Articles by: Bob Adelmann

Trump Halts Chinese Deal to “Protect National Security”

Trump Halts Chinese Deal to “Protect National Security”

on September 17, 2017, 6:54 AM / in International News, National News, Opinion

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced on Wednesday that the proposed purchase of Lattice Semiconductor — the world’s second-largest manufacturer of simple and complex programmable logic devices — by China-backed Canyon Bridge Capital Partners was blocked by President Trump: Today, consistent with the administration’s commitment to take all actions necessary to ensure the protection of U.S. national security, the president issued an order […]

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Judge Roy Moore Gaining Momentum Going into Alabama Senate Runoff

Judge Roy Moore Gaining Momentum Going into Alabama Senate Runoff

on September 14, 2017, 7:53 AM / in National News, State News

Kentucky Republican Representative Thomas Massie is just the latest in an increasingly large number of supporters of Roy Moore, giving him his strong endorsement on Tuesday. Said Massie, “Roy Moore has more political spine than anyone I know,” adding: He has twice chosen to lose his job rather than compromise his principles. He is a man willing to stand up to the […]

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Two Fourth Amendment Cases Prove the Constitution Still Works

Two Fourth Amendment Cases Prove the Constitution Still Works

on September 9, 2017, 7:26 AM / in National News, Opinion

A nurse in Utah and a couple in Texas stood up for their rights as guaranteed to them in the Bill of Rights. The Utah nurse hasn’t filed suit, but the Texas couple did, and in both cases law-enforcement officials have been exposed and shamed for their illegal conduct. Both cases were aided with the help of videos taken of […]

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Did CNN Fake That Rescue?

Did CNN Fake That Rescue?

on September 3, 2017, 8:22 AM / in National News

CNN’s Drew Griffin performed a dramatic rescue on live television near Beaumont, Texas, on Wednesday. The YouTube video of the rescue has already been viewed nearly 400,000 times. Said Griffin: We just literally rescued this guy out. This man just accidentally drove into a ravine that looked like a road. And his truck just went in, and it’s now going down that […]

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Debt Ceiling Debate Charade Begins, Again

Debt Ceiling Debate Charade Begins, Again

on August 3, 2017, 7:55 AM / in National News, Opinion

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin warned Congress in a letter sent Friday that they had precious little time to raise the federal government’s debt ceiling before his department ran out of money. He even put a date on when that would happen if the ceiling wasn’t raised: “Based upon our available information, I believe that it is critical that Congress act to increase […]

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Disincentives Cut Food Stamp Use

Disincentives Cut Food Stamp Use

on July 25, 2017, 9:27 AM / in National News, State News

The latest report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) over SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) reveals a sharp drop in participation in the program, touching lows not seen since before 2010. In 2016, 44 million Americans and immigrants (legal and illegal) took advantage of taxpayers’ largesse, costing $71 billion. In 2010, there were 47 million receiving SNAP benefits, costing […]

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Judge Declares Florida’s Expansion of “Stand Your Ground” Law Unconstitutional

Judge Declares Florida’s Expansion of “Stand Your Ground” Law Unconstitutional

on July 5, 2017, 7:45 AM / in National News, State News

The decision by Florida Circuit Court Judge Milton Hirsch on Monday delighted opponents of the state’s “Stand Your Ground” laws. Declaring on procedural grounds that changes just enacted into law by the Florida legislature were unconstitutional, Hirsh’s decision “totally derails these changes to ‘stand your ground’ [law],” chortled Tamara Lave, law professor at the University of Miami’s School of Law. She added […]

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Otto Warmbier Died of Oxygen Deprivation, Not Botulism as Claimed by His Torturers

Otto Warmbier Died of Oxygen Deprivation, Not Botulism as Claimed by His Torturers

on June 22, 2017, 8:08 AM / in International News, Opinion

The pain and grief suffered by the parents of Otto Warmbier, the American college student sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for allegedly stealing a propaganda poster while in North Korea last year, was evident in their statement issued Monday afternoon: It is our sad duty to report that our son, Otto Warmbier, has completed his journey home. Surrounded […]

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Trump’s Strange Reversal on Ex-Im Bank: Names One Opposed to It to Run It?

Trump’s Strange Reversal on Ex-Im Bank: Names One Opposed to It to Run It?

on April 18, 2017, 6:00 AM / in National News, Opinion

When Representative Justin Amash (R-Mich.) learned on Friday that President Trump intended to resuscitate the Export-Import Bank by naming two people to its board (it has been limping along with just three out of five board members present), he nailed it, tweeting, “ExIm corporate welfare bank is the symbol of D.C. cronyism. It steals from taxpayers to subsidize big corporations. […]

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Do Trump’s Flip Flops Reflect Lack of Constitutional Understanding?

Do Trump’s Flip Flops Reflect Lack of Constitutional Understanding?

on April 18, 2017, 6:00 AM / in National News, Opinion

The mainstream media have rejoiced because they perceive that President Donald Trump has abandoned policies and changed long-held positions that they have considered anathema. Politico said the president has “demonstrated an incredible willingness to bend his past positions, or abandon them entirely. Sometimes he offers an explanation; sometimes not.” CNN called them “stunning U-turns on key issues” reflecting “extraordinary political […]

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AG Sessions Requests Delay in Implementing Baltimore PD’s Consent Decree

AG Sessions Requests Delay in Implementing Baltimore PD’s Consent Decree

on April 6, 2017, 8:31 AM / in National News, Opinion

Eight days before the end of the Obama administration, Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced the final approval of an agreement allowing the Department of Justice to meddle in the affairs of the Baltimore Police Department. It only required approval from a judge for the agreement to become cemented into place. Trump’s new attorney general, Jeff Sessions, asked the judge, U.S. […]

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Trump’s “Blueprint” Budget Is a Policy Statement; Real Budget to Follow

Trump’s “Blueprint” Budget Is a Policy Statement; Real Budget to Follow

on March 18, 2017, 6:37 AM / in National News, Opinion

President Donald Trump’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) unveiled “America First — A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again” on Thursday, noting that the president’s actual budget will be released in May. President Trump and his OMB Director Mick Mulvaney joined in outlining the “blueprint” without disclosing hard numbers, revenue projections, or even an economic outlook to back […]

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Dakota Access Final Tally: 750 Arrested, 24,000 Tons of Trash Left, and $1 Million Cleanup Bill

Dakota Access Final Tally: 750 Arrested, 24,000 Tons of Trash Left, and $1 Million Cleanup Bill

on March 3, 2017, 7:38 AM / in National News

So much for “environmentalists” really caring about the environment. The North Dakota Department of Emergency Services (DES) said on Tuesday that a Florida-based clean-up company it hired to clear trash, waste, and debris from the Oceti Sakowin camp protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline has already run up a bill of $1 million after hauling away from the site 24,000 tons […]

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Good, Bad News From IRS: Audits Down Again; New Treasury Secretary Wants Larger Budget

Good, Bad News From IRS: Audits Down Again; New Treasury Secretary Wants Larger Budget

on February 24, 2017, 6:56 AM / in National News, Opinion

Seven years ago the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) audited one out of every 90 individual income tax returns. Last year it was one out of every 119. This year it is expected to be just one out of every 143. And for those who don’t include a Schedule C or other special (i.e., tax shelter, farm income) forms, the audit […]

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Clintons Shutter Global Initiative as Donations Dry Up

Clintons Shutter Global Initiative as Donations Dry Up

on January 18, 2017, 6:35 AM / in International News, National News

The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) filed a WARN — Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification — with New York State’s Department of Labor on Thursday, announcing that, effective April 15, 2017, it would be closing its doors and laying off 22 employees. The CGI’s stated reason: “Discontinuation of the Clinton Global Initiative.” Following the election, foreign governments that had been regular […]

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Trump Names Son-in-law as Advisor; Media Raises Nepotism Issues

Trump Names Son-in-law as Advisor; Media Raises Nepotism Issues

on January 11, 2017, 9:01 AM / in National News, Opinion

President-elect Donald Trump named his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, as a senior advisor in his administration on Monday: Jared has been a tremendous asset and trusted advisor throughout the campaign and transition and I am proud to have him in a key leadership role in my administration. He has been incredibly successful in both business and politics. He will be an […]

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Charles Rangel, 23-term N.Y. Democrat, Finally Packs It In

Charles Rangel, 23-term N.Y. Democrat, Finally Packs It In

on December 31, 2016, 7:49 AM / in National News, Opinion

In one of his last interviews with reporters, Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) said it was finally time, after 46 years, to leave Washington: “I did not ever think about leaving. I have mixed feelings. But the way the political races have turned out, I can’t wait to get out of here,” he declared. Those tracking his dismal political performance over […]

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Trump Names ExxonMobil Chief Rex Tillerson Secretary of State

Trump Names ExxonMobil Chief Rex Tillerson Secretary of State

on December 14, 2016, 7:41 AM / in International News, National News, Opinion

On Tuesday President-elect Donald Trump namedExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson (shown on left) to the top spot in his Cabinet, secretary of state, calling him “among the most accomplished business leaders and international deal makers in the world.” Trump had high praise for Tillerson’s accomplishments, stating: Rex Tillerson’s career is the embodiment of the American dream. Through hard work, dedication and […]

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Dallas to Declare Bankruptcy?

Dallas to Declare Bankruptcy?

on November 22, 2016, 7:03 AM / in Opinion, State News

The New York Times just reported that the Dallas police and firefighters pension plan is $7 billion short of meeting its obligations and needs an immediate bailout of $1 billion just to stay afloat. The problem is that Dallas’ annual budget is $3 billion. Three years ago Dallas wasn’t on anyone’s “watch” list. Barron’s worst 10 cities included Charleston, West […]

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Baltimore City Council Likely to Pass Anti-replica Gun Bill

Baltimore City Council Likely to Pass Anti-replica Gun Bill

on November 19, 2016, 7:28 AM / in Opinion, State News

When Baltimore City Council President Bernard “Jack” Young explained why he was going to vote for an ordinance banning possession of replica guns, one could smell the whiff of anti-gun paranoia: It’s something that we should do for the safety of our children. We’re getting stores robbed with replicas. We’ve got people running around with these things and they almost […]

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