.S. Sen. Ed Markey told an audience in Lowell Sunday night. Markey addressed an audience of about 150 people at UMass Lowell, speaking on a wide range of topics, but frequently returned to the tax package and the budget bill, which Congress passed in late October.